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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
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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, and 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 and 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.