Techstars Startup Weekend Art Baku

    Friday, June 21 - 23, 2019

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  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Techstars Startup Weekend Art Baku

Friday, June 21 - 23, 2019

Friday, June 21 - 23, 2019
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Innoland Innovation and Acceleration Center
Ataturk Avenue 89
Baku, Azerbaijan

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Ever had an idea for starting a startup in Art and Culture?

Welcome to first ever Techstars Startup Weekend Art Baku!

Do you have an idea in Art that you'd like to pursue but don't know where to start or who to start with?

Here’s your opportunity to turn your ideas into action in 54 exciting hours. Work with other technologists, artists, entrepreneurs, designers, mobile developers and product experts to build real solutions to the art world's most pressing problems, using technology and business models from other industries to innovate and disrupt the arts world - all in just one weekend. 

Art and technology together present a great opportunity to dramatically improve products and services in an industry traditionally low in technological innovation.

Here are some of the fun facts:
  • Did you know that in the USA, museums attract more than 850 million visits per year, compared with only 483 million for major league sports and theme parks?
  • Two thirds of Europeans aged 15 or above enjoy and pay for art experiences, whether performances, exhibition visits or art tours.
  • The visual arts market is worth a staggering $60.8 billion, yet remains largely untouched by innovation both for consumers and business users.
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 June 21st

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 June 22nd

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 June 23rd

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!


Jahangir Selimkhanov
Cultural Policy and Arts Management Expert

Jahangir Selimkhanov, born in 1959, is working in the areas of Cultural Policy and Management and Musicology.

Event Judges

Saleh Baghirov
TV & Radio Presenter

TV & Radio Presenter📺📻
Master of ceremonies!🎤

Coaches and Mentors

Ramin Musayev
Director & Founder – Autograph car & lifestyle magazine

Tatyana Mikayilova
Tatyana Mikayilova, Managing Partner, RED Communications

Social entrepreneur, innovative education ambassador, Chair at 100 Business Women of Azerbaijan, Connector, Shark Tank AZ

Jeyhun Imanov
Owner, JIS

Jeyhun Imanov is an Azerbaijani designer and the founder and creative director of the "Jeyhun Imanov Studio" company. He creates advertising communications, graphic and a web projects.

Isa Gasimov
Deputy Director at BEU Technopark

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. 

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.

Shaig Muradov
CTO at Traveltecho

Hi-tech Blogger, Analyst, Digital and Social Media Marketing Specialist

Specialties: web developer, social media, facebook, twitter, social media marketing, lean startup, strategy, trendwatching, strategic planning, pricing, blog, blogging, market research, youth marketing, new media, social networking, innovation, social marketing, planning for good, facebook marketing, analytics

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.

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.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Startup Weekend Art 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

  • Mammad
  • Rashad


Vusal Karimli
Executive director

Managing director at SUP.VC

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

Tariyel Aghazada
Program manager

Tariyel is a program manager at SUP Startup Accelerator. 

Fidan Rustamova
Acceleration Program Manager

Acceleration Program Manager - Innoland Acceleration and Incubation Center

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