The second cycle of the Startup Support Programme calls for application

Mar 20, 2017

The CCI and UNDP project ‘Business Forum of Uzbekistan (Phase III)’ jointly with the Agency for Science and Technologies have launched the second cycle of the youth Startup Support Programme. The programme aims to support students and young scientists in setting up their own businesses and developing entrepreneurship skills.

During three months, the programme will provide participants with the opportunity to turn their idea to a startup under the guidance of experienced mentors.

Selection process will based on application review, interview and pitching to selection panel members. Best projects teams identified by the panel members will be able to participate in the programme and with the support of experts in entrepreneurship to develop project “road map”, to test hypotheses, prove the value of their projects, develop a minimum viable product and test it.

The educational part of the programme in the second cycle will be expanded with new components and new experts from various business related spheres. Particularly, taking into account the experience of the pilot programme, the current cycle will put emphasis on providing practical support in the implementation of selected startup ideas. The experts will assist with legal issues, testing the value propositions, hypotheses, developing designs, software coding for a project prototype and searching sales channels.

Successful projects will gain the opportunity to present their projects at Demo Day and at the National Fair of Innovation Ideas, Technologies and Projects to receive preferential loans and attract sponsors support.

Information on how to participate in the program, the criteria for selecting projects and requirements for participants is available on the programme website. The deadline for applications is April 16, 2017.

In the first cycle of the programme, implemented from August to November 2016, out of 33 teams 13 reached the final stage and got an opportunity to pitch their projects at Demo Day with the participation of invited experts and investors. Six finalists are negotiating with investors on further cooperation. Details of the finalists' projects can be found in this brochure.

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