RUSSIAN VENTURE FORUM

Innopolis, the Republic of Tatarstan - April 26-27, 2017

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Russian start-ups enter the global market through Ireland. Interim results of the acceleration program

01.08.2017


The two-week stage of the acceleration program from the Investment and Venture Fund of the Republic of Tatarstan and Pulsar Venture Capital is over. 12 start-ups were selected from 444 applicants from Russia and the CIS, who applied for participation in the acceleration program and the Russian Venture Forum.

After the first stage of acceleration, which took place in Russia (Tatarstan), start-ups continued the program in Dublin with the support of the state agency Enterprise Ireland. Dublin Business Innovation Center Halo Business Angels Network and Guinness Enterprise Center (GEC) also participated as partners in the Dublin program. The latter is recognized by UBI Global as the world's best business accelerator 2015-2016. Mentors group was formed with participation of partners, taking into account the experience and competence of each person, the program of the event was developed and implemented. The program consisted of three modules and target groups: investment search, sales and preparation for sales in Europe, obtaining expert advice on finalizing business strategies and products. In addition, there was the course to develop presentations with the participation of international mentors and individual meetings of entrepreneurs with potential investors, clients and partners. Demo Day closed the program, at which participants presented projects to business angels and representatives of venture funds.

"The Investment and Venture Fund of the Republic of Tatarstan initiated this acceleration program. Based on many years of experience, we have identified obstacles that prevent young innovative companies from developing." Pulsar Venture Capital is carrying out an acceleration program based on nearly ten years of experience. This is the most useful program for start-ups, since it helps to solve most of the problems that innovative companies face. This acceleration program is designed for 5 years and Pulsar Venture Capital is holding it for the second time. I believe that our acceleration program will significantly affect the startups market, and we will see results very soon, "said Aynur Aydeldinov, director of the Investment and Venture Fund of Tatarstan.

For two weeks, startups communicated a lot with mentors and experts from Ireland and a number of European countries. They were finalizing their prototypes and business models, developing a strategy for entering foreign markets. Among the participants of the program there are teams working on the creation of new instruments, 3D-modeling, agrotechnologies, innovative materials and new generation information systems.

“Thanks to a trip to Ireland, we managed to look at the behavior of our potential customers in Europe and study their needs. After the meetings, we gathered meaningful feedback. It was very useful meeting with representatives of Google. We have many competitors in Europe, after the program in Dublin there were ideas how to fight with competitors. Thanks to the organizers of the accelerator for their help and support. I am confident that we will be able to use our knowledge and contacts for the development of our company ", - Fayem Ahmetzyanov, the CEO of REG.FM comments on the program.

Another participant Marat Dusayev, the founder of the project Agro.ai, shares his impressions about the program: "It was an intense program; during the acceleration we received proposals from investors for $ 1 million. Of course, we are satisfied with the acceleration and glad that Pulsar VC is now our investor. It opens up opportunities for us to enter the international market. "

The International Acceleration program from Pulsar VC is designed to help Russian innovative teams enter the international market, to offer customers unique solutions and technologies. Companies in the sphere of IT, new instrumentation systems, industrial technologies and new materials were identified as priorities of the Acceleration program. In 2017, 444 applications were submitted for participation in the competition from different countries like Russia, CIS countries, Eastern Europe, and far abroad, including the USA, Ireland, Finland and Israel.



European investors on the Russian Venture Forum and Tech Tour: «Russian technologies are filled with life and continue to move forward»

07.06.2017


International participants of the IV Russian TechTour and the Russian Venture Forum shared their impressions of the past events.

The organizers and participants noted that the IV TechTour became a sign of renewed interest in the Russian venture market by foreign investors. As foreign guests noted, this format is the fastest way to establish links with local players. Communications were very active, investors were able to immerse themselves in the Russian ecosystem, communicate with a wide variety of market participants - from business angel associations to investors and innovative companies themselves.

“I am very excited about the openness that you see and experience in Russia in terms of startup culture, in terms of investing in startups and investing in funds that themselves invest in startups has increased tremendously. So the whole notion of the ecosystem opening up to innovation has developed very strongly which is incredibly encouraging." said Jorg Sievert, owner of the Cleverle venture company in Germany.

