Contest nominations


Attention of investors, journalists and large companies, tickets to the main world startup forums

Digital Experience

Launch of the pilot project with Beeline in the format of a joint product.

Next Generation Security

Join the internal Business-incubator of Kaspersky Lab

Google Choice

Acceleration program and mentoring support from Google

Dell EMC

Launch a joint Go-To-Market project and win a cash prize of 150 000 Rub.


Launch of the pilot project with Raiffeisenbank and getting into the semifinal of Elevator Lab acceleration program

Banking & Retail

Launch of the pilot project with B&N Bank Digital and the SAFMAR group


Nomination invites tech companies that are interested in entering European market through Finland

IIDF choice

Join the beginner education program at IIDF part-time accelerator

To establish new Nomination or Award

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Industry Pitch Sessions

Digital Health

Pitch-session for digital medicine projects. Prize: an investment offer from MedMe and TealTech Capital funds.


Pitch-session for startups combining fun and technology. Prize: 300K rubles and an investment offer.

VC Pitch

Pitch-session in front of investors for startups working in Machine Learning, Big Data, AR | VR, IoT.

Robotics & AI

Pitch-session for startups working in Robotics & AI. Prize: joint pilot project with Tra Robotics & tickets to TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin.


March 30 - September 10

Apply to participate in the Contest

September 10

The last day for submitting an application

September 11 - 21

Screening of participation applications by the Expert Council

September 22

Finalists announced

September 25 - October 5

Practice pitches. Preparation for the final round

October 12

Final round at the GoTech Forum

Jury 2017

Dmitry Chikhachev

Managing Partner, Runa Capital

Dmitry is a co-founder and Managing Partner at Runa and is also head of the board at IT-cluster Phystech, a large infrastructure project at MIPT — one of Europe’s leading universities. He currently holds board seats at NGINX, Jelastic, LinguaLeo, Ecwid, and Cellrox.

Dmitry’s MSc in Applied Maths and Physics at MIPT and strong technical background give him a deep understanding of cloud computing, hosted services, and virtualization, as well as financial, healthcare, and educational IT-technology. His MBA (cum laude) and 18 years of executive experience, which includes growing a business from zero to $75M and managing HR for a giant international telecom supplier across 7 countries, also makes him an excellent “hands-on” investor.


Partner 500 Startups

Marvin is a Partner at 500 Startups, a global Seed Venture Capital Firm & Startup Accelerator based in Silicon Valley. He invests in Digital Media, Enterprise SAAS, Marketplace, Fintech, Adtech, Digital Health, Internet of Things & Mobile startups across the globe. 

Formerly of Yahoo! Inc. (10.5 years), Marvin Liao has held roles in the various departments of Sales, Business Development, Ad Operations and Marketing & ran online marketing at a venture capital funded ecommerce start-up prior to that. He also serves on the boards/advisory boards of several internet advertising and ad technology companies. 

In addition, he is a Mentor for several Startup Accelerator programs in Europe, Asia, Israel and the US, helping guide startup teams with their sales, marketing and partner development efforts."

Alexander Turkot

Managing Partner, Maxfield Capital

Alexander is an engineer by heart. He has had a long career in IT, engineering, and project management. In the 1990s, he had worked for large corporations, most notably for IBM, spending a greater part of his time in the United States and overseeing projects across in Japan, South Africa and Switzerland to name a few.

After that, he decided to spend some time nurturing his own ideas, and launched a couple of startups himself. He then served as the CEO and Managing Partner of the Eastern European branch of MySpace. Following that he was approached to run a big project for the Russian government, creating the startup and IT cluster Skolkovo. Today, as the General partner and Founder of Maxfield Capital he oversees worldwide operations for the venture fund.

Investment interest: East coast USA & Israel, Russia.

Alexander holds a MSc in Computer & Electrical Engineering and a PhD in Economics.


Сo-founder, partner Speedinvest

Michael Breidenbruecker is a serial entrepreneur, active angel investor and advisor, who founded companies such as, RjDj and RAWR.

Living in the Austrian Alps, he is active as a Mentor and Investor in the London, Berlin or Vienna startup ecosystem, establishes new startups within his Speedinvest Studio or enjoys hiking or skiing with his family in the Austrian mountains in his free time.

Michael graduated with a Master's Degree in Communication and Media Studies with Summa Cum Laude and co-founded Ltd. 2001 in London.

He managed  the company as CEO from 2002 until 2005. His approach in combining music discovery, online radio and social software was internationally highly acclaimed and brought the company to the attention of millions of consumers, global media and industry players. was acquired by CBS in 2007 for $280MN in an all-cash deal.

In 2008 Michael founded Reality Jockey Ltd. based in London, which published several highly innovative mobile applications such as “RjDj”, which became world-wide Top10 downloaded and awarded Apps.

