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All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback. Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life! The Baku Weekend brings together people with different skill sets – primarily software developers, graphic designers and business people – to build applications and develop a commercial case around them. Why should you attend?

  • Build your network
  • Co-founder dating
  • Learn a new skill
  • Get face time with thought leaders
  • Join a global community
  • Actually launch a business ATL-group

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Hussein Kanji

Partner, Hoxton Ventures   |   LinkedIn

Hussein is a founding partner of Hoxton Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm.
He is also an advisor to the Chairman of Eros International Plc (NYSE:EROS) and Different Capital, a seed stage investment collective. He helps the UK government with technology policy, and occasionally appears on Bloomberg and CNN.
He was formerly with Accel Partners, where he focused on consumer internet, financial technology and software investments including OpenGamma, Playfish (acquired by EA) and Dapper (acquired by Yahoo).

Hussein holds an MBA from London Business School, and did his undergraduate studies in Symbolic Systems at Stanford University

Alper Celen

Managing Partner, Commit Network - Serial Entrepreneur   |   LinkedIn

Managing Partner, Alper Celen, founded COMMIT Network with a passion for business in the Middle East. Prior to COMMIT, Alper was member of the leadership team of McKinsey & Company’s Scandinavia Office where he led projects in telecom, supply chain, FMCG, and basic materials sectors in the Middle East and Europe and was an organization design expert for leading high-tech and public sector clients. Before McKinsey, Alper was a manager at Nokia Corporate Strategy where he focused on technology strategy and roadmaps. Alper has held management and engineering positions at three high-tech companies in the USA

Alper has an MBA with high distinction from MIT Sloan School of Management and an ME and BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia.

John Beadle

program director of Startup Weekend   |   LinkedIn

John is the program director of Startup Weekend. As director, John oversees global growth, profit and loss management, and development of new material. While managing a program based in over 120 countries, he has had the opportunity to see a wide range of startup communities and has helped 100s of entrepreneurs jump start their businesses. He has worked with numerous entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and corporations to help place talented individuals and grow early stage startups. John has a strong interest in customer development and occasionally teaches classes in lean methodology. He is based in San Francisco.


Rudi Dokmecioglu

Founder & CEO at Tmob Mobile Technology   |   LinkedIn

Rudi Dokmecioglu is the founder and CEO of tmob. tmob is the leading mobile technology company in Turkey with offices in Dubai and San Francisco and has signed under 80+ mobile apps with 100M+ downloads to date. Rudi, as an avid technology enthusiast, founded tmob in 2009 in Istanbul. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Isik University. After graduation, Rudi worked as a product specialist for Orange UK & France Business Services, responsible for roaming services’ product development and business model of 180 GSM operators. As a member of World Economic Forum Global Shapers Community, he’s currently focused on expanding tmob solutions to the world. Besides his professional focus, Rudi lectures on mobile development strategies at Bahçeşehir University.

Lubomir Iliew

Lubomir Iliew is the group COO of ATL Group since 2013. He is versatile effective executive offering more than 20 years of successive achievement in organisational leadership with global and regional entities ranging in size from start-ups, and family owned, to Fortune 500. Successful business developer with a proven history in launching new products, services, and divisions, managing emerging markets of Central & Eastern Europe (CEE) group regional operations, delivering high performance, and shareholder value. He holds MBA from PWSBiA (Poland) and MSc from Warsaw School of Economics.


Garib Mehdiyev


Garib loves to build cool and sexy products. He is currently CTO/Co-founder of TF- Fellowship. (!team/c1uyo) . He is currently working on a travel startup called Wetravel. At the same time Garib works as an Engineer in one of the top online collaboration company He loves to help beginner entrepreneurs and engineers.

Rasim Aliyev

Founder & CEO

Rasim is a Founding Director of Caspian Capital , a London firm which specializes in making strategic investments into tech start-ups, primarily in enterprise space. From Azerbaijan, Rasim understands emerging markets and has a passion to deliver innovative products and services to an emerging and tech-savvy population. Rasim is passionate about technology and building disruptive companies and solutions.

Patrick McGarvey

Principal, Commit Network   |   LinkedIn

Patrick is an experienced business consultant with a passion for helping companies identify and address substantial business opportunities.

