Barama Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center of Azercell Telecom LLC has represented our country at Seedstars CEE Summit with the support of PASHA Bank. Imran Baghirov, Head of Barama Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center and Seedstars World Ambassador and "Wake me up" project startup which will join Seedstars Summit to be held in Switzerland in April, 2018, took part in the international conference held in Kiev, Ukraine. Imran Baghirov had a number of meetings with startups from Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Moldova and Georgia and made a speech about the activities of Barama Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center and startups in Azerbaijan.
Notably, CEE Summit brings together the best and most promising players in innovation and technology sphere from around the world. Over 600 representatives attended the Seedstars CEE Summit which lasted for 3 days. The summit featured presentations by the participating startups, which was followed by panel discussions that engaged a range of topics and ideas pertinent to entrepreneurs in the region.
It should be noted that Azerbaijan’s leading mobile operator Azercell Telecom is closely cooperating with Seedstars.
Barama Innovation Center was founded in 2009 by Azercell with the aim to support entrepreneurship in Azerbaijan. The Center generally supports IT projects and startups operating in this industry and helps them grow as independent businesses. Barama Center has facilitated the realization of dozens of projects and competitions in the country.
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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, Online Customer Care and Social Media Customer Care services, Mobile Customer Care office, 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 surveys of Global Wireless Solutions company and international systems specialized in wireless coverage mapping such as "Opensignal" and "Testmy.net", Azercell’s network demonstrated the best results among the mobile operators of Azerbaijan.