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Armenia Startup Academy graduates: Breedge, Pic Pen

On February 3, the American University of Armenia hosted the Demo Day of the first stage of Armenia Startup Academy’s accelerator, within the frames of which 11 teams introduced their projects.

Itel.am presents a special column, dedicated to the first graduates of Armenia Startup Academy.


Breedge is a company-student matching platform that makes it possible for employers to hire students with maximal efficiency.

According to the startup members, Breedge is unique in the sense that it takes into account the personality of the student and the culture within the hiring organization.

The people who brought Breedge to life are Vahan Melkonyan, Davit Tamrazyan, Liana Hakobyan, Alexander Davtyan, and Mark Hamazaspyan.

Their target audience is the small, medium size and large IT and business enterprises.

This year Breedge plans to attract more support and take part in an accelerator program.

Pic Pen

Pic Pen is a coloring book game that helps children develop imagination and skills, teaching them to be creative.

As we reported before, the game stands out thanks to the variety of coloring tools and provides an endless supply of pictures.

Pic Pen team consists of six people, two of whom are the founders of the game.

Their target audience is children aged 2-6 and their parents.

Armenia Startup Academy is initiated by Catalyst Foundation and implemented in the framework of the EU4Business Support to SME Development (SMEDA) Project, which is co-funded by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by GIZ’s Private Sector Development in South Caucasus Programme. SMEDA is part of the EU4Business and EU4Innovation initiatives of the European Union.

Narine Daneghyan

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