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.

Nazrin Asgarzade 

Managing Director of NEXT STEP Innovation Center. She is an ecosystem supporter who aims to increase the number of women in the startup and innovation sector in the country. For several years, she has worked directly with startup teams to help the product compete in the local and global markets. She is currently the organizer of startup programs and events based on international experience. Nazrin is also a graduate of the IBA AMAN Center for Entrepreneurial Development at the University of Entrepreneurship and Business Management in Pakistan, the Global Job Skills, Employability and Leadership program at the University of Applied Science Koblenz in Germany and World Economy from Qafqaz University in Azerbaijan.


July 19, 2020

Next Step Incubation Center, SUP VC Acceleration Center and Innoland Acceleration and Incubation Center together “How do I find a startup idea?” conducted a free practical training called.

Next Step Incubation Center, SUP VC Acceleration Center and Innoland Acceleration and Incubation Center for young people who want to set up a startup together “I […]
April 3, 2020

HACK COVID-19: sign up now for global hackathon !

Tech activists across the world are invited to take part in ‘HACK COVID-19’, a Global Virtual Hackathon to be held on April 10-12. The hackathon is organised with the support of the […]
February 27, 2020

Objectives and Strategic Planning for Business Incubation

In both developed and developing economies, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are considered crucial to fostering economic and social development and their growth is supported with […]


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