On March 3, 2017 an educational space - a startup academy "Catapult", equipped with coworking for students who want to create their own business was opened on the basis of the Eurasian Technological University. This is already the fourth start-up academy, opened by the "Damu" Fund in the framework of the educational project of the Fund "Startup Academy". On the basis of the partner university - the first three academies were launched in Astana, Atyrau and Pavlodar.
Such cooperation allows providing free support to beginning entrepreneurs from the stage of a business idea to entering the market, i.е. It is not only about consulting and information support, but also about attracting investors, assisting in applying for participation in financial programs of the Damu Fund or receiving state grants.
Since the launch of the "Catapult" in Almaty in the field of non-financial support for beginning and operating entrepreneurs, 120 potential entrepreneurs have been consulted, wishing to start their own business.
Based on the startup academy for educational projects of the "Damu" Fund - "Startup Academy" and "Support for the opening of a new business", 40 prospective, novice and active entrepreneurs were trained. After the training, participants disassembled their business plans, presentations and presented them at the marathon of business ideas - "Demo Day". Investors and mentors commented all projects. The best projects of training participants received funding from investors and the “Damu” Fund.
Rasul Abdukhalilov a founder of “RV OIL & GAS”, Yevgenyi Mukhamedzhanov, a managing director for Marketing and Communications of the Kazakhstan Stock Exchange (KASE), Dinara Babich, Acceleration Program Coordinator in the business incubator "Most" and And Rector of the Eurasian Technological University Nurzhamal Salimgerevna had acted as investors and mentors.
In addition, business meetings were held with successful entrepreneurs. One of them is Alexey Nazarov, a young and creative entrepreneur, founder and CEO of PayBox.kz, one of the leading aggregates of payment systems in Kazakhstan. He is a participant in the Uniform program of support and development of business "Road map of business 2020". During his speech, Alexey gave a lot of motivating advice, stressing that time is life, business is the honor of the entrepreneur, the action generates a result and constant self-development. "
Another participant in the business meeting is a successful businessman, founder of one of the strongest schools of the southern capital, specializing in street culture Funky Town, Marat Yagfarov. An important stage of development for Marat was training in the program "Business Communications" in 2015. After passing the program, afterwards, many ideas for developing business in the direction of innovative technologies appeared, dancing performances were developed with the use of neon and projection technologies. Marat encouraged the seminar participants with his experience in business, telling about how the business idea arose, where he started and what difficulties he faced. He also shared the secrets of creating a successful business, noting that the most important thing is your own unquenchable desire to go forward.
Successful entrepreneur Galiya Utibekova also became a guest of the "Catapult" startup academy. Galiya is the director of the Thai restaurant "White Elephant", a member of the board of the Association of Business Women in Almaty, director of the Kazakhstan-Swiss Institute of Tourism, restaurant and hotel business, writer and inventor. The main direction of its activities are - public catering, catering and training of cooks. An important stage in the development of her business can be considered 2012, when she was trained in the program "Business Connections" and an internship in the US in the group "Food Industry". There were appeared many ideas for business development in the direction of innovative technologies and production of natural traditional food products in a new format. Galiya told that there are not only ups in life, but also falls, and the main thing at this moment is not to give up.