Russia?s first private techno-park for hardware start-ups launched in Kazan

Russia?s first private techno-park for hardware start-ups launched in KazanRussia?s first privately-funded techno-park, called Navigator campus, opened last Saturday in Kazan, in the mid-Volga area; early-stage projects will have the backing of the techno-park?s own angel investor fund

Russia?s first privately-funded techno-park, called Navigator campus, opened last Saturday in Kazan, the capital city of Tatarstan, a sizable predominantly Muslim region in the mid-Volga area, Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported, citing a source in Runa Capital, a Russian VC fund and venture partner of the new techno-park. With its initial $4m capital Navigator will be reportedly focused on supporting hardware-developing start-ups. The key areas to work with include consumer robotics, 3D printing, ?smart house? solutions, and portable electronics. A yet-undisclosed private investor is said to have injected $3m, with another million dollrs coming from Ramil Ibragimov, the director for development at Runa Capital, and Vasil Zakiyev, a Russian entrepreneur with vast experience working with government-owned IT parks. Both are the Navigator co-founders...