At just 23 years of age, Tigran Tsughuryan became the youngest successful businessperson in Artsvaberd – his village located in the Tavush province of Armenia.
Tigran was raised in a family of pedagogues with the belief that he would become a geography teacher, just like his two older brothers. However, his brothers one day popped the idea of entrepreneurship into his mind, and in 2010, Tigran applied to the Armenian State University of Economics, the Department of Microeconomics and Organization of Entrepreneurial Activities.
However, he was having hard time with the tuition, and the priest of Berd Region – Father Aram Mirzoyan, advised him to apply to Fund for Armenian Relief. “I was among the luckiest students to receive the scholarship. My mother and older brother could hardly make ends meet on their low-paid salaries as school teachers,” remarked Tigran, adding that the FAR’s Mathevosian Scholarship became a mitigating factor in his education and increased the sense of responsibility towards his family and FAR itself. “My favorite subjects at the university were entrepreneurship and economics, production processes management, HR management and logistics, and I wanted to work in a relevant field,” he said.
In 2016, Tigran faced the biggest challenge that many Armenian graduate jobseekers face in the job market: a lack of jobs and being dubbed too inexperienced for graduate jobs. He applied for a three-month-internship program in the capital and was about to start it when his older brother told him about an opportunity at the glove production factory in Artsvaberd.
“I heard about a vacancy at the “Tavush Textile” company from my brother in August, 2016, when the production unit was still under construction. Actually, they had offered the position to my brother, but he put in a word for me instead. I passed a training in the branch of Choratan glove factory located in the neighborhood of Artsvaberd. Working alongside the production supervisor, I mastered the techniques of production management, HR management, logistics, mechanism of facilities, and/or equipment needed for glove production. Then, on the recommendation of “Tavush Textile” company director, I had an extensive training course in Moscow. In autumn, I was completely ready to embrace the new challenges,” said Tigran.
Artsvaberd Glove Factory was officially opened on October 14, 2016, and Tigran Tsughuryan was appointed as the Head of the Winter Glove Production Unit, supervising more than 60 employers.
Tigran’s penchant for hard work, his determination and dedication quickly paid off. Six months later, this small production unit has expanded its activities and become a factory with a strong work ethic and a commitment to profitability. Tigran is certain that the factory will soon bring income to the village and combat some of the challenges the community members face at this time of sluggish economic activity.
“I am not only the Head of Production but first and foremost, one of the villagers,” says Tigran. “I enjoy working with them, mentoring and assiting them in task implementation and problem-solving.”
When asked, “How did your peers, lecturers, and relatives react to your new position?” Tigran slightly smiled and replied: “They were happy and proud to hear the news. My lecturers even offered their support in force majeure cases. So far, I have successfully dealt with all situations on my own.”
Tigran’s dedication towards his homeland has been practical from his academic years, and stemmed from his love for his native border village. “Tigran is a true patriot,” remarks FAR Science and Education Programs Manager Edik Karapetyan. “As a student, he would constantly say that true frontiers come from Artsvaberd. His love towards the village and his compatriots is tremendous, that’s why he didn’t hesitate to get back to Arstvaberd and apply his academic knowledge into practice in the newly opened factory. I strongly believe that hard working and goal-oriented young people like Tigran Tsughuryan will bring value to our country.”
No doubt, Tigran’s reputation as a successful entrepreneur is assured. He has already enhanced his credibility within the factory and advises his friends to never quit struggling. “When I came back from the army, I was reluctant to study again. Thanks to FAR, I realized the sense of commitment that I had and took on huge responsibility of my own actions,” says the young entrepreneur.