Success stories

The earliest known winery in the world, unearthed in a cave in Armenia, dates from about 6,100 years ago. One of the oldest modern-day enterprises in Armenia, Voskevaz Winery LLC, has been taking the best traditions of vintners beyond Armenia to new markets. Based on a strategic development plan put together with the support of EU4Business, two key goals are increasing sales 21% and expanding...
Offering a wide choice of traditional cuisine, a good combination of price and quality, with one of the largest delivery services in Armenia,the Karas Group’s business is based onan internationally-recognized system for reducing the risk of safety hazards in food. With EU4Business support, the company was able to increase turnover by 31% and grow sales by 20%in a single year. Serving 250,000...
A distinctive natural environment like Armenian soil, plenty of sun and lots of fresh water combine to ensure the unique taste and healing qualities of whole leaf herbal teas that EDNA LLC gathers, processes, mixes and packages according to the highest Organic European standards. Moreover, this income opportunity for 40 villagers from four communities offers proof of the result-oriented nature of...
eSwap: artificial intelligence to manage online sales
The start-up ecosystem in landlocked Armenia generates high value companies in a country with highly intelligent human capital. The eSwap start-up with its enthusiastic team of Gyumrians, inhabitants of the second largest city of Armenia, provides a multi-channel ecommerce management tool with a cutting edge innovation – integrated artificial intelligence, thanks to the assistance of the European...
EU helps Shirak region become IT centre of Armenia
Information technologies (IT) are growing rapidly in Armenia. The country’s government announced IT as one of their priorities and recently decided to establish a Ministry of High Technologies. The Armenian government has also adopted laws according to which newly created IT startups will be granted tax privileges until 2020. In Armenia, almost everything is by and large centralised in the...
EU promotes social entrepreneurship in Armenian provinces
Social entrepreneurship is a relatively new phenomenon in Armenia. As recently as five or six years ago, few people knew about it. Despite the fact that there is still no legislation in place regulating it, social entrepreneurship is growing in Armenia. The non-governmental sector is the driving force in this process. Representatives of the sector are now drafting the relevant laws, which are to...
The Digital Pomegranate, an IT company based in Gyumri
Sustainable regional development in Armenia depends on overcomingthe gap between the capital Yerevan and the marzes (regions) by providing young people with the skills they need to fuel local economic growth. The Digital Pomegranate , an IT company based in Gyumri, the country’s second largest city, has employed young specialists trained with the help of the European Union. Armenia’s economic...
On the zip wire at the Yell Extreme Park in Yenokavan
As part of the EU4Business initiative, the European Union and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) are developing the private sector in Armenia through advisory services and improved access to finance for local SMEs, provided through the SME Finance and Advice Facility . “Usually business owners come to us, present the issues they have and we advise local consultants and...
Yana Pogosyan (photo by Nazik Armenakian)
Yana Pogosyan puts what people discuss at various training sessions and forums into graphics. She turns words into images, collecting “showpieces” for exhibition, making it easier to perceive information. So far, this method has not been widely used in Armenia, but, as Yana says, it is very promising and popular in many countries. As a graphic designer, Yana has been engaged in graphic recording...
Cyber Mantis Games is one of the winners of Seven Startup Summit 2018
With the help of EU4Business, an Armenian start-up has developed a new video game that it soon hopes to release in all European languages. Cyber Mantis Games developed its game, ' The Last Daredevil' , inspired by the Armenian legend of David of Sassoun. The hack’n’slash game takes the ancient hero and places him in an unexpected cyberpunk setting, making him explore his identity by traveling...