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This year, the ITMO.STARS competition for prospective students with unique accomplishments was held by ITMO for the second time in a row. It lets the winners join ITMO even if their Unified State Exam score wouldn’t normally allow them to. The only formal criterion is to pass the minimal Unified State Exam points threshold. This year saw twice as many applications as the previous one. Among the winners are 15 participants from St. Petersburg, Moscow, Chelyabinsk, Pskov, Abakan, and other cities. They told ITMO.NEWS how to land a job at VK in your school years, how to open your own video studio, and why you shouldn't underestimate yourself.
For three years now, ITMO University’s entrepreneurship and innovation infrastructure includes a business accelerator. This is a model of early-stage support for businesses created by ITMO students which implies intensive development of a project in the shortest period of time possible. Starting from the new academic year, the accelerator has changed its structure and expanded on the formats of its interaction with the students. It can now offer its services to those who don’t yet have a clear-cut idea for their project. The accelerator staff note that the new programs give all participants the opportunity to fast-track their way to new practical knowledge and skills. Applications are already open. ITMO.NEWS have spoken to Alexey Solomatin, the new head of the accelerator, ITMO University alum and top manager at the international company ThingLink, to find out more about the revamped business program.
For the third time in a row, ITMO University’s Entrepreneurship Center organizes the SumIT international summer startup school. This year, SumIT is held as part of the StartUp Connect cross-border cooperation program. That’s why the program was, first and foremost, aimed at students from ITMO University and Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK University), Finland. Also participating are students from Finland, China and Bangladesh, as well as experts from the Entrepreneurship Center and businesspeople.
ITMO University staff have taken part in the “The Baltics. Sails of the World” visit to Helsinki under the aegis of Startup Connect, a project forming part of the 2014-2020 South-East Finland – Russia cross-border cooperation program jointly funded by the European Union, Finland and Russia. Over the course of three days, the Russian delegation toured Finland’s largest creative spaces and startup hubs and discussed collaborations with the representatives of the region’s business community and administrations.
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.
Historian Sergey Kuznetsov on the Stroganovs, Their Connection to ITMO, and History of Entrepreneurship in Russia
Recently, an exhibition called “A Forgotten Russian Patron. The Collection of Count Pavel Sergeevich Stroganov” has opened at the State Hermitage Museum. It features paintings, sculptures, photographs and other exhibits collected by the scion of the dynasty. One of the most influential aristocratic families in Russia, the Stroganovs were veritable pioneers and innovators in the field of technologies and education. One of ITMO University’s campuses (that on Tchaikovsky St.) is based on the dynasty’s former ancestral home. ITMO.NEWS sat down with Sergey Kuznetsov, a historian and staff member at the Russian Museum and leading researcher of the Stroganov family, to talk about the exhibition and the university’s participation in the preservation of the dynasty’s vast collections.
Leading the Way: 10th ITMO International Council Meeting Focused on Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer
Friday June 21 marked the conclusion of the 10th meeting of ITMO’s International Council, the hub of the University’s strategic framework working to help enhance its competitive performance as a leading higher education institution with an international outlook. The prominent experts forming part of the Council assembled in St. Petersburg to discuss this meeting’s topic “Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer”.
Are Russians unusually creative? Can they find a new outlook on the traditional? Is creativity a boon or a boost to the nation’s development of innovations and economy? Olga Bychkova, head of the Center for Science and Technology Studies (STS Center) at the European University at St. Petersburg (EUSP) and the co-author of the book Fantastic Worlds of Russian High-Tech, spoke on these topics during a lecture organized by ITMO University and the EUSP as part of a series commemorating the launch of ITMO-EUSP joint Master's program Science and Technologies in Society.
Now is the right time to learn how to create your own business, believes Anton Gopka, investor, co-founder of ATEM Capital and dean of ITMO’s Faculty of Technological Management and Innovations. But in order to launch a really successful company, one needs systemic knowledge. Such competencies are taught at ITMO’s “Innovative Entrepreneurship” Master’s program. Its students can launch their independent projects under the guidance of mentors — successful entrepreneurs and representatives of the industry, as well as use their startups for their thesis defense. In an interview for ITMO.NEWS, Anton Gopka expanded on the opportunities offered by the program as well as the competencies that one has to get today in order to be sought-after tomorrow.
Graduates of the international Professional Fellows Program, together with ITMO University’s Entrepreneurship Center and the Leningrad Oblast Social Innovations Center, have conducted the Good Business simulation, aimed at developing sustainable models for socially-minded businesses. We spoke with the event’s creators and participants and learned how it works, why events of this kind are necessary, and which goals they accomplish.