Together with the multi-time Oscar Acadamy Award Winners Hans Zimmer and Christopher Nolan, Michael created the internationally awarded Mobile Apps “Inception” and “The Dark Knight rises” as a transmedia storytelling extension to the Hollywood Blockbuster Movies, featuring innovative usage of Location, Microphone and Sensor Data. Having a broad background in Music, Michael worked with Musical Acts, like AIR, Chemical Brothers and others on Mobile Music Experiences.

Michael is currently a Partner of Vienna based venture capital firm Speedinvest and also serves on a variety of boards, like e.g. Sutterlüty, Fraugster, Mikme and others. With 100Mn EUR under Management, Speedinvest is one of the leading Seed & Early-Stage Funds in Europe.

Michael combines his passion for launching startups and his entrepreneurial spirit with his love of the Austrian Alps as founder of Speedinvest Studio in Vorarlberg, Austria, where he helps Corporate Clients with an infrastructure to launch incubated StartUp Ideas and nurture their Intrapreneurship efforts. He is helping corporates, like Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) and SME Companies to create and launch StartUps, that are close to their Corporate DNA. In the case for ÖBB e.g. a unique inter-modal mobility and ticketing app, including Car-Sharing etc. or an IIoT Platform for a SME.

Jane Gilson

Director of Large Customer Sales for EMEA Emerging Markets, Google

Jane Gilson is the Director of Large Customer Sales for the EMEA Emerging Markets Region (Africa, Israel, Turkey, MENA and Russia).

Previous to Google, Jane spent over a decade at Microsoft and was heavily involved in the Seattle start-up scene, including founding her own online education company. Jane, who is originally from the US, has spent the past several years working in Europe, having been based in Prague, Munich and Paris before moving to Dublin to work for Google.


Managing Partner of Almaz Capital Partners

Alexander Galitsky is a Managing Partner of Almaz Capital Partners, a venture fund with major offices in Portola Valley, CA, which is backed by Cisco Systems, EBRD and IFC, which he co-founded in 2008. Alexander is a well-known innovator, entrepreneur and investor in USA, Europe and Russia/CIS. Alexander serves as Member of the Skolkovo Foundation Board,

Member of Skoltech Board of Trustees.

Alexander was honored numerous times as the most influential person in the Russian IT and Internet industry by Forbes, best GP of 2013 by Venture Awards, EY Entrepreneur of the Year in Russia in 2013, was nominated for best venture capitalist of the last decade in Europe in 2012 by Investor AllStars and named "Technology Pioneer" at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2000.

Prior to Almaz, Alexander made a series of private successful investments. His past and current investments include: Parallels, Yandex (IPO), QIK (sold to Skype), Vyatta (sold to Brocade), Acumatica, Jelastic, NavMaps (sold to TeleAtlas), Acronis, SJLabs (sold to VocalTec), EverNote, GridGain, WikiMart, CarPrice, StarWind, PIQ, Good Data among others.

Prior to his investment career, he founded five successful high-tech companies, ELVIS+, TrustWorks Systems (sold to Hamsard), EzWIM (sold to TMT Ventures), ELVIS Telecom (sold to Telenor) and NPC ELVIS, all of which he led as CEO. He pioneered in WiFi and Virtual Private Network technologies and product development on the global market in partnership with Sun Microsystems and was a pioneer of the Russian Internet industry back in the 90s. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Alexander served as one of the top technical executives for the Soviet space industry, where he worked on the MIR space station and the Soviet “Star Wars” response.

He has over 30 patents for numerous inventions, including parallel processing, WiFi and VPN security technologies.

He received his PhD in Computer Science from joint authority of Defense Research Institute and MIPT and graduated from MIET from the physical science department.

Alex Chachava

Managing Partner, LETA Capital

An initiator behind the LETA Capital fund. The fund is investing into companies on late-seed or early-growth stage that are focused on innovations, new products, and services in IT.

LETA Capital was founded in 2012, today the fund has over 14 successful projects in the portfolio, including an international mobile application for sports 365Scores, a Russian developer of a line of autopilots RoboCV, a solution for remote car-managing Remoto and an international social alarm Wakie.

From 1999 to 2003 Aleksandr was employed by the publishing house Computerra and then by the RBK media-holding as a leading analyst. He was also a part of RBK IPO which was the first IT IPO and the first case of attracting local investment on the Russian market. Later he was a part of executing an M&A strategy by RBK.

In 2003 Aleksandr co-founded LETA that later was recognized as one of the top-50 IT companies in Russia. In 2005 he became the head of Russian branch of ESET - one of the top-20 developers in information security field. ESET Russia is working on business development in 11 countries and is currently one of the largest ESET partners. ESET Russia, part of the LETA group manages a distribution chain independently from ESET. In 2008 Aleksander formed the LETA holding and became its president. He invested in a number of successful IT startups that later became a part of the LETA Group.

