Our Team

SmartGateVC is a big family of startup and technology enthusiasts, seasoned professionals and a bunch of talented teams on their way of crafting the success on the global landscape.

Hambardzum Kaghketsyan


Customer development professional, formerly Draper University EIR

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Ashot Arzumanyan


Investment and management advisory professional

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Vazgen Hakobjanyan

Founding advisor

AI and EDA expert, investor and board member of YerevaNN

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Our approach

Value-add partnership

  • Access to solid AI and hardware talent

  • Hero House Yerevan - our technology hub, co-working space and basement to spread the Silicon Valley entrepreneurship culture in Armenia

  • Armenia Startup Academy pre-acceleration & traction programs to boost entrepreneurial skills and investment-readiness

  • Hero House AI Incubator - designed to help creating scalable business solutions by empowering startups with AI capabilities

  • Technical recruitment and co-founder matching

Vibrant and productive community in Armenia
Supportive infrastructure in California
  • Backed by Tim Draper and supported by Draper Ecosystem

  • Hero House Glendale to become a hub uniting entrepreneurship, technology & capital in South California

  • A network of committed advisors and mentors consisted of a wide spectrum of tech entrepreneurs

  • Sales promotion and recruitment support

  • Legal and tax matters support​
Our cloud infrastructure partners to support your early growth
  • Google Cloud packages including up to $100k in Cloud and Firebase credits for 12 months, in depth 1:1 architecture reviews, 24/7 technical support and G Suite credits for new domains

  • Up to $120K in IBM Cloud credits to access services like AI, blockchain, and data science to build leading-edge solutions at scale

  • Digital Ocean Hatch includes access to DigitalOcean's cloud for 12 months (up to $100k credit), free technical training, mentorship, and priority support

  • Up to $100k AWS Credits for 12 months and access to training and support

Service partners

We join the Stripe atlas network to help entrepreneurs start a global business.

 Our portfolio will get access to Unless services for free for 1 month and with 20% discount on all plans after that.

Our portfolio will gain access to 20% discount for TVLP institute immersion programs

Infrastructure for your customer data.  6 month FREE usage is available for our portfolio.

Full stack of software for marketing, sales, and customer service. Our portfolio has 90% discount for HubSpot services.

Tool to generate pixel-perfect apps designs. 3 month 50% discounted usage is available for our porfolio.

Live chat software for website and mobile support. 12 month FREE usage is available for our portfolio.

Cloud-based email infrastructure, which eases the process of email marketing.  Our portfolio will get access to credits  and mentorship 

Intuitive tool for creating beautiful infographics, informative charts and much more. Our porfolio has 20% discount for our beloved community.

Intuitive tool for creating beautiful infographics, informative charts and much more. Our porfolio has 20% discount for our beloved community.

Co-working and co-living space infused with startup spirit of San Francisco.
Our portfolio has 10% discount. 

Sales training and coaching platform for first time tech-founders. Our portfolio has 90% discount on their 590 Bootcamp course.

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A leading law firm providing counseling to venture-backed companies on starting a business, equity structures, negotiations with investors, intellectual property rights, and other issues vital to success.