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In November, a team from ITMO University released their dating app, Firstep, on AppStore. Said by its authors to be “the most delicious dating app”, it allows users to invite each other to their favorite food spots in just one click. ITMO.NEWS spoke to the project’s founder, Yan Slavkin, about Firstep’s specifics, partnerships with restaurants and cafes, and planned launches in Europe and Asia.
Cybersport, Innovative Healthcare and Retail Solutions: Startups Present Their Projects at iHarvest Angels Pitch Session
ITMO University’s business accelerator Future Technologies has recently hosted a pitch session by the business angels club iHarvest Angels. Its aim was to select promising projects to invest in their development. Three winning projects will receive consulting support from leading experts as well as an opportunity to attract financing.
The project carried out by residents of ITMO’s business incubator has topped the Start1 program and started their own SIE, “Photonics Systems”. ITMO.NEWS spoke with the team leader about their experience with developing an industrial 3D laser printer, the opportunities that this grant gives, the value of accelerators and the unique new development that has no analogues in the Russian market so far.
Natalia Khanzhina, Ph.D. student at the Computer Technologies Department, is the recipient of a scholarship from Sberbank. The fledgling researcher took part in an IT project competition that required her to make a system that would create customized investment portfolios for customers. The program involves deep-learning technology; after completion, it will be adopted by the bank’s system while Natalia herself will have the opportunity to intern in the company’s IT department or even find employment there.