"Tech Tour Russia 2017 was a refreshing and positive insight in the very active Russian startup ecosystem. The enthusiasm of the companies presenting, their eagerness to engage with domestic and foreign partners is a sign that Russia Tech is still very much alive and kicking", said Jean-Marie Deluermoz, Eastern European enterprises specialists from Liechtensteinische Landesbank).

More than 300 innovative companies from Russia applied for participation in IV Russian TechTour. As a result, 25 companies were selected.

Companies such as Energolesprom, Danaflex, Mirrico Group, PersonMed, POLYCODE, R-Visioneer and others presented their projects in front of representatives of venture funds, technological corporations and business angels from Europe and the USA. Presentations were held in Moscow and at the Russian Venture Forum in Innopolis. Companies as ABBYY, Acronis, iiko, Ivideon, Parallels and Yandex were involved in previous Russian TechTours,

 



Applications from innovative companies for participation in the Russian Venture Forum are accepted until March 31

07.02.2017


   Applications will be accepted on the official event website. On April 26-27, during Forum in Innopolis, companies interested in attracting investment for business development and those who received a positive expert assessment from the point of view of the prospects of attracting private capital will be presented.
   The organizers have prepared recommendations for completing the applications for participation that are presented on the registration page on the website of the Russian Venture Forum. The data provided in the application materials should enable the experts to form an adequate understanding of the company applying. The submission of additional materials about the company, its products and markets is also allowed.
   The Forum will be attended by representatives of Russian and foreign venture funds and direct investment funds, "business angels", large corporations, specialists of investment companies and banks, legal and consulting organizations, officers of interested State ministries and organizations of the Federal and regional levels. 
   The Russian venture forum is an international platform for discussion and exchange of experience of professionals, meetings of start-ups with investors and partners, where the most urgent venture capital industry topics and technologies of the future are discussed.
   The Russian venture forum in a new form will be held in Tatarstan for the first time, it will replace the annual Kazan Venture Fair, which since 2015 was held with the status of all-Russian.
   In addition, the Forum also will host the IV Russian tech tour, which is held jointly with the “Tech Tour” European Association. The Association brings together investors from around the world, annually organizes similar Tours in different countries of Europe. The Tour will present promising local innovative companies, major international investors and representatives of global corporations.
   The forum is organized by Investment and venture Fund of the Republic of Tatarstan and Russian Venture Capital Association.



The first Russian venture forum will be held in Innopolis

01.02.2017


   Applications from innovative companies to participate in the forum exposition are to be submitted before March 31. The forum will feature the companies which have received a positive expert assessment from the point of view of the prospects of attracting private capital.
  The Russian venture forum is an international platform for discussion and exchange of experience of professionals, meetings of start-ups with investors and partners, where the most urgent venture industry capital topics and technologies of the future are discussed.
  The Russian venture forum in a new form will be held in Tatarstan for the first time, it will replace the annual Kazan Venture Fair, which since 2015 was held with the status of all-Russian.
  The forum will offer an exhibition of innovative companies interested in raising capital to grow their business. Selection for participation in the exhibition is already underway; applications are accepted until March 31. Guidelines for completing the application and the application can be found on the website under the link: "Registration of exhibitors".
  The exposition of the forum will be attended by companies that received positive expert assessment from the point of view of the prospects of attracting private capital and compliance with the formal requirements of venture capital and direct investor. It does not matter in what region of Russia the company operates, and how the industry works.
  In addition, the Forum also will host the IV Russian tech tour, which is held jointly with the “Tech Tour” European Association. The Association brings together investors from around the world, annually organizes similar Tours in different countries of Europe. The Tour will present promising local innovative companies, major international investors and representatives of global corporations.
  Events will be held on 26 and 27 April in Kazan and Innopolis. The forum is organized by Investment and Venture Fund of the Republic of Tatarstan and Russian Venture Capital Association. 



