SmartGateVC: Investing in Moldova’s startups

Sep 11, 2019, 3:00 – 6:00 PM

Artcor, str. 31 August 1989
 nr. 137, Chisinau, 2004

Hambardzum and Ashot founded the Venture Capital firm SmartGateVC. They invest up to $100K in very early stage deep tech companies via US fund (Tim Draper is also investor in the fund) and help them reach the US market, mostly through Bay Area accelerators. They made 7 investments last year and 8 this year in Armenia. Currently, they are looking into investing with a similar model in Moldova.

In-person event

About this event

In Moldova, we often hear that there are no fundraising opportunities for local startups that will help them scale and grow the local ecosystem. Luckily, we’ve got two investors visiting us from Armenia: Hambardzum Kaghketsyan and Ashot Arzumanyan and they are looking to invest in Moldova!

Hambardzum and Ashot founded the Venture Capital firm SmartGateVC (smartgate.vc) - a Silicon Valley pre-seed venture capital fund backed by Tim Draper and a network of entrepreneurs and professionals from the Bay Area (and wider US), Europe, and MENA.

Their key focus areas are:

- Artificial Intelligence (AI)

- Networking Infrastructure

- Security, Internet of Things (IoT)

- Emerging Biotech and Quantum Computing


They invest up to $100K in very early stage deep tech companies via US fund (Tim Draper is also investor in the fund) and help them reach the US market, mostly through Bay Area accelerators. They made 7 investments last year and 8 more this year in Armenia. From last year’s 7 companies, 4 went through Berkeley’s Skydeck Accelerator and one through YCombinator. Currently, they are looking into investing with a similar model in Moldova.


Who is the event for:

- Startups looking for fundraising opportunities and cool investors

- Entrepreneurs from any background

- Anyone interested to know more about Venture Capital firms in Eastern Europe and their activity

- The startup community who wants to mingle with other local startups

- Local investors curious to find out more about investment trends or collaboration opportunities


After an inspiring dialogue, you will have the opportunity to interact with other amazing people that will also be attending the event. Remember that at Startup Grind we make FRIENDS, not CONTACTS.

See you there!

Check out what happened

Speakers

  • Hambardzum Kaghketsyan

    SmartGateVC

    Founder

  • Ashot Arzumanyan

    SmartGateVC

    Partner

When

When

Wednesday, September 11, 2019
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM UTC

Agenda

Networking, pizza and refreshing drinks
Speakers presentation
Fire-side chat and Q&A
Networking, more pizza and refreshing drinks

Host

  • Sergiu Matei

    Travod & Index

    Founder

Organizers

  • Aliona Rotaru

    Dreamups

    Chapter Director

  • Kardo Sharifi

    Project Manager

  • Milena Obada

    Dreamups

    Graphic Designer

  • Crina Burca

    Team Member

  • Irina Potinga

    Dreamups

    Program Manager

  • Argentina Botezatu

    Dreamups

    Marketing Manager

  • Andreea Rusu

    Project Manager

  • Julia Bishir

    Marketing Manager

  • Gianina Tronciu

    Dreamups

    Community Manager

  • Dmitri Namasco

    CEO Mozaic / Project Manager

  • Beatricia Ivan

    Project Manager

Partners

EFSE Entrepreneurship Academy logo

EFSE Entrepreneurship Academy

Ministry of Education, Culture and Research of the Republic of Moldova logo

Ministry of Education, Culture and Research of the Republic of Moldova

Mobiasbanca - OTP Group logo

Mobiasbanca - OTP Group

ISD logo

ISD

Artcor logo

Artcor

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