President of the Republic of Tatarstan and ICYF-DC President Launch Investment Pitching for Young Startups

The Grand Investment Pitching Sessions of the 4th Kazan OIC Youth Entrepreneurship Forum were launched on 10 May 2018 in Kazan, with the welcoming remarks of H.E Rustam Minnikhanov, President of the Republic of Tatarstan, H.E. Dr. Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen, Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), H.E. Amb. Elshad Iskandarov, ICYF-DC President and H.E. Dr. Zamir Iqbal, Vice President of the Islamic Development Bank Group – (IDB).

H.E. President Minnikhanov expressed his appreciation on the continued growth of the Kazan Youth Entrepreneurship Forum, which has been jointly organized by the Government of Tatarstan and ICYF-DC on the side-lines of the annual Kazan Summit for four years in a row. His Excellency Minnikhanov underlined that it is time to institutionalize the OIC Startup Platform Project and while reiterating Tatarstan’s commitment to support the project via the Innopolis High Tech City, the President invited the relevant OIC institutions, in particular the IDB, to extend support on their end.

H.E. Amb. Elshad Iskandarov, ICYF-DC President stated that he is proud of the leveraged impact of the 4th Kazan OIC Youth Entrepreneurship, one of the annual investment summits of the OIC Start-Up Platform, on the effective development of youth entrepreneurship by not only increasing overall technical and business levels of start-ups but also for being a unique platform that unites leading youth entrepreneurs with outstanding investors and experts through online trainings and yearly organized investment summits. He expressed appreciation for the idea of a year-round functioning OIC Start-up Platform at Innopolis, the technology city of Tatarstan, emphasizing that it is high time for OIC institutions to move to practical support for initiatives benefiting youth development.

H.E. Dr. Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen remarked that the OIC Start-Up Platform was an important initiative for the effective development of Youth Entrepreneurship and congratulated ICYF-DC on the successful implementation of the Project while H.E. Dr. Zamir Iqbal, IDB Vice-President, highlighted the significance of supporting entrepreneurship as a necessity for developing economic structures in the OIC geography.

At the end of the Opening Ceremony, ICYF-DC President Amb. Elshad Iskandarov presented a plaquette to H.E. Rustam Minnikhanov, President of the Republic of Tatarstan as a sign of appreciation for the continuous support of His Excellency towards ICYF-DC initiated OIC Start-up Platform Project.