‘Startup Initiatives’ youth innovative ideas and startup projects support programmе
WHAT WILL THE PROGRAMME PARTICIPANTS GET?
Opportunity to participate in a training course on Lean Startup methodology.
A roadmap for implementation of startup project developed jointly with a mentor.
Support in identifying target audience, testing unique value propositions and project hypotheses.
Support in developing a minimum viable product (MVP), testing and getting feedback.
Opportunity to participate in weeklong master classes and consultations with leading market experts (mentors).
Opportunity to present the project to potential investors at Demo Day, at innovation forums, and participation in international programmes.
The top 5 projects, which receive the highest score from the experts at “Demo Day” will each receive 40 million soums for further development of startup projects.
All youth, above 16 years old, students, staff of universities,
including faculty staff and researchers are eligible
to participate in the programme. Projects and teams co-founded or led by young women are encouraged to apply.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
Desire to create a successful startup, maximal engagement and commitment to take on intensive work, and participation in all on-site events and weekly traction meetings.
WHAT IS REQUIRED OF PARTICIPANTS?
WHY YOU NEED TO PARTICIPATE
IN THIS PROGRAMME?
IT IS FREE
Participation in the programme is completely free and does not involve the transfer of share in the project to the programme administrators.
IT IS FAST
In a short time of participation in the programme you will be able not only to test your idea, but also start creating your own startup.
IT IS USEFUL
Participants will gain knowledge and skills on launching and developing startup projects as well as build experience and expand network with teams of other startup projects and representatives of startups successfully developing in Uzbekistan.
WHAT ARE THE CRITERIA
FOR PROJECT SELECTION?
Practical feasibility of the idea and project. Team must be able to build a prototype/minimum viable product (MVP) during the programme participation.
The final product or service offered is aimed at solving specific problems of target audience and gaining profit.
Technological innovation, clear and specific value proposition, and prospects for scaling-up of the project.
Focused and efficient team consisting of at least 2 individuals who are committed to intensive work for project implementation.
WHAT ARE THE EXPECTED
STAGES OF THE PROGRAMME?
Application with projects. Go to startup.chamber.uz, select “Send Application” and fill out the application form.
Interview with team members. Group of experts will determine the best projects for participation in the programme.
Demo Day in Namangan, Samarkand regions, and Republic of Karakalpakstan.
Programme finalists will be able to present their projects to potential investors and receive funding for project development. Three best projects from each region will be invited to participate in "Demo Day" in Tashkent.
Preliminary selection on the basis of applications. Teams of the selected projects will be invited for an interview.
Support programme including a weeklong training course on starting a startup, consultations and work with mentors, and weekly traction meetings.
THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS 30 SEPTEMBER 2018
Application form in WORD
For ease of completing the form you can download the application form in Word format, write answers in offline mode and copy them onto online form.
2016-2017 PROGRAMME PHOTOS
WHAT PAST PARTICIPANTS HAVE SAID
participant of the programme in 2017, ‘Oylik.uz’ project
The ‘Startup Initiative’ project helped me to take a fresh look at business development, to learn how to identify potential problems of consumers, and thus open up new business opportunities. Our team received a lot of useful tips for our startup development, which helps to avoid mistakes, to assess financial capabilities and project prospects. During the programme we also learned to pitch our projects to potential investors. The most important thing in the project is that we have found a lot of new friends and useful contacts who help to move forward today. Even a year later the organizers of the programme are in contact with us and help us to develop our skills and our project.
participant of the programme in 2017, ‘Event tech Solution’ project
Initially, we submitted the application with another project, but after studying the problem and our needs, we realized that the idea we had did not make sense at all. During the work with our mentor (Aziz Rakhimov) we came up with a new idea and started work in this way.
What did the programme give us? We have learned not just to think, but to act, to think flexibly and react quickly. We realized that the most important issue is the Team! You can have super software engineers, but they are not good at selling or even at accounting. When you hear this idea you can’t believe and think that you will cope with everything! But in reality it is not always possible. The main conclusion for me is not to be afraid! Go forward, you can move slowly, but move! This is important!
participant of the programme in 2017, ‘Aroba.uz’ project
This programme provided us with much more support and experience than we even expected. Starting with the first stages of the programme, successful entrepreneurs and experts of Uzbekistan conducted for us master classes and practical expert sessions that helped us in a short time to realize our project in a qualitative way. During the ‘Startup Initiative’ programme with the support of our mentor Usmon Rakhimjanov, we managed to turn our idea into a finished product, became the finalists at ‘Demo Day’. We were approached by several investors who were ready to finance our project. Among them we chose an investor with the most suitable conditions and today we work with them. With the help of the aroba.uz platform, we bring the service of intercity taxi of Uzbekistan to a new level, working with about 500 drivers.
HOW TO CONTACT US?
For all programme related questions, please contact Usmon Rakhimjanov, Coordinator of the programme.
Tel.: +998 (71) 150-12-61
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For additional information, please review Terms & Conditions of the Startup support programme "Startup Initiatives".
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The programme is implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Innovation Development and Youth Union of Uzbekistan within the framework of the CCI and UNDP “Business Climate Improvement in the regions of Uzbekistan” joint project with the financial support of the British Embassy in the Republic of Uzbekistan.
Tashkent, Uzbekistan 2018
‘Startup Initiatives’ youth innovative ideas and startup projects support programme