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This week, an American expert on education and startup consulting Faris Alami visited ITMO University with a lecture. He talked about how to go from starting a business to its development and technology scaling. ITMO.NEWS met the expert at ITMO University’s business accelerator to find out what makes a successful startup and what leads to failure, how investors pick startups, and why having a lot of relatives is important for a novice entrepreneur.
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 Technopark launched the Pre-accelerator educational program for St. Petersburg entrepreneurs. The course was created in collaboration with ITMO Highpark for the purpose of helping startupers in the early stages. In the course of three months, its participants will be testing their ideas, developing business models, finding consumers and creating the MVP, a minimum viable product for entering the market. Learn more in this article by ITMO.NEWS.
In the beginning of August 2019, students and staff of ITMO University took part in *ship, a major startup event in South-East Finland, as part of the Finland-Russia cross-border cooperation program’s project Startup Connect. This year’s event brought together 50 teams from more than 20 countries. Keep reading to find out what participants from ITMO University have to say about their experience sharing expertise with colleagues from abroad.
ITMO University and the investment platform United Investors launch Univest, a joint national program for angel and venture investment into hi-tech projects of Russian universities.
In 2016 the company Cerevrum Inc, which creates VR-based educational content for the corporate sector, attracted one million USD in investments from the co-founder of Oculus. Three years later, the company has now been granted another million by the Russian venture firm LETA Capital. A year earlier, Cerevrum became a resident of ITMO University’s Technopark; just recently, the company bought out its 7% share from the Internet Initiatives Development Fund (IIDF). We’ve previously written about the project in detail here. Read on to learn how Cerevrum earned the investment and what it means for the company’s future.
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.
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.
In early April, the startup pitch-session “Smart City. New markets for Russian startups: exploring North Rhine-Westphalia” took place as part of the 16th week of Germany in St. Petersburg. ITMO Technopark invited projects that focus on inventions in the field of smart cities, transport infrastructure and waste processing. Entrepreneurs presented their ideas to the business communities of Russia and Germany and received valuable feedback.
Teens in Tech, a school of technological entrepreneurship for high school students, has just wrapped up at ITMO University’s Faculty of Technological Management and Innovations. Over the course of four days, the students worked to create their own business projects, learning about innovation business and technological entrepreneurship along the way. Read on to find all about the completed projects by the participants of this year’s spring Teens in Tech.