Ahmad Rajabli 27B, Uber Plaza, Baku, Azerbaijan
+994558356538
hi@sil.vc

Our Story

Path to Global Startup Community

“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.

"A place for the people with a passion to build scalable impact solutions for a better future."
 



Now, let us take you on a little journey. You will love how things grew over the time.
 

Our Story

2019
December 11

Sil. hosted FemaLeaders

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.

December 8

Sil. startup WASCO Lab has been accepted into Brinc’s MENA Accelerator

Sil. startup WASCO Lab has been accepted into Brinc’s MENA Accelerator

Hell Yeah!!!

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!

November 28

Sil. startup #Otmilk wins the 3rd Prize at AGRO X startup competition

Sil. startup #Otmilk wins the 3rd Prize at AGRO X startup competition

Here goes Sil. startup again!
Our alumni!

Sil. startup #Otmilk wins the 3rd Prize at AGRO X startup competition last month.

It all started when this amazing team joined Creative Business Cup Azerbaijan with an idea of building Otmilk.

 

November 25

Sil. and Kapital Bank hosted the Final of 6 weeks of “Ideyam Var” entrepreneurship program

Sil. and Kapital Bank hosted the Final of 6 weeks of “Ideyam Var” entrepreneurship program

Hell yeah!

Sil. and Kapital Bank hosted the Final of 6 weeks of “Ideyam Var” intrapreneurship program that was designed to produce innovative solutions in banking industry.

November 17

Here goes Sil. startup again!

Here goes Sil. startup again!

The Winner of ClimateLaunchpad #Azerbaijan 2019 competes in the Grand Final of ClimateLaunchpad Amsterdam, Netherland!

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.

November 15

Here goes Sil. startup again!

Here goes Sil. startup again!

Our alumni!

Sil. startup HealWith wins the 1st Prize at İdeyadan biznesə startup competition.

November 3

Sil.icontalks #3

Sil.icontalks #3

Yeah!!!!

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

October 8

Sil.icontalks #2

Sil.icontalks #2

Yeah!!!!

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!

September 22

Climasel won the First Prize at #Energy #Investment #Forum 2019 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Climasel won the First Prize at #Energy #Investment #Forum 2019 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Hell Yeah!

Our startup Climasel won the First Prize at #Energy #Investment #Forum 2019 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan and received full sponsored participation in Asian Development Bank – ADB‘s Asia Clean Energy Forum 2020 in Manila!

August 5

WASCO-Smart Waste Collection System wins the 1st Prize at Unbound Global Baku 2019 startup competition

WASCO-Smart Waste Collection System wins the 1st Prize at Unbound Global Baku 2019 startup competition

Boom!!!

Sil. startup WASCO-Smart Waste Collection System wins the 1st Prize at Unbound Global Baku 2019 startup competition and receives a FREE ticket (full coverage) and Booth to present at FinTech #AbuDhabi event!

July 29

We have successfully completed the ClimateLaunchpad Azerbaijan 2019 acceleration program!

We have successfully completed the ClimateLaunchpad Azerbaijan 2019 acceleration program!

Hell Yeah!

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!

July 6

Sil. startup WASCO-Smart Waste Collection System wins the 1st Prize at Yenifikir 2019 startup competition

Sil. startup WASCO-Smart Waste Collection System wins the 1st Prize at Yenifikir 2019 startup competition

Hell yeah!!!

 

Sil. startup WASCO-Smart Waste Collection System wins the 1st Prize at Yenifikir 2019 startup competition and receives 8,000AZN hot cash to further develop their business!

 

Worth to mentioned that Sil. startups are the winners of Yenifikir competition 2 years in a row – Uviba (formerly NTB) won the 5th edition and this year WASCO wins the 6th edition!

June 23

ClimateLaunchpad Azerbaijan took off with an incredible 2 days of Bootcamp

ClimateLaunchpad Azerbaijan took off with an incredible 2 days of Bootcamp

Woooow!

