Seedstars, the first startup incubator in the CIS counties, will open in Astana
On December 1, 2018, the akimat of Astana together with» BI-group «will open the first in the CIS international technology startup incubator for start-up entrepreneurs, managed by the international company Seedstars. The center will be located on the territory of 1000 square meters in the Hilton Astana hotel near the EXPO, the website of the mayor's office of the capital reports.
By implementing the principles outlined by the Leader of the nation in an article, «Rouhani zhangyru» and Strategy of «Astana – the city of innovation», «Management of investments and development of entrepreneurship» government agency and JSC «Astana Innovations», international business incubator «Seedstars» and LLP «BI Property» signed the memorandum of cooperation in the hotel «Hilton».
Under the agreement, thanks to the investments of the participating companies, a unique platform for the development of human capital in Astana will be created, where each resident of the city will be able to get a unique experience and implement their own project in the field of new technologies. Youth capacity development will be a priority.
«The experience of big cities shows that a balanced development of a global city is impossible without creative industries – digital technology, architecture and design, modern media, art and culture. Therefore, we are creating platforms that will form the basis of creative clusters, such as the urban innovation platform. The innovative ecosystem of the capital will be formed here», – said the mayor of Astana Asset Issekeshev.
The creation of an urban innovation platform will open wide opportunities for the development of start-up projects and exchange of experience at the international level, as well as allow to form a new generation of entrepreneurs and digital nomads United in a joint environment. For this purpose, the residents of the platform will be presented with a global network of mentors, consultants, technical specialists, business angels and wide access to investment projects.
The peculiarity of this site is that the Kazakh developers will have access to global trends in the field of IT-technologies. It will be the only co-working center in the CIS, managed by Seedstars.
One of the partners of the international business incubator David Decombes stressed that «in the world for over 70 thousands of startups, entrepreneurs and investors. After joining the project, Astana will become part of a single network and open up opportunities for technology development and exchange of experience.»
The site provides 14 co-working offices, as well as the opportunity to reside in the territory for 14 people during the development of technical solutions and mobile applications aimed at solving urban problems.
«This is done in order to create a space where innovative developers will spend time together, share experiences, and discuss projects. This is, in fact, a «live» laboratory, where new solutions will be created for comfort in every sphere of city life from transport to housing and communal services. The main criterion for the participants is to create an innovative, technological product. The implementation of the projects will be aimed primarily at the capital and in the future will be scaled to the whole of Kazakhstan. In addition, the work of the center will have a positive impact on the city's economy by attracting investments and creating innovative solutions that will be able to enter the international market in the future,» explained Zhasulan Kenzhegaliyev, chief Manager of the innovation ecosystem development Center.
At the moment, the company «BI Property» is carrying out repairs and fully prepares the office for the launch of the project on the territory of the Hilton Astana hotel, the work will be completed before December 1 this year.
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