The Akademgorodok Technopark in Novosibirsk hosted experts and mentors from the Russian StartUp ...

The business program of the event was attended by 200 young entrepreneurs, developers of innovative projects and students of Novosibirsk universities. More than 200 projects were in Novosibirsk to participate in the one-day business and training program, and 12 of these projects received the unique opportunity to get expertise from the consultants, mentors and investors of the Russian StartUp Tour.

The choice of Novosibirsk and the Akademgorodok Technopark as a possible site for the Russian StartUp Tour was quite natural. Today, the Novosibirsk Akademgorodok is one of Russia's largest innovation centers, with 235 resident companies, and the Novosibirsk region is famous for its favorable investment climate.

Speakers included: Pekka Viljakainen, presidential adviser for the Skolkovo Foundation; Mark Shmulevich, deputy minister of communications and mass media of the Russian Federation; Vladimir Nikonov, the minister of education, science and innovation policy of the Novosibirsk region; Sergei Blintsov, head of the Zvorykinsky project at the Federal Agency for Youth Affairs; Maxim Uvarov, director of commercialization at the Skolkovo Foundation, Denis Gusev, head of the Young Professionals program at the Agency for Strategic Initiatives; Michael Kharuzin, managing director of investment at the RVC Seed Fund; Alexander Pankov, director of investment management at VTB Capital; Alexei Logvinsky, representative of the Foundation for Assistance to Small Innovative Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology, and other recognized experts. The moderator of the event was Maxim Karpov, head of the Skolkovo business community.

Vladimir Nikonov, the Minister of Education, Science and Innovation Policy of the Novosibirsk region:

“In the Novosibirsk region the development of technological innovation is of strategic importance. Historically, we are a science-oriented region, and, understanding our potential, we are trying to develop it properly. The region has an extensive program of financial support for young entrepreneurs and scientists - grants, awards, scholarships, and sometimes even completely government-funded projects.”

Mark Shmulevich, deputy minister of communications and mass media of the Russian Federation, said:

“Novosibirsk, is not the first stop on the StartUp Tour, but this is where I feel like I’m ‘home.’ The Novosibirsk region really has created all the conditions for innovation, including a beautiful technopark that offers support, without which the development of projects is impossible.”

The business program of the Russian StartUp Tour in Novosibirsk featured presentations by development institutions to show their potential to support and promote start-ups, and round tables were held on the establishment of a professional community of young entrepreneurs in the Novosibirsk region, a road map of the IT-industry up to 2020 and the implementation of the standard of modern engineering education (CDIOR) in higher educational institutions of the region.

Novosibirsk startup teams presented 12 innovative projects for express assessment by experts. Each project was followed by a lively discussion of the presentation and its content. Experts immediately determined which institution was able to support the development of the project at its current phase, according to its stage and the tasks standing before the startup. During the coaching session, project teams received advice and consultation by experts and mentors specific to their development, and also received assessment of the commercialization potential of their project from professional investors.

Experts noted the usefulness of the live coaching session format for project creators and for the consultants themselves. Alexander Pankov, director of investment management at VTB Capital, said:

“What is important for a long-term investor is to understand the motivations and values of the project’s team.”

Zvorykinsky project head Sergey Blintsov said

“One of the goals of the organizers - to hold an event in which participants can fully understand how and in what way they can evolve - has been achieved.”

Among the innovations presented at the Russian StartUp Tour in Novosibirsk that attracted the attention of experts were “Development of an Autonomous Power Source for Wearable Electronics,” "Anti-Adhesive Biodegradable Materials Based on Tissue Engineering,” “KardioBOS - Home,” “Intelligent Monitoring of Oil and Gas Wells” and other projects.

As noted by Michael Kharuzin, manager of investment at the RVC Seed Fund, “The Novosibirsk region is a region full of industry and research institutions, and we are waiting for a strong breakthrough development in the areas of chemistry, med-bio-pharmaceutical and the oil and gas industry. And we saw a very high level of projects. Soon RVC will consider three to five startups from the Akademgorodok Technopark requiring large investments.”

