International University Startups & Spin-Offs Festival brings together students from across the world to pitch their startups for a one time chance to win up to $ 50,000 in cash.
Jun 24 – 28 | 2019
09.00 – 22.00
St. Petersburg
About our place and mission
International University Startups & Spin-Offs Festival
This Festival provides an opportunity to get funding and exposure to potential customers, and investors. It also offers a chance to pitch to a truly international audience, as well as meet local, transnational Russian corporations that can help enter the big Russian market.

Please note: that one best startup from each region will be provided with a travel and accommodation grant for visiting the event in St. Petersburg.
Discover six tracks
Digital Health
As technology continues to help us achieve previously unattainable results in healthcare, we take a look at the hot topics at the frontier of human health.
We believe in the power of technology to transform the education process and the ability of education to build innovative future generations. Thus, we will explore the latest developments in the area and overlook promising new technologies.
Brain-computer interfaces could change the way people think, soldiers fight, and Alzheimer’s is treated. However, one of the biggest challenges is that first, we need to understand better how the human brain works. In this track, we will explore the latest developments and answer many open-ended questions.
Startup Management
Startups are incredibly stressful to run, given the fact that the products are maybe at an embryonic stage. In this section, we will examine how successful entrepreneurs learn about managing, growing and scaling startups. As well as discover modern, innovative practices and tools that can have a tremendous impact on your success.
Growth Hacking & Marketing
We will focus on innovative ways of marketing products and services using digital technologies, mainly on the Internet, but also including mobile phones, display advertising, and any other digital medium.
Fundraising and Financing Strategies
If you’re hoping to launch a startup, chances are you’ll need some funding down the road. In this section, we will examine a variety of fundraising challenges that lie ahead of a university startup or spin-off set to raise funding from venture capitalists and other possible sources.
Schedule at a glance
Monday, June 24
10:00 – 10:15
2019 Opening Ceremony
Philip Kazin, Deputy Director of National Research University "Higher School of Economics" – Saint-Petersburg
10:15 – 12:00
Opening Session
This session serves as an opportunity at the start of the festival to address all event attendees together and introduce participants to one another.
12:00 – 12:05
Coffee Break & Networking
12:05 – 13:00
How to get customers with 0 budget and how to scale your marketing as your business grows
One of co-owners (ex-CMO) of Qlean – World's 3-rd on-demand cleaning company. CEO & Founder of Qmarketing Agency – marketing agency with clients from San-francisco, London, Nigeria, Western and Eastern Europe.
13:00 – 14:00
14:00 – 15:00
Referral Marketing: How Micro Influencers Can Bring Macro Sales.
Alexander Nevidimov, BitRewards, Russia, St. Petersburg
15:00 – 16:00
10 Steps to Win: Expanding to the USA
Robert Neivert, Venture Partner, 500 Startups, USA, San Francisco
16:00 – 16:15
Coffee Break & Networking
16:15 – 18:00
Strategy Session: Building a Successful Marketing Strategy
Konstantin Homchenko, CEO and Founder, Chili Marketing
Alexander Nevidimov, CTO, BitRewards
Alexander Krass, CEO and Founder, FriendWork
18:00 – 19:00
Welcome Dinner
19:00 – 21:00
Networking Session
Tuesday, June 25
10:00 – 12:00
The future of acquiring paid users and customers through channels of digital advertising and social media marketing.
Evgeny Marchenkov is a co-founder and CEO of AdSide Media, a user acquisition agency that is focused on Facebook marketing and produces approximately 100 new video creatives per week. St. Petersburg, Russia
12:00 – 13:00
How to build and use sales pipeline that doesn't sucks
Dmitry Vorotnikov, Product Manager, Weigandt Consulting GmbH
13:00 – 14:00
14:00 – 16:00
Business Planning and Modelling: Drafting Roadmap for Growth
Oleg Amurjuev, Program Director at York Entrepreneurship Development Institute ("YEDI"), Canada, Toronto
16:00 – 16:05
Coffee Break & Networking
16:05 – 17:20
Predictable Revenue: Turn Your Business Into a Sales Machine
Vitaliy Novikov, University of Sales, Russia, St. Petersburg
17:20 – 18:20
Building effective PR strategy in order to build new sales channels and gain more value from the existing channels
