What if there are no worthy projects in the regions?
Frequently asked questions
What if there are no worthy projects in the regions?
If high-quality projects and worthy teams are not identified to provide targeted non-repayable grant funds, the released amount of grant funds will go to other areas, where more than 2 high-quality project proposals have been identified.
Can a founder alone participate in the support programme, or is it open only for teams?
We work both with established startup teams and with single founders, whom we can help, if necessary, to assemble a team.
What happens after the support programme?
After the support programme, a decision is made on further cooperation of partner organizations with teams of the best projects. We also help to attract investments for the development of projects, PR support, consultations on participation in acceleration programmes of foreign countries, establish cooperation with the community of graduates.
Our team plans to attract investment. Can we count on you?
Startup projects that have completed the support programme will make presentations at Demo Day. You will have the opportunity to attract investment from representatives of large companies and organizations, public and private funds present at Demo day.
Can I be excluded from the support programme?
Yes, you can be excluded as a result of violation of the participation rules (for example, non-attendance of required online sessions and events, systematic non-fulfilment of plans during the implementation of the project, failure to follow the recommendations of experts without giving reasons, etc.).
Will all applicants be notified of an outcome?
All applicants who submitted applications and filled all required fields will receive an e-mail notification to the address indicated in the application form on the results of each stage and information on preparation for the next stage.
What is the “Demo day?”
Demo day is the final presentation of the results of your work and plans for the further development of your product/service. It will be held after passing the support programme and will be judged by group of experts, who will choose the best projects for rewarding. Demo day will take place in two stages: the regional stage will be held in the regions and the national stage will be held in Tashkent.
How do you select best projects and teams identified?
The best projects are identified by an expert group (jury), composed of representatives of organizers and partner organizations, invited external experts, based on the evaluation of the presentation of projects on the Demo day.
Will winners receive prizes and prize money?
Based on the results of the support programme, organizers and partner organizations will award teams of best projects with incentive prizes (certificate, cup, subscription to a coworking stations, mobile device or laptop) and targeted prize money of up to 50 million soums for implementation of the project.
Does the support programme invest in projects?
No, we do not invest or take a share for participating in the support programme. We help to establish interaction with partner organizations and interested companies, and they can offer cooperation and investments.
Will the selected project teams be provided with co-working spaces?
Yes. Our partners agreed to allocate up to 3 work spaces per selected project in the best coworking centers of Tashkent, as well as workspaces with high-speed Internet connection in the regions. You can contact the project team of the support programme to book your place.
Under what principles do you select projects?
Projects will be selected in accordance with the criteria described on the support programme website. In addition to the criteria, we also look at your team, including your motivation, combination of technical and entrepreneurial competencies, innovativeness of the project. We do not focus exclusively on IT.
How many projects will be accepted into the support programme?
In each city, up to 20 startup projects will be selected to participate in the support programme.
In which cities the support programme will be organized?
The support programme will be organized in Tashkent, as well as in Nukus, Ferghana, Karshi and Samarkand cities inviting participants from the neighbouring regions to these cities.
Who will review and select projects to participate in the support programme?
Review, selection of applications and determination of participants will be carried out by a special group of expert consisted of specialists of the support programme, partner organizations and business development experts.
How long will you review applications and when will I know the result?
How many team members are allowed to participate in the support programme?
A team could consist of up to five people. However, the optimal number of participants for the support programme is two or three key team members –founders.
What is new in this year’s support programme?
This year we are conducting a support programme in cooperation with partner organizations who will assist in testing and implementing promising projects, technologies and teams in their production chains.
In the past, I applied, but my project was rejected. Does it make sense to apply again?
Of course, it’s worth it. You should develop your project’s value proposition and apply again.
I have several project ideas. Can two or more applications be submitted?
Yes, of course, if you are ready to take up the development of each of them. Provide a separate representative for each project.
Is it necessary to be a student to participate in the support programme?
No, it is not. We work with everyone, regardless of whether they are an individual or a legal entity, a group of like-minded people, a science team or an individual scientist, entrepreneur or researcher.
Projects at what stage of development can participate in the support programme?
All projects are invited to participate in the support programme, regardless of their stage of development – from the idea or prototype / MVP stage to the stage of a finished working product.
What is the main aim of the support programme?
We want to attract young people to participate in innovative activities, to disclose their intellectual and creative potential, to support their innovative ideas and projects, to develop skills in the field of innovative entrepreneurship and to ensure employment.