NEXT STEP is a Startup Ecosystem supporting all of Azerbaijan and anyone who wants to connect to the Azeri community. We teach best practices to early stage entrepreneurs that have a global vision and are looking to engage and grow together with partners and customers worldwide. Education and Mentorship is at the foundation of our philosophy. We support companies at both the Incubation and Acceleration steps. The Incubation program supports companies from conception up through development of a workable demo (A Minimum Viable Product). The Accelerator Program takes companies from their initial revenue through growth stages and global expansion. We provide funding to companies that graduate from either the Incubation or Acceleration Program. For Hardware startups, we may provide a stipend to help build product. NEXT STEP Innovation Center is open to all citizens of our country. If you have original ideas and significant achievements, you are ready to present your products in the global market we will support you and help in the implementation of your projects. Come join our journey APPLY NOW
Kamran Imamaliyev – Director of NEXT STEP Innovation Center. He graduated General Economy BBA at AUAC. He has MBA degree on Management Information Systems from Qafqaz University, and has Master Certified Diploma from The George Washington University. Before he worked as a manager at ICT Scientific Research Center.
NEXT STEP was founded by leading members of the business community in Azerbaijan. They created the NEXT STEP Innovation Center in order to identify talented young people willing to innovate and need full support to further their projects. We are looking for the type of special talent that wishes to become leaders in the technology area. Our main mission is to assist these entrepreneurs to present the results of their projects as well as achieve recognition and awareness of their products as the Azerbaijani national brand abroad and mainly in Silicon Valley.
Tunzala Sharayeva – Office Manager of NEXT STEP Innovation Center. She graduated University of Languages. She has work experience more than 5 years. Before she worked a Personnel Assistant to project Director, junior HR specialist, Project manager.