KG Labs together with CJSC “Interbank Processing Center” and “Ololohaus” organizes a series of meetings on the subject of FinTech development in the Kyrgyz Republic.
The second event in the series will be devoted to the topic of Digital Economy and Cashless Payments.
We invite you to an open discussion on the topic “Digital Economy and Cashless Payments ” with the participation of representatives of government agencies, commercial companies, payment systems and international organizations.
We will be glad to meet you and share experiences, suggestions and plans for the development of financial technologies and non-cash payments .
During the event, you will have the opportunity to participate in the discussion of current issues in the development of financial technologies, cashless payments, as well as receive comments from experts and representatives of governmental agencies.
To register, please confirm your participation and send the participant’s name and the company to the number: +996555040088 (W / A).
* Participation is free! Places are limited!)
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KG Labs hosted several meetings as a part of the tours to the ecosystem for our next guest from USA – Paul Bragiel.
Paul Bragiel is a 3 time entrepreneur that is the founder of Bragiel Brothers, an early stage technology fund in Silicon Valley. He also sits on the advisory board of the car-sharing service Uber.
He was one of the founders of the Golden Gate Ventures. In addition to his work in US he has started regional funds in Africa (savannah fund) & Asia (golden gate ventures) and vertical funds in gaming (sisu) & VR (presence).
In 2015, he launched Presence Capital – $10m venture fund investing in early-stage virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) companies.
Collectively he’s invested in seed rounds of over 200+ companies which includes holdings in other billion dollar companies like Unity & Zappos.
In his spare time he skis for the Colombia National Cross-Country Ski Team where he just recently competed in the 2017 World Championships in Finland. He also served as the Team Attache for the Tonga Olympic team during the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
During Paul’s visit we discussed the main obstacles of founders and attracting investments.
Paul shared his experience in the Silicon Valley on start-ups, venture financing and increasing the attractiveness of the startup scene of the CD in the global arena.
We are happy to share photos from the Panel Discussion dedicated to Stimulating the use of FinTech in the Kyrgyz Republic.
We want to thank all partners, speakers and guests for active participation in the discussion.
This is the first event from the series and we (KG Labs, IPC and Ololhaus) will be back soon with the announcement of our next event dedicated to the development of FinTech and digital/cashless economy.
Aziz Soltobaev – founder of KG Labs co-founder of ISOC (Internet Society – Kyrgyz Chapter) , Talant Sultanov – co-founder of ISOC and Altynbek Ismailov – Director of High Tech Park of Kyrgyz Republic met with SIPA students from Columbian University.
Group of 20 SIPA students from USA, China, Peru, Japan, India, Canada, Singapoure and Kazakhstan are travelling to Kyrgyzstan in terms of the tours to Eurasian countries.
Meeting speakers were happy to meet with them and tell about the Taza Koom – National Digital Transformation Strategy, Kyrgyz startup and tech ecosystems and entrepreneurship.
It was fruitful and interesting meeting in order to share the experience, information and promote the Kyrgyzstan among you specialists in the shpere of International and Public Affairs.
On 23th May, 2018 KG Labs founder – Aziz Soltobaev and Chair of the Internet Society (ISOC) – Kyrgyz Chapter – Talant Sultanov met with the Mercator Fellowship programm participants.
As Aziz and Talant are co-authors of National Digital Transformation Strategy – Taza Koom, they gave speech and made presentation about the strategy, tech community and KG Labs Public Foundations activities and current initiatives.
Presentations were followed by Q&A sessions and transferred to the great discussion session.
The Mercator Fellowship on International Affairs annually sponsors 24 German-speaking young professionals and university graduates from all disciplines who are committed to improving the world of tomorrow. Fellows receive a monthly grant; foreign trips, conferences and language courses may also be funded. Mercator Fellows are part of a network of more than 400 alumni, the Netzwerk für internationale Aufgaben (nefia e.V.).
More information on the official site of the Mercator Fellowship on International Affairs.
Kyrgyzstan is one of the poorest republics in the former Soviet Union. With no gas or oil to fuel its economy, young entrepreneurs may hold the key to the country’s future. And they're hoping China's Belt Road Initiative may help.
The SABIT IT Startups application is available! This program is for applicants from Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. Please go to www.sabitprogram.org to download. The deadline date is March 30.”
Last October KG Labs founder gave an extended interview for an international edition of CNBC with an audience of 90 million households in the US. The documentary came out under the name New Digital Silk Road and will soon be available online. In the meantime, there was an article on the site. Together we will make the start-up ecosystem of Kyrgyzstan the best! Alga!
KG Labs founder – Aziz Soltobaev as a part of the Kyrgyz Delegation headed by the Prime Minister Sapar Isakov visited World Economic Forum in Davos in January, 2018.
One of the unofficial outcomes of the trip was the formation of a good partnership with the WEF team. We agreed to work with the center of the 4th Industrial Revolution to develop national policies in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, the development of cybersecurity mechanisms with the help of AI, as well as certain joint initiatives for the development of the digital economy and society, the deployment of the KR in WEF transformation maps: https://toplink.weforum.org/knowledge/explore.
Forum gave opportunity to meet several key people in the area of technologies in tourism, computer science and others.
One of the them was president of the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation – Christopher Elias. We agreed to realize projects in order to develop computer education in all libraries of Kyrgyz Republic.
Also, Aziz met Gillian Tans ( President and CEO of Booking.com) and Tiffany Mizrahi ( Head of the group reporting on tourism competitiveness) and agreed on cooperation for development of tourism sector in Kyrgyzstan.
Plans of opening logistics UPS hub in Kyrgyz Republic were discussed with the president of UPS International – Jim Barber.
During the meeting with Lynn St. Amour who worked as a Head of UN internet Governance Forum – Multistakeholder Advisory Group ( IGF-MAG) and the head of Internet Society, we agreed to work on development of the best world practices of Internet Access and development of the digital skills in educational institutions.
Aziz Soltobaev and Talant Sultanov also met with Kai Fu Lee – scientist and venture capitalist, head of the Sinovation Ventures. This fund with 3 billion dollars of investments is aimed to invest in startups in the area of AI. He promised to visit Kyrgyzstan and assist Kyrgyzstan’s universities to develop AI programmes.
Visit to World Economic Forum 2018 was very productive and we hope that all agreed initiatives and agreements will be successfully realized in our country.
Boosting the Tech Ecosystem of the Kyrgyz Republic