Mission & History
  • The network of Microsoft Innovation Centers operates worldwide, providing local IT communities with programs and services to expand the local startup community, strengthen innovation and improve competitiveness.

    In May 2011, the Microsoft Innovation Center Armenia (MIC Armenia) was created and joined this global network of innovation and development efforts initiated by Microsoft.

    MIC Armenia focuses on providing support to the local community to stimulate the development of new startups that are competitive and successful in the marketplace. We provide services and support to the Armenian IT community and students to create business from their ideas! Our main goals are to help:

    Create innovative new products and services
  • Bring those products and services to market
  • Build well-managed competitive businesses
  • Develop qualified workforce and maintain their expertise

    Microsoft Innovation Center Armenia is a great chance to realize your innovative ideas, apply your imagination and creativity to design and develop real-world software solutions for a better future!
Our Partners
Our Team

Empowering people is at the heart of our mission, and this philosophy extends to the relationship we have with our employees. We value dedication and initiative, creative thinking and resistance. This is why MIC Armenia is filled with success stories—such as a former training participant now co-managing the Internship program or a competition participant owning a startup. The staff listed below provides just a few examples of the careers at Microsoft Innovation Center Armenia – the best place to work.

 
Arpine Zurfluh
Director

Arpine is the Director of Microsoft Innovation Center Armenia since September 2014. Before coming to MIC Armenia she had over 20 years of Human Resources Management, Financial and Managerial experience in IT and startup environments in San-Francisco, USA and Armenia. She is resourceful, organized and positive person who is a team player with strong leadership skills. She never misses a deadline and never loses track of the goal and objective in line. Arpine is committed to lead MIC activities and use the accumulated potential and resources to scale the business.

Being born in Armenia and living almost 20 years abroad, 15 in USA and 4 in Switzerland, Arpine repatriated back to Armenia in April of 2014. Mother of two children, she successfully manages home and career.

Artashes Vardanyan
MIC Startup accelerator manager

Artashes has joined MIC team in 2014 to design and manage the MIC startup acceleration program. Coming from the vibrant startup world Artashes brought fresh thinking and his hands on experience in dreaming an idea and bringing it to life. He is passionate about startup movement in Armenia and enjoys contributing in building a cempetitive and scalable startup eco-system. Most of all he loves the feeling of being part of a really important big thing, connecting startups with mentors and potential investors, sharing experience and knowledge with others. He has already worked with more than 15 startups from US, UK, India, Canada and raised over 300$K for 4 startups.

Positive, open minded and persistant – he is the new driving force of MIC efforts to become a go- to startup hub in Armenia and the region.

Armina Mkhitaryan
Communications Officer

Armina came to MIC Armenia as a Project Assistant. Soon, she became more and more involved in event management and public relations working her way up to Communications officer. Armina is responsible for the organization of MIC Armenia’s idea generation contests such as Hackathon[YAN], Imagine cup, Your phone, Your apps. She also tells the world about MIC by handling our website and FB page updates. 

She is passionate about photography, travelling and football team FC Barcelona.

Sona Martirosyan
Education Projects Coordinator

With both linguistic and marketing background from years of studying at Yerevan State Linguistic University and Chartered Institute of Marketing in London, Sona brought her experience, professional attitude and endless energy to make our trainings high-quality, engaging and always demanded. She stands behind projects like MIC Internship program, Corporate trainings and MTA certification.

Sona is fond of classic music, dance, travelling and sending emails with training announcements.

Ani Manukayn
Project coordinator

Ani joined our team in 2013. She is the Coordinator of Eagro project, an online electronic marketplace for buying and selling agricultural commodities. Though Ani didn’t have work experience in agricultural sphere before, she is definitely dedicated to personally know every single apricot producer in Armenia in the nearest future. Her sharp brain for interpersonal communication, boundless enthusiasm and beautiful smile have helped to create fruitful partnerships and network to promote the rapid growth of the project with the aim to bring the new technologies to Armenian villages.

Ani is our local fashion expert. She likes shopping, reading and spending time with her son.

David Nikoghosyan
Accountant

Davit has graduated from the State Engineering University of Armenia and also holds an MA from International Accountancy Training Center. He is always there to secure the financial part of all our initiations. He ensures the smooth and in –time flow of our financial documents, invoices, contracts and reports. He is known as being highly organized and detail-oriented personality.

Beneath his serious look and rather rigid voice lives an exceptional party lover and dancer. In his spare time Davit loves spending time with friends and playing football.

Heghine Martirosyan
Project Assistant

Every time you visit MIC Armenia you meet Heghine – cheerful girl with a charming smile. She is aware of everything that is going on in MIC. She supports training and event organization, handles all the complicated adminstrative issues, answers inquiries and helps people to better understand our activities.

She is also a caring personality and the local food expert. She loves cooking herself, so we are blessed to always have her home-made yummy cookies here.

Team of talented developers
The success of any organization is dependent on the quality of its professional staff and resources. We are proud of our Innovation space which is staffed by an exceptional team of developers, project managers and trainers. The level of commitment that our team provides is unparalleled.
Sometimes you may hear strange screams and noise out there but it means they have created something really awesome!!!
Board of Directors
Grigor Barseghyan
President of the Board
Microsoft RA
Hovhannes Avoyan
Board member
Union of IT Enteprises
Zhenya Azizyan
Board Member
Enterprise Incubator Foundation
Armen Baldryan
Board members
Unicomp LLC
Hayk Faramazyan
Board Member
GNC Alfa, Rostelecom group