Kazan OIC Youth Entrepreneurship Forum
May 15-20
Kazan, Russia
Why Should You Join?
Cash prize
Cash prize of 20 thousand USD
Challenge yourself
Working with global teams from diverse cultural backgrounds can be a useful learning experience in itself. Helping those teams achieve their goals can be even more rewarding
Join a global community
20 hours of lectures, 80 hours of one-on-one mentorship sessions and hundreds of resources to support early stage startups across the OIC geography
About Forum

Kazan OIC Youth Entrepreneurship Forum is an annual large-scale international youth entrepreneurship activity.

The organizers of the annual Kazan – OIC Youth Entrepreneurship Forum are: Government of the Republic of Tatarstan, Eurasian Regional Center of Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF-ERC), Tatarstan Republic Youth Social Fund "Selet". The Forum will be held in partnership with Academy of Youth Diplomacy and Kazan IT Park, among others.

The 2023 Kazan Forum is intended for early stage startups with proven MVPs from the OIC region. These startups typically would have raised a family and friends round or no funding at all. The reality of the coronavirus pandemic has exposed the vulnerabilities of the world as well as the opportunities for technology to help mitigate many problems.

The OIC has been one of the worst hit regions with declining incomes from oil and gas and a declining global demand for commodities, it is indeed a tough time.

Our format
February 1 -
March 20
You have an IT startup:
e-commerce, edtech, apps
You are between 18-35 years
You are the founder/cofounder
You have a prototype (MVP)
March 20 - April 1
Selection based on team, product,
market and traction. Top 100 startups will be invited to the online accelerator.
April 10 - May 10
20 hours of lectures, 80 hours of one-on-one mentorship sessions. Through a series of assessments and progress reports, top startups will be invited to the Boot Camp in Kazan.
Boot Camp
May 15-20
The most successful startups will have the opportunity to compete for $20 000 in cash prizes. The culmination and award will be done during Demo day.

2023 Speakers
  • Roman Kumar Vyass
    Founder, Qmarketing
    Founder of Barouni.com
  • Sami Serdar
    Coordinator of Economic Empowerment Department, ICYF, and CEO of the Young Business Hub
  • Amil Valiyev
    Business developer, Innovation Agency of Azerbaijan
  • Joe Haslam
    Executive Director of the Owners Scaleup Program at IE Business School in Madrid
  • Suhaib Al-Khawaldah
    Policy Manager at Qatar Foundation, Investor
  • Renat Khairullin
    Scouting manager at Starta Accelerator
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