Vitaliy Yanko, Managing Partner at SoftwareLead, Russia, St. Petersburg
18:20 – 19:20
F2F Strategy Session: Building a Successful Sales Strategy
Vitaliy Novikov, University of Sales
Vitaliy Yanko, SoftwareLead
Evgeny Marchenkov, AdSide Media
Dmitry Yugay, AdSide Media
19:20 – 22:00
Dinner, St. Petersburg Walking and Boat Tour
St. Petersburg is nicknamed the 'Venice of the North,' making a walking tour and cruise along its waterways a must-do. Soak in the city's riverside splendors, passing sights like the Peter and Paul Fortress, the Mariinsky Theatre, plus cathedrals, palaces, and more.
Wednesday, June 26
10:00 – 11:00
Actionable fundraising strategies, methods, hacks, and tricks that help find and get in contact with investors
Sergey Fradkov, General partner, Startup Accelerator iDealMachine, New York, Berlin, St. Petersburg
11:00 – 12:00
Pitching to Win: Structure
Robert Neivert, Venture Partner, 500 Startups, USA, San Francisco
12:00 – 12:05
Coffee Break & Networking
12:05 – 14:00
Financial Projection Framework: From Assumptions to Key Indicators
Oleg Amurjuev, Program Director at York Entrepreneurship Development Institute ("YEDI"), Canada, Toronto
14:00 – 15:00
15:00 – 16:00
How to set up a successful crowdfunding campaign. Strategy & Tactics.
16:00 – 17:00
Predicting New Product Success or Failure
Ivan Gorshunov, Managing Director, New Digital Services, VTB Bank, Russia, Moscow
17:00 – 17:05
Coffee Break & Networking
17:05 – 18:00
Strategy Session: Perfect Pitch Workshop
18:00 – 19:00
19:00 – 21:00
Hermitage Museum Evening Tour
The second-largest art museum in the world, it was founded in 1764 by Empress Catherine the Great. Its collections, of which only a small part is on permanent display, comprise over three million items, including the largest collection of paintings in the world.
Thursday, June 27
10:00 – 11:00
Karina Sotnik, Director, Business Incubation and Accelerator Programs, Science Center, United States, Philadelphia
11:00 – 12:00
Corporate Startup Matchmaking
12:00 – 12:15
Coffee Break & Networking
12:15 – 14:00
Smart Science and Technology: EdTech
Igor Rojdestvenski, Docent, HSE University
14:00 – 15:00
15:00 – 16:00
Smart Science and Technology: Neurotechnology in collective knowledge management. Key challenges.
Timur Shukin, Head of NeuroNet, Russia, Moscow
16:00 – 17:15
Smart Science and Technology: Digital Health Innovations & Trends
Karina Sotnik, Director, Business Incubation and Accelerator Programs, Science Center, United States, Philadelphia
17:15 – 17:30
Coffee Break & Networking
17:30 – 18:30
Solution Factory
18:30 – 19:00
19:00 – 21:00
Innovations that drive the biggest Russian Social Network
This session also includes the dinner.
Friday, June 28
10:00 – 10:05
2019 Pitching Session Ceremony
Sergey Kadochnikov, Director, Higher School of Economics – St.Petersburg
10:05 – 10:30
Opening Session
Introduction of the notable jury members, investors, opening words and wishes to startups before the session.
10:30 – 14:30
Pitching Session
Jury members: Mikhail Oseevsky, Igor Agamirzian, Dmitry Yugay, Sergey Fradkov, Sergey Kotyrev, Karina Sotnik, Vitaliy Yanko, Lelde Stukle, Vitaly Mzokov
14:30 – 15:00
Feedback from the jury members
15:00 – 15:30
The announcement of the winners of competition & Inauguration
Top 3 winners of the pitching session will be awarded.
15:30 – 16:00
Coffee Break & Networking
16:00 – 18:00
Press conference & Networking
Opportunity to officially distribute information and answer questions from the media, network with jury members, investors, and other attendees.
Meet Notable Speakers
Our special line of speakers bring highly respected knowledge, insights and experience, by sharing ideas through effective and comprehensive presentations, as well as thought-provoking and valuable roundtable discussions
Robert Neivert
Venture Partner,
500 Startups
San Francisco, USA
Karina Sotnik
Director, Business Incubation and Accelerator Programs, Science Center
Philadelphia, USA
Mikhail Oseevsky
President of Rostelecom, Chairman of the Management Board
Moscow, Russia
Igor Agamirzian
Vice President,
HSE University
Moscow, Russia
Katherine Maxwell
Innovation Project Manager, Edinburgh Centre for Carbon and Innovation
Edinburgh, Scotland
Oleg Amurjuev
Program Director at York Entrepreneurship Development Institute
Toronto, Canada
Vitaly Novikov
Head of Sales at EuroAuto chain
St. Petersburg, Russia
Ivan Gorshunov
Managing director at VTB Bank
Moscow, Russia
Konstantin Homchenko
CEO & Founder, Chili Marketing
St. Petersburg, Russia
Alexander Nevidimov
CTO, BitRewards
St. Petersburg, Russia
Sergey Kadochnikov
Director, Higher School of Economics – St.Petersburg

