Techstars Startup Weekend Baku - FinTech

    Friday, November 17 - 19, 2017

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Techstars Startup Weekend Baku - FinTech

Friday, November 17 - 19, 2017

Friday, November 17 - 19, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Next Step Innovation Center
Nizami Street 203B
Baku, Azerbaijan AZ1010

Prepare for the Global Startup Celebration

Be one of over 15,000 entrepreneurs who will come together for hundreds of events during November 10-19, 2017 for Techstars Global Startup Weekend!

Techstars Global Startup Weekend Baku (TGSW) connects entrepreneurs, organizing teams, and startup communities around the world. As an attendee you will get access to exclusive resources to help prep for success at Techstars Startup Weekend and make connections with mentors and other startup teams. To help you keep growing after the event, the winning team of each event will receive helpful perks for building their startup as well as a showcase in our global channels.

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with?

Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:
  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.

Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!

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Friday November 17th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 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

Saturday November 18th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 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!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday November 19th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Mammad Karim

Serial entrepreneur and investor, Mammad Karimov, is the Founder of the first investment funds for early- stage start-ups in Azerbaijan, Khazar Ventures. The current portfolio covers start-ups from a number of countries including Ireland, Turkey, Jordan and Belgium. He is also leading an accelerator program for local startups, helping them to grow in Azerbaijan and expand to international markets. Besides his current investments Mr Karimov launched two online media channels and Digital Marketing Institute in Azerbaijan.

Vusal Karimli
Executive director

Managing director at SUP.VC

Rashad Eyvazov

Event Judges

Ruslan Talibov
CEO at Modenis LLC

Imran Baghirov

Thinker, Public speaker ;
Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt ;
TWI and KATA professional.
13+ years in deep expertise in IT, Strategy, Business Development, Innovation and Customer Experience Management ;
10+ years are fully dedicated to Telecommunications and Consultancy.
Total of 1.5 years of International job experience from which 1 year in Nepal, 3 months in Sweden and 3 months in Turkey ;Run more than150+ local business projects and 5+ cross-border/multi-company projects. Latest international project is Analytical Competence Building project, run in 8 countries and consisting of 30+ team members in different countries.

Telman Akhundov
Founder of Akhundoff Group

Ramin Musayev
Director & Founder – Autograph car & lifestyle magazine

Taleh Tahirli
Deputy Chairman of Management Board / Retail Banking Director at Unibank

Coaches and Mentors

Amid Guliyev
Startup entrepreneur

Amid Guliyev is technology expert with 13 years of experience on server-side & mobile development. He is also co-founder of - Local cinema's showtime explorer, - Social media measurement tool and - technology blog. He has worked at R.I.S.K. Company as a Senior Software Developer on Aeronautical Solutions. He is a member of entrepreneur team
Together they did a lot of interesting projects for local and foreign market. Currently, he is a working and a co-founder of a Dubai based startup.

Taleh Tahirli
Deputy Chairman of Management Board / Retail Banking Director at Unibank

Elnur Babayev
Art Director

Elnur has graduated as an industrial designer in 2005 from METU/Turkey. Has received many local and international design awards, both in industrial and graphic field. Currently, works as an art director at international advertising agency in Baku. For portfolio please visit

Jafar Najafov

Founder & CEO at Joopzy LLC. PR & Marketing executive at Baku Fairmont Hotel. Google & Microsoft individual partner. Growth hacker, developed more than 20 mobile apps. Got 500 000 mobile app downloads in just 3 months without spending a penny. Reached 100 000 daily organic visitors in 4 months.

Ilham Mehraliyev
CEO Office at State Oil Company of the Republic of Azerbaijan (SOCAR)

Ilham Mehraliyev is Class 2010 MBA graduate at Stephen M. Ross School of Business at University of Michigan. He has extensively focused on corporate strategy and business development and strengthened top notch classroom training with consulting projects for Fortune 500 companies as General Mills, Cummins, Applied Materials and Audi.

Specialties: Corporate strategy, business development, strategic marketing planning, competitive assessment and review, new market entrance, market assessment, due diligence, product marketing, product management, strategic market research, management consulting.

Aflatun Huseynov
Founder at 2.0

Aflatun is a digital marketing professional with 9 years of experience. After leaving the first digital marketing agency in Azerbaijan - digitalbr@nd, in 2014 he founded a new interactive agency called 2.0. Prior to digitalbr@nd, Aflatun was responsible for AdSahil, the first adserver technology solution in Azerbaijan provided by Sahil IT. For years he hardly worked on bringing latest interactive advertising technologies and standards to the local market. 

Isa Gasimov
Deputy Director at BEU Technopark

Emin Sharifov
CSPO, CSM, Bitcoin Learner

Certified SCRUM Master and Product Owner, who advocates SCRUM principles with development teams to help teams accelerate in getting things Done
Strong advocate of decentralized organizations and self organizing teams, with scientific and experimental proofs to back up the theories
Betting strongly in the future of decentralized systems that improve human networking and co-operation, strong believer and advocate of Blockchain technology
Contributor to open source Hyperledger project
Currently working on implementing customizing cloud based SaaS application to help small businesses.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Startup Weekend Baku - FinTech 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 Baku is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Mammad
  • Nail
  • Rashad
  • Vusal


Nail Valiyev

has worked across many business sectors complementing his Double masters degrees (MBA and Masters within Management). He has completed two dissertations in the startup environment and worked for an Incubator in the heart of the city.

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