Startup Village, the largest startup conference Russia and Eastern Europe, will take place at the Skolkovo Innovation Center on May 31 and June 1. Over 20,000 tech entrepreneurs, investors, experts and representatives of major companies from 80 countries are expected to attend the forum.
Moscow, May 21, 2018
The conference program includes over 150 interactive sessions and master classes. Participants will discuss new technology trends, emerging markets, integrating breakthrough technology into business practice, etc. They will be joined by representatives of the world’s leading companies like Microsoft, AECOM, SAP, Cisco, IBM, Philips, Enel, Garmin, etc.
Russian companies taking part on the event include Mail.Ru Group, Yandex, MTS, Tinkoff Bank, Sberbank, Otkritie Bank, Russian Railways, Qiwi, InfoWatch, KAMAZ, Rostelecom, Russian Post, etc.
One of the world’s largest international software developers, Microsoft, will offer master classes in design thinking. Representatives of major construction company AECOM and multinational networking hardware developer Cisco will discuss the future of smart cities in one of the sessions. Speakers from SAP, Tinkoff Bank, KAMAZ and Enel will discuss key trends in developing corporate innovations. Sberbank, Philips and MTS will discuss the development of artificial intelligence in large companies.
Startup Village will include contests for up-and-coming innovators and companies, with three prizes awarded in each contest. Entrepreneurs and startups will get a chance of winning up to 5 million rubles.
Tech entrepreneurs will get a chance not only to win money but also to find investors/partners, have their projects reviewed by experts and attend master classes where startup leaders will learn necessary business skills.
Speakers at Startup Village 2018 will include:
- Anatoly Chubais, CEO, Rusnano
- Viktor Vekselberg, president, Skolkovo Foundation
- Sergey Gorkov, chairman, VEB
- Sergey Yemelchenkov, deputy CEO for IT and new products, Russian Post
- Kirill Androsov, managing partner, Altera Capital
- Sergey Solonin, founder, Qiwi
- Andrey Khlyzov, CEO, Sberbank Technology; senior vice president, Sberbank
- Oliver Hughes, chairman of the management board, Tinkoff Bank
- Igor Rybakov, co-founder, Rybakov Foundation
- Fyodor Bondarchuk, founder, Art Pictures Studio
Another reason to visit the conference is the Startup Bazaar. It is an exhibition where young teams will present their projects. This year, around 200 projects will be exhibited, from bacterial fertilizers to quantum cryptography devices. SUV visitors will get a chance to meet the authors, test their innovations and evaluate their commercial potential.
Date and location of the conference:
May 31 and June 1
Skolkovo Innovation Center
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Startup Village 2018 is the sixth annual international conference for tech entrepreneurs, which is unique for Russia in terms of contents and scale. The main purpose of the conference is to bring tech entrepreneurs in contact with successful businessmen, major industrialists, investors, government officials and with each other. This is the only open-air startup conference taking place at Skolkovo, Russia’s first innovation center. The event is organized by the Skolkovo Foundation.
The Skolkovo Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in September 2010 on the initiative of the Russian president. The Foundation’s objectives are to create a conducive environment for entrepreneurship and research across five priority areas: energy efficiency and energy saving, nuclear technology, space exploration, biomedicine, strategic computer technology and software development. The activities of the Skolkovo Innovation Center, managed by the Skolkovo Foundation, are regulated by a special law which provides the start-ups which are approved after a technology review (currently, there are over 1,800 of them) a number of financial privileges. The cumulative revenue of Skolkovo resident companies in 2011-2016 is over 147 billion rubles. These companies have created over 27,000 jobs and patented over 1,200 inventions and technological solutions. Another important element of the Skolkovo ecosystem is Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech), established and operating in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. By 2020, over 2 million square meters of industrial, residential and office space will have been built in Skolkovo, with 35,000 people working there. Website
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