ClimateLaunchpad Azerbaijan took off with an incredible 2 days of Bootcamp on 21st and 22nd June at Sil. Space!

June 19

NewSpace Accelerator 2019

NewSpace Accelerator 2019

We are proud to announce 3 winners of NewSpace Accelerator which will get seed investments by Azercosmos in the following amounts:

1. OrientMap – 10.000 AZN

2. ThermoNorth – 5.000 AZN

3. Power Academy – 3.000 AZN

June 6

Sil. at Young Transatlantic Leadership Initiative and The Global Entrepreneurship Summit

Sil. at Young Transatlantic Leadership Initiative and The Global Entrepreneurship Summit

Our Founder & CEO Jasur Hasanov has been representing Azerbaijan with Sil. at Young Transatlantic Leadership Initiative and The Global Entrepreneurship Summit among more than 140 countries in the Hague, Netherlands since 1st of June till today.

April 28

Sil. Tribe in 5th Kazan OIC Youth Entrepreneurship Forum

Sil. Tribe in 5th Kazan OIC Youth Entrepreneurship Forum

Rockstars of Sil. team – Farid Huseynov, Emin Salmanov and Aytaj Asgarova represent our company in the 5th Kazan OIC Youth Entrepreneurship Forum in Kazan, Russia!

April 23

ThermoNorth won the second prize at GIST Regional Startup Training Caucasus

ThermoNorth won the second prize at GIST Regional Startup Training Caucasus

Our startup ThermoNorth won the second prize at GIST Regional Startup Training Caucasus and received $1,500 USD in seed capital from the U.S. Department of State’s GIST Initiative!

April 14

Venture Battle Hackathon

Venture Battle Hackathon

Sil. held the first ever Venture Battle Hackathon in Creative Industries – a 48 hours long marathon during which participants worked on transforming an idea into a working prototype!

 

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!

April 11

Sil.icontalks #1

Sil.icontalks #1

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!

March 31

Sil. University Campus Visits

Sil. University Campus Visits

Sil. Ambassadors at BHOS, UNEC, BEU, AUL, UFAZ, BSU organized meeting of Sil. with the students of the university. The session passed the info about our programs Creative Business Cup, ClimateLaunchpad and NewSpace Accelerator!

March 24

Creative Business Cup 2019 Azerbaijan Bootcamp

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

March 14

Creative Business Cup Press Conference

Creative Business Cup Press Conference

Sil. announced the launch of the Creative Business Cup Azerbaijan 2019. CBC Azerbaijan 2019 is brought to you by Sil.​ in partnership with Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan!

March 11

Sil. in Georgia!

Sil. in Georgia!
January 23

Prof. Patricia H. Lee from Saint Louis University at Sil

Prof. Patricia H. Lee from Saint Louis University at Sil

We keep educating aspiring entrepreneurs in Azerbaijan!

On 11th January we hosted a session on Intellectual Property, Incorporation (company registration), Tax for Startups, Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs delivered by Prof. Patricia H. Lee!

 

2018
December 22

Bootcamp 9 – Theme: Cleantech Ideation

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.

November 27

Grand Final of Creative Business Cup

Grand Final of Creative Business Cup

The Winners of Creative Business Cup Azerbaijan 2018 compete in the Grand Final of Creative Business Cup in Copenhagen, Denmark!

October 6

Creative Business Cup Azerbaijan 2018

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”.

 

September 17

İntroducing of our new web address

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.

September 1

Creative Business Cup Azerbaijan Bootcamp

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.

.

 

June 30

National Final: Climate Launchpad Azerbaijan 2018

National Final: Climate Launchpad Azerbaijan 2018

On 30th June, Social Innovation Lab hosted the startup event of the year in Azerbaijan, ClimateLaunchpad National Final Pitch Show where 13 startups showcased their innovative products to the Jury after 2 months of intensive training and mentorship to get into top-3 startups.