Russian (Kazan) Venture Fair has gained the status of the Russian venture forum

10.01.2017


    Kazan Venture Fair is annually held in Kazan since 2005. The organizers are the Russian Venture Capital Association (RVCA) and the Investment and Venture Fund of the Republic of Tatarstan (IVF RT).   
    In 2015, for the first time Kazan Venture Fair has teamed up with Russian Venture Fair and events were held in Kazan. More than one and a half thousand people have taken part in this event. According to the results of joint fairs, the decision was made to permanently perform joint hosting of Russian and Kazan events.
    Since 2017, by request of the President of the Republic of Tatarstan – Mr. Rustam Minnikhanov and by the suggestion of RVCA, Russian (Kazan) Venture Fair has gained the status of the Russian Venture Forum. 
    The first Russian Venture Forum will be held on 26-7 April 2017 in Innopolis.



Accelerator. The first module. Innopolis

07.06.2016


At the end of XVI Russian Venture Fair and XI Kazan Venture Fair 10 participating companies were selected to take part in the international accelerator. Multimonths - long program for them started with work in Innopolis where the first module was held. In July the finalists will travel to Dublin to study global practices, and in September the teams will appear at the prestigious startup conference TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco.

During the first module held in the Innopolis a special attention was paid to legal issues and registration of internationally recognized patents. Master classes conducted by experts were held and team meeting with personal mentors were put into practice. In particular, Director of law firm branch Gorodissky & Partners in Kazan, Albert Ibragimov, and Artpatent Agency CEO Gregory Busarev taught master classes on the topic of intellectual property legal protection. Anastasia Vitkovskaya, expert in motivation system and corporate culture structuring, tested the teams to determine their management style. Pulsar VC partners, Pavel Korolev and Sergey Mitrofanov, held workshops. Each of the participants had personal talks with a mentor and met with the Fund management.

Let us recall that the accelerator received 378 applications from startups of 37 cities in Russia and from 15 countries. The first qualifying round selected 55 projects of which 10 startups were selected during XVI Russian Venture Fair and XI Kazan Venture Fair. 

The accelerator program comprised the projects from Moscow, Kazan, Volgograd, Chelyabinsk, Naberezhnye Chelny and St. Petersburg. Each project has received funding from the accelerator, in whole, the organizers invested 50 000 000 roubles in selected projects and plan to invest another 100 000 000 rubles until the end of the program.

The organizers and partners of the accelerator program are in the Investment and Venture Fund of the Republic of Tatarstan, Pulsar Venture Capital, NDRC (which is a known accelerator of Ireland), the Russian venture company, Fund for the Promotion of the Development of Small Businesses in the Sphere of Science and Technology, Enterprise Ireland (Irish state Agency and the third largest seed Fund in the world), as well as a number of leading venture funds of Russia, Europe, USA and Asia.



Results of the Kazan Venture Fair: 10 startups were selected for the international accelerator

25.05.2016


Following the results of XVI Russian Venture Fair and XI Kazan Venture Fair 10 participating companies will take part in the international accelerator. A jury of 50 experts - investors, corporate representatives and entrepreneurs determined the winners among the 55 projects presented at the Fair. The finalists received investments  and, what is most important, the acceleration in Russia, Ireland and Silicon Valley with access to Russian, European and world markets, mentoring from successful entrepreneurs, experts in the field of law, intellectual property, marketing, etc.

The accelerator accepted projects from Moscow, Kazan, Volgograd, Chelyabinsk, Naberezhnye Chelny and St. Petersburg. Each project has received funding from the accelerator, in whole, the organizers invested in selected projects 50 000 000 roubles and plan to invest another 100 000 000 rubles until the end of the program.

The list of participants in the accelerator:

• LLC "Innovation Center of Polymer materials and technologies", Volgograd – thermally conductive polymer composites

• LLC "Interbio technology", Riga/Kazan – industrial technology of production bioprotein from methane

• Nerpa Trim Systems (LLC "Trim systems"), Moscow – intercepters for small size vessels

• NF Ware (LLC "NFWare"), Moscow –networks virtualization

• Agelon (LLC "AGELON M"), Chelyabinsk – Service of online research

• Try Fit Ltd., Moscow – Scanners for feet, virtual fitting room

• Zig Zag (LLC "Zig Zag"), Naberezhnye Chelny –optimization of transport logistics service

• Swelp (LLC "Swelp"), Moscow – Service  allowing to quickly find a specialist for office tasks outsourcing

• Turborender (LLC "Render-Farm"), Naberezhnye Chelny – Internet-service of remote render

• DigiFlak (LLC "FLAK Research"), St. Petersburg – Mini computers protecting companies’ databases 

The program is designed for more than six months. The finalists of the accelerator completed the training program in Innopolis and Kazan in May, in July they will be working in Dublin and in September they will proceed in San Francisco. At the end of the year the participants will return to Russia to complete the program with a final pitch session and to strike a balance for further development. 

