"Be bold and daring!" - what other tips did the experts give to startups at Pizza Pitch

Once again, experts and startups met at the Pizza Pitch in Astana hub. This time, six startups at the development stage joined the fight for the main prize – a grant for using the Yandex Cloud platform.

Pitching startups evaluated:

- Maksat Koshumbayev, Advisor to the First Vice Minister of the Ministry of Finance.

- Ekaterina Luchaninova, Head of the Yandex Cloud Boost startup community.

- Aslan Shangutov, former CDO at Amanat Insurance Company.

Startups were very different in direction.

For example, Aq Zhol startup presented a two-camera DVR with a system for monitoring the condition and behavior of the driver; ASUP startup talked about its application for automating the ordering of goods for grocery stores and restaurants. The Macros project chose the social direction of the automation of kindergartens. Presentations of AR Studio startups on augmented reality development and Kaz Uroki's online language school were also engaging.

The most advanced startup, which already has Glovo and Wolt among its partners, turned out to be the Kwaaka project, which directly integrates online orders from aggregators into the cash register.

According to Ekaterina Luchaninova, innovation is essential for her projects. By the way, the company awarded the main prize to the Kwaaka project. 

"If the project is at the initial stage of development, but the idea of the project carries novelty, innovation, then we are ready to support, provide access to Yandex Cloud B2B resources for further development," the expert notes. 

Aslan Shangutov advised startups to be bold and daring. "This is important for any startup!" he believes.

Maksat Koshumbayev, in turn, expressed readiness to support the most promising projects, among them he named the startup Kwaaka and Aq Zhol.

As a result, startups and participants of the meeting received valuable tips on project development and proper pitching. They were treated to delicious pizza from the event sponsor, SF company. Other sponsors who supported the event include Kazakhtelecom Business and Yandex Cloud Boost.

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