Kazan OIC Youth Entrepreneurship Forum – Compete for $15 000 in Cash

Startup founders from OIC countries are invited to participate in an online eight-week mentorship program and compete for $15,000 cash prize. Early-stage e-commerce, tech and app development startups will benefit from one-on-one mentorship and educational sessions.

Apply for Kazan OIC Youth Entrepreneurship Forum

Kazan OIC Youth Entrepreneurship Forum is an annual large-scale international youth entrepreneurship event. The 2020 Kazan Forum is intended for early stage startups with proven MVPs from the OIC region. These startups typically would have raised funds from family and friends or no funding at all. The organizers of the forum are Government of the Republic of Tatarstan, Eurasian Regional Center of Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF-ERC) and Tatarstan Republic Youth Social Fund “Selet”.

Participants will benefit from 20 hours of lectures, 150 hours of one-on-one mentorship sessions and hundreds of resources to support early stage startups across the OIC geography. Through a series of assessments and progress reports, top startups will be selected based on the eight-week online school outcomes that will run in June, 10 – August, 10 2020. Participants will cover sessions on startup fundamentals, fundraising, marketing, building first product, basics of UX, and scaling.

The most successful startups will have the opportunity to compete for $15 000 in cash prizes. Angel investors are expected to invest up to $200 000 in funding to selected startups.

The deadline is on 31 May 2020.

Main criteria

  • Founders and co-founders of IT start-ups in e-commerce, tech and phone apps are encouraged to apply
  • You should be between 18-35 years old
  • It is required to have a minimum viable product as part of the application process
  • Selection based on team, product, market and traction rates
  • Applicants from OIC countries are invited to participate

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