The initiative was commented by the President of Tatarstan, Rustam Minnikhanov, at the opening of the Venture Fair: "10 years ago, there was an open field, today we hold Venture Fair, and tomorrow there will be a new format. The level of this site has already made possible to create an international hub here".

The accelerator has received 378 applications from startups of 37 cities of Russia and from 15 countries. In the course of pitch session 55 projects were selected by three involved expert juries: of industrial technology, of IT and medicine. Among the judges were such experts as: Igor Agamirzian (RVC), Marvin Liao (500 Startups), Dmitry Kalaev (FIDI) and others. 

The organizers and permanent partners of the accelerators in Russia appeared to be: Investment and Venture Fund of the Republic of Tatarstan,  Pulsar Venture Capital, NDRC (the famous accelerator in Ireland), Russian Venture Company, Fund for the Promotion of the Development of Small Businesses in the Sphere of Science and Technology, Enterprise Ireland (Irish State Agency and the third largest seed Fund in the world) as well as a number of leading venture funds of Russia, Europe, USA and Asia.



Results of XVI Russian Venture Fair and XI KazanVenture Fair. As was the event

28.04.2016


On April, 27, Korston Hotel & Mall Kazan hosted XVI Russian and XI venture fair held in Kazan. The Fair has become the most significant event in Russian venture capital industry as it annually gathers venture capital investors, entrepreneurs, the leaders of the best technology companies of Russia, representatives of the development institutions, universities, business incubators and public authorities in Kazan.

The fair was opened by the President of Tatarstan, Rustam Minnikhanov, Counsellor to the Russian Federation President, Andrey Fursenko, Executive Director of the Russian Venture Capital Association (RVCA), Albina Nikkonen, CEO of "Russian Venture Company" (RVC) OJSC Igor Agamirzian and Chief Executive Officer of the Investment and Venture Fund of the Republic of Tatarstan Aynur Aydeldinov.

Immediately after the opening all the high-ranking guests made a tour by the fair exhibition which consisted of two parts. The ground floor of the business center Korston Hotel & Mall Kazan hosted the exposition -Innovations support infrastructure in the Republic of Tatarstan and the second floor was occupied by 55 innovative companies that presented their own pilot projects to the participants of the Fair. A key moment of the Fair was the fact that the most promising companies were given a chance for participation in international acceleration program launched in 2016. The Local Organizing Committee received 378 applications to participate both in the Fair and the acceleration program from startups of 37 cities of Russia and from 15 countries. Companies from Moscow, Kazan, St.-Petersburg, Samara, Kaliningrad and other cities of Russia and from Baku (Azerbaijan)were attended the Fair. Fair demonstrated the industrial, oil and gas, medical, biotech, IT-projects and startups dealing in new materials.

The main event of the Convention block of the Fair, the plenary session, was devoted to "Modern technological contours of the landscape niches for Russia in global markets". Representatives of government and business, development institutions, investment funds, scientific community and international experts discussed scenarios for the development in oncoming years. The speakers at the plenary session – Rustam Minnikhanov, Andrei Fursenko, Igor Agamirzian, Albina Nikkonen and General Director of the Fund for the Promotion of the Development of Small Businesses in the Sphere of Science and Technology, Sergey Polyakov, Managing Partner of Endeavour Vision, President of the European Association Tech Tour Sven Lingjaerde, Extraodinary And Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Ireland in Russia, Adrian McDaid, the partner of the world-famous accelerator "500 startups” Marvin Liao, Director of Industry Development Fund, Alexey Komissarov, Head of the Venture Fund,Almaz Capital Partners, Alexander Galitsky and President of "Global Technology Syposium" – Director of "Global Technology Capital",Alexandra Johnson. The moderators of the plenary meeting were Aynur Aydeldinov and the Dean of Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO, Andrei Sharonov.

