“What's in your life's blueprint?”
Year 2013, a peaceful night with a cup of Chinese tea in the heart of Malaysia. Thoughts, questions, answers follow one another! Every answer brings the next why? Finally the last answer is - "Being hope for those who are in need for a meaningful life!". That's how the concept of Sil. was founded.
Sil. hosted FemaLeaders
Social Innovation Lab is in action!
Yesterday Sil. hosted #FemaLeaders
The project focuses on building leadership presence and impact and on enhancing networking, communication and negotiation skills.
FemaLeaders kicked off 4 months ago!
Yesterday we just had the sixth session with young and aspiring women entrepreneurs!
Our mentor`s Narmin Ibrahimova. She talked about social projects, startups, opportunities, and etc.
Thanks to Narmin Ibrahimova for amazing training and workshop.
Female leaders supported by the US Embassy. The project coordinator is Mahin Jabrayilova.
Sil. startup WASCO Lab has been accepted into Brinc’s MENA Accelerator
Sil. startup WASCO Lab has been accepted into Brinc’s MENA Accelerator Program – one of the world’s most successful hardware accelerator program. WASCO Lab successfully completed 6 weeks of intensive acceleration program and pitched in the 1st outdoor Demo Day joined by international #Speakers, Guests, Brinc’s #ACCFC19 #Startups & Brinc founders!
Sil. startup #Otmilk wins the 3rd Prize at AGRO X startup competition
Here goes Sil. startup again!
Meet the National Winner: Aydan Gadirova, co-founder Airflec.
The startup that has developed a new engine to be placed on the backside of the car to save energy when the gas pedal is released.
Sil. held the third edition of Sil.icontalks – a signature event, inspirational and educational talk series organized by Sil. for entrepreneurs, professionals and members of the entrepreneurship ecosystem who love to connect, network and share!
Our Icon for the Sil.icontalks #3 was Vusal Suleyman
Sil. held the second edition of Sil.icontalks – a signature event, inspirational and educational talk series organized by Sil. for entrepreneurs, professionals and members of the entrepreneurship ecosystem who love to connect, network and share!
Our Icon for the Sil.icontalks #2 was Joshgun Karimov, trainer, author of Kvan, Alamo 13, Ubuntu and Onqaku books!
Climasel won the First Prize at #Energy #Investment #Forum 2019 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan
WASCO-Smart Waste Collection System wins the 1st Prize at Unbound Global Baku 2019 startup competition
We have successfully completed the ClimateLaunchpad Azerbaijan 2019 acceleration program!
We have successfully completed the ClimateLaunchpad Azerbaijan 2019 acceleration program!
Last Saturday, on 27th July, we hosted the startup event of the year, ClimateLaunchpad Azerbaijan FINAL Pitch Show where 8 startups starred on the stage to explain how they are riding the wave of the biggest business opportunity of our time – tackling climate change.
The Jury selected the top-3 startups and audience voted for the “Audience Favorite Startup”. Winners of the competition were:
1st Prize Winner: Airflec – the startup that has developed a new engine to be placed on back side of the car to save the energy when the gas pedal is released.
2nd Prize Winner: Climasel – the startup that has developed a panels to keep balance in the internal temprature of the houses or offices by saving lots of energy.
3rd Prize Winner: Eco Solutions – a startup which solves one of the main problems for hotels – waste collection!
Sil. startup WASCO-Smart Waste Collection System wins the 1st Prize at Yenifikir 2019 startup competition
Sil. at Young Transatlantic Leadership Initiative and The Global Entrepreneurship Summit
Venture Battle Hackathon
VentureBattle Hackathon: Creative Industries continued day and night nonstop for 48 hours from 12th April through 14th April! Our crazy entrepreneurs and hardcore hackers who have been working NONSTOP over the past 48 hours!
Sil. held the first edition of Sil.icontalks – a signature event, inspirational and educational talk series organized by Sil. for entrepreneurs, professionals and members of entrepreneurship ecosystem who love to connect, network and share!
Our Icon for the Sil.icontalks #1 was Gumru Mehdiyeva, Senior Legal Associate at BHM Baku Law Centre!