Aleksandr Chachava graduated from the Moscow State University of Food production majoring in automated systems for information processing and management.

  • Married, raising 2 kids
  • visited over 50 countries, yet still, prefers a family weekend in a cottage near Moscow over any other type of holiday.
  • Enjoys football, water polo, fast driving and cycling

Artyom Inutin

Co-founder & managing partner, TMT Investments

Co-founder & managing partner, TMT Investments.

Graduated from the Moscow State Technological University and the Russian Finance Academy. Ph.D. in Economics.

Artem Iniutin is a co-founder of RBK and TMT Investments, focused on internet technologies, investment management, telecommunications, and media. 18 years of investment experience in 5 different countries. Overseen the launch of over 60 popular startups, among which are,,,, and more.

Since 2010 Artem is a co-founder and a managing partner of the TMT investment - a venture fund whose shares are traded on the London Stock Exchange, in the AIM sector.

The fund has invested in 44 startups, has a record of 8 exit-deals including those with YAhoo, AOL, Monsanto. Partnering with startups in USA, Israel, Eastern Europe and CIS. This fast-growing fund is investing into fast-growing internet-startups that are promising to turn into large international businesses.  

Alexey Solovyev

Managing Partner, iTech Capital

Alexey has been an investment professional since 2011 when he embarked on a career in venture industry as a Head of Prostor Capital. Today Prostor Capital is one of the four funds managed by iTech Capital investment company. In addition to that, Alexey combines the position of its Partner and a Managing director at iTech Capital. Among them there are leaders of the market segments:,  Aviasales, Ticketland, iContext, Bitfury, etc. Alexey is actively developing venture industry in Russia, being a member of Market Council at RVC (Russian Venture Company) and Administrative Council at the Russian Venture Capital Association (RVCA).

Alexey graduated with a degree in Computer Sciences from the Bauman Moscow State Technical University. He studied venture investments at Berkley University HAAS Business School (USA, California).

Alexey is very keen on endurance sport, including marathon runner. He is an author of several publications on personal development.

Mikhail Taver

Managing partner, Gagarin Capital

20 years of experience investing in various industries on different stages. Alumni of the University of Edinburgh, certified financial analyst (CFA). Prior to venture industry, he was representing the interests of Russian shareholders of TNK-BP and was a part of investment board of Suleyman Kerimov.


General Partner, Starta Capital and Accelerator

Alexey Girin is the General Partner at Starta Capital and Accelerator.

He has 15 years of experience in audit and finance and 10 years in the venture capital industry.

His introduction to investment started in 1996 when he was the Chief Financial Officer for the Investment Company Dominanta. His success at Dominanta led to a new CFO role at FMGC where he stayed for several years.

As an Entrepreneur, Alexey was the Co-Founder and Partner in AFD Consulting. AFD is an audit and accounting firm. Advancing from AFD in 2004, he began his Angel Investing work. In this capacity, which he still serves, Alexey functioned as an advisor and fundraiser for innovators and venture capital entities.

In 2010, Alexey became the Co-Founder and General Partner of Starta Capital. Starta Capital’s portfolio now includes a number of deep tech startup companies.

In 2015, together with Ekaterina Dorozhkina, Starta Capital’s Managing Partner, they launched Starta Accelerator. Starta Accelerator is New York City-based program that aims to empower startups with Eastern European roots and frontier technology.

Alexey earned his Master in Economics from the Russian State University of Trade and Economics.

Dmitry Kalaev

Head of IIDF’s Accelerator

Head of IIDF’s Accelerator: 320+ investments in IT startups.

Co-founder of — a «venture tourism» program in Silicon Valley and an accelerator program in the USA — TechMafia.

Business angel and managing partner of RedButton fund: $10M of conducted transactions.

Head of Sberbank-Technology in Yekaterinburg: from zero to 50+ employees in 6 months; successful implementation of the core IT-system in 1800 of the bank’s offices.

Advisor to the Minister of Economics of the Sverdlovsk Region.

Naumen: from 6 to 400+ employees and a billion rubles in revenue. Now — a shareholder and a member of the Board of Directors.

Petr Lukyanov

Co-founder & managing partner, Phystech Ventures

Petr Lukyanov is a managing partner at Phystech Ventures. 

He has 10 years of investing experience and worked for 8 years in venture capital industry. Petr co-founded Phystech Ventures in 2013. Phystech Ventures is an early stage venture capital firm with $50m AUM focused on technology companies in EnergyTech, Robotics, Industrial IoT. Phystech Ventures invests globally and has 20+ portfolio companies in Russia, US, Europe and Asia.

