A qualifying round of Seedstars World competition among Azerbaijnai start-ups took place in Baku during the last week with the support of Barama Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center of Azercell. Start-up named Piriyev Aero gained the chance of representing Azerbaijan in this world competition and competing for investment capital in the amount of USD 500,000. Piriyev Aero, winner of the qualifying round held among 12 competitors will join Seedstars World competiiton scheduled for February 2016 in Switzerland. The winner joined the competition with the project Dronee. It is a drone, customizable aircraft vehicle carrying a hardware platform. Developers can easily use the drone for own purposes by choosing relevant hardware (mobile multimode camera, air censor, thermal camera, 4G modeme etc.) and applications and entering the codes. Flapus mobile application for sending tasks with a reminder and Bethclip, data synchronization tool based on a cloud multiplatform took the second and third places respectively. The competition held with the organization and support of PASHA Bank and support of ADA University, Khazar Ventures, Barama and Uber is a global project to discover young talents in develioing and rapidly growthing start-up market. The compeititon is aimed at supporting entrepreneurship in emerging countries.
Azercell Telecom, leading mobile operator in Azerbaijan, collaborates with Swiss company of Seedstars in the World Start-up Competition. Imran Baghirov, head of Strategic Adjacencies and Customer Channels Department, has been appointed as a Seedstars World ambassador.
Azercell remaining dedicated to its commitment to social responsibility facilities the growth of young generation in all fields in the country. During the peiod of its operation, the company implementd several successful projects and organized various competitions, educational and grant programs for entrepreneurs with the support of Barama Center.
Azercell Telecom LLC was founded in 1996 and since the first years sustains a leading position on the market. Azercell introduced number of technological innovations in Azerbaijan: GSM technology, advance payment mobile services, GPRS/EDGE, 24/7 Customer Care, full-time operating Azercell Express offices, mobile e-service “ASAN imza” (ASAN signature) and others. With 51% share of Azerbaijan’s mobile market Azercell’s network covers 99,8% of the country’s population. Currently, the number of Azercell’s subscribers reached 4,6 million people. In 2011 Azercell deployed 3G and in 2012 the fourth generation network – LTE in Azerbaijan. The Company is the leader of Azerbaijan’s mobile communication industry and the biggest investor in the non-oil sector. Azercell is a part of TeliaSonera Group of Companies serving 186 million subscribers in 17 countries worldwide with 27,000 employees.