What is EPIC?

The American University of Armenia's (AUA) on-campus start-up incubator that helps AUA students, alumni, and other entrepreneurs to advance their ventures from idea to success. The Entrepreneurship and Product Innovation Center (EPIC) provides an ecosystem for AUA’s emerging entrepreneurs that consists of first-class facilities and collaboration space, programs and events, and a network of mentors, advisors, and investors.

Why is EPIC different?

Part of a leading university with business, engineering, and computer science

As one of the leading global universities in Armenia and in the region, AUA has unmatched relationships with universities worldwide, including being an affiliate of the University of California.  With programs and faculty in business, engineering, and computer science among others, EPIC serves as an interdisciplinary hub where ideas, people, and opportunities meet.

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A worldwide network

With dozens of faculty from overseas, as well as an alumni network of over 6,000 throughout the world, EPIC is connected to people who know, care and want to create.

Entrepreneurial programs

EPIC directs the STRIVE pre-incubation program and the EPIC incubator, both providing guidance and support to Armenia’s ascending entrepreneurs. In addition, EPIC is the national host  administrator of the Entrepreneurship World Cup (EWC), one of the world’s largest and most diverse startup pitch competitions. EWC provides Armenian entrepreneurs the opportunity to compete with teams from 200+ countries, pitch their ventures, and win millions of dollars in prizes and investment.

Latest News

AUA Students Attend UNECE Forum on Education for Sustainable Development

The Forum explored innovative approaches to entrepreneurship education and youth engagement in sustainability.

Three Startups Win Prizes at EPIC’s 2024 Demo Day

Demo Day marks the conclusion of EPIC’s 15-week Incubation Program, which is built around the lean startup approach.

EPIC Applauds Three EWC Armenia 2024 National Winners

These startups will now advance to the Global Stage of the competition, where they will represent Armenia.

EPIC Alum Contractee: Success With Early Adopters

A contract lawyer himself, Vladimir Maghakyan (LL.M. ’22) initiated Contractee after completing his LL.M. degree at AUA.

EPIC Startups Compete in GIST Innovates South Caucasus

Teams are guided in applying Lean Startup principles and conducting effective customer discovery to validate their ideas.

EPIC Launches 14th Incubation Cycle: Welcoming 8 New Startups

EPIC Incubation stands out as the only program of its kind in Armenia, with a track record of fostering over 130 startups since 2017.

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