Konstantin Sinushin

Co-founder & managing partner, the Untitled Ventures

A Russian entrepreneur and private investor in management and industrial consulting, internet and information technologies.

Currently a managing partner of the Untitled Ventures - a seed fund with 24 projects in its portfolio, helping private investors to invest in Russian startups. The fund is in close partnership with the IIDF, the Skolkovo fund, RVK and the seed fund of Moscow administration.


Investment Director Maxfield Capital

Investment Director Maxfield Capital.

Alexei has over 7 years’ experience in venture capital. Prior to the advisory team Alexei was in charge for a deal flow and portfolio development at Allianz Investments and VEB.

Alexei also has entrepreneurial and software experience which was obtained during his occupation as a startup founder and a software engineer at Motorola. 

Alexei holds a MSc in Mathematics and a MSc in Corporate Finance.

Konstantin Stiskin

Partner, Binominal Ventures

Konstantin is Partner at Binomial Ventures, where he focuses on investing in early and mid-stage companies in fintech, cybersecurity and data.

With experience across three venture capital funds, he has invested in over forty businesses and held strategic roles with ten companies, which have raised over $100m with his support. As an angel investor, Konstantin actively invests in companies in the US, UK and Russia.


CEO, Dell EMC St. Petersburg’s development center

Dell EMC Software Development Center, Russia.

Slava Nesterov was born in Leningrad (now St.Petersburg). Slava was graduated from St.Petersburg State University (1983), has Ph.D (1989) and D.Sc. (1999) degrees in mathematics. He has more than 50 research publications.

Slava joined EMC in February 2008 as an Engineering Director of St.Petersburg Center, was nominated as a General Manager in April 2009. On September 7, 2015 EMC was acquired by Dell and the Development center became a part of Dell Corporation. Prior to joining EMC Slava worked for Motorola, in St.Petersburg Software development center in deferent management positions, most recently as a Senior Operations Manager. Slava has a significant experience in management of software development organizations, industrial development of software products and solutions. Also due to his many years work in multinational IT companies he became an expert in starting and developing distributed R&D projects.

Before 1998 Slava worked in leading research institutes of Academy of Sciences, held senior research fellow position. He was engaged in research work in the areas of computational mathematics and artificial intelligence.

In parallel with his work for EMC Slava participates in a number of professional activities, he is a member of Skolkovo Industrial Advisory board and an expert of IT cluster, he teaches students in St.Petersburg State University.

Alexander Egorov

CEO, Reksoft

Chief Executive Officer, Reksoft.
Member of the Board, Reksoft.  
Member of the Board, Technoserv Consulting.

Alexander Egorov co-founded Reksoft in 1991 with two university friends. As CEO from the company’s inception, he oversaw the growth of the business from a small start-up to a professional software engineering services company with more than 350 employees worldwide.

With over 20 years’ experience leading the expert team at Reksoft, Alexander has unparalleled professional knowledge of the global software engineering and outsourcing business.

Alexander plays a leading role in advancing the Russian IT industry as a whole, as permanent board member and twice-elected chairman of the Russian Software Developers Association (RUSSOFT). He also serves as board member of Technoserv Consulting, one of Russia’s largest IT consulting firms.

Alexander holds an MBA degree from the Stockholm School of Economics.

Gennadii Nissenbaum

Head of the export EU HQ direction, Google

Igor Kaloshin

Business angel

Prior to August 2016 CEO of the Intel Software Ltd. - a resident of the Skolkovo Innovation Center.

In 1996 Irog have graduated from the Mathematics and Mechanics Department of St. Petersburg State University with a degree in mathematics at the Department of Statistical Modeling. From 1996 to 1999, he continued his postgraduate studies.

Igor started his career in Information Technologies in 1999, joining Elbrus-MCST as an engineer for testing a compact Java virtual machine and 2 months later he headed this group of developers. In late 2002, he took up the post of the head of the St. Petersburg branch of Elbrus-MCST, and then in June 2004, Igor headed the newly opened Intel research and development center in St. Petersburg.

From 2007 to 2012 he held the post of Director for Operations Management in Russia. The main responsibilities were to build and support effective coordination of business processes on the ground, such as creating a stable infrastructure and a supportive environment for the productive work of the company's employees.

Igor actively participates in the work of IT business associations to create a favorable climate for the development of the IT industry in Russia. From 2009 to 2011 he was the co-chairman of the IT committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in St. Petersburg and was awarded the "Best Committee of the Year" in 2011. From 2010 to 2012 he was a member of the executive committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in St. Petersburg and since 2011 has been actively involved in the board of RUSSOFT.

Igor is married and raising a daughter.


Sergey Dashkov

Business angel

Dashkov Sergey, 25 years experience entrepreneur with good records, graduated Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, active member of Russian society of Business Angels, runs some charity projects.

