The project “Sanarip Insan” funded by European Union promotes youth growth and development

On November 10, 2023, the Innovation Centre hosted the Final of the Sanarip Insan Startup Project Competition with a total prize fund of €27,500 or 2.6 million soms.

The Sanarip Insan Startup Competition was organised under the theme: “Empowering young people, especially young women, to use advanced digital knowledge and skills to create business projects with insufficient capital” and is aimed at developing and supporting sustainable business models that have an impact on the socio-economic life of the population of small towns, rural areas and farmers.

Kyrgyz from 18-35 years old could submit their ideas in 4 areas:

  • IT Solutions;
  • Education;
  • e-business;
  • artificial intelligence.

In the first stage, a total of 164 applications were submitted, of which 115 were from women. The second stage of the competition attracted 22 and the final 18 entries.

At the final event, out of 18 finalists from all regions of our country, 16 were able to participate offline, while 2 startups from Batken region participated online.

After all the participants had defended their startup projects, the jury members identified the best 8 startup ideas and awarded the winners with certificates for financial support and memorable gifts.

1st place with grant support of 400,000 soms went to the startup project “Salym.AI – smart tax assistant”, 8th place with grant support of 150,000 soms went to the startup project “Kyrgyz Boyok”. 600,000 soms will be distributed among the teams that did not win today.

Sanarip Insan aims to improve digital literacy among young people, women, migrants and people living in remote regions of the country. In particular, it suggests the use of digital platforms, learning the functions of social networks, digital financial applications, the use of information technology in online commerce and entrepreneurship, and ways of sustainable development through green economy. The project is implemented by the European Neighbourhood Council and the Internet Society Kyrgyz Chapter, with the support of the European Union.