YEREVAN, Armenia – From March 1-2, the American University of Armenia (AUA) Extension program was proud to host an exhibition featuring local products of women entrepreneurs. The event was jointly organized by AUA Extension, the Women’s Entrepreneurship Promotion and Empowerment Center (WEPEC), and the Syrian Armenian Union. Over forty women entrepreneurs, some of whom were graduates of the AIWA-AUA Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (WEP) were present at the event and had the opportunity to showcase their business products.
At the ribbon-cutting ceremony, opening remarks were delivered by Teresa Daban Sanchez, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Resident Representative for Armenia. On behalf of AUA Extension Sergey Tantushyan welcomed participants, followed by Anahit Ghazaryan. Distinguished guests from the Ministry of Diaspora and other organizations were also present.
The primary goal of the exhibition was to promote women-owned startups and small enterprises, facilitate an optimal product placement in new markets, discover new opportunities for cooperation, and network with other women-owned businesses.
The event was organized as a follow-up to the annual AIWA-WEP training for beginning entrepreneurs. The training session helps women with entrepreneurial aspirations develop their business ideas with essential skills in business management, financing and marketing in a dynamic, flexible learning environment.
AUA Extension is committed to continue promoting and enriching the social, economic and personal advancement of Armenian women through education and looks forward to continuing its active role. Through empowerment programs and events such as these the University will serve as a platform for other educational and community activities that unite women and promote gender equity.
Founded in 1991, the American University of Armenia (AUA) is a private, independent university located in Yerevan, Armenia and affiliated with the University of California. AUA provides a global education in Armenia and the region, offering high-quality, graduate and undergraduate studies, encouraging civic engagement, and promoting public service and democratic values.