Investing interests cover new perspective and technological spheres, including, inter alia, healthcare projects. Focused on seed or early A round of investments.

Igor Ustinov

Business angel

Born in Sverdlovsk and graduated from a school in Penza.

From 1982 to 1987 studied at the Moscow State University of Railway Engineering majoring in engineering.

From 1994 to 2009 was working for Buka where he was a founder and a member of the board of directors

From 2002 to 2004 studied at the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography.

From 2004 to 2006 got his MBA.

In 2010 was awarded as a business angel of the year.

Maxim Shekhovtsov

Managing Partner, Genezis Technology Capital

More than 12 years of investments in more than 100 companies in high-tech all-over-the world. Setting up and management of 5 VC funds: over $190m under management. Founder of VC division at Allianz SE in Moscow: 4 funds.

Finalist of Ernst & Young award “Entrepreneur of the year” in the category of “Master of Investments”.
Awarded “Best VC Team, 2017” by Russia VC Awards.

Member of Microsoft seed fund selection committee, Global Council of VCs at Microsoft and a row of regional IT Parks and Incubators.

Founder of the EU largest closed Club for high-tech investors and business founders (170 funds and more than 700 investment professionals and founders from EU, US, Israel and SEA.

MA in corporate finance from Finance Academy, Ph.D. from Russian Academy of Sciences.

Egor Abramov

Chief investment manager FortRoss Ventures

Chief investment manager FortRoss Ventures.

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Konstantin Vinogradov

Investment analyst, Runa Capital

Sergey Toporov

Principal Investment manager at Leta Capital

From 2012 Sergey is looking for investment opportunities, full cycle deal flow management. Closed 16 investment deals worth more than $10M on Seed and Round A stages companies. Also Sergey is developing partnerships with business angels and investment boutiques to expand the number of potential opportunities with strong traction.

Earlier 2009 – 2012 – COO at ASK Labs – responsible person for industrial automation projects completion for metallurgical and energy enterprises. As COO of ASK Labs Sergey promoted Advanced Process Control Systems in Russia - smart control solutions for industrial production in mineral fertilizers, oil refining and metallurgy fields (Therefore, Sergey believes in machine learning, artificial intelligence and robotics future).

Other companies 2009 and earlier - Sergey started a career at 16 as a Cisco network technology engineer in Sibneft (oil&gas company), worked as a project manager at a consulting firm, made a regional representative offices network of trade firm, participated in different business administrations such as real estate development, pharmaceutical, etc.

Alexey Grinenko

Investment Manager, IIDF

Graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University in 2008, the faculty of Physics. Started his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the audit department. He worked there for 3,5 years, gained an efficient experience in analysis and audit of telecommunication and media organizations’ financial reporting. Afterwards he worked for ROSNANO in the investment department of medical projects, where for 1,5 years he took active part in the launching of 2 new projects, as well as in the exit from the former one. At the end of 2012 joined Prostor Capital team as associate. At the end of 2015 joined IIDF investment team, where began to form a portfolio of Health and Logistic companies.

Eugenia Barchenko

Development director, GoTech

Eugenia is joined GoTech team as Head of Business Development since 2016. She is the chairman of the Expert Council of the GoTech competition.

Prior to GoTech, Eugenia was Senior Project Consultant in Russian division of the Consulting Group Martal, specializing in the consulting of Russian innovation infrastructure, large industrial players and technology startups. Prior to Martal within 5 years Eugenia held the position of Lead Consultant in Business Incubator Ingria, where she worked with technological startups, was responsible of partnership programs with VCs and corporations

Eugenia is experienced player in the innovation ecosystem with 15 years background.

Vadim Sukhomlinov

SDN/NFV Application Engineer, Intel

Alexey Kupriyanov

CEO, CommIT Capital

Inga Petryaevskaya

Vice-president of business development Tra robotics

Inga Petryaevskaya has 12 years of experience in IT and Telecom in global corporations, comprehensive knowledge in building alliances and partnership networks, go-to-market activities and business development in Russia and CIS, driving internal and external innovations, performing marketing initiatives and team management.

Inga Petryaevskaya was a head of New Business Development department at Dell EMC Saint-Petersburg development center during the last 7 years. In her role, Inga was responsible for managing go-to-market project office initiative, realization of joint innovation projects with customers and partners, building solutions for the local and global markets. Also, Inga was managing partnership relations including defining mid and long term cooperation strategy by leveraging Russian business and academic ecosystem, cooperation with venture and startups communities as well as for various marketing activities.

Inga joined EMC corporation in 2010 as a Senior Marketing and University Relations Program Manager.  Before joining EMC, Inga was a Leading Business Development Manager at Siemens. In that capacity, Inga was responsible for building partnership network for Corporate Technology central unit, establishing relations with Academia and Public sector.

