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Edible Tableware, Ecomonitoring, and Smart Packaging: Graduation Projects of ITMO Students in Innovation Entrepreneurship
This summer, ITMO’s Faculty of Technological Management and Innovations (FTMI) held a thesis defense where future foodtech entrepreneurs presented their graduation projects and startup ideas. Keep reading to learn more about what ideas students came up with, when their products will make it to stores and restaurants, and what they have to say about today’s market.
We often hear about successes in business, but what does it actually take to build a prosperous company? At the Fork up Night meetup, representatives of FoodTech companies shared their experiences of ups and downs when launching projects in the field of alternative food production. Here are the highlights of the event.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Apply Students startup specializing in international education was ranked third at ITMO Accelerator. In this article, the company’s CEO Vladislav Efimov speaks about starting a global business in the midst of the pandemic, preparing for studying abroad, and applying to a university overseas.
This summer, another season came to a close at ITMO Accelerator. At the final Demo Day, the first place went to EasyTry – a startup working on a virtual dressing room for online stores. Thanks to a new algorithm and a proprietary computer vision technology, the team’s app can grab clothes from one photo and transfer them to another. The algorithm doesn’t require any pre-made 3D models or multi-angled photos of the product. We spoke to Daniil Andreev, founder and CEO of EasyTry, about the project’s origins and how the developers overcame challenges to become breakout stars on the market.
Alexander Kudinov, a student at the Faculty of Infocommunication Technologies, together with other ITMO students, has developed Switchat that helps unite chats from various messengers in one app. In this interview, Alexander shared what messengers are supported, how to separate work messages from personal ones, and how Switchat differs from analogs.
The American company Mitek has recently acquired the ID R&D startup founded by former ITMO lecturer Konstantin Simonchik and his business partner Alexey Khitrov for $49 million. In this article, Konstantin speaks about the differences between startups in Southern and Western Europe and shares his experiences and plans.