Creative Business Cup 2019 Azerbaijan Bootcamp
Creative Business Cup Azerbaijan took off 2-days of Bootcamp on 23rd – 24th April. Mind-blowing 19 startups went through series of hands-on workshops from defining right market segment to address their pains or needs, designing right value proposition to financial projections and user acquisition
Prof. Patricia H. Lee from Saint Louis University at Sil
Bootcamp 9 – Theme: Cleantech Ideation
Social Innovation Lab (Sil.) and UNDP Azerbaijan hosted Cleantech Ideation Bootcamp in BHOS to discover innovations that addresses one of the world’s most challenging issues – Climate Change!
On 22nd – 23rd December 33 entrepreneurs, 4 trainers, 6 mentors spent 2 full days together working on finding innovative solutions to tackle climate change through entrepreneurship.
Creative Business Cup Azerbaijan 2018
On 6th October, we hosted the startup event of the year, Creatives Business Cup Azerbaijan FINAL Pitch Show where 13 startups starred on the stage to explain how they are riding the wave of the trillion dollar business opportunity of our time – the Creative Industries. The Jury selected the top-3 startups and the “Top Female Entrepreneur”.
İntroducing of our new web address
İntroducing of our new web address www.sil.vc which communicates our identity, long term vision and aligns with our current activities.
Creative Business Cup Azerbaijan Bootcamp
Creative Business Cup Azerbaijan took off 2-days of Bootcamp on 1st – 2nd September.
Mind-blowing 15 startups went through series of hands-on workshops from defining right market segment to address their pains or needs, designing right value proposition to financial projections and user acquisition.
National Final: Climate Launchpad Azerbaijan 2018
Silicon Valley expert – Rick Rasmussen’s workshop
Silicon Valley expert – Rick Rasmussen from the US Berkeley Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology – SCET was invited within MAX program framework, spoke about B2G – Selling to Government, the best practices for businesses with this specific business model.
40 entrepreneurs representing Azerbaijan, Georgia, Afganistan and Indonesia participated in a workshop organized by Social Innovation Lab (Sil.) and AzerCosmos Open Joint Stock Company OJSCo.
Launch – Creative Business Cup Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan joins to the world’s largest startup competition in creative industries, Creative Business Cup (CBC) and Sil. is the Official Organizer and the National Partner of CBC in Azerbaijan. CBC empowers entrepreneurs in the creative industries, connects them to investors and global markets and strengthens their innovative capabilities to the benefit of industry and society.
Sil. Startup – Winner: First Prize (Act In Space)
Sil. Founder – Jury & Speaker (International Tech Conference – Emerge, Minsk, Belarus)
“On behalf of Social Innovation Lab, I was honored to be one of the speakers at Emerge Conference in Minsk, Belarus. During the Philtech Panel Discussion I had opportunity to share lessons learned from my personal entrepreneurial journey and our practices at Social Innovation Lab, also contributed as a jury member of the Philtech Track to evaluate pitches of the startups from Russia, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia and more.” says Jasur Hasanov, CEO, founder at Sil..
Sil. Startup – International Startup Program (Kazan, Russia)
Our startup MyBostan.com – Fresh Store represents Azerbaijan in an international startup program Kazan OIC Youth Entrepreneurship Forum 2018 that was kicked off on 5th May and continues till 12th May.
Rockstars of MyBostan Togrul Abbasli, Huseyn Zeynalov and Tayfun Esref are rocking the Forum until 12th May to co-learn & compete for the seed investment among the 35 startups in the Forum from different parts of the world!
Sil. Startup: International Recognition (Sparknews)
The idea of founding such a company occurred to four students while they were taking part in a Social Enterprise Bootcamp organized by Azerbaijan’s Social Innovation Lab on November, 2016. The participants had been asked to come up with a solution to address some of the emerging challenges of the modern world which also included – pollution.
StartUP Azerbaijan © Community: 5000+ Members!
Our StartUP Azerbaijan © community reached to 5000+ member! Being the most active and engaging group, the community members includes leading investors, experienced entrepreneurs and experts in the field and talented young and aspiring entrepreneurs to facilitate collaboration and growth of the Azerbaijani Startup Ecosystem.