Recently Inga has joined Tra robotics as a vice-president of business development. Tra robotics is a technology company. We are creating fully robotized flexible production which assembles any new design or product specification in real time without changing production process and factory layout. Inga has started an exciting journey of learning new industry of robotics and working with global partners ecosystem – academia and industry top-notch partners around the world.

Inga holds an MsC degree in Information and Communication Systems from Hamburg University of Technology, Germany and a telecommunication engineer degree from Saint-Petersburg state University of Telecommunications.  Inga holds US patent “Knowledge Management system across distributed entities”.

Lyubov Simonova-Emelyanova

Investment Manager RVC Seed Fund

Business lady, business angel, VC, expert in VC, strategy, business development, internet technologies. More than 20 years of experience in developing technological internet projects, 10 years in VC-business.

Joined RVC Seed Fund in August 2016 as Investment Manager. Was a Principal at Almaz Capital Partners from November 2010 and headed the firm’s Internet practice for Russia/CIS. Prior to joining Almaz was head of strategy and business development at Finam Investment Company, based in Moscow, and a project manager for eHouse Holding and Manifest, where focused on developing the system of online advertising and on some of the first online advertising campaigns for the nascent Russian Internet market. Recognized as one of the “leading ladies” of the Russian Internet and digital media industry. Member of council under the commission on the modernization and innovation development in the Russian State Duma in 2011-2012. In 2012 entered Top 10 power women in Russia ( Top-5 VC-ladies in Russia since 2014.

Roman Zharenkov

Investment Manager, Phystech Ventures

Investment associate at Phystech Ventures, a Venture Capital firm operating on US, South-East Asia and Central and Eastern Europe markets.

Engaged with companies across several tech industries such as Connected Car, Industrial IoT, Edtech, Fintech, Cybersecurity, Big data analytics. Helping startups with their fundraising initiatives, operations and marketing, key partnerships development and M&A strategies

Vasil Zakiev

Founder, Technopark Navigator campus


Andrew Gershfeld

Partner of the Fund, Flint Capital



Kirill Khripko

Investment analyst at iTech CapPrior

Kirill Khripko is an investment analyst at iTech CapPrior to joining iTech Capital Kirill worked as a specialist in Risk Control Department at Bank of Moscow since 2014. A certified Project Management Expert (PME), Kirill holds Masters degree in Applied Mathematics and Technology Project Management from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology in partnership with Russian Venture Company. Fluent English speaker.

Artem Welker

CEO, WelkerMedia

Entrepreneur, public figure. CEO at WelkerMedia & WM Foundation.

Andrey Mima

Product manager, Qbaka startup co-founder

Product manager, Qbaka startup co-founder.

Victor Kozlov

Serial IT Entrepreneur

Today I describe myself as a “Serial IT Entrepreneur”. Having worked in IT industry since 1991, I co-founded several companies, including Reksoft - one of the leading software development and IT services company, CleverPumpkin which is in TOP-5 mobile developers in Russia, and three Internet companies - OZON.RU, Fishup, ASSIST, which are also among leaders in their sectors in Russia. Now I serve on the Board of Directors for several companies, create new software and Internet startups, mentor young entrepreneurs. I am the member of Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO).

Arseniy Gromov

Investment Director, Rambler&Co

Full coverage of the M&A pipeline at Rambler&Co; multiple deals in Russian TMT/internet sector. Governing of TMT cluster at A&NN group.

Andrew Mikhayluk

Head of product development at Social Discovery Ventures

Head of product development at Social Discovery Ventures - an international umbrella brand for group of technology and software engineering companies which provide platforms for social discovery, personal development, and online entertainment. Social discovery and hi-tech market expert. Previously pioneered new technologies for online media – was proud to launch first Apple Newsstand title in Russia back in 2011.

Dmitry Firskin

Chief Investment Officer Altair VC

Mikhail Blank

Associate, CaspianVC

Sergey Vasilev

Managing partner, Starta Capital

Sergey Vasilev - managing partner preseed venture fund "Starta Capital".

9 yars in venture industry, specializing in high-tech sturtups.

Eugene Barulin

CEO, ResumUP

Head of Business Development. 
HR Businesses SeverGroup. 
Основатель и CEO компании 
ентор Y.Старт, CEO Camp, SSC, etc.

Askar Rahimberdiev

CEO, MoySklad

Askar Rahimberdiev is CEO and co-founder of MoySklad - one of the first Russian vendors of SaaS products. Since LogneX inception in 2007, Askar has been defining company's vision and building its operations. 

Askar Rahimberdiev has over 20 years of experience in software business. Prior to founding MoySklad, Askar Rahimberdiev held engineering and managerial positions at hi-tech companies. His previous position was a product development manager at Aspect Enterprise Solutions where he was responsible for delivery of SaaS products for energy market. Prior to that, he was a project manager at Auriga, one of the leading Russian outsourcing providers. Askar holds M.S. degree from Moscow Aviation Institute.

