Kazakhstan’s fourth Startup Academy was opened in Almaty. Start uppers will be able to implement their ambitious projects there. Local start uppers have modified the drones they have assembled previously. They installed cameras on drones and programmedthem for specific tasks. These devices are useful in emergency situations, in the oil and gas and agricultural industries. Diana Dushniyazova’s project on remote lands sensing has already saved hundreds of hectares of crops and millions of tenge.

DIANA DUSHNIYAZOVA, STARTUP PROJECT AUTHOR:

As for the agro-industrial complex, special drones with multispectral cameras help to identify areas of varying levels of plant biomass, the vegetation index, that is, to spot if a plant is sick or not.

ABAI SARKULOV, CHAIRMAN, DAMU JSC:

They generate new ideas here. We support and train them. They receive the necessary education. Upon the training completion, students present their projects and create new jobs.

Along with Almaty, there are startup schools in Pavlodar, Aktau and Astana. Over 100 young entrepreneurs have graduated from them. One business project, according to Damu Fund’s estimates, needs investments worth up to 15 million tenge. Almaty Mayor’s Office allocated funds to support nearly 200 of such projects.

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