According to the results of the first elimination round (semi-final) there are 16 the best projects of republican competition of innovative business plans "NIF$50K", organized by the Ministry of Investment and Development of Kazakhstan and "National Agency of Technological Development". There was Isintaev Takabay Isinayuly a leading scientist, candidate of technical sciences of A.Baitursynov Kostanay State University from Kostanay region who went in the semi-final with his gas-generator project.
The installation is designed to produce combustion gas (analogue of shale gas) from organic materials. It is suggested to use local resources as materials: coal, peat, wood, straw, manure, as well as organic waste of housing and communal services. In 2014 there was a record number 576 applications for participation at the republican competition of innovative business plans "NIF$50K". Each year, the competition demonstrates the growth of the applications number. Compared to this year there were 53.2% more applications than in 2013 (376 applications). Among the announced projects for the competition there were presented the largest number at the manufacturing industry (18.7%), agriculture (15.2%), information technology (9%) and energy (7.8%). There are the smallest percentages among tourism (0.6%), hotels and trade (0.6%), pharmaceuticals (0.5%), metallurgy (0.1%).
The republican competition of innovative business plans «NIF$50K» is the leading competition in Kazakhstan in the field of innovation industry popularization and innovation activity encouragement of the population. The organizers are the Ministry of Investment and Development of Kazakhstan and JSC "National Agency".