Vitaliy Yanko

Marketing Consultant, ISDEF



Mikhail Erman

Acting Director, Startup advisor, Business incubator HSE {Sun}

Mikhail Erman (Head of HSE business incubator,

I founded several IT-startups during last 7 years and started to work with tech-entrepreneurs as adviser because of my experience. I started my professional way as a programmer in 2005 and then was team leader, project manager, CIO, CTO at different types of organizations: government, universities, software companies. At last I found myself as a cofounder and CEO of private incubator 6 years ago. Since that time, I’m working with startups as an adviser and trying to create the most efficient programs for yearly stage startups. I’m a head of HSE business incubator – one of the best incubator in Russia and in Europe as well (Ranked as 7th European university business incubator by UBU Global).

I had a degree in computer since from Astrakhan State Technical University from 2008.

Ilya Petryaevskiy

Founder and CEO of Kogorta

Ilya is a founder and CEO of Kogorta company, which provides consulting services in IT. Ilya has 12+ years of experience in corporate sales and business development in IT. Ilya worked at several SW development companies, including Microsoft and is an expert in B2B sales and business development.

Ilya has graduated from Saint-Petersburg state University, the department of applied mathematics and holds a degree of a mathematician – programmer.  In 2007 Ilya has got his second degree at the faculty of economics at SPBU.


Alexey Kalenchuk

Head of Media/AR/VR Department of IT-cluster, Skolkovo Foundation

Natalia Chernysheva

Independent expert

Independent expert.

Great experience in fund raising for venture projects, business modeling, development of innovation management systems as well as industry, corporate and startup strategies. 
Fund raising for Semiotic, Wobot and Amaltea, now member of board of directors.

Ilya Flaks

CEO & Founder of the Fibrum Company

CEO & Founder of the Fibrum Company. He developed his frst game at the age of 15.
In 2011 with the partners from “Inform-Mobil”, one of the biggest content and service providers in Russia, he founded a company with 65 million users – Immo Games – which took the frst place among the game developers of “Vkontakte” social network.

In 2013 Ilya founded Fibstone Company which specialized in the development of mobile apps. Many years of development experience allowed to create Fibrum and develop business by following blue ocean strategy. Now, the company is the world leader in developing content in mobile VR industry and Ilya acts as an expert in numerous industry events for Russian VR start-ups.

Ilya was born in Kazan, Russia where graduated from the university as a specialist in Management and Automatization. In 2011 he graduated from the Moscow University Higher School of Economics with a master degree in Electronic Business. Since 2013 he has been CEO of the Fibrum Company.

Sergey Galeev

CEO, AddReality

Alexei Tuknov

Investment Director Maxfield Capital

Investment Director Maxfield Capital.

Alexei has over 7 years’ experience in venture capital. Prior to the advisory team Alexei was in charge for a deal flow and portfolio development at Allianz Investments and VEB.

Alexei also has entrepreneurial and software experience which was obtained during his occupation as a startup founder and a software engineer at Motorola. 

Alexei holds a MSc in Mathematics and a MSc in Corporate Finance.


Michael Averbach

Managing partner, iDealMachine

20+ years in IT-business, serial enterpreneur, investor.
Key expertise: creation of business structures, marketing and sales strategies, creation of mobile applications and mobile devices, electronic commerce and corporate software, as well as management of software development process.

Co-founded Ectaco, Inc., (USA) a leading developer of electronic translators and linguistic solutions, where was managing the sales network, comprised of 13 foreign sales offices and dozens of independent distributors around the world.

Was the founder of MobiDealer, Inc, (USA), where managed creation of distributed ERP system software package. After successful launch of the system, the company was sold to a strategic investor.

Co-founded DynoPlex, Inc., (USA). Grew the company from ground up to one of the largest developers of mobile applications. Successfully sold the company and transitioned to manage offshore development for the purchaser, Quickoffice, Inc. (USA), where managed work of two offshore centers for mobile application development, totalling 140 engineers. Company was subsequent sold to Google in 2012.

After sale of Quickoffice, started a venture fund RSV Venture Partners and serves as a managing partner of startup-accelerator iDealMachine, where invests in companies at the very early stage.

Natalia Fedotova

Head acceleration programs IIDF

Alexander Khanin

Founded and CEO VisionLabs

Alexander Khanin is a CEO and recognition technology author in VisionLabs.

In April 2012 Alexander founded VisionLabs company.

In 2009 – 2012 Alexander was leading department in Scientific Research Institute.

Alexander studied at ICVSS 2014 Computer Vision, ENS/INRIA 2013 Visual Recognition and Machine Learning, Imperial College Robotics 2012 and Microsoft Computer Vision 2011 Summer Schools.

