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Central Asia FLEX-Ability StartQube programme consists of a developed curriculum that has been carefully tailor-made to cover the A-Z of developing an idea into a working business. 

During the course of the programme, the participants will have a unique opportunity to live and to interact daily with their mentors, in a non-formal manner. This will ensure maximum transfer of knowledge and advice to the participants, not only during the practical workshops but also during the entrie time spent together.

The StartQube programme is made up of multiple practical workshops and sessions that will cover evetything starting with idea validation, developing a business plan and model, market analysis, approach to customers, access to investment, etc. For more details about the content of the StartQube programme, please email us at hello@startqube.me. If you have any informaton related to the FLEX-Ability programme and participation at this event, please email natia@amcouncils.ge

Expanding on the success of the previous FLEX-Ability workshops (2014 and 2015) that taught recently returned alumni project management and design skills, American Councils in partnership with Startup Zone plans to bring 45 FLEX (Future Leaders Exchange Program) alumni from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

Central Asia FLEX-Ability StartQube Workshop 2016 is happening on July 20-24, 2016 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, and is highly focused on social entrepreneurship.

Working together with STARTUP ZONE and successful entrepreneurs from the region, participating FLEX alumni will receive a first-hand view of how to build a successful, socially conscious startup in Central Asia. Alumni will receive training at the workshop and six months of follow-on support, including virtual consultations and online skill building trainings, to prepare alumni to develop and implement social and business initiatives in their home communities following the workshop.

Your Mentors

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Anna Safronova

Operations Manager at Unreasonable Institute

Anna graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University in 2015 with a B.A. cum laude in History and International Relations and recently completed an intensive social entrepreneurship course at Watson University, the first degree-bearing incubator for student innovators, leaders and entrepreneurs working to solve the toughest social and environmental challenges. As a high school student, Anna spent an exchange year in the United States, upon her return to Russia, Anna started an independent volunteer project called MDC International that equips kids living in orphanages with a set of academic and professional skills as well as emotional support to facilitate their transition into adulthood.

Daniel Tonkopiy

CEO & Founder at Delfast.Co, Co-Founder at Adlog.tv

Daniel is a serial entrepreneur, founder and cofounder of 8 projects, including "Delfast", the fastest delivery company in Kyiv, Warsaw and Almaty, "best.ua" (sold), "X-Rift" ("Best Mobile App in Europe and Central Asia"), "mp.kz" ($40M yearly turnover), "ChudoCard", "Adlog.tv" etc. He worked as a Chief Evangelist Officer in business-incubator Eastlabs (Ukraine) and as an Expertise Department Chief in Russian-Expansion Opportunity Venture Fund (Switzerland). Daniel is an insider to the startup community and evangelist for clean and eco tech, electric transportation and green-thinking in CEE and CIS countries.

Jafar Asimov

Head of Automation Department at Babilon Mobile, Co-Owner and Technical Consultant at Zervana

Jafar's first business experience was selling gasoline on the street from a jerrycan right after Tajikistan gained independence and civil war started. He was 17. Risks were high, but profit margin was above 300%. After studying in Belarus, he has returned home and opened web studio Caftar, that very soon became a leading web development agency. In 2006 Jafar and his wife started a mobile content business and established a company named Zervana, a leading VAS services company today offering infotainment services to mobile users.  Inspired by a startup movement, and after being selected a finalist from Tajikistan in first Central Asian Social Innovation Camp, Jafar started to play an active role in startup development.

Emilia Ro

Director of Marketing, Communications and PR Department in KIMEP University

Emilia has wide experience in the domain of marketing, sales and strategies in the segment FMCG and industrial marketing, as well as in services sector. She began work in marketing as the Product manager in RG Brands company, working with such brands as Johnson, Nestle, GlaxoSmithKline, Frito-Lay. Later, she joined the marketing department at Philip Morris (Kazakhstan). During 6 years Emilia worked with and headed such premium and medium brands as Marlboro, Parliament, Virginia Slims, L M. From 2013 Emilia heads the Agency of marketing communications MINDWORX and is a marketing strategist in all projects of the Agency.  She's currently the Director of marketing, communications and PR department in KIMEP University, Almaty (since May 2016). 

Aidar Ismailov

Founder and Director at Renaissance Art, Financial Manager at Bilimkana

After graduation from the American University in Central Asia, Aidar was employed as an audit associate at KPMG. 3 years later, he decided to switch from large corporations to a small owner managed company because he wanted to be engaged in the decision making process concerning present and future operations of an entity. In 2013 he got employed with Labnet Group, an investment company in healthcare sector, to take a position of the financial analyst. Since July 2015 Aidar has been working as a financial manager at “Bilimkana” the social mission of which is to build 30 schools within the next 10 years. He also founded his own company “Renaissance-Art”.

Nadezhda Pak

Co-Founder & Educational Progams Coordinator at ExchangeStudio

Nadezhda graduated from the American University of Central Asia in the year 2014. She then started work at the Manas International Airport holding as investment specialist and have worked there for 2 years. Nazezhda has been actively involved in a lot of different organizations and founded Unity Fund, a youth charity initiative, in 2010. She spent the past 6 years after FLEX year doing a number of social and business projects. More recently, she co-founded Exchange Studio, an organization that aims to strengthen and improve individual skills.

Chubak Boikonov - Guest Mentor

CEO & Co-Founder at Business Clinic of Central Asia, Co-Founder at Zoffice

Chubak Boikonov is entrepreneur and co-founder and CEO of an incubator for start-up enterprises called Ideagrad. Chubak and his Ideagrad team provide professional training and mentoring through a 10-week summer program for start-ups. Over the last two summer programs, 40 young entrepreneurs test-marketed their business concepts and created business plans for their enterprises. At the end of the training, Ideagrad invested seed capital in each of the busineses and assisted them in identifying additional sources of investment funding. Chubak and his Ideagrad team channel their efforts to develop an entrepreneurial ecosystem in Kyrgyzstan for linking youth ideas with investor opportunities.

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