Techstars Startup Weekend Kabul Youth

    Wednesday, December 19 - 21, 2018

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  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Techstars Startup Weekend Kabul Youth

Wednesday, December 19 - 21, 2018

Wednesday, December 19 - 21, 2018
Event starts at 2:00 pm

Netlinks Plaza
House # 70, 11th Qalla-e-Fatullah Road
Kabul, Kabul 1003

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Startup Weekend Kabul Youth

Are you interested in creating a business?
At Startup Weekend Kabul, Afghans will come together over three days to pitch their ideas and form teams to market their businesses. Selected participants will obtain invaluable mentorship from top business leaders in Afghanistan and develop the skills to bring business ideas to life!

تجارت بعدی افغانستان را بسازید
آیا علاقۀ براه انداختن یک تجارت را دارید؟ در "ستا رت اپ ویکند کابل" افغانها برای سه روز بخاطر شریک ساختن مفکوره های تجارتی خویش یکجا جمع می شوند تا بتواند برای تجارت خویش فرصتهای لازم را مهیا سازند. اشتراک کننده گان منتخب از طرف تجارت پیشه های معروف کشور معلومات مهم در بارۀ تجارت خویش رهنمایی های لازم و مهارتهای ضروری فراه خواهند گرفت!

د افغانستان راتلونکی سوداګري تاسی په لاره واچوۍ 
آیا غواړئ چی یو سوداګري په لاره واچوئ؟ په (سټارټ اپ ویکنډ کابل) کی به افغانان د دریو ورځو لپاره د خپلو سوداګري مفکورو د شریکولو لپاره یو ځای کیږي تر څو د خپلې سوداګرۍ لپاره اړین فرصتونه ترلاسه کړي. غوره شوي ګډون کوونکي به د هیواد د نامتو سوداګرانو څخه د خپلی سوداګرۍ د پرمختګ لپاره ارزښتناکه معلومات تر لاسه کړي!

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Wednesday December 19th

2:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

2:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

3:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

3:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

4:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

4:30 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

5:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Thursday December 20th

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

8:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

3:30 pm

4:00 pm
After-refreshment check-in, status reports, call for help

6:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Friday December 21st

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

1:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

2:00 pm
Final Presentations

4:30 pm
Judging & Awards

5:00 pm
Celebration, Refreshments

6:00 pm
Wrap-Up, Go Home!


Omar Mansoor Ansari
CEO at TechNation

Event Judges

Shakib Mohsanyar
Founder at ASARA Consulting


Ahmad Fahim Didar
Founder & CEO of AGHAEZ

Ahmad Fahim Didar is the founder and Executive Director of Aghaez Professional Services Company, he is one of the few people in country whose academic and professional background combines the expertise of both business and information technology. With MBA Degree in Information System and 14 years of professional experience; Mr. Didar has been involved in setting up number of startups companies and has launched number of international brands in Afghanistan. Mr. Didar is also director of silicon valley based Startup Grind in Afghanistan. Mr. Didar has founded the first private business incubator of Afghanistan “Startup Valley”.

Coaches and Mentors

Farshad Mirzaiee
VP of MEND Afghanistan

Farshad Mirzaiee studied BBA in AUAF and is a current student of the ACCA qualification. VP of MEND Afghanistan and is working on social entrepreneurship. He aims to cultivate a culture of social and civic engagement through entrepreneurship and business in Afghanistan. He and the MEND team have worked on the E-Watch mobile application for monitoring the election process in Afghanistan. This initiative's purpose was to ensure that the Afghan citizens take part in the election as well as to have observation on the election transparency.

Shabir Ahmad Hameed
Founder of gohar


Khalid Nuristani
Global Shaper, Kabul Hub


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Startup Weekend Kabul Youth team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.


Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Kabul is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Abdul Ghayoor
  • Sajia
  • Naikbeen
  • Shaheen
  • Reza


Naikbeen Naikpay
CEO at SmartMaktab

Naikbeen Naikpay is the founder and CEO of SmartMaktab, a company that digitizes the School Education Subjects and aims to make learning quicker, easier, fun and interesting with multimedia rich content.  Prior to founding SmartMaktab, He was the Technical Manager at RN Technologies. 
Naikbeen Naikbeen holds a BA degree in Psychology & Educational Science from Kabul University and a Diploma in Information Technology. He loves Teaching, Blogging, Reading, and Gaming. 

Anurag Maloo
Regional Manager APAC (South & Central Asia), Techstars

Anurag Maloo is an Indo-Asian startup innovation Community Architect. As a Regional Manager for South & Central Asia with Techstars and Startup Weekend, he is responsible for the cultivation and sustained growth of vibrant startup ecosystems in India, SAARC nations (Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Maldives) and Central Asian countries (Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan). He is incredibly passionate about fostering entrepreneurship, innovation ecosystem, grassroots leadership, and building strong collaborative startup communities. He has been involved in various startup initiatives, community empowerment and leadership development programs, and bringing innovation into the corporate world. With his proven track records of experience cultivating key influencers within diverse geopolitical regions, Anurag has succeeded in creating inclusive startup communities in turbulent and struggling, yet developing ecosystems and emerging economies of Asia. His interests range from entrepreneurship to education, startups to sustainability, social impact to grassroots innovations, and peace building communities. Being a storyteller, teacher and life explorer, he can be found having engaging conversations with friends and random people, sharing life stories, radiating positive joyous happy energies, enriching audiences with his traveling experiences and narrating inspirational humane stories around the world from the hot deserts of Rajasthan to the cold deserts of Antarctica.

Event Staff

Murtaza Zargar
Co-founder at Lifecode

Murteza Zargar is a manager at Pax Pupoli Online Academy and co-founder at Lifecode Software Development Company. He has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Kabul University. Murtaza has been working as volunteer in TedxKabul team and CodeWeekend in the past. Also he has been involved in mentorship in iLabs and Startup Weekend several times in the past. He is eager to contribute to startup ecosystem in Afghanistan through mentorship to new startups.

Masoma Rasuli
Founder of Eliss Fashion

Masuma Rasuli Founder of Eliss Fashion. she has studied Computer Science from Kabul university. 
She was one of the Organizer as secretary of GIMUN HERAT 2017.

Abdul Qayum

Experienced Public Relations with a demonstrated history of working with international, private and governmental institutions. Skilled in Photography, Advertising, Communication, Event Management, Graphic Designing and Public Speaking. Strong media and communication background with a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) focused in International Business from Rana University.

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