Upgrade your startup: international accelerators, webinars and programs

30 May, 2022

Silkway Accelerator in Kazakhstan by Astana Hub and Google for startups

The program for startups at the Product/Market Fit stage will start on June 20 in Nur-Sultan. During it experts will help participants to create effective business processes, scale up and prepare for investments. The program is intended for founders of startups from Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan or Mongolia.

Format: offline. Free accommodation for 3 months for 2 selected team members.

Up to $55,000 financed by Seed Money.

Deadline: 4 June, 11:59 pm (+6 GMT).



Mastercard Sustainable Banking Challenge

The Sustainable Banking Solutions Competition, organized by Astana Technology Center (MTCA) and Mastercard International Payment System, will be held from July to December 2022. Startups from CIS and other countries are welcome to take part. The competition focuses on financial inclusion, green banking and internal sustainable development. 

Conditions for participation: MVP+ stage, applicability under Kazakh law, the company and owners are not subject to international sanctions.

Financing: startups will get an opportunity to launch a dense project with one or more partner banks, receiving up to $10,000 funding. 

The partner banks of the competition are Eurasian Bank, Forte Bank and Jusan Bank.

Deadline: June 15.

For more details on the terms and conditions of the competition visit the website.

Astana Hub Blockchain Battle competition arena in Kazakhstan

Astana Hub is holding a battle for blockchain startups to identify new IT talents. To participate, startups must have a project at the prototype, MVP, scale-up or higher stage, as well as at least two team members. 

Competition areas: decentralised financial tools, NFT and play-to-earn projects, virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) services.

Format: Offline, Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

Deadline: June 16.

The criteria for selecting the winners are published on the website


Webinar: "Crisis of opportunity for internet marketers: what you need to know to earn more"

On 1 June, the Internet Marketing Academy will hold a free seminar to discuss live how to make sales during the crisis and what to pay attention to first. During the practical part of the seminar, startups will learn how to build a sales funnel and understand the intricacies of internet marketing.

Dmitry Grigoriev is a CBDO at Wunder Digital Agency. For more than 15 years Dmitry has been involved in media-business and specialises in media audits, media buying, strategic and tactical media planning.

Format: online.

When: June 1, 17:00 (GMT+6 Almaty).



International women's business development program Cartier women's initiative

The Academy is a 22-day, fully online program. During this time you can read offline tutorials, watch video tutorials, complete assignments and participate in moderated video meetings in small classes.

The programme was launched in 2006 and is aimed at women running or owning start-ups in any country and sector that contribute to sustainable social and/or environmental development. 

Course participants may be offered financial, social and human resources assistance. Since 2006, 262 female entrepreneurs from 62 countries have been supported through the initiative.

Format: online. Work takes place in Telegram classes of 8 people, video meetings take place at Zoom 2-3 times a week.

Participation is free after registration.


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