Sevan Startup Summit 2018

22 Jul 2018 - 29 Jul 2018
Sevan lake

Around 1000 entrepreneurs from around the world will take part, including 120 startup teams

Marina Mkhitaryan

Kolba Lab

UNDP/Kolba Innovations Lab Lead

Karen Vardanyan

Union of Information Technology Enterprises

Executive director at Union of information technology enterprises

Pierre Hennes

Granatus Ventures

Co-Founder & Partner at Granatus Ventures

Manuk Hergnyan

Granatus Ventures

Co-founder and Managing Partner at Granatus Ventures


Imagination-stirring 3D puzzle game


Bicycle parking and service search app


Free HD videocalls, short messages

Playland Armenia

Free education and recreation platform


Chat online and meet in real life 24h later

Be Armenian

Armenian-themed backgrounds and greeting cards in Armenian


The game allows users to learn the names of the constellations while playing


Discover new hiking trails in Armenia, connect with local guides

Yerevan concludes 14th Golden Apricot supported by VivaCell-MTS

Yet another year added to the history of the Yerevan film fest. The 14th “Golden Apricot” will be remembered for the variety of included events, renowned cinema personalities and guests, as well as diversity of genres of the screened films. Winners have already received the awards; new stars added on the Charles Aznavour Square now pay tribute to film directors Frunze Dovlatyan, Yuri Yerznkyan, and cinematographer Sergey Israyelyan. The favorite festival will come up with a jubilee program next year.

The festival, which enlivened the cultural Armenia, included both screenings, as well as rich program of master classes, hosting renowned cinema personalities Boris Khlebnikov (director, Russia), Ildiko Enyedi (director, Hungary), Rui Nogueira (film historian, France), Ciro Guerra (director, Columbia), Tom McSorley (film critic, Canada) and others.

 “A program, before it gets the right to live, goes through a certain path. The ‘Golden Apricot’, which has a complicated and important mission, has passed through ‘adolescence’ and has entered its ‘adulthood’. The festival with fourteen years of history has grown into a window open before the world and an ambassador uniting nations with variety of cultures to share universal human values. This festival is also a platform bridging creative minds, emotions, and perceptions; it is a forum of artistic thinking, and an authentic passport for Armenia. I wish the organizers of the “Golden Apricot”, who have been working for it since its inception, strength and stamina for their future endeavors,” said VivaCell-MTS General Manager Ralph Yirikian.

The special award “Let There Be Light”, founded by the Catholicos of All Armenians Garegin II within the film festival, was handed over to composer Tigran Mansuryan for major contribution in the Armenian cinema at the Gevorgyan Seminary in Etchmiadzin.

The festival was marked also by a workshop on the further development of Armenian-Turkish platform projects.

The “Golden Apricot” paid tribute to Armenian film director, Merited Worker of Arts of Armenia, People’s Artist of Armenia, late Ruben Gevorgyants. One of his films, the “Kind Trace”, was screened in “Moscow” cinema.
The 14th “Golden Apricot” also included “French Cinema Day”, “German Cinema Day”, “Polish Cinema Day” programs, which were organized in cooperation with the foreign embassies represented in Armenia. The “Yerevan Premieres” included films winners of the Cannes, Berlin, and Venice film festivals.

The one week festival is now over. The organizers plan original new programs for the jubilee 15th edition of the festival next year.

General Partner of the festival is VivaCell-MTS.

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