In the second half of the day the participants joined 8 various round tables, seminars and conferences. The program comprised such round tables as,in particular, "The New Law For Investors and Entrepreneurs, "The Bridge to the global market for Russian companies: Russia – Ireland", "Face to Face: Meeting with Investors – what prevents "marriage of convenience" and other.

It is worth to mention that the companies-exhibitors of the Fair started their work on April, 25. For two days they worked in preaccelerator, which included lectures, seminars, workshops, networking and other coaching modules aimed at preparing companies to the most successful presentation of their projects at the Fair.

Pitch sessions for innovative companies were held all through the day of April, 27 for investors and expert jury and at last, in the evening, 10 companies were selected for participation in the International Acceleration program. The finalists of the accelerator received investment and are expected to complete training program at Innopolis and Kazan in May, in Dublin – in July and in San Francisco in September. At the end of the year, the participants will return to Russia to complete the program with a final pitch session and strike a balance for further development.

A new acceleration program will turn Tatarstan into an innovative center of Russia, an international hub open for innovative companies from across the country which will help the projects to reach global markets!

In 2016 investors from Ireland, Switzerland, Austria, USA, Finland, Latvia, CIS countries, delegations from Ireland and the Netherlands attended the Fair- 1380 engaged experts and participants from around the world.

Russian Venture Capital Association and the Investment and Venture Fund of the Republic of Tatarstan acted as facilitators of XVI Russian and XI Kazan Venture Fair. Permanent partners of the Fair are the Russian Venture Company, Fund for the Promotion of the Development of Small Businesses in the Sphere of Science and Technology, the Association of Innovative Regions of Russia, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Tatarstan, Pulsar Venture Capital.



The International accelerator integrates venture ecosystem of Russia, Ireland and the United States

08.02.2016


Investment and Venture Fund of the Republic of Tatarstan and Pulsar Venture Capital announced the launch of the Russian start-up’ selection process for the acceleration program. Participants of the accelerator will work with experts and investors in Kazan, Moscow, Dublin (Ireland) and Silicon Valley (USA). Startups will receive an investment of up to 8 000 000 rub. from the organizers and the ability to attract up to one million euros from global partners.

This program  will be supported by the  innovative institutions of Russia and Ireland, which will combine their efforts and efforts to create additional opportunities for the development of technology entrepreneurship. The organizers and partners of accelerator are the Pulsar Venture Capital, NDRC, Investment and Venture Fund of the Republic of Tatarstan, RVC, the FASIE, Enterprise Ireland (Irish state agency and third largest seed investor in the world), as well as a number of leading venture capital funds in Russia, Europe, the US and Asia. The accelerator is supported by Rustam Minnikhanov, the president of the Republic of Tatarstan.

«Even the most ambitious early stage innovative companies undergo difficulties in introducing their inventions to the market having used the variety of support tools available in Russia- the following tendency has been manifested after the longstanding cooperation with start-up companies. Furthermore, the high-tech start-up companies may consider the commercialization successful only in case of the global marketing. We have initiated the Acceleration program, which will enable to improve the quality of the Russian technological start-up companies’ offers and facilitate their global commercialization. The Acceleration program is conducted on the federal basis. It means that this program is available for start-up companies in all regions of Russia», Aynur Aydeldinov, CEO of the Investment and Venture Fund of the Republic of Tatarstan, says.

Pavel Korolev, CEO of Pulsar Venture Capital: «The main objective of the Program is launching Russian start-ups on the global market. We aim to create the conditions and not only provide the first investment, but help them to make the first confident steps on the global market, finding partners, investors and relevant mentors. Many entrepreneurs in Russia, unfortunately, look at the commercialization narrowly enough, and do not consider the possibility to open the international market. Moreover, now the technology startup is almost impossible to develop the product without integration into the global innovation ecosystem. Opportunities and threats should encourage and guide, to strengthen the business. We are waiting for teams, who are not afraid of difficulties exit the global market, they already have a product or prototype, but more importantly - a strong team».

«The emergence of the program proves that the professional venture industry players appeared in Russia. They are able to be integrated into the global community and support start-up companies in versatile markets. The program has been initiated by the Pulsar Venture Capital company, our partner in Generation S. We are happy to see the progressive development of our partners, and that Russian businessmen obtain new opportunities and tools for development», Head of Innovative Markets Department, member of the Russian Venture Company Board, Gulnara Bikkulova comments.

