Azerbaijan impresses the audience with compelling startups

Azerbaijan impresses the audience with compelling startups
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       While the startup movement gains speed all over the world, no surprise that even the smallest countries try to follow this trend. Azerbaijan is one of the post-USSR countries, where the economy is now developing in the direction of the knowledge-based industries. Not only the private sector of Azerbaijani business is interested in progress, the government also encourages innovations. In two years, they opened 8 incubators to provide mentorship and financial support to the local startup projects, 30 of which are being actively developed these days. Not to mention the modern facilities provided by Azerbaijani High-Tech Park and the opening of Code Academy.

      It may come to someone’s surprise, but there are several Azerbaijani startups already well known abroad. Thus NoObs startup team from Azerbaijan was among the finalists in Microsoft Imagine Cup 2015, presenting the project named “Spinal”. “Spinal” is targeted at people suffering from the violation of posture; it helps to overcome the consequences of wrong spinal position and tackle the bad habit of slouching using special sensors integrated with a mobile phone.
Azerbaijan impresses the audience with compelling startups
       One of the latest and most interesting startups from Azerbaijan appeared this summer. Elnur Babayev came up with the idea of designing a special device for cyclers and called it “Cyclee”.
Azerbaijan impresses the audience with compelling startups
       Working as a designer and the leading art director in an international advertising company located in Baku, Elnur has always been obsessed about machinery and auto design. Full of numerous creative ideas, he even opened a personal website where he regularly posted some of the most original ideas. One of them was about developing a gadget that would make a holographic projection on a cycler’s back and inform the others of his direction of motion. The device allows to see the cyclist at a long distance thus reducing the chances of a traffic accident. Elnur’s idea at once received an incredible feedback from different sources and was finally noticed by a major Azerbaijani company PHOENIX Group. They offered Elnur cooperation and decided to establish a new firm called “Cyclee”.
Azerbaijan impresses the audience with compelling startups
Azerbaijan impresses the audience with compelling startups
      Elnur Babayev is proud to announce that Cyclee gadget is already highly demanded in many countries on different continents, even without performing an official advertising campaign. The project became famous with the help of ordinary Azerbaijani Internet users, who are also very proud of such an innovative solution produced in their motherland. For now Elnur Babayev has signed a deal with one of the Swiss manufacturers about establishing Cyclee production. The main target markets will embrace Europe first, especially Holland, where bicycles make a big part of the whole transport system.
This is just one success story from Azerbaijani startup ecosystem, we are pretty sure there are much more achievements coming soon. Let us just watch the rise of another startup ecosystem in Eastern Europe.

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