АО "Национальное агентство по развитию инноваций "QazInnovations"

The outgoing year turned out to be saturated and we believe that our work is of great benefit in the light of the popularization of the innovation sector. Kazakhstan is rich in people with innovative thinking and the task of QazInnovations as a national institution is to support and motivate them. The emphasis on the growth of the innovation component is at the highest level. This is evidenced by the formation of the Technological Policy Council under the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan, which discusses proposals to improve the efficiency of the country’s innovative ecosystem. In October and December 2022, the first two meetings were held, which indicates a deep concentration in the introduction of new technologies and innovations. Our Agency is officially empowered to promote the innovative industry by providing grants, expert research, conclusions, methodological support for industry centers, business incubators, etc.

Worth noting that from August 1 to September 20, applications for the competition in the category of technology commercialization were accepted. The subsidy for the product completion is up to 20 million tenge. Among 261 applications, 17 applicants were approved by the commission. Thus, those who passed the competition got a real chance to implement their projects.

The opportunities provided by the National Agency should be known around the country. Therefore, we focus on regions where undoubtedly great talents, inventors and entrepreneurs live. One of our successful undertakings in the republican regions together with Astana Hub is the opening of innovative business incubators. QazInnovations representatives have become a link between local residents. Anyone who has an idea to start a business or some projects can visit those incubators in their cities, get advice, undergo training. Qazinnovations experts searched for innovative projects to attract business acceleration in following cities: Semey, Pavlodar, Kostanay, Petropavlovsk, Taldykorgan, Taraz, Kyzylorda, Aktobe, Aktau, Uralsk. Dozens of seminars, trainings, master classes from leading specialists of various fields were held. A total of about 10 thousand people attended events organized by our company. Over 700 people took part in business incubation. Initial presentations of projects were held during Pizza Pitch, networking events. At the end of the training, students were awarded certificates. The acceleration programs completion was indicated by Demo Day, where future or current startups made their project presentations. As a result of the jury selection, the best participants were awarded valuable and cash prizes. In total, 200 start-up projects were presented at Demo Day and about 100 winners were selected. Events also covered Astana, Almaty and Karaganda.

QazInnovations specialists constantly held consultations on the types and rules how to get grants. In fact, individual work was carried out with each participant. In all regions, the population, as well as local executive bodies, Entrepreneurs Chamber, businessmen showed great interest in this program, which served as an incentive for further support for innovative thinking throughout the country.