June 27

Silicon Valley expert – Rick Rasmussen’s workshop

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.

 

June 16

Launch – Creative Business Cup Azerbaijan

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.

May 28

Sil. Startup – Winner: First Prize (Act In Space)

Sil. Startup – Winner: First Prize (Act In Space)

ClimateLaunchpad Azerbaijan startuppers Madat Sardarli and Nofel Agayarli wins international space technology hackathon Act In Space Azerbaijan organized by our partner French-Azerbaijani University – UFAZ and they are going to France to represent Azerbaijan in the global finals of Actinspace!

May 18

Sil. Founder – Jury & Speaker (International Tech Conference – Emerge, Minsk, Belarus)

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..

May 9

Sil. Startup – International Startup Program (Kazan, Russia)

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!

May 4

Sil. Startup – Winner: First Prize (Golden Byte 2018 – Regional Final)

Sil. Startup – Winner: First Prize (Golden Byte 2018 – Regional Final)

Our ClimateLaunchpad Azerbaijan 2017 alumni Wand. wins the 1st place at Golden Byte 2018 – Regional Final and will be representing Azerbaijan in the International Finals of Golden Byte 2018 in Kiev, Ukraine!

May 2

Sil. Startup: International Recognition (Sparknews)

Sil. Startup: International Recognition (Sparknews)

Our social enterprise Papillon got featured as impact story on Impact Journalism Day 2017 by 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.

April 25

StartUP Azerbaijan © Community: 5000+ Members!

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.

April 21

The Start – ClimateLaunchpad Bootcamp 2018

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.

April 11

New personality, newer spirit! (Re-branded Logo)

New personality, newer spirit! (Re-branded Logo)

Under the motto of “Path to Global Startup Community” our team has worked tirelessly to come up with this beautiful logo that communicates our values and vision!

April 7

Sil. – An All-time ClimateLaunchpad record breaker! (83 applications)

Sil. – An All-time ClimateLaunchpad record breaker! (83 applications)

CLP Azerbaijan is an all-time ClimateLaunchpad record breaker with 83 applications received among 50 CLP partner locations in 45 countries. Sil. tribe worked hard and well deserved the Title!

March 27

Sil. Alumna: The Forbes Under 30 List!

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! 

March 10

Bootcamp 8 – Theme: Impact Technologies (Ganja)

Bootcamp 8 – Theme: Impact Technologies (Ganja)

Social Innovation Lab in collaboration with Azərbaycan Texnologiya Universiteti UTECA held very successful startup bootcamp ATU Startup Kampı – Gəncə on 10th & 11th of March in Ganja, Azerbaijan!

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.

March 3

Bootcamp 7 – Theme: Impact Technologies

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.

February 1

Applications Open: ClimateLaunchpad Azerbaijan 2018

Applications Open: ClimateLaunchpad Azerbaijan 2018
Social Innovation Lab announces applications open to the world’s largest cleantech program, ClimateLaunchpad for 2018! ClimateLaunchpad helps entrepreneurs to create, develop and promote their clean technology ideas to create the best possible future for our planet.
January 5

Launch – Sil. Impact Magazine (issue 1, 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 UvibaCatalyser 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.

2017
December 7

Sil. Model – International Program (Tbilisi, Georgia)

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.

November 28

Sil. Startup – Rainergy & Ivanka Trump

Sil. Startup – Rainergy & Ivanka Trump
Ivanka Trump recognizes efforts of 15 years of young woman entrepreneur, Reyhan Camalova, from Azerbaijan in 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in India.
 
Reyhan Jamalova built her startup, Rainergy in ClimateLaunchpad Azerbaijan 2017 pre-accelerator program organized and run by Social Innovation Lab to support local cleantech entrepreneurs on building their innovation and having access to global opportunities. Watch the video here.
November 25

Bootcamp 6 – Theme: Impact Technologies

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.

November 3

Sil. Model – International Program (Sofia, Bulgaria)

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.


"Here we're today. History Being Written."