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The new academic year is here! In today’s recap of science-themed reports from ITMO.NEWS, we focus on learning in all its forms: from developments on the awaited ITMO Highpark campus to insights into the Russian higher education system and opportunities for ITMO students. Pens ready, notebooks open? Let’s begin!
ITMO Accelerator is introducing TechNet – a new track for startups in photonics, wireless technologies, the Internet of Things, energy transfer, and smart distributed energy systems. The program will introduce participants to entrepreneurship and assist them through all stages of project development – from ideas to first sales.
As a winner of the competition organized by the Foundation For Assistance to Small Innovative Enterprises (FASIE), ITMO University is now authorized to conduct preaccelerator programs for recipients of the UMNIK grants. This will allow the university to encourage innovation and support young scientists and entrepreneurs more actively.
Every year, around 50 projects go through the ITMO Accelerator before presenting their results at Demo Day. From last year on, the creators of the best projects receive a 400,000-ruble grant and a free subscription to Yandex services from Yandex Cloud Boost. More on this year’s winners below.
The ITMO Accelerator is an initiative that helps young entrepreneurs take their startups through all stages of development, from mere ideas to first sales. Having updated its format three years ago, the project has nurtured over 190 startups. In that time, over 3,700 teams from universities across Russia have applied to join the accelerator – and now is your chance to join, too. Learn more about the project’s opportunities in this article.
In 2022, ITMO launched its first accelerator for foodtech projects, where participants learned to manage teams, choose the most appropriate markets for their products, and attract investments. Read on to learn more about the projects that went through to the final and were presented in front of experts.
Apart from the regular acceleration program, this year, ITMO Accelerator launches a special track for foodtech projects, where participants will be guided by Uralchem Innovation and the university’s own experts. Those joining the program will learn to manage a team, choose markets, and find investors for their foodtech startups. The best startup teams will have the chance to launch their projects with the partner company. Here is all you need to know about the new program.
Twice a year, ITMO Accelerator is running a three-month course for would-be entrepreneurs striving to learn to develop ideas from scratch, attract investments, find strategic partners, and, finally, present their ideas to experts. With another Demo Day passed, ITMO.NEWS prepared a brief recap of ITMO Accelerator’s Demo Day 2022. Keep reading to discover its top projects!
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.
Another season has come to a close at ITMO Accelerator. Over the course of three months, students of various Russian universities learned how to launch and grow their startup. During the final Demo Day, they presented their ideas to an expert jury. ITMO.NEWS reports on the top five projects.