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AUA Entrepreneurship and Innovation Conference

June 3, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm +04


The first AUA Entrepreneurship and Innovation Conference is dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the American University of Armenia and the opening of AUA’s newest center, Entrepreneurship & Product Innovation Center (EPIC). The aim of the conference is to explore Armenia’s entrepreneurial and innovation capabilities, challenges and opportunities for collaboration, improvement, and fulfillment potential. The conference will also examine AUA’s role in developing Armenia’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and EPIC’s role as a platform to promote entrepreneurship education and improve innovative product development capabilities at AUA. During the conference, several panel discussions will be held, as well as presentations will be made by various entrepreneurial software and hardware companies.


Time Session Room
9am – 10am Registration & Innovation Showcase PAB, 1st floor (bridge area)
10:20am – 11:10am Panel: AUA as a Nexus of Entrepreneurship and Innovation PAB, Manoogian hall
Moderator: Carol Aslanian (President, Aslanian Market Research)
Panelists: Aram Hajian (Dean of College of Science & Engineering, AUA)
  Samvel Shoukourian (Scientific Leader, IT Educational & Research Center, YSU | Senior R&D Manager, Embedded Test & Repair, Synopsys Inc.)
  Tom Samuelian    (Dean of College of Humanities & Social Sciences, AUA)
  Haroutune Armenian (Associate Dean, Academic Programs, UCLA)
  Hovhannes Avoyan (CEO and Founder, PicsArt)
11:15am – 12:30pm EPIC opening ceremony and tour of facilities  MB, 5th floor
12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch & Innovation Showcase AUA Cafeteria
1:30pm – 1:50pm Keynote speech (by Aram Salatian, Director, NI Armenia) PAB, Manoogian hall
1:50pm – 2:35pm Panel: Innovation in Armenia PAB, Manoogian hall
Moderator: Jacqueline Karaaslanian (Executive Director, Luys Foundation)                              
Panelists: Artavazd Mehrabyan (COO, PicsArt)
  Aram Salatian (Director, NI Armenia)
  Yervant Zorian (President, Synopsys Armenia)
  Arman Poghosyan (CEO, Instigate Design)
  Arman Atoyan (CEO, Arloopa)
2:35pm – 3:05pm Company Presentations PAB, Manoogian hall
Speakers: Armine Saidi (CEO, WiCastr)
  Arthur Shoukourian (Professor, YSMU)
  Hasmik Khalapyan (Academic Director, Armenian Virtual College)
  David Kocharov (Dept. Director, Synergy)
  Arsen Hakhumyan (Professor, YSU)
  Levon Mouradian (Professor, Sci. Director of Ultrafast Optic Laboratory, Faculty of Physics, YSU)
3:05pm – 3:20pm  Coffee break & innovation showcase  PAB, 1st floor (bridge area)
3:20pm – 4:05pm Panel: Entrepreneurship in Armenia PAB, Manoogian hall
Moderator: Raffi Kassarjian (Executive Director, Monitis)                                           
Panelists: Bagrat Yengibaryan (Director, EIF)
  Yervand Sarkisyan (Co-founder and Partner, Granatus Ventures)
  Karen Vardanyan (Executive Director, UITE)
  Vahan Chakarian (President, TSD)
4:05pm – 4:30pm Company Presentations PAB, Manoogian hall
Speakers: Armine Mkrtchyan (VP Organizational Development, BetConstruct)
  Vigen Sanahyan (CEO, YeCup 365)
  Gevorg Safaryan (Director, LimeTech)
  Artur Khojabaghyan (CEO, AugmentAr)
  Yeva Hyusyan (CEO, SoloLearn)
4:30pm – 5:20pm  Panel: Armenia’s innovation needs and challenges  PAB, Manoogian hall
Moderator: Yervant Zorian (President, Synopsys Armenia)                                          
Panelists: Berge Setrakian (President, AGBU)
  Manuk Hergnyan (CEO, Granatus Ventures)
  Mesrop Aramyan (Chairman, Ayb School)
  Armen Baldryan (CEO, Unicomp)
  Vache Gabrielyan Vice Prime Minister, RA Minister of International Economic Integration and Reforms

5:20pm – 5:30pm

Closing remarks

PAB, Manoogian hall




June 3, 2016
9:00 am - 5:00 pm +04
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American University of Armenia
40, Baghramyan ave.
Yerevan, 0019 Armenia