EPIC’s STRIVE program is the first-of-its-kind in Armenia’s startup ecosystem where it is designed to engage participants in the fundamental concepts of the entrepreneurial mindset. One of the myths that many people believe is that successful entrepreneurs are exceptional individuals that excel in the business world. In reality, there is no one definition of successful entrepreneuring. We do know, however, that the first step to success involves establishing an entrepreneurial mindset. What we mean by entrepreneurial mindset is a specific set of skills, beliefs, knowledge and thoughts that drives entrepreneurial behavior.

Drawn from  the principal of the Ice House Entrepreneurship program from Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative, STRIVE is a 10-week program designed to be informative, interactive and fun, while at the same time exposing participants to a new way of thinking; one that will excite their imagination, explode ambition, and advance the habits that will enable them to succeed, regardless of the path they choose or where they start.

STRIVE engages people who have a strong commitment, drive, and ambition to learn fundamental aspects of entrepreneurship through interactive lectures, meetups, and workshops. 

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Open to everyone (especially to non-AUA community)
  • Aged between 19-35
  • Able to take part in live face-to-face sessions at AUA, twice per week (8 module sets) in the evenings
  • Ability to communicate in English
  • Desire to learn and an openness to new ideas

 Benefits of STRIVE 

  • Development of entrepreneurial attitudes, behaviors, and skills through practical and a process-oriented program.
  • Identification of social and situational factors that encourage entrepreneurial behavior.
  • Identification, evaluation and validation of opportunities in ambiguous real-world circumstances.
  • Network building with like-minded entrepreneurs.
  • Structured set of coaching sessions.
  • Successful participants will have the opportunity to skip the first stage of application when applying to the EPIC Incubation program in the future.