Gerard Michael MacCarthy, Director, Enterprise Ireland (Russia/CIS): «The launch of Pulsar’s International Accelerator is a positive step forward to identifying a pipeline of companies from Tatarstan and the surrounding regions which are suitable for rapid internationalisation using the experience of Ireland’s innovation ecosystem.

 

In support of this initiative, Enterprise Ireland’s Overseas Competitive Start Fund (CSF), paired with our Start-Up Entrepreneur Visa Programme, offer a clear path for selected high-potential early-stage companies from all over the former Soviet Union to consider Ireland as a base for R&D, production, and international sales.

 

The first round of the 2015 Overseas CSF received 87 applications, of which one third came from Russian speaking countries. Of the eight winning international companies, two were Russian, receiving seed funding of 50,000 euro each.

 

In December 2015 newly-registered Countbox Ltd  became the first ever Russian start-up to receive significant funding from Enterprise Ireland’s High Potential Start-Up Fund, estimated at €250,000. Countbox was introduced to us at the Venture Fair in Kazan in April 2015. To move from first contact through the application process to a significant funding decision for our first Russian company in 7 months should encourage other Russian start-ups to apply for this programme in the expectation of realistic and relatively rapid results».

Participants can pass the application for theprogram’ website untill April 3, 2016. The 50 teams who have the opportunity to take part in the accelerator will be named in April. Then, participating companies will be selected and distributed to the international incubators, where start-ups will soon perform in front of venture capitalists at a major conferences in Kazan, Dublin and Silicon Valley. This December the teams will return to Russia to take part in the accelerator’s play-off.

The program is opened to companies in the following areas: IT, Industrial technologies, hardware, oil and gas innovations, biotechnology, medicine of the future and new materials. A detailed list of directions and criteria can be found on the program website.

What will receive technology startups on the accelerator?

Access to international markets

Access to the engineering centers and other support services

Opportunity to work with leading international experts and mentors

Investments of up to 8 000 000 rub from the organizers of the program and to 1 000 000 euro from international partners and co-organizers.

Several key agreements had been signed between the following organizations earlier, in the spring of 2015. In particular, the agreement between the Irish accelerator NDRC and the accelerator Pulsar Venture Capital. Additionally, Kazan Federal University and Pulsar Venture Capital have agreed on a joint acceleration program for developing of scientific start-ups. The agreement between Russian organizers was signed in Moscow on the Forum for Open Innovation at October 28, 2015. The memorandum joined Pulsar Venture Capital Investment and Venture Fund of the Republic of Tatarstan, RVC, FASIE.

About Founders

The Investment and Venture Fund of the Republic of Tatarstan is one of the key development institutes in the Republic of Tatarstan. It has been improving the innovative potential in the Republic of Tatarstan, supporting innovations, arranging conditions for increasing the number of Venture Capital Enterprises, developing the support system for science-intensive small and medium size enterprises since 2004. The Investment and Venture Fund of the Republic of Tatarstan considers more than 1,5 thousand of innovative ideas and projects every year. Some of them are funded through the program “Idea-1000”. The IVFRT deals with the investment projects, such as “Ammoniy”JSC, “TatchimPlast”LLC, “Leasing Company of small business of the Republic of Tatarstan ” LLC, “Agro-firm “Zalesny”LLC.

Pulsar Venture Capital is an active player of the global venture capital market with a strong network of experts both in Russia, USA and worldwide. Besides traditional investments, Pulsar Venture Capital's professional team specializes in accelerating the growth of new high-tech businesses and also works to grow the venture infrastructure, especially in developing economies. Pulsar Venture’s approach is based on three sectors: Smart Investment, Growth Consulting and Applied Networking. Over the past few years, Pulsar Venture Capital held acceleration programs in Russa to help start-ups in entering the markets. 

Enterprise Ireland is the government organization responsible for the development of exports, entrepreneurship and innovation. We work in partnership with Irish enterprises to help them start, grow, innovate and win export sales in global markets. Enterprise Ireland is the single largest Irish investor in innovative business, and is ranked third globally in terms of seed investment. With a broad range of financial and program supports, Enterprise Ireland also provides significant support to start-ups from all over the world who are considering to start a business in Ireland.



