Bishkek // June 18 – 22, 2018
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What:
InkubasiaLAB is a 5-day Business Model Validation Lab accelerator for early/idea-stage, Kyrgyzstan-based entrepreneurs that are tackling social and environmental problems. It is designed to help these entrepreneurs rapidly identify and validate the foundational assumptions of their business.

Training will be facilitated by a visiting team of Silicon Valley professionals who work at Facebook, Google, Apple, LinkedIn, Uber, SAP and other tech companies.

Why Bishkek:
Bishkek is perfect: entrepreneurial and growing fast. For 10 years, Inkubasia has witnessed the development of a vibrant entrepreneurial community in Bishkek. So now we want to directly support ventures based in and impacting Kyrgyzstan and help them tap into this growing ecosystem of support. Plus, beyond supporting ventures, we are partnering with organizations having impact in Kyrgyzstan: we are hosting our Lab at the American University of Central Asia, and we are looking to source food from Bishkek-based food companies conscientious of social and environmental missions.

Get Involved: Apply to be an entrepreneur, volunteer as a mentor, be a sponsor, or help our Lab team find entrepreneurs. Read on to get involved!

The Problem

The early stages of a startup are marked with questions. Who is my customer? What problems do they have? Do I have a solution to their problems? What are they willing to pay? Will I be able to break even? An entrepreneur’s ability to quickly convert these questions into answers is one of the few characteristics that separates successful startups from failed ones. The problem is that few entrepreneurs know the rapid and systematic approach required to answer these questions. They go too slow, they focus on the wrong things in the wrong order, and they move forward without truly validating a business model.

The Lab & Curriculum

InkubasiaLAB is designed to do one thing: provide entrepreneurs with a step-by-step methodology to rapidly and systematically validate their venture’s business model. Entrepreneurs will:

Identify the foundational assumptions that underpin your venture.

Design and run experiments to validate / invalidate the foundational assumptions (through customer discovery and rapid prototyping)

Meet with mentors to get feedback and develop next steps.

Daily Schedule

The curriculum of the Lab oscillates between in-classroom workshop time and in-market customer interaction time.

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    Day 1

    Starts with orientation and workshop on assumption mapping in the morning. The afternoon is spent interacting with target customers.

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    Day 2

    Starts with a workshop in the morning on how to rapidly prototype. In the afternoon entrepreneurs will physically build a prototype.

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    Day 3

    Starts with a workshop on how to build powerful, long-term relationships with mentors, funders, and partners. In the afternoon, entrepreneurs spend time validating cost assumptions.

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    Day 4

    Mentor Day Part 1! 10-15 mentors will attend the Lab to work directly with entrepreneurs. The afternoon is dedicated to strategic planning.

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    Day 5

    Mentor Day Part 2! Entrepreneurs will meet with even more mentors after their reflection the previous day. The afternoon builds momentum and concludes the Lab.

Tangible Outcomes

By the end of Lab entrepreneurs will have something to show for their work. They will have:

  • Learned a repeatable methodology for how to do customer discovery
  • Built 2-3 prototypes of a key element of their venture
  • Tested prototypes with real customers
  • Learned how to build and maintain mentor relationships
  • Met and received feedback from 12+ world-class mentors
  • Conducted a break-even analysis of their business and identified the key cost and financial assumptions of their business
  • Built out a basic budget and financial model
  • Created a 6-month operating plan

Mentors & Facilitators

This Lab will will be facilitated by a team visiting from Silicon Valley and will involve mentors with diverse skills & experiences and will be custom-selected with the Lab ventures in mind to assure mentors meet their needs.

Interested in volunteering as a mentor? Email our team!

FuMing Young
Co-Founder, Inkubasia

Formerly at Amazon.com, loves creative problem solving with teams to build innovative products. Passionate about investing in people, equipping and empowering them to reach their potential. Enjoys reading, running, and kitchen table tennis.

Elaine Young
Co-Founder, Inkubasia

As co-founder of Inkubasia, seeks to make learning understandable and opportunities accessible. Loves business ideas with the potential to improve lives, create jobs, and transform communities. Enjoys building small homes, traveling, and being a mom to 3 kids.

Jennifer Tsau
Product Manager,
Google

Formerly a consultant with Accenture, now designing/building the next generation of 'infotainment' in cars with Android awesomeness. An Electrical Engineering grad of UCLA, has specialized technical skills and an interest in traveling, tennis, and theater.

Daniel Low
Engineering Manager,
LinkedIn

Formerly at Microsoft, an experienced innovator, passionate about solving problems, rapid prototyping, and mentoring teams in areas of technology, mobile apps and social media.

Dan Watters
User Experience Designer, Strategist, and Facilitator, SAP
Broad design and development experience, in both hardware and software. Author and teacher of “Design Bites” a regular meetup event focused on design topics for startups in Palo Alto. Degrees in Design and Human-Computer Interaction.

