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  • Startup Veteran on Beginners’ Common Mistakes: A Founder’s Main KPI is Staying Alive

    Steve Korshakov helped make a messenger for, won competitions set up by Telegram, and worked as a programmer for JetBrains. Yet what he considers his biggest achievement are the projects he developed on his own. Korshakov has founded half a dozen startups and acquired valuable experience through winning, losing, and partnering up with America’s top accelerator Y Combinator. Today, he is the CTO of Openland, a business messenger app. As part of the Expert Week at the Yasnaya Polyana coworking space, Korshakov shared his tips for fledgling entrepreneurs, warned them of the industry’s pitfalls, and explained how one can become partner to the world’s biggest accelerator.


  • Quantum Communications Project at ITMO Receives 100 Million Rubles Investment

    A strategic investor has acquired one half of the Quanttelecom project, established by one of ITMO University’s small innovative enterprises. The project produces fiber-optic quantum encryption equipment and systems with a high level of data security. JSC SMARTS, the project’s investor, has announced its plans to upscale the technology and release the product on the Russian and global markets.


  • Do It Yourself: How to Start Projects from Scratch and Make a Career out of Your Hobby

    How to make your ideas a reality without almost any resources at hand? How to find like-minded enthusiasts set on working for a common goal? How to turn your interests into a successful career? Kirill Bodrov, head of ITMO’s Open Laboratory of Ideas, Methods, and Practices (OLIMP), shared the answers to these topical questions during his lecture held as part of the Science Week in the Gogol Library.


  • ITMO University Topped GoTech Ranking

    For the third time, the GoTech Innovation company assessed Russian universities in terms of the number of IT entrepreneurs they trained. The data used in the study was obtained via questionnaires. For the first time, ITMO University took first place. According to the company’s estimates, ITMO students and graduates accounted for more than 5% of all the entrepreneurs who participated in the GoTech contest last year.


  • ITMO University Launches SumIT International StartUp School

    ITMO University’s Entrepreneurship Center has recently launched SumIT, an international summer school for startup projects. Promising young entrepreneurs from Russia and all over the world came to St. Petersburg to boost their skills and gain new experiences at the two-week acceleration program. ITMO.NEWS met the program participants to find out more about their projects. 


  • Foodtech: Functional Nutrition Trends in Russia

    In Russia, most startups in the field of Foodtech focus on food delivery only. Still, globally, Foodtech has a much more comprehensive meaning: it is about digital technologies making their way into all fields of food industry. For the past years, the international market of foodtech startups has been developing most rapidly. In Russia, this field looks quite promising, as well. So, what are the key trends that anyone who wants to focus on Foodtech has to keep track of?


  • ‘New Wallet’ Founder Mikhail Leontiev: ‘My Ultimate Goal is to Make People Associate Russia with Business’

    Five years ago, ITMO graduates brothers Mikhail and Alexey Leontiev launched their business in manufacturing wallets from Tyvek, an innovative material that combines the properties of paper, plastic film, and textile, thanks to which items made from Tyvek are tear-proof, don’t get wet and weigh only tens of grams. Leontiev brothers started working on this concept when they were studying at ITMO University’s Faculty of Physics and Engineering. Nowadays, their wallets are sold in 150 shops nationwide and the company’s accomplishments include successful collaborations with popular streetwear brands, trendy calligraphy artist Pokras Lampas, Louna music group, and the founders’ alma mater ITMO University. ITMO.NEWS met with Mikhail Leontiev to talk about creating a unique brand, starting your own company, and going all the way from engineer to businessman. 


  • Creators of Road Accident Solver on How Their Project Saves Lives

    Road Accident Solver is a project developed as part of ITMO University’s Future Technologies acceleration program and focuses on automated road accident analysis and automated filling out of European Accident Statement forms. The project also includes a map of road accidents based on user data. Those involved in such incidents can provide information on their cars, the conditions of each accident and its location. Such a system saves time and identifies problematic areas. The system also helps fight insurance fraud. The project’s founder Evgeny Tyulkin spoke to ITMO.NEWS about his team’s work and the goals that motivated them over the past five years of development.


  • ABBYY Founder David Yang on AI, Building a Business and the Meaning of Life

    David Yang founded his company ABBYY when he was still a student at MIPT. Today, ABBYY is one of Russia’s largest IT companies and deals with optical character recognition, linguistic technology, and artificial intelligence. Yang spoke about his beginnings, what it takes to be an entrepreneur, the future of AI and the meaning of life at a public event in St. Petersburg.


  • Special Video Analytics: Machine Learning to Control Access to Secure Residential Areas

    “Special Video Analytics,” a small innovative enterprise at ITMO University, makes hardware and software that controls car access to areas around homes based on video imaging. With the help of machine learning, the system identifies a vehicle in front of the barrier. It works in various weather conditions. Project head Nikolai Kulikov shared what makes this system unique. 


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