Startup Weekend Tourism Baku

    Friday, November 16 - 18, 2018

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Tourism Baku

Friday, November 16 - 18, 2018

Friday, November 16 - 18, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Innoland Innovation Center
Ataturk prospect 44
Baku, Azerbaijan

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Build your tourism startup in 54 hours & win 5 000 AZN!

Have you ever seen a new product, app, or business and thought to yourself, "that was my idea a few years ago!"? If you have, then that means you did not have a process for taking that idea and building it out into a prototype.

Techstars Startup Weekend is your chance to learn how to take any idea from concept to creation within a matter of days! Whether you are looking to

  • get introduced to the world of startups and entrepreneurship
  • learn the process for putting your ideas into action
  • meet experienced, talented, and passionate entrepreneurs in Baku
  • join or build an all-star team
  • make meaningful connections and become part of a global community
  • beef up your resume
Startup Weekend is your destination for the weekend of November 16-18th.  

It doesn't matter what you do or where you come from, Techstars Startup Weekend is designed as an inclusive event and program that brings all sorts of people together including

  • aspiring & experienced entrepreneurs,
  • developers and other tech-related professionals,
  • designers of all types,
  • non-technical talent (i.e. business, sales, finance, legal, etc.)
  • students from universities and even high schools,
  • professionals looking to switch careers,
  • passionate visionaries

What's the twist?

Travel Tech edition means you will be focusing on solving problems and filling gaps in the travel industry. Let your own experiences or desire to travel inspire you! Whether you have ideas to improve experiences of tourists visiting Azerbaijan or to make travel around the world easier, the ultimate objective of this event is to empower you to take any idea from concept to creation!

For the 20 AZN ticket you get:

  • Access to the full weekend-long event
  • Opportunity to pitch your idea 
  • Mentoring by all-stars from the travel industry and the tech startup community
  • Meals that will be served all days of the event 
  • Collaboration with awesome professionals from various fields
  • All-star judge's panel
  • Tickets will be more limited than usual for this event so make sure to get yours before they run out!  
For more info please contact us at:

Tel: +(994) 51 511 8515  or +(994) 55 534 9927

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Friday November 16th

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 17th

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 18th

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!


Florian Sengstschmid
CEO at Azerbaijan Tourism Board

Mr. Florian Sengstschmid has been an executive director in Azerbaijan Convention Bureau since 2014. Before that he worked as Direct Key Account Manager of Austrian National Tourist Office in Moscow and Vienna for 5 years. In 2012 he completed his project of ‘Strengthening the capacity of the Department of Tourism in the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan’, aimed at strengthening the institutional and technical capacity of the Department of Tourism (DoT) in the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

Nigar Arpadarai
Head of Marketing and Communications at Baku City Circuit (Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix)

Highly motivated, performance driven and visionary Marketing, PR, Communications executive with over 15 years of experience in telecom, sports and international organization. Proven strength in working with global brands, brand introduction to the market and work with media. Effective communicator and public speaker. Biggest projects include major international sport event inauguration (Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix), mobile operator brand introduction to the market (Azerfon-Vodafone), re-branding (mobile operator-Nar) etc. 

Ildirim Ganbarov
Deputy CEO at PASHA Travel

A graduate from Johnson & Wales University (USA) with a major in the Hospitality Management, Ildirim brings a wealth of experience to Deputy CEO that he is holding at the moment. His outgoing personality, love and passion for his country and constant striving to achieve business goals helps, him to deliver excellent results in promoting Azerbaijan as a travel and business destination.

Coaches and Mentors

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

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.

Zeynal Zeynalov
ceo & co-founder at benzeine

Zeynal Zeynalov holds his Bachelors from Cairo University, Egypt in Economics and
Social Computing from faculty of Economics and Political Sciences. He gained knowledge of economics, e-commerce, e-business, computer
sciences and decision-making skills from university
Zeynal has 15 years of experience in different business field, as well as 5
years of experience in information technologies.
Zeynal is currently Vice-CEO and Chief Information Officer at Barattson LLC. During his career at Barattson Zeynal implemented several
customer and staff oriented programs developing and implementing information technologies into day-to-day operations of the company.
He with his team invented tailored School Management System for his company to manage routine and overwhelmed operations in more easy, accurate and gamified way.
He is also co-founder and CEO of two other companies named McTab LLC and Benzeine LLC.

Havva Safarova
Marketing Communications & PR Manager - Winter Park Hotel, Baku

Marketing manager, startup founder and organizer of the Azerbaijan Tourism Forum.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Tourism Baku 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

  • Rashad
  • Vusal
  • Shaig
  • Mammad


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.

Event Staff

Fidan Bakhishli
Event Coordinator

Volunteer at Baku American Center
Internship at Yarat! Contemporary Art Space
Radio-dj at panorama.aze
Speaker at BDU Debat Klub
Vice President of Incoming Global Volunteer at AIESEC in Azerbaijan

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