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  1. 1. Volume 10 No. 4 July - August 2015 Rs. 100/- Or US 8 5 (‘I J_. D/ —_. TECHNOLOGIES Your Window To The Tech World - CES Asia - IFA GPC o Startup Village - HKTDC Readers: Our Most Precious Asset
  2. 2. With 10,000 participants, 2,000 startups, 500 investors, 350 journalists, 170 sessions Startup Village 2015 turned out to be a success as on the first day itself $272 million worth of agreements were signed. Chandragupta Amritkar reports from Moscow Foundation with whom I had interacted during an HKTDC event in Hong Kong when she talked highly of the Startup Village event that brings startup communities, entrepreneurs, technocrats from across the globe to Skolkovo in Moscow. She was kind enough to extend a media invitation and later when she was in India to promote Skolkovo and its companies she again reminded me that the event will be in June. Co—ordinating with her and Evgeniya Tereshkina, Media Man- ager, Skolkovo Foundation I reached Moscow a day before the event. It was also my first trip to Russia and the weather was sur- prisingly warm making me feel that the timing of the event was perfect. Only in its third year I could sense that the event is already quite popular among visitors who not only enjoyed mixing with investors and innovators but also enjoying the sun and food in an open-air festival environment. Held over two summer days (2-3rd June 2015) at the Skolkovo Hypercube, Startup Village incorpo- rated lively debates, interactive startup exhibitions, and the start- up pitch sessions. Startup Village is a key initiative of the Skolkovo Foundation — a non-profit set up to create an ecosystem of innovation in Russia and integrate it into the global innovation process. Startup Village brings together startup communities from across the globe though I noticed many exhibitors from Russia and neighboring countries. The whole aim I was informed is to foster new technologies, changes mindsets, and transforms economies. Startup Village extends over the picturesque lake and woods It was Taisiya Yarmak, Head of lntemational PR at Skolkovo Global Technologies behind the complex, utilizing an 80,000-square-meter chunk of the 400 hectare innovation center. It comprises a Conference, Startup Competition, Special sessions, and Startup Bazaar exhibi- tion. This year the Startup Village programme included presenta- tions of over 200 startups at different levels of development, selected in four categories — IT, pure technology, biomedical tech- nology and industrial technology, as well as workshops and sem- inars for young entrepreneurs. This open air festival for entrepreneurs attracted more than 10,000 people - Russian and foreign entrepreneurs, investors, venture fund representatives and government officials, who had the difficult task to choose from 200+ speakers in a series of pre- sentations and workshops. Arkady Dvorkovich, Deputy PM, Russian Federation who officially opened the event stressed that it is a festival of people who have the desire to put forth their July - Aug 2015
  3. 3. H ‘r_Ii‘lI_IiIa . ideas, make it work and finally financially viable. He said, “You make money and the whole country makes money. That's the idea behind the innovation center. Skolkovo is no longer just a word, it is a place. These two days will be exciting. ” More than 2,000 of the attendees were startups looking for sup- port with investment, grants and mentorships, in addition to securing residency at Skolkovo. At the Startup Village represen- tatives from Spain, Turkey, Singapore, Japan, the U. S. and many other countries spoke about their opportunities. A Startup Bazaar ran alongside, with 70 Skolkovo resident .9- ‘. I , I '0 if . _p 16: . ' ‘V . - r. . -. _."«~. ~. ‘II I’ - J : ‘.'l I companies exhibiting their innovations, many . ‘ t of which were interactive. There were quite a I ' ° 7 few innovative products. The key event of Startup Village was the pitch competition held across six categories. Winners of the ' Startup Village pitch contest are considered to have passed the application stage for Skolko- . l vo residency, a status that provides startups iv; with all manner of benefits from tax exemp- l tion to discounted office space, from acceler- ation programs to mentorship. I Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev ~» extended his congratulations to Skoltech’s P a’ first graduates on the second day, ceremonial- ly awarding the first diploma at Startup Vil- , lage. Watching from the audience I would H sense the electrifying environment as he was swamped by students looking for a selfie. He ‘F-1 Sko| kovo’s Innovation Centre includes five “c| usters” specialising in different areas. These include IT, energy, nuclear technologies, bio- medicine and space technologies. The IT clus- ter is called the Technopark. Since 2010, £2.4bn has been invested in Skolkovo and 100 startups are currently working out of the cen- tre. Currently, 1,100 high-tech companies from 50 regions of our country are Skolkovo resi- dents; approximately 13,500 jobs have been created. The Foundation has expanded the pool of the project's industrial partners — there are now 60 partners, including recognised global high-tech leaders, such as IBM, Intel, Cisco, SAP, Siemens and Samsung, among oth- ers. Russia’s leading manufacturing companies are also represented here — KamAZ, Tatneft, Transmashholding, the Pipe Metallurgical com- pany and a number of others. Fifty agreements have been signed to set up research centres, and there is a growing number of accredited investors and deals to promote the Foundation residents’ programmes. also opened the first street of Skolkovo Innovation Center. Speak- ing at the event Medvedev said, “Skolkovo is starting to produce tangible results, despite being less than five years old. It’s clear that we need a modern system of supplying innovations that is integrated with the globalized world, that attracts the best minds and makes the most of partner connections. ” 14 agreements totaling $272 million were signed during the first day. These agreements include a deal between Skolkovo Foundation and Turku Science Park Oy to build a research and development (R&D) centre called BioCity, an investment agree- ment between Skolkovo resident company Ivideon and accelera- tor and business incubator Impulse VC, and an agreement between Sovzond Company and Skolkovo Foundation to create Sovzond R&D centre in the innovation center. .3.‘ . 7-—1‘y" gt ~— :7‘; -wry -5. , , _ _. V _ . ' 0 ‘ 4"; A , I ‘ ‘T ' 6 "II ' ' 7" I . .—v-: «. .. ~ ‘ I _ . , ‘ . —-1.! (A-f"' : _ —‘~. .-, -_ . . . .—" '_ ~, _,~»v" . — -I _ T 1.. . In rr~ ‘ “' '-. I. - _. ~ . ‘~. ' I — . I '. -J Jubz - Aug 20I5 Global Technologies