President of Tatarstan RustamMinnikhanov held a session of the organization committee of X Kazan and XV Russian Venture Fair

02.02.2015


Director General of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives Andrey Nikitin, CEO of Russian Venture Capital Association Albina Nikkonen, CEO of the Association of innovative regions of Russia Ivan Bortnik, CEO of Investment and Venture Fund of the Republic of Tatarstan Aynur Aydeldinov and other officials took part in the session.

Organizational issues related to preparation for X Kazan and XV Russian Venture Fairs, concept of holding and agenda were under discussion.

Both fairs organized by RT Investment venture fund and Russian Venture Capital Association are to be held on April 23-24, 2015 in Korston hotel-entertainment complex in Kazan.

CEO of Russian Venture Capital Association Albina Nikkonen noted that Tatarstan has gained rich experience in attracting investments, further cooperation with investors and work with venture projects.

To the point, venture fairs are aimed at development and presentation of innovative infrastructure activity in Tatarstan Republic and the Russian Federation to attract venture investments into high-tech companies of small and medium businesses.



Applications are being submitted to participate in the 10th Kazan Venture Fair

16.01.2015


The 15th Anniversary Russian Venture Fair will be held within the area of the 10th Kazan Venture Fair in 2015. This event is not for nothing since Kazan Venture Fair is the best regional area for venture fairs.  As Executive Director of the Russian Venture Investment Association A.I.Nikkonen quoted in his letter to the President of the Republic of Tatarstan, Kazan Venture Fair is the best regional area as estimated by the venture community, being held already for the 10th time in the Republic of Tatarstan. In the course of the years, Kazan Venture Fair was justly given a status of the major investment event of Russia acknowledged by the Russian business circles. That is why the Russian Venture Investment Association made a decision to grant it a status of the Russian Venture Fair being a modern area for a meaningful dialogue between representatives of business and investors and the state authorities to ensure the development of investment and innovative sectors of the economy of our country.

The Fair is a two-component event including the exhibition of innovative companies and a congress area holding issue-related events, and the exhibition where exhibitor companies get the opportunity to represent their business in front of wide concerned audience and venture investors.

A special aspect of the Fair 2015 will be the following key topic: “Innovative Russia – the contribution of venture investment industry”.  The following topics are to be discussed at the round table meetings:

- Rethinking of priorities of technological and academic development.
- Development of economic sectors by means of venture capital.
- Impact of risks caused by external factors on the existing innovative system and science system of Russia.
- Internet in Russia: repeating the world experience or unique development.
- Increase in productivity – competitive advantage in the world markets.
- Recycling or upcoming trends of waste processing.
- Car manufacturing – demand for the localization of car components production.
- Pharmacology development as a driver for region development.

Moreover, representatives of innovative ventures participating in Kazan Venture Fair will get the opportunity to speak in front of investors from Russia, Europe, Asia and USA.

Application materials are to be sent to: kvy@ivfrt.com.

For more information please call: 8 (843) 570-39-27 (Innovative Activities Development Division).



10.05.2014


The concept of the Fair is developed and approved.

In order to  participate, please contact:

Kazan,  Petersburgskaya str. , 50, Non Profit Organization  "Investment and Venture Fund"

Department of development of innovative activity.

Tel.+7 (843) 570 39 27

Email: kvy@ivfrt.com



22.04.2014


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A competitive selection for the right to take part in the exhibition IX Kazan Venture Fair is completed . From the significant numbers of applicants companies, experts selected the most worthy ones , ready at the launch of the business to demonstrate its potential to investor at the Fair . Ability to calculate all financial risks and costs,  to form a marketing strategy , as well as technologically and mathematically competent approach to the question of the proportion of the investor and his withdrawal from the project – presence of  all these skills in management companies undoubtedly affected on entering  applicants on the list of participants .

As in previous years , the exhibition will feature a wide spectrum of industries. Mobile applications, nano creations , information and biotechnology , automotive and aviation industry - this is an incomplete list of industries where exhibitors of Fair already operate or plan to grow their business at , which will undoubtedly be of interest to potential investors for investment funds .

