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In late March, ITMO University’s Accelerator launched a new educational program. Its first lecture focused on how startups can enter the market after building their MVP, set up sales, and find their niche. Andrey Popov, the founder of Rocket University and a “tracker” for the Internet Initiatives Development Fund (IIDF) and the Russian Venture Company (RVC), explained how to hold on to one’s spot on the market and find the right customer base. Find a quick summary of the lecture below.
ITMO University and MTS, one of the largest Russian telecommunication companies and a digital services provider, are launching a new program for the 5G track. It’s meant for the residents of ITMO University’s Accelerator: for technological entrepreneurs who, after completing the program, can become MTS 5G Center’s residents in Moscow and receive a grant for the development of solutions in this field.
“We Got Noticed by Intel and IBM”: How an ITMO Technopark Resident is Winning Over the American Robotics Market
Founded by ITMO University and Boston University College of Engineering professors, The MerkleBot company has headquarters in Silicon Valley and a developer office in St. Petersburg. Recently, the startup was awarded in the Robotics category at DeveloperWeek, the world’s biggest developer conference. After that, it was noticed by major companies. Vitaly Bulatov, CEO at MerkleBot, gave a lecture on business management in the USA at ITMO University during his short visit to Russia, and ITMO.NEWS took the opportunity to ask Vitaly several questions about the startup.
Digitalization of Construction, Helping Dyslexic Kids and an Online Training Bot: The Graduates of ITMO’s Pre-Accelerator
ITMO University’s Pre-Accelerator program ended recently. Participants went from an idea to an actual business project over four months of work. The twenty best teams presented their products at the open Demo Day. The jury members – experts and business representatives – evaluated the projects in terms of thoroughness and potential and chose the top three projects. In this article we’ll talk about the results of the program and the best projects.
Greg Tkachenko graduated with a Master's degree from ITMO University's Information Technologies and Programming Faculty in 2017, but he achieved his first professional successes while still a student. As a second-year student, Greg, along with a few other students of the Computer Technologies Department, was invited to take part in an internship at Yandex, where he spent almost two and a half years. Then, he received offers from Mail.ru Group and Facebook, which he turned down to work on the startup AI Factory, which he co-founded with Alexander Mashrabov and Victor Shaburov. In December 2019, the company was acquired by Snapchat’s parent company Snap for $166 million. Greg Tkachenko sat down for a chat with ITMO.NEWS and told us where to find ideas for your tech startup and how to deal with failure.
In the past year, ITMO University has redefined its approach to acceleration programs for hi-tech startups. A pre-acceleration program was launched with the goal of assisting scientists and tech enthusiasts who have ideas but are far from implementing them in practice or creating an actual product. Nevertheless, three projects have already gone the distance from ideas to full-on contracts with investors, raising over five million rubles in total. ITMO.NEWS got in touch with Alexey Solomatin, the head of the ITMO Accelerator, to find out what he thought of the past year, which achievements of these 12 months he considers the most important, and what he’s got in plans for the future.
The SLUSH festival, one of the biggest startup events in Europe, has recently ended in Helsinki, Finland. Several of ITMO University’s Technopark residents took part in the event. For them, it was an opportunity to present their projects, attract potential investors and familiarize themselves with their counterparts’ work. A total of three companies collaborating with ITMO University received awards from the jury. Read on to learn more about the festival and why it is important for startups to participate in such events.
The St. Petersburg Expoforum is currently hosting the 12th St. Petersburg International Innovation Forum. During the first day of the event, a roundtable discussion was held on the topic of Russian-Japanese economic relations. The discussion was organized by ITMO University, ITMO Highpark, and the investment service SAMI. A writer for ITMO.NEWS learned what Russian and Japanese IT entrepreneurs discussed during the event and tried to find out what future awaits Russian-Japanese high tech collaboration.
This week, an American expert on education and startup consulting Faris Alami visited ITMO University with a lecture. He talked about how to go from starting a business to its development and technology scaling. ITMO.NEWS met the expert at ITMO University’s business accelerator to find out what makes a successful startup and what leads to failure, how investors pick startups, and why having a lot of relatives is important for a novice entrepreneur.
The workshop “8 Early Mistakes, or How Not to Start a Business” by sales coach Tatiana Vinokurova, which explored the many errors typically made by fledgling entrepreneurs, recently took place at ITMO University. Check out the article below for a rundown of the workshop’s key points.