The Start – ClimateLaunchpad Bootcamp 2018
ClimateLaunchpad Azerbaijan took off with a fantastic 2-days of Bootcamp on 21st – 22nd April. The Bootcamp was run by Frans Nauta – the founder of ClimateLaunchpad, Jasur Hasanov Founder and CEO of Social Innovation Lab.
Mind-blowing 15 startups went through series of hands-on workshops from defining right market segment, designing right value proposition to financial projections and jobs to be done. The Acceleration program will continue until 30th of June, 2018 on a weekly basis to support our cleantech entrepreneurs to solidify their business models, achieve product market fit and early traction.
Sil. Alumna: The Forbes Under 30 List!
Sil.’s alumna from ClimateLaunchpad Azerbaijan 2017 program made it into the Forbes under 30 list! This is the first ever occasion that someone from Azerbaijan made it into the Forbes under 30 list! We’re very much humbled and proud as Sil. for being the organization behind this remarkable milestone!
Bootcamp 8 – Theme: Impact Technologies (Ganja)
During the 2 days of intensive full day program, participants worked on their innovative business ideas ranging from alternative food, agriculture to smart solutions in education and health industry. Participants worked on refining their business models and products through utilizing most up-to-date tools like BMC and VPC and at the end of the bootcamp they pitched their products to the Jury. 1st Prize Winner – #Otmilk – a non-diary plant based alternative milk produced for emerging markets outside the US and Europe. We loved it! Otmilk was entitled a direct access to ClimateLaunchpad Azerbaijan acceleration program while all top 3 startup were given access to incubation program at UTECA.
Bootcamp 7 – Theme: Impact Technologies
Sil. ran 3 full day hands-on bootcamp with 43 aspiring entrepreneurs from high schools and universities. The participants worked on building their first startup venture under the guidance of Sil. trainer. Under the “fail fast, succeed faster” motto, they used tools like BMC, VPC, Intervention Design tools simplify, clarify and better articulate their business ideas under the supervision of program trainers and mentors. The program gave birth to 9 new startup ventures.
Applications Open: ClimateLaunchpad Azerbaijan 2018
Launch – Sil. Impact Magazine (issue 1, 2018)
Big News! We launched Sil.’s Impact Magazine (issue 1, 2018) with the title of “Building an Innovation Legacy: One startup at a time!”. The link to full magazine is here. It explains foundation of Social Innovation Lab and short success stories of some of our champios like Uviba, Catalyser and Papillon! You will find insightful info about all our programs and instruments, also methods and tools that we use to support aspiring entrepreneurs of any kind.
Sil. Model – International Program (Tbilisi, Georgia)
We got invited to the international program on “Policy guidelines for social, sustainable and inclusiveinnovation: the Black Sea region experience” which took place on the 6th and 7th of December 2017 in Tbilisi, Georgia. The event was organized by ESIDG in cooperation with the Applied Research and Communications Fund (ARC Fund, Bulgaria) as part of the Black Sea Horizon project under the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and InnovationHorizon2020. The discussions during the program resulted with Recommendations for the policy makers based on the accumulated experience of EU and non-EU Black Sea countries.
Sil. Startup – Rainergy & Ivanka Trump
Bootcamp 6 – Theme: Impact Technologies
Hosted the 6th Startup Bootcamp of Social Innovation Lab in a in collaboration with Technopark of Baku Engineering University. During the full day bootcamp participants learned essentials of entrepreneurship and problem/solution and product/market fits through series of workshop like Design Thinking, VPC and BMC, built their own startup models to generate income though solving different emerging issues of today’s society and pitched to the Judges.
Sil. Model – International Program (Sofia, Bulgaria)
We got invited to the international program on “Promotion of social, sustainable and frugal innovation in the Black Sea region” which took place on the 2nd and 3rd of November, 2017 in Sofia, Bulgaria.
During the program 19 models of ecosystem enablers, social entrepreneurs, representatives of business and civil society organisations from 11 different EU and non-EU Black Sea countries presented their models. Three out of these working models received the highest votes to be presented to government officials and policy makers to develop relevant policy recommendations based on the presented cases. Social Innovation Lab was among the selected three models.