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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.
Zlata and Lev Stipakovs did their studies at ITMO University’s then-Faculty of Fine Mechanics and Technologies. After graduating, they tried their hand at working at various national research centers and commercial companies, and, with Lev landing a job in Finland in 2009, the family relocated there. Unlike her spouse, Zlata decided to change her profession, learned Finnish and obtained a second higher education degree onsite in Finland. As of now, both Lev and Zlata run their own small businesses. They told ITMO.NEWS about how their careers came about after the move, how Finnish life and education differ from that in Russia, and what aspects today’s students should pay special attention to.
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.
ITMO University staff have taken part in the “The Baltics. Sails of the World” visit to Helsinki under the aegis of Startup Connect, a project forming part of the 2014-2020 South-East Finland – Russia cross-border cooperation program jointly funded by the European Union, Finland and Russia. Over the course of three days, the Russian delegation toured Finland’s largest creative spaces and startup hubs and discussed collaborations with the representatives of the region’s business community and administrations.
On July 6, Coca-Cola HBC and ITMO University signed an exclusive cooperation agreement which will result in more opportunities for ITMO students willing to do an internship or conduct research at the company. The agreement also implies joint social, volunteer and sports projects.
On June 5, representatives of ITMO University and Dassault Systemes met to sign a collaboration agreement and discuss new areas of cooperation. As a result, teams of ITMO startups will get an opportunity to make use of the company’s software, which holds leadership positions in the field of design, 3D digital mock-up, and marketing.
Now is the right time to learn how to create your own business, believes Anton Gopka, investor, co-founder of ATEM Capital and dean of ITMO’s Faculty of Technological Management and Innovations. But in order to launch a really successful company, one needs systemic knowledge. Such competencies are taught at ITMO’s “Innovative Entrepreneurship” Master’s program. Its students can launch their independent projects under the guidance of mentors — successful entrepreneurs and representatives of the industry, as well as use their startups for their thesis defense. In an interview for ITMO.NEWS, Anton Gopka expanded on the opportunities offered by the program as well as the competencies that one has to get today in order to be sought-after tomorrow.
When Anton Manikhin and Ekaterina Korelevich were working in the food industry in St. Petersburg, they had no idea they would soon be chasing their true dreams – those of launching a language school and also an online site similar to Glassdoor. All they needed was to improve their English language skills, learn about entrepreneurship, and acquire some critical computer skills that would give them the tools they needed to start their own business.
30 Under 30, a new annual ranking by Forbes Russia, has recently been published. Compiled by experts, this is a roll call of young visionaries aged under 30 years old and already enjoying national or international recognition among their professional community. The final shortlist of ten best-of-the-bests includes an ITMO University graduate, founder of the Motorica company Ilya Chekh, while the top-100 touts Artur Gleim, CEO of ITMO’s small innovative enterprise “Quantum Communications”.
The volume of the global robotics and drone market grows with each year, and, according to IDC forecasts, will amount to 210+ billion USD by 2022. Vitaly Nedelskiy, the founder of Semantic Hub and the Russian Association of Robotics, has spoken about the technology market during an open lecture at ITMO University’s Faculty of Technological Management and Innovations. We spoke with Mr. Nedelskiy to learn what it takes to launch a project in this field, which topics to pay attention to, and why there’s no reason to be afraid of robots taking our jobs.