ALGBIO Energy treats industrial wastewater and flue gases with microalgae and produces carbon negative biofuels (biojet-biorocket fuel, biogas-electricity, biodiesel-ethanol) from these wastes. ALGBIO has a positive impact on at least 10 of the SDGs.
Elena Selezneva is a CEO of StartupFactory accelerator, co-founder of Tech4Impact NGO (working in the sphere of innovations, IT, startups, human capital, green technologies, youth and women’s entrepreneurship in Uzbekistan and Central Asian region) and Technovation Girls Regional Ambassador for Uzbekistan. Elena is passionate about all things tech, digital and innovative. Strong believer and supporter of “Women in Tech” and professional mentorship projects for girls, youth and startups. Coordinates several STEM programs for women and girls in Tech4Impact NGO. Elena is a guest speaker on local and international conferences and workshops, mentor and judge on hackathons and startup contests.
Fagura is the first lending crowdfunding platform from Moldova, aiming to democratize alternative investments for Millennials. We target to expand in Romania and become a digital bank. In the last 1,5 years, about 225 000 Euro have been invested in loans through Fagura.
Granatus Ventures is the first technology venture capital firm in Armenia that provides investments, expertise and networks to start-ups worldwide that leverage Armenias potential as an emerging technology hub.
Impact Hub Tbilisi is locally rooted and globally connected co-working space where individuals, enterprises, start-ups, and organizations combine their efforts for a better tomorrow. We focus on innovative programs, events and cutting-edge content.
ITU Cekirdek is an incubation center under ITU ARI Teknokent. The primary scope of ITU Cekirdeks operations is supporting many projects and startups from financial technologies and digital technologies to sustainability and social innovation.
Vlad founded two non-profits at the age of 16, then dropped out of college, moved to another country with two 2 his friends, built Planable (Techstars London 17) at 19 y.o and became an honoree Forbes 30 Under 30 at 22 y.o.
I’m sociable by nature with an eye for the eclectic. I enjoy being around others and are especially attracted to the creative world. The lead in the play, the artistic mind power behind the big idea, or the performer, I’m always shine.
The 10 countries – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan,
Moldova, Russian Federation, Turkey, Ukraine and Uzbekistan – are competing in 10 categories.
The 3 categories: The Master of Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and Best FinTech are powered by MeOut Group.
The Master of Artificial Intelligence
A startup that demonstrates success in the field of artificial intelligence, offer AI solutions and/or could be game-changers with their technologies in many industries.
Criteria: The startup must be maximum 5 years of age. Moreover, the startup must be founded and incorporated in the same country as it is competing in, and the startup’s product and/or service must be in the market.
A startup that is offering ground-breaking big data software and data management tools that helps to manage and extract valuable insights from huge amount of data.
Criteria: The startup must be maximum 5 years of age (calcuated from establisment date until public nominations open). The startup must be founded and incorporated in the same country as it is competing in, and its product and/or service must be in the market.
An individual who is known for their outstanding achievements and contribution to the mission of empowering more women and/or members of underrepresented groups to become founders, investors and leaders in their local and/or international startup and innovation ecosystem.
Criteria: The individual must perform his/her activity in the country that they are participating in, and lead a specific organization and/or an activity to promote and enable more women and/or members of underrepresented groups to become professionals in the startup- and innovation ecosystem.
A startup that is disrupting the finance sector through the use of technology and by developing new business models. It is a product and/or service which is already a success on the market.
Criteria: The startup must be maximum 5 years of age (calculated from establishment date until public nominations open). Moreover, the startup must be founded and incorporated in the same country as it is competing in, and it has to have a product/service/technology in the delivery and/or infrastructure of financial services.
Startup of the Year
A startup that inspires the next generation of founders while positively impacting the economy and the world in general. It is a product and/or service which is already a success on the market, disrupting its industry with an innovative approach.
Criteria: The startup must be maximum 5 years of age (calculated from establishment date until public nominations open).
A startup up to 2 years of age with the potential to become Startup of the Year in the future. Its product and/or service is already on the market on a path to disrupt its industry and positively impact the economy and the world.
Criteria: The startup must be maximum 2 years of age (calculated from establishment date until public nominations open).
Founder of the Year
A startup founder or co-founder who has shown strong leadership skills and achieved exceptional business results while being an inspiration to their team and a role model for the next generation of founders.
Criteria: The individual must be a founder or co-founder of a startup that is a maximum of 5 years of age (calculated from establishment date until public nominations open).
VC of the Year
A VC who has created impressive financial results while investing bravely in innovative companies which can positively impact the economy as well as the world, supporting them also with resources other than just financial.
Criteria: The VC must be established in the country it is participating in.
Best Co-working Space
A co-working space that deserves the recognition for its services, support, and resources to fast-growth startups, and for creating a culture and environment that fosters innovation and focuses on positively impacting the world.
Criteria: The co-working space must be established in the country it is participating in.
Best Accelerator/Incubator Program
A fixed-term, cohort-based, mentorship-driven program that helps and empowers entrepreneurs to foster the growth of their innovative companies by providing tools, resources, connections, knowledge and expertise.
Criteria: The Accelerator/Incubator Program must be established in the country it is participating in.
A company that got the most accumulated votes throughout the regional round.