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
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