David Tran
Software Engineer, Uber
A UC Berkeley grad building distributed systems and machine learning pipelines to detect and mitigate fraudulent behavior. Hopes to one day start his own company, and enjoys stock market investing in his free time.

Deborah Low
Special Events Coordinator

Formerly a senior analyst in Investor Relations at SMIC, China's largest semiconductor manufacturing company. Graduate of UCLA in Business and Economics, she's passionate about creating opportunities for people to connect and enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 kids.

Kevin Lin
Sr. Software Engineer, Facebook

A senior infrastructure engineer at Facebook working to build & scale systems to support the world’s most popular social networks (2B+ on Facebook, 1.5B+ on WhatsApp, 1B+ on Messenger, 800M+ on Instagram).

Erin Gates
Software Engineer, Financial Engines

Invested in design centered engineering with an affinity for FinTech and experience in product management, UX, and software development. Enthusiastic learner from a family of engineers and entrepreneurs.

Crystal Hsieh
Software Engineer, LinkedIn

Formerly at Google, now builds and maintains the backend infrastructure of LinkedIn Groups. Graduate of UCLA for Computer Science and founder of her own tech coding camp, passionate about furthering tech education for women and young students.

Kevin Leong
Head of Product Marketing, Big Data Cloud, SAP

Product marketer for data, analytics and cloud technologies. Tech industry jack of all trades with broad functional experience. Former product manager, sales engineer, and software developer. Veteran of 4 start-ups. Stanford engineering and University of Chicago business grad.

Hanson Jiang
Performance Marketing Analyst, Apple

A Cornell grad with a decade of experience supporting the marketing of performance across a diverse line of products. Loves his wife and two kids, enjoys learning, design, and photography.

Roger Lau
Software Engineer, Google

A UCLA grad working on backend infrastructure in Google AdWords. Trying to make advertising easier and more effective for small businesses. I like clean code and kind people!

Isaac Wang
Co-Founder & COO, Ardius

Serial entrepreneur, formerly an engineering manager at Yahoo, currently a building a startup focused on tax incentives. Loves working with entrepreneurs to create thriving, innovative businesses. Enjoys playing the piano, rock climbing, and growing communities of passionate people.

Chyngyz Abdykasymov
Chief Marketing Officer, TSUM Aichurek & Mozgami Advertising

Experienced entrepreneur, passionate about marketing, music and cinema. Mentor, speaker and trainer. Believes that sharing knowledge and practice is the best way to learn and make good friends.

Kevin Leong
Head of Product Marketing, Big Data Cloud, SAP

Product marketer for data, analytics and cloud technologies. Tech industry jack of all trades with broad functional experience. Former product manager, sales engineer, and software developer. Veteran of 4 start-ups. Stanford engineering and University of Chicago business grad.

Veronika Li
Fashion Design Entrepreneur

Specializes in designing clothes for women. Many years of experience in garment industry, likes to learn and share her experience with others. Likes working with young people. Consultant on the optimization of sewing production processes.

Stephen Maier
Director, Dutch Nature

Formerly a director at Sears, one of the largest retail companies in the US, currently focusing on international development through agribusiness by empowering KG-based farmers in egg and poultry production through training and technology.

Bishkek-based Mentors

Sponsors

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Pipeline Partners

Pipeline Partners are organizations that help us find the entrepreneurs. Like us, they support entrepreneurs doing good in the world.
Email to discuss pipeline partnership opportunities.

Our Team

Here is the team that made this happen.

Daniel Low
Program Director

Deborah Low
Event Coordinator

Nargiza Abdubalieva
Entrepreneur & Mentor Recruitment

Ulukbek Abdubaliev
Business Development

Khamida Malianchinova
Marketing & PR

FuMing Young
Program Advisor

Elaine Young
Program Advisor

Daniel Lee
Senior Product Manager, Green Chef
Silicon Valley entrepreneur who loves building consumer companies. Has received funding from prestigious venture capital firms such as 500 Startups. Experienced with starting companies as well as lead growth for later stage startups.

Jennifer Tsau
Product Manager,
Google

Formerly a consultant with Accenture, now designing/building the next generation of 'infotainment' in cars with Android awesomeness. An Electrical Engineering grad of UCLA, has specialized technical skills and an interest in traveling, tennis, and theater.

Daniel Low
Engineering Manager,
LinkedIn

Formerly at Microsoft, an experienced innovator, passionate about solving problems, rapid prototyping, and mentoring teams in areas of technology, mobile apps and social media.

Amaliya Brenneman
Co-Owner of Sierra Coffee & Founder of Amaliya Studio
As a seasoned entrepreneur and creative interior designer, has a passion for positively impacting the local economy and a love for developing people.