The semi-finals of Zvorykin Award ended on November 18, 2012. The Expert Council selected 15 finalists of 80 applicants, who will have the right to present their projects at the V All-Russian Innovation Convention in a month in innovation city Skolkovo.
More than 1500 applications were filed for Zvorykin Award in 2012. The competition was tough - the projects have passed three difficult stages: the Expert Council selected the most interesting developments on general and technological criteria, the projects passed investment expertise during the semi-finals. According to Sergey Blintsov, the head of Zvorykin project, the quality of ideas and technologies is much higher this time compared to the previous years.
A distinctive feature of this year's competition is a new nomination Best socially significant project. Zvorykin Award finalist, Olga Oshurkova from Ekaterinburg, presented her project of a mobile dairy kitchen at the semi-finals, with the help of which parents would be able to prepare food for their infants within a few seconds before feeding. Olga Oshurkova hopes that her project will interest investors: I know that parents are looking forward to get this set for their babies, because my solution will reduce intestinal infectious diseases among infants, will save time and make the life of many parents easier!
According to Gayk Asriyan, the business trainer of Skolkovo, a member of the Expert Council of Zvorykin Award, presented projects have a high competitive potential: They are flexible, highly adaptive designs. All participants are true fans of their business.
The international investment community is interested in innovative developments of Zvorykin project participants - the founder and director of global network Seed Forum Steinar Korsmo had been working with this year's semi-finalists all day. There are more than 16K professional investors participating in the activities of the Seed Forum today.
The decisive stage of the Competition will take place on December 18, 2012 in innovation city Skolkovo at the V Convention. The authors of best project will receive Zvorykin Award 2012, as well as financial, infrastructural and organizational support from the Organizing Committee of the Award, Russian Institutes for Innovations Development, sponsors and partners of the project.