Summing up in Novosibirsk, Skolkovo Foundation presidential adviser Pekka Viljakainen said: "We are amazed by the quality of the projects submitted. The best ideas will receive certificates and invitations to events at the federal level." He noted that many of the projects have already been quite successful and gave a related rhetorical question to the audience: "You can sometimes hear people saying that one cannot build a normal business in Russia, but should they be listened to?"

The Russian StartUp Tour road show with development institutions will continue on April 16, with the next event held in Nizhny Novgorod.


Projects by Novosibirsk entrepreneurs recognized by the experts:

"Development of a standalone power source for portable electronics." Creators: Edward Kostsov and a development team under his leadership. A micro-generator of power for electronic circuits developed by the authors of the project converts the energy of natural vibrations into electricity, such as the swaying of buildings, human motion and machine operation, and it prolongs the battery life of portable electronic and devices by several times.

"Biodegradable Anti-Adhesive membranes based on tissue engineering." Project authors: Julia Kudryavtseva (project manager), Marina Nasonov Tatiana Glushkov, Anna Bashkireva and Artem Galeyev. Designed as a bio- and hemocompatible polymer with a flexible, non-woven fibrous structure that is placed between the edges of the operated tissues. It prevents the formation of adhesions.

"KardioBOS - home." Project authors: A development team headed by Oleg Sorokin. KardioBOS hardware allows people diagnosed with heart disease to conduct daily express monitoring of the cardiovascular system at home and at work, helps to restore heart function after an illness, and can also be used for the prevention of cardiovascular diseases, as well as reducing stress.

"Intelligent monitoring of oil and gas wells." Project authors: Anna Ayriyants, Anton Ryazantsev, Vladimir Ulyanov and Constantine Toropetskiy. The project consists of software and engineering in the stationary part of the measuring system and mobile calibration set, the combination of which allows the organization of a monitoring system designed for complete multi-component continuous data stream.

Program of Events

09:00 - 10:00 - Registration.

10:00 - 10:10 - Presentation of a video about Tomsk. Welcoming remarks by the deputy minister of education, science and innovation policy of the Novosibirsk region, Elena Zhitenko

10:15 - 10:25 - Opening of the Russian Startup Tour. Master class by Pekka Viljakainen, Skolkovo Foudnation presidential adviser: "Being an entrepreneur is hard, but not dangerous." He will speak about services for startups. Main topics: promotion, training, funding.< /p>

11:25 - 11:50 – Advancement Block

- Presentation of projects for the development of the IT sphere by Mark Shmulevich, deputy minister of communications and mass media of the Russian Federation

- Workshop by Sergei Blintsov, head of the Zvorykinsky project: "Path to success in the support system for young scientists, engineers, inventors and startups"

- Workshop by representatives of the Skolkovo Technopark "Skolkovo - environment for the development of tech start-ups"

- Master class by representatives of RVC: "The information environment for startups"

- Workshop by Maxim Uvarov, director of commercialization at the Skolkovo Foundtation: “The commercialization of startups"

- Workshop by Dennis Sosnovtsev, Channel Solutions Manager at IBM: “IBM Software development startups”

11:50 - 12:20 - Education Block:

- Workshop by Alexei Sitnikov, head of the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology: "Skolkovo Tech - accelerator of innovation"

- Workshop by Andrei Kulagin of RVC: "Increasing the professionalism of your team"

12:20 - 12:50 – Financing Block:

- Vyacheslav Demchenko and Alexey Logvinsky talk about programs to support start-ups by the Foundation for Assistance to Small Innovative Enterprises in the scientific and technical field

- Denis Gusev presents the ability of the Agency for Strategic Initiations to support start-ups, as well as the Foundation to Support Socially Significant Internet startups

- Master Class by Michael Kharuzin, investment manager at RVC: "Access to venture capital funding"

- Workshop by Alexander Pankov, director of investment management at VTB Capital: "Looking from the perspective of the venture business"

- Workshop by Olesya Naletova, manager of investment services at the Skolkovo Foundation: “Features of interactions of entrepreneurs with investors”

13:30 - 15:30 – Section Work:

"Initiative to create a regional business community";

Training for five regional startups;

Individual and group communication with development institutions and other partners of the event.

15:30 - 15:45 - Break.

15:45 - 16:45 - Presentation of the results of the strategy session and presentation by regional startups that received training. Selection of the best projects and award winners.