The project “I2B - From Idea to Business”, the implementation of which began last year to support the expansion of the startup movement and the implementation of innovative ideas of citizens, has further expanded its coverage area this year.
Thus, within the framework of the project, throughout the year, startup tours will be held in Sumgayit, Ganja, Goychay, Nakhchivan, Baku, Lankaran, Zagatala, Tovuz, Shamakhy and Shaki.
A startup tour was held for the first time in Sabirabad region on March 1. Over 150 young people took part in the event, which was held at Heydar Aliyev Center.
The event participants were informed in detail about the goal of the project, its benefits for winners, and future prospects. It was noted that the project “From Idea to Business” is being implemented by the Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies jointly with Public Association “Regional Development” of Heydar Aliyev Foundation, Azerbaijan Youth Foundation, the United Nations Development Programme, companies Azercell and Microsoft.
In the first part of the event, small business trainings were organized to prepare startups for the main competition and 6 teams consisting of participants were formed. The teams were trained by mentors to participate in the main competition.
In the second part, the teams 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 for each region. The first place was taken by OSHE01 project, the second - by AVP and the third - by 2SI.
The winning projects gained the right to participate in the National Finals to be held in Baku.
Winners of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in the National Finals will be awarded by the organizers and partners, and financial support will be provided to them to turn their ideas into a business.