11TH EDITION OF THE EUROPEAN YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS’ CONFERENCE IN YEREVAN
The 11th edition of EYEC, the European Young Entrepreneurs Conference took us to Yerevan, the capital city of Armenia. The country has experienced an impressive growth over the last few years. It’s location on the frontier between East and West, between Europe an Russia, make it an important hub for businesses and entrepreneurs.
This are very special days in the history of our European Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs. First time ever we are holding our Young Entrepreneurs Conference outside of the European Union and enjoying at #EYEC11 the great hospitality from our friends in Armenia, as one of our affiliated members. Armenia is an absolute fantastic example how small associations can become an integral part of our YES family and generate impact on a local as well as on an international level, said Ben Knoefler, President of YES for Europe welcoming the government representatives and all the other guests.
For two days in June, the YES for Europe family was hosted by our friends of the Union of Young Entrepreneurs of Armenia. EYEC11 brought together our members and affiliated organizations from all over Europe as well Armenian entrepreneurs and government officials. As always, we started off with a meeting of the Executive Committee where we discussed current and future activities of YES for Europe and the agenda for the coming months. We also listened to an application from the Young Entrepreneurs of Belarus to become an affiliated part of our confederation.
The conference evolved around disuccusions about the relations between the EU and Armenia and the huge potential for future growth and investment. Among the guests of the conference was also the Armenian Deputy Minister of High-Tech Industry Gegham Vardanyan.
As always, EYEC11 offered the chance for us to share our everyday experience as entrepreneurs. Our board members Ben Knöfler, Przemek Grzywa and Leo Kadieff shared their experiences of failing professionally during the F*ckup-discussion round. We ended the official part with some team-building during our dinner party in a very atmospheric place.
Mushegh Avetisyan, Mikael Mikaelyan and their team at the Union of Young Entrepreneurs of Armenia have organized an extrordinary EYEC and set the bar very high for future conferences. We are looking forward to take EYEC to a new location next time, because the strength of YES for Europe is it’s diversity. Together, we will #ScaleUpEurope together.