Uzbekistan successfully organized the final EWC pitch competition on May 31, 2019.

The final was organized by the MiSK Foundation, the Global Education and Leadership Foundation (tGELF, India), Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) Uzbekistan and GroundZero network of coworking spaces.

The international jury of the competition included six experts from Uzbekistan and India. The following jury members were present at the competition:

  • Deputy Minister of Innovation Development of Uzbekistan, Mr. Yu. N. Mansurov (Uzbekistan);
  • Co-founder and CEO of “Stolik Online Food Delivery”, Mr. Kadyr Norov (Uzbekistan);
  • CEO of “36Inc” business incubator, Mr. Rajiv Roy (India);
  • Program Director of “36Inc” business incubator, Mr. Sorabh Chaubey (India);
  • Executive Director of the LEAD leadership development program from tGELF, Ms. Dinu Raheja (India);
  • General Director of the School for Social Entrepreneurs, Mr. Shalabh Mittal (India).

During the final competition, the jury reviewed the presentations of the 13 participating teams that had been pre-selected among 146 applicants. The teams presented their entrepreneurial ideas, each of which was distinguished by professionalism and innovative approach. Participants were given ten minutes for the presentation: five minutes for the project presentation and five minutes for answers to the jury questions.

Following the results of the presentations, the jury members selected three winners. The third place was taken by the Bankmarket.uz project, whose concept was aimed at creating a new generation financial market. The team had the opportunity within a month to implement their ideas on the territory of the co-working GroundZero for free. In second place are the developers of the Langzz project, training and course management systems to support language teaching in developing countries. As a prize, the team received a certificate for two months of free use of the workplace at GroundZero.

The first place was taken by the team “Agroport Jizzakh LLC”. Their project is dedicated to an innovative approach to the processing of waste from renewable resources using biotechnology with a specialization in cotton processing. The winners will represent Uzbekistan at the EWC international final in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) in November 2019. In addition, the team is allocated $ 500,000 for the use of online subscriptions and services for project development.

The event photos here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ezKifjBRMAsBP_VXLNvltH3jez6QiPX2

Shukhrat Azimov is Executive Director, Association of International Business and Technologies (AMBiT) - a private business… About the author