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Tbilisi is becoming one of the best places to build a startup, but most of the early-stage entrepreneurs we speak to aren't aware of the local tech resources that are available to help them.

With applications for the Tbilisi Founder Institute now open, we're excited to release the Tbilisi Startup Resource Guide, which is currently in Draft v1 below! It was developed by the Tbilisi Founder Institute and local leaders: Ivan Germanov (Co-Director, Founder Institute), Paloma Lecheta (Regional Director, Founder Institute), Scout Tweedie-Yates (Senior Regional Success Manager, Founder Institute)

This is just a draft, and while we spent many hours on this research, more input is needed. Please leave your comments on this collaborative Google document to help us complete the list. There are definitely omissions on this current version. 

Are you looking to build a startup in Georgia? Then apply to the Georgia Founder Institute today!

Startup Stages

There is no one right way to build a technology company, but for the sake of simplicity we have outlined a basic, common, sequential framework.

1. Idea Stage

This is where new entrepreneurs get inspired, learn best practices, develop skills, validate ideas, and begin to build their team and product.

A. Inspire

B. Educate

C. Validate

2. Launch Stage

In this stage, entrepreneurs establish and formalize the company, develop the product, get feedback from customers, and prepare for the next step.

A. Start

B. Develop

C. Launch

3. Growth Stage

Here, a startup proves their utility, receives recognition, and scales up. This usually requires funding, angels, VCs, and ways to connect them to startups.

A. Recognition

B. Funding

C. Growth

4. Tbilisi Startup Success Stories

Successful homegrown companies that have raised significant institutional funding, employ a large workforce, or have achieved liquidity.

  1. AQUIX
  3. echolize
  4. Giffer
  5. Kernel
  6. Kvalifika
  7. Lingwing
  8. Memogram
  10. Optio.Ai
  11. PAYZE
  12. Stack
  13. TKT.GE
  14. Vobi


To facilitate the steps, every ecosystem needs strong supporters.

1. Tbilisi Startup Leaders

Successful local founders who lead the ecosystem & frequently mentor newbies.

  1. Avtandil Kasradze

  2. Elene Jvania

  3. Gela Andrew Suli

  4. Giorgi Lomidze

  5. Guri Koiava

  6. Hayk Asriyants

  7. Iuri Sadoev

  8. Mariam Kharazishvili

  9. Mariam Rusishvili

  10. Nato Chakvetadze

  11. Nikoloz Kobakhidze

  12. Nino Lortkipanidze

  13. Salome Khachiauri Soltau

  14. Salome Kukava

  15. Shalva Otanadze

  16. Tamar Japaridze

2. Tbilisi Government Startup Resources

Public organizations that facilitate local economic development

  1. American Chamber of Commerce in Georgia

  2. Enterprise Georgia

  3. Georgia's Innovation & Technology Agency

  4. Georgian Chamber of Commerce & Industry

  5. International Chamber of Commerce Georgia

  6. Invest in Georgia - Tbilisi

  7. Investors Council

  8. Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia

3. Talent

Major local business or tech universities and employers that attract and retain local talent.

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Learn more about the Startup Ecosystem Canvas here, and leave us your thoughts on the Tbilisi Canvas on this collaborative Google document (This is just a draft, and more input is needed!)

Are you looking to build a startup in Georgia? Then apply to the Georgia Founder Institute today

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