Innovative IT projects were supported in 10 regions of the country

The international tech hub of IT startups Astana Hub completed the Startup Orda program for the development of regional IT entrepreneurs. The program included the Demo Day project competition, which granted a monetary reward with a total prize pool of 5 million tenge.

The startup incubator operated in 10 cities for two months, including Aktobe, Aktau, Kostanai, Uralsk, Pavlodar, Taraz, Kyzylorda, Petropavlovsk, Taldykorgan, and Semey.


More than 7000 applications from around the country were received from participating in Startup Orda. A total of 285 events were held during the training program, and around 10,000 participants who were enthusiastic about the development of IT in the regions actively participated in them. The program's natural culmination was Demo Day, during which participating teams gave a brief pitch to the judges as part of a project fair conducted by the cities.


The last 200 teams presented their concepts in IT. The top 100 of these evaluated the uniqueness of the idea concerning the Kazakhstan market; the project's potential for success in the future; the idea's or product's positive impact on a problem in the area of operation that it addresses; the product's scalability, and, of course, its innovation.


In addition to the financial reward, the winners were given access to the capital's technopark educational programs and the chance to further their professional development in the field of startups and innovation. 


The responsible commission invited members from local executive authorities, current entrepreneurs, and Astana Hub specialists to determine the brightest.


Among the projects is the startup QarapaiymEmdeu from Aktau. Its full-fledged humanoid therapeutic robot, SenimPlus, is a combination of artificial intelligence and mechanics designed to relieve the flow of the therapist and detect sick patients. Through the readings of temperature sensors, pulse, blood oxygen saturation, eye fatigue analysis, etc., as well as verbal indications of the patient, the robot can identify and analyze with a presumptive diagnosis, treatment, and subsequent issuance of medical certificates.


Taraz-based firm Qauipsiz addressed the issue of safety. a compact sensor device that instantly alerts a mobile phone with a call in the event of a fire or gas leak via a high-frequency antenna. The main clientele is MES and DESM organizations, government facilities, hotels, construction firms, and residential structures.


Activists from Taldykorgan with the project See The Future engaged in helping people with visual impairments. The finished product is the creation of an ecosystem of devices that consist of a neural network, a camera with a Lidar (Real Sense) sensor, headphones, and a mobile application. The device user will be able to navigate in an unknown environment, eliminating discomfort in everyday life due to limited capabilities.


Jolga, a smartphone application, is another intriguing startup. The solution is linked to AR technology, 360 photos, and 3D maps with extensive information about places for a quick study of Kazakhstan's tourism zones. Furthermore, if the information is insufficient, you may quickly call the guide on the spot and learn more about the location of a specific destination. The program creates a comprehensive picture of the region, giving the impression of being there and where you want to go. The project aims to develop and popularize tourism in Kazakhstan. "In a few years, many areas of business, as well as tourism, will not be able to exist without IT technology. We offer a mobile app that is easy to use, and we make the online experience available to everyone" - Sarsenbayev Asylkhan and Akhmetzhan Dynmukhamed from Pavlodar with the Jolga mobile app.


Throughout the two-month training, program participants gained the necessary knowledge and skills to formulate a company concept, market analysis, target audience research, establish a business model, and decide how to monetize the idea. They also practiced project presentations and pitching. Furthermore, participants got additional advice on marketing, intellectual property protection, and state support for startups.


Earlier it was noted that registration for the program in the regions is free, where all interested persons starting their startup project in the field of IT will be able to present their idea or ready-made product to investors.


As a reminder, the Startup Orda program was created based on global trends and considered the importance of IT development worldwide.

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