First startup tour held in Zagatala

First startup tour within the project “I2B – From Idea to Business” took place in Zagatala city.


Along with Zagatala, over 100 young people from Gakh, Balakan, Bilasuvar, Zardab, Aghjabadi, Oghuz, Aghdam and Shaki cities participated in the startup tour.


At the event, dedicated to May 17 - World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, it was noted that the formation of a startup ecosystem is one of the requirements of the information society.


In the informative part of the event, the participants were informed about the concept and objectives of the project “I2B – From Idea to Business”, as well as the results achieved and plans for the future.


It was noted that the purpose of the startup tours organized jointly by the Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies and the Public Association Regional Development of Heydar Aliyev Foundation, Azerbaijan Youth Foundation, the United Nations Development Programme, companies Azercell and Microsoft is to support the expansion of the startup movement and the implementation of innovative ideas of citizens.


In the interactive part, a team of participants was formed, and the teams were trained by professional mentors to participate in the main competition.


During the competition the participants presented their ideas to the jury. After each presentation, the authors answered the questions and the project was discussed.


At the end of the second part the jury announced the winners of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in Zagatala city.


The first place was taken by project Mobile Cinema, the second - Tourism Education Center, the third - Events Under Stars. At the end of the event, the winners were awarded by the organizers and partners.


Note that the winning projects will gain the right to participate in the National Finals to be held in Baku.


The participants who took 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in the National Finals will be awarded main prizes.


Moreover, the winning teams together with the winners from 12 regions won the right to participate in the summer camp Innocamp that will be held in late August. In the summer camp, this year’s winners of the project “I2B – From Idea to Business” will participate in the preparatory trainings for the finals with the support of mentors, representatives of business incubation centers, as well as psychologists.


Finalists and winners of the first places in each region will get a chance to present their projects to investors and participants at the 25th Anniversary Azerbaijan International Telecommunications, Innovations and High Technologies Exhibition Bakutel 2019 to be held in December.


It is to be recalled that winners of startup tours held in Mingachevir, Sabirabad, Sumgayit, Ganja, Goychay, Tovuz, Lankaran, Shamakhy, Nakhchivan and Zagatala  within the framework of the project “From Idea to Business” are already known.


To participate in the upcoming startup tour in Shaki, you must register on the website