YEREVAN, ARMENIA – As part of the 2013 Global Entrepreneurship Week, on November 23 the USAID-funded Enterprise Development and Market Competitiveness (EDMC) Project and the Center for Entrepreneurship and Executive Development (CEED) Armenia launched a new initiative, the CEED Talks, to focus on a variety of business challenges and opportunities.

Attended by some 300 entrepreneurs, business executives, students and other stakeholders, the event, held at Tumo Center for Creative Technologies, created an opportunity to learn, discuss specific case studies, and network. Representatives of SFL, X-Tech, and LimeTech talked about efficient organizational design, corporate culture, challenges to growth, decision making, a model for a pan-Armenian engineering business, and the path to sustainability. Shushanik Arevshatyan of RadioVan discussed efficient team building, while LegalLab’s Stephan Khzrtian shared his thoughts on innovation. The “idea to strategy” process was discussed by Raffi Kassarjian, Advisor to the Board of Converse Bank. Ani Harutyunyan, representing Crumbs Bread Factory, shared her experience with failure. The talks were seasoned with networking breaks and a yoga session, an activity to energize the participants.

Being part of CEED Talks X-TECH’s founder Arman Atoyan made a little journey of how to become a successful businessman no matter you are rich or with a penny in your pocket. The main thing is to believe in your strength and move forward even though some drawbacks are occurring on the way, even though you are alone to overcome lots of undesirable obstacles, even though your team members give up believing in future, don’t be afraid to face these complications as once they turn out to be flashbacks in your history. In a nutshell love the thing you do and the result will be as close to perfect as possible.

“We are pleased to see the interest in CEED Talks and very much appreciate the support of our partners,” said Jemma Israyelyan, CEED Armenia Executive Director. “I want to thank USAID/EDMC, Tumo Center, CivilNet TV, DEEM Communications, Shoonch Yoga Center, and the Armenian Scientific Cooperation network for making this event a reality.”

“We are eager to be part of the entrepreneurship talk series. It’s part of Tumo’s mission to create opportunities for young people, to foster the creation of new ideas, and to boost entrepreneurship in Armenia,” said Tumo Center Director Marie Lou Papazian.

The event was concluded with announcements pertaining to the launch of several entrepreneurship projects, including CEED’s initiative in cooperation with the Tumo Center and Ayb School to promote entrepreneurship as a career path, as well as VMware’s opportunities for students.