St. Petersburg, Russia
Philip Kazin
Deputy Director, Higher School of Economics – St.Petersburg

St. Petersburg, Russia
Roman Kumar
CEO of Qmarketing Agency, One of co-owners (ex-CMO) of Qlean (World's 3-rd on-demand cleaning company)
Moscow, Russia
Timur Shukin
Head of NeuroNet

Moscow, Russia
Vitaliy Yanko
Managing Partner at SoftwareLead

St. Petersburg, Russia
Sergey Fradkov
General partner at Startup Accelerator iDealMachine
New York, Berlin, St. Petersburg
Alexander Krass
CEO and Founder, FriendWork

St. Petersburg, Russia
Sergey Kotyrev
CEO and Founder at 1С-UMI
St. Petersburg, Russia
Evgeny Marchenkov
Co-founder and CEO of AdSide Media

St. Petersburg, Russia
Dmitry Yugay
Co-founder and CMO of AdSide Media

St. Petersburg, Russia
Lelde Stukle
Managing Partner, Commercialization Reactor Fund
Riga, Latvia
Vitaly Mzokov
Head of Verification - Growth Center, Kaspersky Lab
Moscow, Russia
Igor Rojdestvenski
Docent, HSE University

St. Petersburg, Russia
Dmitry Vorotnikov
Product Manager, Weigandt Consulting GmbH
St. Petersburg, Russia
Meet Emerging Startups
Introducing top pick of emerging startups from different parts of the world that are best positioned to disrupt the tech as we know it today
People's Choice Award
Is an additional award given to the most promising and popular startup that has fans voting for them to become the next unicorn.
Please make your choice
Your vote has been accepted. Thank you for participating!
Alma mater of the founders
Founders from around the world
Artjom Jekimtsev
Vishnu Srinivasan
Monika Tomecka
Laurent Läheb
Burak Kantarcı
Jaime Deverall
Refael Shamir
Lage Gundersen
Yuan Xiong
Filippo Piatti
Anya Berlova
Kirill Slavkin
Maxim Vakurin
Ekaterina Spirina
Ivan Alekseev
Nikolai Zyatkov
Andrey Terexin
Dmitry Tkachev
Venture partners
Community partners
Meet our notable partners and supporters that help us pull things off
You'll fall in love with WHITE NIGHTS.
Deep-dive into the Russian Versailles
Discover the venue and learn about exciting historical facts & figures
Our venue is located at 3 Kantemirovskaya St., Building 1A, St. Petersburg, Russia.

In September 2015, after undergoing a significant overhaul, part of the HSE St. Petersburg campus opened at 3 Kantemirovskaya St., Building 1A, becoming the home of the School of Economics and Management.

This building was previously the location of a weaving mill that had had several names and owners over its more than 100-year history.
About Us
HSE University St. Petersburg (Russia) is the lead organizer of International University Startups & Spin-Offs Festival and is internationally recognized academic center, ranked in the top 10% worldwide of higher education and research institutions in the field of economics. Consistently listed as one of the top universities in Russia, HSE University is a leader in Russian education, and one of the preeminent economic and social sciences universities in Eastern Europe and Eurasia.
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