Patrick is an experienced business consultant, who for the past six years has been advising large commercial operations and entrepreneurial ventures on myriad business topics including strategy, sales operations, and market entry. Patrick's recent projects have been with companies in the Generic Pharmaceutical, the Payments, and the Electronic Health Records spaces in the US and Europe. Prior to his independent work, Patrick worked for Bain & Company spending time in their Private Equity advisory group and also advising Healthcare and Manufacturing companies on strategic topics. Before Bain, Patrick worked as the first non-founding team member of Vanda Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: VNDA).

Patrick received an MBA from MIT Sloan and an MS in Biochemistry from Yale University.

Guvenc Sozen

Project Manager   |   LinkedIn

Guvenc has a B.S. in Business Administration from the Marmara University and a Master’s Degree in Marketing Management and Logistics from the Galatasaray University. He started his career as a Project Specialist at UPS where he used process optimization and IT driven solutions to create client impact. In his second work experience, he was a Project Manager at the Geovision Group using mix of technologies to optimize logistical problems for major retail brands such as Coca Cola and Danone. Currently, Guvenc is in charge of multiple partner and client relationships in Commit Network and spends his most of time in Baku, where he has a role as Senior Associate of Commit team in High-Tech Park Azerbaijan project. His special interests lie in mobile service development, online gaming, and innovation ecosystems, and he is a professional musician.

Paul Warren

Media expert

Paul Warren is an international business technology and media expert with the COMMIT network. Prior to his time at COMMIT, Paul worked in the U.S. with the market leading technologies group at Bloomberg L.P., where he had responsibility for processing the initial data publishing on earnings for hundreds of publicly listed companies. Paul also has also had direct experience in the Middle East in the trading, communications, and film production sectors. Paul graduated from Columbia University in the city of New York with a BA in Classics.

Natalia Corobco

Entrepreneur   |   LinkedIn

Natalia is the co-founder of, one of the leading business websites in Azerbaijan. As CEO until from June 2012 to November 2013, she led the project to breakeven point. Prior to this she set up Women’s Forum, an online publication to help women journalists jumpstart their careers. The project won the World Summit Youth Award in 2010. Currently Natalia is contributing to two online media projects in Azerbaijan and Belarus. She is also assembling a team for a new B2B platform for the CIS, which is in prototype development phase.

Natalia holds an MBA from IE Business School in Madrid, Spain.

Murad Mamedov

Entrepreneur   |   LinkedIn

Murad is an international business and technology expert in the field of telecommunications focused on Mobile Operators and Machine-2-Machine communications business areas. He is also co-founder of Encom Networks in Turkey, which provides solutions and services in mentioned areas. Murad has broad 10+ years of business and technology experience with Mobile Operators across the globe in 20+ countries most which are from emerging markets in CIS, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. He has worked in and consulted companies of different sizes from small startups to big players including Ericsson. Apart of other activities, Murad organized the exhibition of Smart Home for Azercell at Bakutel 2013 in Azerbaijan. Currently at Encom Networks, he is working on M2M Service Provider infrastructure and business offerings.

Emin Hasanov

Internet Enterpreneur   |   LinkedIn

Started as software engineer he is now co-founder and CTO of Turbo.Az and a number of other popular projects in Azerbaijan and abroad.

Nazim Aliyev

Co-Founder & CTO

Baked by over 8 years of extensive SW development expertise , Nazim keeps abreast of the latest software tech-trends. He drives the company technology initiatives, bringing to company the spirit of innovation and to eventually ensures the highest quality of software solutions for the customer. Before joining Nubessom Consulting Nazim wrote a code for various vertical markets,including but not limited to banking, retail, e-commerce, and guided a team of professional developers. Certified Salesforce Developer and Oracle Administrator

Stanislav Asgarov

Owner, Start Interactive Agency   |   LinkedIn

Specialties:management, art-direction, design, interactive technologies, typography

Nail Valiyev
Rustam Aliyev
Mammad Karimov
Aziz Shahhuseynov


Apr 18
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. Finished for the day.


Apr 19
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Customer validation
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills. Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Apr 20
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
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