In 2011 – 2014 Alexander Khanin was a PhD student for Computer vision & Robotics at Bauman Moscow State Technical University.

In 2011 Alexander graduated with honors from the Bauman Moscow State Technical University as a Robotics engineer (Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering).

Alexander Khanin OMG-Certified UML Professional Advanced.

Currently Alexander develops and raises the company in a role of a CEO.

Also Alexander is lecturing Control Automation Theory at Bauman Moscow State Technical University to share his expertise and to inspire students.


Pavel Egorov

Technology and innovation director, Dell EMC St. Petersburg’s development center


The head of the Business Incubator of SAI IT-park


Kazan State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering (Faculty of Industrial and Civil Engineering), graduating as a civil engineer, and also received an additional education - an economist. Awarded the degree of Candidate of Economic Sciences. Awarded the title of Associate Professor

From 2016

The head of the Business Incubator of SAI "IT-park".

Functional competencies: understanding the essence of innovation and the features of innovation processes; Formation of a strategy for the commercialization of innovations; Exercising project management and business planning methods; Promotion of innovative developments to the market, negotiation; dealing with start-up projects.





1999– 2014

Deputy Head of the Department of Management of Kazan State University of Architecture and Construction (KSUAC).

2010 – 2014

The head of the department of commercialization of scientific and technical developments at KSUAC

2004 – 2005

A member of the working committee for the development of the "Program for the Development of Housing Construction in the Republic of Tatarstan" chaired by the First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Tatarstan R. F. Muratov.

2007 – 2008

The head of the project team for the development of the "Strategy for the Development of Kazan in the context of the implementation of priority national projects" (Executive Committee of the Kazan Municipal entity in conjunction with the New Eurasia Foundation).


Co-founder of LLC "NPO-KISI" Innovative Technologies-KISI "(LLC" NPO "Intech-KISI") together with the NGO "Investment and Venture Fund of the Republic of Tatarstan".

2014 – 2016

The expert of the department for working with portfolio investments of Svyazinvestneftekhim OJSC

Internships and continuing education


Internship at the Committee for Economic Development of the Executive Committee of the Kazan Municipal Entity.


Training in the KSTU named after A.N. Tupolev under the program "Protection of Intellectual Property".


Training program "Guide to the commercialization of technology" (CRDF Global).


Internship program "Guide to the commercialization of technology" in the Technopark "Zelenograd", Zelenograd city.


Further training and obtaining a mentor's certificate in the framework of the CRDF Global training program ("Organizational and Management Support of Innovative Projects").

Max Gannutin

Founder & CTO Acquired IO

Zoya Andreeva

CEO and founder E-Contenta

Zoya Andreeva, CEO and founder at E-Contenta. She graduated from Public Relations faculty (St. Petersburg State Electrotechnical University) and proceeded to work as PR, marketing, and business development manager for different companies but mostly software and hi-tech. Zoya proved to be a true leader while managing a multinational team of 30 people in 10 countries at Veeam Software. Always passionate about media, innovation and story-telling the move to startup world and launching E-Contenta was a very natural fit.

Vasily Sizov

Global Director of Account Management and Engineering at Grid Dynamics

Vasily Sizov is a Global Director of Account Management and Engineering for the Silicon Valley-based company Grid Dynamics, which specializes in the development of high-scalable high-performant software solution for retail, technology and financial industries.

Vasily has more that 17 years in software engineering. Having started as a developer, later he became an architect of information systems and later moved to an engineering manager role. From 2006 he worked as a director of IT in a number of Russian companies, where he was responsible for the development of information systems.

Between 2011 and 2013 worked on improving business performance and a management system as a CIO of international machinery manufacturing holding, where he also contributed as acting Chief Strategy Officer. Between 2013 and 2016 he joined Skolkovo Foundation, where Vasily became a head of Enterprise and Industrial Software.

Vasily graduated from the department of physics & math of Cherepovets State University, and as MBA from Moscow Business School. In addition, he has a diploma in Business Performance Management (CIMA, UK) and is a certified as internal auditor for ISO/IEC 20000 and ISO/IEC 27001.


Alexey Dmitriev

VP Engineering, GridGain

Alexey Dmitriev is joined GridGain as VP Engineering in April 2016.

Prior to joining GridGain, Alexey was VP Engineering in MightyCall Inc. Under his management and techical supervision, company created new cloud based communication service.

Before MightyCall Alexey was leading the engineering team in Yota. One of the most popular service from Yota, well-known as Okko was created by that team.

Prior to Yota, Alexey was engineering department manager in Motorola Networks and worked for different Motorola projects such as CDMA, iDEN, WiMax.

Alexey holds a Master’s degree in Automatic Control System from Baltic State Technical University, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

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