Central Asia Green Business Accelerator (CAGBA)

Vision and mission

What’s our goal? The CA Green Business Accelerator (CAGBA) of Deutsch-Kasachische Universität (DKU) is a mentoring program for young entrepreneurs of Central Asia willing to grow their eco-friendly start-ups into scalable sustainable businesses.

Participants

CA Green Business Accelerator (CAGBA) represents the advanced stage of the International Green Business School (GBS) "Eco-Talk", working in Central Asian region since 2018. CAGBA has been initiated to offer the GBS' (incubator) finalists an opportunity to further 'accel' - develop, validate, improve sustainability - of their eco-business and open it up for international investors. 

Background and description

 

Green economy is one of the key priorities of Central Asian countries. The direction of business development plays the leading role in what green growth targets will be achieved. Europe demonstrates an example in supporting small and medium business transition to circular economy principles with the focus on eco- and system innovations. Therefore “Eco-Talk” International Green Business School (business incubator) and Central Asian Green Business Accelerator (CAGBA) make a special emphasis on learning from successful experience of EU countries with support of WECOOP project and Knowledge and Innovations Community – EIT Climate KIC.

The green business incubation and acceleration programs were initiated by DKU to facilitate a better generation of eco-business ideas among youth of Central Asia and to help them build cooperation with interested stakeholders at a larger scale in order to address the pressing need in environmental sustainability.

The CA Green Business Accelerator will be implemented through using three channels: mentoring, education and networking. The overall program length is expected to be 3-6 months. 

Mentoring topics will be based mainly on the needs of start-ups and will be implemented across the whole program in the form of individual consultations and coaching sessions. 

Education (master classes, online materials, guest sessions) will follow a three-stage approach of Climate KIC and will last for 1,5-2 months. 

Networking is a key important component of the accelerator, which is expected to enrich the eco-start-ups with new ideas and partnerships. The networking is expected to be facilitated at the regional (through national and regional partners of DKU) and global level (through Climate KIC).

Partners

The “Eco-Talk” Green Business School and CA Green Business Accelerator (CAGBA) programs are managed by DKU, Almaty, Kazakhstan, with support of private and international donors, such as: the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) (in 2019-2021), Central Asian Youth for Water Network (CAY4W), “European Union – Central Asia: Water, Environment and Climate Change Cooperation” (WECOOP) (in 2020-2022), EIT Climate KIC (since 2022), International Secretariat for Water Canada (ISW), Chevron (in 2018).

 

Contacts:

Mariya Genina, CA Green Business Accelerator program manager, DKU

genina@dku.kz

 

Inna Matveenko, “Eco-Talk” International Green Business School program manager, DKU

matveenko@dku.kz

 

Barbara Janusz-Pawletta, Vice-rector for International Cooperation, UNESCO Chair Holder in Water Management in Central Asia, janusz-pawletta@dku.kz