In his turn, Imran Baghirov, Director of Barama Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center, informed the guests about the future plans of the Center and upcoming international projects.
Notably, Barama Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center was established in 2009 by Azercell Telecom LLC with a view to boost business innovation and develop digital and entrepreneurial ecosystem. With the major goal to help startups to build their businesses, provide modern services and attract new customers, Barama Center has been supported by PASHA Bank, one of the leading companies in the country, since 2015. Over 80 projects were launched in Barama during past 9 years. 20 of such projects are currently operating as stand-alone companies. Each year Barama organizes over 50 events, such as Hackathon, Barama Teenager Academy – IT School, Breakfast with Mentors, Stupid Idea Day etc. The Center currently has 5 offices in Baku and regions: Headquarter, Baku State University, Baku ABC School, Azerbaijan Technical University and Lankaran State University.
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The leader of the mobile communication industry, the largest taxpayer and the biggest investor of the non-oil sector of Azerbaijan Azercell Telecom LLC was founded in 1996. With 48% share of Azerbaijan’s mobile telecom market Azercell’s network covers 80% of the territory (excluding 20% of the occupied territories) and 99.8% of population of the country. Currently, 4.5 million subscribers choose Azercell services. Azercell has pioneered an important number of innovations in Azerbaijan, including GSM technology, advance payment system, mobile internet services, Metro coverage, 24/7 call centre service, 7 day/week Front Office service, M2M services, one-stop-shopping approach Azercell Express offices, mobile customer services, Online Customer Care and Social Media Customer Care services, mobile e-signature service "ASAN Imza" etc. Azercell deployed first 4G – LTE services in Azerbaijan in 2012. According to the results of mobile network quality and wireless coverage mapping surveys by international systems, Azercell’s network demonstrated the best results among the mobile operators of Azerbaijan. Azercell is the only company in Azerbaijan and CIS region which has been awarded Gold Certificate of International "Investors in People" Standard.