MIT Global Startup Labs Program for Youths in Azerbaijan

Deadline: 29 May 2018

The MIT Global Startup Labs (GSL) is organizing a six and half week course in mobile technology entrepreneurship and software development for youths in Azerbaijan.

The MIT Global Startup Labs (GSL) is a program aimed at fostering technology entrepreneurship through startup incubators in emerging markets around the world.

This year, MIT, Ada University and SOCAR AQS are partnering for the inaugural program in Azerbaijan to provide workshops on mobile development and entrepreneurship in Baku from June 27-August 10.

It is expected that the participating teams to gain real-life entrepreneurial experience and develop working prototypes by the end of the program.

A typical day in the workshop will consist of technical and business lectures, project teamwork, and speaker engagements. The program will culminate in a Demo Day, where teams will pitch their new product and business plan to potential investors.

Accepted students must commit to daily attendance (10am – 5pm), with homework and exercises often assigned for the evening. The course will take place at ADA University in Baku from June 27 – August 10, 2018.

This is not a typical class – it’s an intensive boot camp where you will work in teams to develop and ultimately launch a mobile-app startup, gain access to mentorship, investors, contacts, and seed funding during a demo day.

The pilot MIT Global Startup Labs Program in Azerbaijan will bring together gifted university students from a number of Azerbaijani universities to guide them through a real-world entrepreneurial experience. Courses will focus on ideation, market research, pitching, and appropriate technology platforms, culminating with a pitch and prototype competition (Demo Day).

Since its launch 17 years ago, the MIT Global Startup Labs (GSL) Program has been promoting economic development by cultivating young technology entrepreneurs.

It partners with universities, incubators, and companies in more than 20 countries to offer mobile and internet technology incubator courses led by MIT student instructors.

The program is made possible in Azerbaijan this summer with support from SOCAR AQS and in partnership with ADA University.

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