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The small innovative enterprise “Innocolloid” was created by the staff of ITMO University’s ChemBio Cluster in 2017. In the year and a half of its existence, the company has signed several deals with major representatives of the business community and, beginning from the first quarter of 2019, started paying dividends to its co-founder, ITMO University. Here is more on the company’s operations and how it managed to reach a high level of financial self-sufficiency.
How does a startup enter the European market via Finland? How should you present your project to foreign investors? What are the differences between the business community in Helsinki and those in other European cities? Novice entrepreneurs from St. Petersburg found answers to these and other questions during the Helsinki Business Boost, a business course launched by ITMO’s Technopark, Helsinki Centre representative office and Venture Family consulting agency. Participants received personal advice from experts, while the winners received tickets to Arctic 15, a business contacts exchange for startups in the Nordic and Baltic countries, which will take place in Helsinki on May 30-31.
ITMO University is restructuring its Faculty of Technological Management and Innovations. The new faculty will also include the Institute of International Business and Law and two departments of the Faculty of Management and Automation Controls (Academy LIMTU). The new Faculty will cooperate closely with the Project Management and Innovation Department, which will help optimize the university’s portfolio of educational programs in the field of technological management, entrepreneurship and innovations, intensify project work, and give students the opportunity to acquire entrepreneurial competencies as early as in their first year at the university. In an interview for ITMO.NEWS, Nina Yanykina, Head of ITMO’s Project Management and Innovation Department, expanded on these recent changes and the tasks of the university’s new structure.
As part of the ITMO.REGIONS trans-regional network of startup schools, an expert team from ITMO University has conducted two training programs on technology entrepreneurship and fundraising at the Volgograd State Technical University. The initiative is part of the “Conveyor of Innovations” strategic project; among its partners are the Volgograd Oblast business incubator and the regional government.
The 10th international conference for young scientists and specialists Optics-2017 has recently ended in St. Petersburg; the biennial event brings together students, scientists and representatives of the industry. At the Industrial Photonics session, experts from different Russian and international companies spoke about the latest inventions in the field of photonics, new applications of optical technologies and the prospects of their field's development.
According to the data by GfK Rus research agency, more than a third of Internet users regularly make purchases in Internet stores; consumers are becoming more used to choosing and buying things online, and various services allow them to quickly order a taxi, book a ticket or rent an apartment. Yet, can this work in the b2b segment? Purchase coordinators sometimes have to spend days or even weeks to find a really good offer and purchase the goods they were looking for. Team FactoryFinder decided to come up with a solution and developed an online service for optimizing the processes in procurement departments, a platform that brings together suppliers, engineers, and purchase coordinators. The service's main task is to automatize the work of the latter and let companies find best offers quickly. Half of FactoryFinder's team are graduates of ITMO and the company is a resident of the university's Technopark; as of now, it has offices in St. Petersburg, Tallin and Berlin. Read more about the service, the peculiarities of business in Russia and how a common platform can help foreign companies understand it in an article by ITMO.NEWS.
On June 30 the Girls4Tech project school for female programmers, engineers and entrepreneurs was launched in St. Petersburg and Moscow. The school is organized by ITMO University, Moscow Polytechnic University and the Moscow office of international accelerator NUMA. In the next three months, the school’s participants, aided by mentors, will develop their soft and hard skills as part of a tailor-made educational program that includes lectures on innovation marketing and project management, programming classes, prototyping at FabLab, case solving, business games and various other activities.
For several months a scientific team from ITMO University collaborated with scientists from the science division of JSC “Kronos SPb” on the creation of a new coating type intended to protect oil and gas pipelines from corrosion. The resulting coating meets all of the modern requirements and retains its protective properties under high temperatures. Evgenia Guseva, a postgraduate student at ITMO University’s Department of IT in the Fuel and Energy Industry and one of the creators of this material, spoke to ITMO.NEWS about what makes this new coating stand out among its existing counterparts on the market.
This Wednesday, on May 31, the final pitch session of ITMO Reload 3.0's second season took place. For the last two months, teams have been working on projects that had to do with commercializing a particular ITMO invention. Their work involved three stages: studying a technology, developing a project on its commercialization, and preparing for the investor presentation and pitch. The six teams had only five minutes each to present their project to the experts and the event's partners and compete for the main prize - 50,000 rubles provided by the RexLexNova technology brokering company. The winner also got the opportunity to present his solution at an international business seminar in Ljubljana (Slovenia) organized by the Russian Cultural Center and RLN. In this article, we'd like to share about the projects that got into the finals
NT-Spb, one of ITMO Technopark’s residents, developed equipment, which fuses together the best properties of electronic and probe microscopes – it allows increasing its efficiency and capacity. As of now, the equipment has no counterparts in Russia.