During the last 2 months the companies selected to participate in the exhibition fairs, together with experts and managers of RVCA and Investment Venture Fund of the Republic of Tatarstan have done a great job. Thirty-eight companies selected and " packaged " by experts , will compete for the right to draw the attention of financial institutions. As participants of the Fair note  " the companies  of Tatarstan , as a rule,  are the best trained and responsible , and therefore it is more interesting to work with them . "

Some companies are not novices and not for the first time take part in such event that demonstrates the desire of the business environment to go away from banality to learn only public funds and focus on the strategy of mutually beneficial partnerships in the private sector .

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Additional Information:

Kazan Venture Fair is held annually in the city of Kazan since 2005. The organizers are the Russian Venture Capital Association ( RVCA ) and the Investment and Venture Fund of the Republic of Tatarstan.

Always differing territorial diversity, Kazan Venture Fair annually shows not only the innovative potential of the Republic of Tatarstan but other promising regions of the Volga region.

Fairs partners are: JSC "RVC" , "RUSNANO " Fund "Skolkovo" Foundation for Assistance to Small Innovative Enterprises in Science and Technology , National Association of Business Angels of Russia , the Association of Innovative Regions of Russia and many others.

Feature Kazan Venture Fair 2014 will be a job of specialized platform of  acceleration program for start-up companies , organized Pulsar Venture Capital.



11.04.2014


Welcoming speech on behalf of Chamber of commerce and industry of the Russian Federation.

On behalf of the Chamber of Commerce of the Russian Federation I am greeting the participants of the IX Kazan Venture Fair .

Annual Forum of innovators, venture investors, representatives of public authorities , experts in Kazan has established itself as an effective platform for discussing and making recommendations on venture capital investment and technological innovation, the establishment of direct contacts of authors of innovative projects and venture capital investors . In recent years in exhibition  business and programs of the fair  thousand and a half visitors from around the world participated!

RCCI pays great attention to strengthening the role of the Chambers of Commerce in the innovative development and modernization of the Russian economy. Currently the Chamber is working on implementing a number of major projects in this area : the development of mechanisms of interaction of large enterprises with innovative SMEs , including through the mechanisms of corporate venture investment , the establishment of regional centers for research  and  development (R & D centers) , formation an effective infrastructure.

I wish the participants of  IX Kazan Venture Fair fruitful work, taking constructive decisions, expanding mutually beneficial cooperation !

President                                                                                 S.N. Katyrin 



10.04.2014


" Kazan Venture Fair - " one of the leading discussion platforms of Russia ", - said Andrei Fursenko in greeting to the participants of the fair.

April 24, 2014 in the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan held the ninth Kazan Venture Fair , which will bring together experts and investors venture entrepreneurship and innovative business of the USA , Europe, Asia and Russia .

The main objective of one of the largest in Russia pads industry PE & VC - demonstration of the technological capacity of the Republic of Tatarstan and other regions of the Volga in the exposition high tech companies , offering innovative solutions for different sectors of the economy .

Fair business program - this is the most comfortable and constructive platform for the most dense and extensive discussion of the main aspects of the community of professionals in direct investment and venture capital in Russia and abroad.

" Topics of commercialization of intellectual activity , creating replicable practices that constitute the content of the business program fairs, meet innovation vector of development of the Russian economy , inscribed in national priorities," - said in his address to the delegates Fair Assistant to the President Andrei Fursenko .

Kazan Venture Fair , organized by the Investment and Venture Fund of the Republic of Tatarstan, RVCA and JSC "Center of Innovation Management ", gathers authoritative audience of professionals in the investment market and business circles of Russia and foreign countries.

 

RVCA - Russia's first professional organization , which unites representatives of venture capital funds and private equity funds.

RVCA activities aimed at promoting the establishment and development of private equity and venture capital investments in Russia , foster innovation and improve the competitiveness of the real sector of the Russian economy.

www.rvca.ru

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About JSC "Center of Innovation Management "

Center innovation management activities aimed at promoting technological innovation in small and medium-sized businesses . We conduct business training , special programs for managers of companies in the sector of technological innovation , we organize seminars, conferences, training courses for investors and entrepreneurs .

http://i-center.rvca.ru



10.10.2013


The 9th Kazan Venture Fair web site launched!



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