Kotayq region’s Youth Capacity Building on Entrepreneurship


6 March 2022

“Free Citizen” Civic Initiatives Support Center is launched the implementation of the project V4 for Youth Entrepreneurship in the Regions of Armenia. On March 5, 2022, “Free Citizen” CISC organised the first workshop for the Kotayq region’s youth in the framework of the Project. This is the first from the 18 workshops, which are planned to organise in Armenia in the framework of the Project “V4 for Youth Entrepreneurship in the Regions of Armenia”. The aim of the project is to develop the capacity of young people in the regions of Armenia to start and develop new businesses, as well as to raise their awareness of European institutions, institutions and their programs in Armenia, including the European Union, Council of Europe, Eastern Partnership, Visegrad-4 format.

The project reacts to the problem of the internal brain drain in Armenia regarding the youth that is leaving regions (marzes) for the capital – Yerevan. The project has the ambition to contribute to the improvement of living conditions, more opportunities for young people in marzes through developing their basic business skills, including in the accounting, raising their awareness on the taxation and business regulations in Armenia, environment—recycling, waste management, waste clean-ups, European programs on business development, and motivating them for establishing their own start-ups.

This was the first of 18 workshops provided in the framework of the Program, which took place for the youth of Kotayk region on March 5, 2022, in the hall of Hrazdan city municipality. 22 young people, who are interested in starting their own business or are already engaged in entrepreneurship, participated at the event.

During the training, the participants presented their business ideas. The best of them will receive special prizes at the end of the program. More active participants will be invited to participate at the Spring School in Aghveran and Youth Conference in Yerevan: both this events will take place on April-May next year.

At the end of the event, the participants met with Tigran Grigoryan, the founder of MT studio in Hrazdan, a young businessman, and asked questions about starting and running a business, problems and difficulties.


The Agenda of the workshop is here.


The partners of the Project are:

Strategic Analysis (Slovakia), Green Elephant Foundation (Poland), StartUpStart (Czechia) are the partners of the Project.

The project is co-financed by the Governments of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from International Visegrad Fund. The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe.