We engage young people in constructive entrepreneurship
We provide instructions about Constructive Entrepreneurship, Startup Development, Network Expansion, and Fundraising complemented by the 4-Pillars to Success knowledge framework
We help turn ideas into startup businesses
Financial and Networking Resources
We provide Innovation Grants and Exclusive Networking opportunities
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Global Innovation Forums
The Global Innovation Forum is a highly interactive program that drives innovation and entrepreneurship
The Startup 3.0 advances early-stage startup businesses through synthesized in-person direction and online collaboration
Explore Recent Programs
Startup 3.0 - Transform AfricaFall 2013 – Kigali, Rwanda
Startup 3.0 program in Kigali, Republic of Rwanda proved to be a major success. A talented group of high-potential young entrepreneurs from 10 African countries was selected to work collaboratively in perfecting, vetting, and validating their socially responsible and high-growth tech-startup businesses and concepts.
5th Annual Global Innovation ForumSpring 2013 - World Bank HQ, Washington DC
Athgo’s 5th Global Innovation Forum at the World Bank HQ opened on May 22, 2013. The three day event began with a welcome address delivered by Athgo’s VP of Education and Training, Darel Tai Engen, PhD. He challenged participants to bring intelligence, knowledge, experience, and creativity to the table.
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6th Global Innovation ForumSummer 2015 – World Bank HQ, Washington DC
The Global Innovation Forums bring together young people from around the world to facilitate outcome-oriented discussions with international decision-makers, corporate executives, diplomats, and area experts leading to constructive enterprise concepts.
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Entrepreneurship Web 3.0Fall 2015 – Republic of Suriname, Caribbean Region
The regionally focused Entrepreneurship Web 3.0 program brings together 25 startups and facilitates the growth of four business capacities – Intellectual, Network, Financial, and Core – through synthesized in-person direction and online collaboration.
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Meet the Team
Armen Orujyan, PhD
Founder and Chairman
Armen Orujyan, PhD is an entrepreneur and innovator who is the Founder and CEO of Athgo, one of the world’s leading entrepreneurial platforms in consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council and the UN Department of Public Information. Learn More
Vice President of Programs
Yana leads the Organization’s activities to include E3.0 program, designed for startup engagements in the emerging countries. In a role of a product development lead, Yana currently directs all aspects of the product and user experience design.
Joseph Barnes, CEO of Barnes and Barnes LLC – a consulting company, – has spent over 20 years developing executive level management and leadership experience while personally starting and building viable service related companies.
Timothy Riesen, PhD
Timothy Riesen is the CEO of Madison Springfield, Inc. – an emerging markets consultancy that specializes in providing research, advisory services, and innovative technology solutions to multinational organizations.
Darel Tai Engen, PhDVice President of Education
Darel Engen has served as the VP of Education and Training of Athgo International since 2002. He has taught at UCLA, Gonzaga University, and is currently an Associate Professor of History at California State University, San Marcos.
Naila Husain Chowdhury is Chairman of the TeleConsult Group in Bangladesh and United States. Previously she held the position of Director Customer Relations and Human Resources at Grameen Phone Ltd.
Ambassador of Youth
Masiela Lusha is a European born author, actress, producer and humanitarian who first gained recognition after starring in film and TV projects such as ABC’s George Lopez and Sony Picture’s Blood: The Last Vampire.
What People Say about Athgo
What a great opportunity that other young people should take advantage of in order to get inspired! Prior to the Athgo Forum, I was naive in believing that one individual can create so much change. During and after the conference, I was inspired to make a difference. I got together young people in my community, and helped to create Project World Citizen; a non-profit organization building schools in rural communities in Ghana. We were successful after a year.Kelsey Wolff
Since year 2008 I have attended three Global Innovation Forums as participant, intern, a research fellow and an evaluator. Athgo programs helped me to improve my research skills and taught me creative thinking. Thanks to Athgo programs, I have developed a broad network of potential business partners through North America and learned invaluable innovation lessons from many successful entrepreneurs who attended the forums as panelists.Jerome Lankoande
The Athgo Forum gave me the tools of putting a technical project in a business context. In addition, it put me in touch with very smart people that I am still working with till now. As a team, we currently have a prototype of a solar backpack that we thought of at the program. Our product can power cell phones or an LED light. It has a power output of 1.6 W at full sunlight generating over 5 hours of energy source for students without power supply.Amal Kabalan
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Our objective is providing young individuals of all backgrounds access to opportunities and resources that help them initiate, develop, and successfully launch constructive enterprises. Please join us in this endeavor by making a financial contribution to Athgo today. No matter how large or small, your donation will be greatly appreciated and used as an investment in youth and their innovative business concepts.