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  • How To Determine Your Startup’s Target Audience and Value Proposition

    Let’s say you’ve got an idea for a startup. Do you know who your target audience is? What problems can they solve using your product? How do you come up with a value proposition? Irina Cherkesova, an expert at the Entrepreneurial Competence Training project and a business coach, helps answer these and other questions.


  • Ten Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting a Business

    Whether you have a well-thought-out business plan or want to launch a startup but ain’t got no ideas, there are 10 questions you can ask yourself to figure out what you want to achieve and how you can make it happen. Keep reading to learn how to start off your journey from Aleksandr Stanchula, an expert of the project Entrepreneurial Competence Training, a business tracker, and an entrepreneur and specialist in education and HR at the Agency for Strategic Initiatives.


  • Carve Your Path in Science: ITMO to Host PI School for Rising Stars

    Within the scope of several days, participants of ITMO PI School: Rising Stars will turn into leaders of research, technological, educational, and engineering projects that will make the core of the university’s transformation into its 2030 vision. Here’s all you need to know about the school’s program and application process. 


  • ITMO Lecturer's Startup MerkleBot Makes It to Techstars Accelerator Program

    The international startup MerkleBot launched by specialists from ITMO University and Boston University is a Robot-as-a-Service project. This blockchain technology-based  startup helps users pay for operations the robot then performs. Since 2020, the company has been cooperating with Techstars, the largest accelerator in the US. This year, they made it to the Filecoin acceleration program. We asked Alexander Kapitonov, the project’s co-founder and dean of the Faculty of Infocommunication Technologies, how MerkleBot made it to the accelerator and what startupers should do for growth.


  • ITMO Graduate Daria Yakovleva on Building a Career in IT, Working at VK, and Launching NFT Startup

    Daria Yakovleva got her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from ITMO and is now a PhD student at the Information Technologies and Programming Faculty. Her career in IT began during her Master's studies with an internship in Silicon Valley and becoming a team lead at VK. Recently, Daria launched her own NFT startup that has already won the international hackathon by Algorand and was named best in its cohort at ITMO Accelerator. In this interview, we asked Daria about finding her purpose and why she left a corporate job behind to focus on her startup. 


  • Any Crisis Is an Opportunity: Russian Entrepreneurs on Business Prospects for Students

    While international players leave the Russian market, domestic entrepreneurs restructure their businesses and look for ways to grow. What are companies that targeted the international market doing now? Which businesses have the best prospects in Russia? And where can students find support for their projects? These questions were answered at a second meetup in a series organized by ITMO University and the Digital Dolina business community. Among the participants were Ilya Chekh, the founder of prosthetics developer Motorika; Sergey Safonov, a co-founder and CPO of the educational project MEL Science; and Alex Biryukov, CEO of digital marketing platform Andata.


  • Do Crises Equal New Opportunities? Tech Entrepreneurs on Developing IT and Business in Russia

    Over the past month Russian companies had to face unprecedented changes. How do they adapt to this new reality? Where can they find opportunities? And what skills will be in-demand on the market? ITMO University and Digital Dolina educational community launched a series of meetups for researchers and entrepreneurs who decided to stay in Russia to develop science and business.  Tech entrepreneurs, investors, and mentors shared their expertise at the first meetup of the series on March 31. 


  • Idea to Startup: Students & Staff on ITMO Accelerator’s Winter School for Monterrey Institute of Technology

    For the second year in a row, the ITMO Accelerator has held a winter school for students of the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (Mexico). This year, the school brought together 24 students. During the two-week course, the school’s participants had the chance to try their hand at developing their own projects from scratch.


  • Generator Pitch Battle: Present Your Project to Energy Industry Experts and Get It Funded

    On December 9, students from all over Russia will showcase their projects in front of investors and energy industry experts at the Generator pitch battle organized by Energy Club ITMO. Projects will receive valuable feedback while the best one will also receive a sizable monetary prize. We talked to the team behind the event to learn about the benefits it offers to young startupers, the trick to defending a project in 90 seconds, and the opportunities to find investors as a pitch battle participant.


  • Why Supporting Women in Science and Business Is Important and How to Do It Right

    Last week, ITMO University hosted a discussion on the role of women in academia and business, held in collaboration with Cartier. The event’s subject matched that of the brand’s prominent initiative that has supported female entrepreneurs around the world for the past 15 years.