26 June, 2019

INNOLAND has started the selection for its first Incubation Program for the new center in Sheki!

During the first week of July mentors and startups from “INNOLAND“ visit the new “INNOLAND“ Sheki to discover new startups. Participants will be introduced to basic entrepreneurial concepts during 2 days of workshops, followed by a Hackathon to apply the newly gained knowledge and put it into practice. The winners of the Hackathon will be accepted to “INNOLAND“ Sheki 6-month Incubation Program including working space in “INNOLAND“ Sheki Coworking.

 

Selection Criteria

  • over 18
  • basic level of English

 

Agenda:

Day 1: General Workshops

  • What is a startup?
  • How to come up with a startup idea?
  • Market Research: Why and How?
  • Value Proposition

 

Day 2: General Workshops

  • Business Model Canvas: Business Modelling, Business Planning
  • Lean Methodology
  • Pitching

 

Day 3: Start of Hackathon + Speakers

  • Startups from “INNOLAND“ Baku will share their entrepreneurial experience
  • Hackathon will be launched: Ideas put on voting, best 5-6 will be chosen for team forming with a goal to form a startup by the end of the Hackathon

 

Day 4: Teamwork + Mentoring

 

  • Selected teams will work on their projects with the support of “INNOLAND“ mentors + “INNOLAND“ Baku startups.

 

Day 5: Teamwork, Final Presentations + Winner Announcement

 

  • Half day: Continue teamwork
  • Half day: Final Presentations in front of the jury to determine the top 3 teams

For registration: http://bit.ly/2MWFSQX

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Then, the Memorandum of Collaboration was signed between parties.

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At the official signing ceremony, held on December 20th at the INNOLAND Incubation and Acceleration Center, Bakcell CEO Nikolai Beckers has pointed out that application of innovations and supporting startups is one of the main priorities of Bakcell strategy: “It is a known fact that Bakcell is one of the first companies in the country to support various projects aimed at development of startups. Our “AppLab” incubation center is one of the rare environments where some of the country’s most interesting projects are accumulated. I’m confident that our cooperation with the newly opened INNOLAND center will contribute largely to development of the country’s entire startup ecosystem and will become one of the most successful partnerships in the area of innovations”.

Director of the "Innovation Center” Tagi Taghi-Zade spoke about the importance of this cooperation, being a public-private partnership. It was noted that the main goal of this partnership is to support entrepreneurship ecosystems for technology startups in our country and to implement high-level cooperation that serves the needs of emerging technology entrepreneurs. Cooperation between parties will have a great significance in terms of establishing a startup culture in Azerbaijan, developing a spirit of innovative entrepreneurship and startup ecosystems, supporting existing initiatives, creating conditions for the application of innovative initiatives in the current economic processes of the country, forming a motivating factor for the development and creation of various discoveries and other innovations.

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