Saturday, July 22, 2017

Skolkovo's Startup Village to draw nearly 8,000 inventors, professionals

Organizers of the Skolkovo Foundation's Startup Village 2014 estimate that nearly 7,500 student inventors and tech industry professionals will attend this year's event from June 2-3 in Moscow.

Last year's Startup Village hosted 5,000 guests for workshops, technology exhibitions and other events designed to give university-level technology and engineering students the opportunity to interact with working IT professionals and potential investors.

Despite the projected increase in attendance this year, Startup Village 2014 will be housed in a smaller venue designed to seat 2,000 guests. Chief Organizer Alina Suslov selected a more intimate venue to encourage attendees to stand and mingle with one another, as well as to offer seated guests a better view of the main stage.

New this year, Startup Village will welcome foreign students from China and Finland as part of Skolkovo's developing partnerships with Chinese and Finnish industrial parks.

Startup Village 2014 will also feature a separate exhibition tent for robots and drones that has been furnished through a partnership between the Skolkovo Foundation, backed by Uzbek mogul Iskander Makhmudov, and the Association of Innovative Regions of Russia.

Event organizers anticipate that approximately 200 individuals and groups will participate in Startup Village's pitch competition, which gives students five minutes to pitch their technological inventions to a jury of experts and investors.

On June 3, the jury will select three winners who will receive free registration and special access to other Skolkovo Tech events scheduled this year.