What is GoTech Arena?

A forum about business and technology, which takes place in one breath. GoTech Arena brings together companies that create and develop, implement and buy new technologies and solutions. It is a place where startups, investors and corporations find each other.

Insights from the rockstars of the startup scene, pitches of the most interesting startups selected from over 700 applications, dozens of meetings, a supply of drive and new ideas are on the list.

We are waiting for you! It will be awesome!

1000 attendees
300 selected
200 investors
300 corporations
40 speakers

Speakers of #GoTech 2019

Irina Kalashnikova

Co-founder and CEO of GoTech Innovation

Irina Kalashnikova, Co-founder and CEO of GoTech Innovation consulting firm, has 15 years experience in marketing, product design and team management. Worked in financial and consulting companies, corporates and startups and knows how to bring ideas to success. Irina strongly believes in the positive synergies between startups and established companies and loves to support technologies that make the world a better place.

Co-founder of TechScout.vc.

Maxim Konovalov

Co-Founder of NGINX, Inc.

Maxim Konovalov co-founded NGINX, Inc. in 2011 and is currently the Vice President of Engineering. He brings 20 years of extensive leadership experience in software development, IT infrastructure, corporate information systems, and open source product and project management.

Denys Zhadanov

Vice President of Marketing at Readdle

Denys is a Vice President of Marketing at Readdle. He is passionate about technology and entrepreneurship, efficiency and how we can optimize to live a fulfilled happy life.

He is also an investor and advisor.

Forbes 30 under 30, Denys has often been quoted about app economy and marketing by major media outlets such as WSJ, The Verge, USA Today, TechCrunch, Bloomberg, Wired, TheNextWeb, FastCompany and Mashable.

Readdle aims to improve people's lives through technology. We are redefining personal productivity and shaping the "future of work" by creating best in class apps such as Scanner Pro, Calendars 5, Spark email, Documents and PDF Expert. Readdle apps were downloaded over 125 million times worldwide, won numerous awards from Apple and love from the tech industry.

Petr Lukyanov

Founding partner at TerraVC

Founding partner at TerraVC. He has over ten years of experience in investment. In 2009, Petr graduated from the HSE Faculty of Management. While he worked at Skolkovo Fund as a head of the investment department and as an investment director of Ruvento Venture Partners, Petr made a number of successful investments in oil refining technologies and big data as an angel investor. In 2013, Petr co-founded Phystech Ventures. After 6 years the company has over $50 million under management. In 2019, Petr co-founded TerraVC, a global investment firm with $70 millions under management and focus on enegytech, robotics and industry 4.0.

Eduard Gurinovich

Businessman, Investor

At the age of 16, Eduard opened an online store with attributes of FC "Zenit". In 2013, he won young entrepreneurs contest of the Russian Economy Foundation. In 2014, he began to develop an international online platform for selling cars CarPrice, which was included in the list of the 100 most discussed startups in Europe and  attracted  $42 million investments in total. After leaving CarPrice, Gurinovich invested in Dbrain, R-Set, «Blizkie.ru» One of Eduard’d latest investments is his own project, Expload, a blockchain platform that develops and distributes decentralized games.

Anastasia Karpova

Deputy editor-in-chief at Forbes

Deputy editor-in-chief at Forbes Russia, Project Manager of Forbes Russia 30 under 30.

Anastasia graduated from the faculty of journalism of Moscow State University and post-graduate studies in Media management, received a master's degree in Media management from the University of Westminster in London. Worked as a correspondent Gzt.ru, interfax-russia.ru, freelance writer Slon.ru the editor of "Svoy business", newspaper RBC daily, correspondent and editor of Forbes magazine. Head  of  the "Entrepreneurs" section.


Konstantin Vinogradov

Principal at Runa Capital

Konstantin works at Runa Capital for last 7 years where he mostly focuses on deal sourcing, due diligence and portfolio development. His primary areas of expertise include machine intelligence, cloud business apps and fintech startups, and favorite startup markets are UK and France. In 2019 Konstantin was recognized as Forbes Russia 30 under 30 for his investment activity. 

Besides VC experience at Runa, Konstantin worked at several startups, headed international startup competition, co-founded and subsequently sold small hardware company. Also he holds BS and MS degrees in Applied Mathematics and Physics from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.

Ivan Melnik

Director of Innovations at X5 Retail Group

Ivan Melnik graduated from the Moscow Institute of radio engineering, electronics and automation.

Ivan received the degree of Candidate of Technical Sciences in the Institute of computer science and informatization, an  MBA degrees from the Graduate school of management and NES Business School in Paris.

At X5 Retail Group, Ivan is responsible for finding and implementing innovative solutions for improving  the efficiency of the company business processes. X5 innovation team is working on pilots and testing hypotheses, assesses business cases and the amount of investment and coordinates  innovative projects in the company.

Ivan has been working at X5 since 2010 as a Business Development Director. Since 2015 Ivan Melnik was responsible for business development of "Perekrestok"  retail chain, and in 2016 he was appointed Director of strategic projects.

Anna Belova

Founder at Devar

In 2015, Anna Belova, together with her partners Vitaly Averyanov  and Andrei Komissarov launched a startup Devar. The project is engaged in the production of children's books with AR technology. In the second year of operation, the company reached a turnover of $1 million. Today, Dewar products are sold in 40 countries, and 70% of revenue falls on foreign markets. There are more than 200 titles of educational and entertainment AR-books in the line. In February 2018, the startup attracted investments of $3 million from the well-known VC Leta Capital. In Russia, Dewar sells more than 1 million books a year.

Alexey Girin

General Partner at Starta Ventures

Business angel, private investor and founder of Starta Ventures group - a leading player of  the Russian VC market.

Alexey received a master's degree in Economics at the Russian State University of Trade and Economics and has over 15 years of experience in audit and finance and over 10 years in the VC industry.

Alexey Girin together with his partners created a vertically integrated venture group in the field of pre - seed and seed investments - Starta Ventures.

Starta Ventures group contains two VC funds  - Starta Capital I and Starta Capital II, Starta Accelerator and Space Sputnik coworking in New York, a platform for joint investment Liqvest and other projects. Starta Ventures portfolio includes more than 100 startups.

George Held

Vice president for digital development and new business at BeeLine

Before joining VimpelCom, George Held served as vice president for connected commerce at Etisalat. He was responsible for implementing, integrating, and developing digital products in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. He had also held managerial positions at Airtel, Zain, Celtel, and Tele2.
George has experience working in Russia: between 1997 and 2001, he was Tele2’s CCO for the Ural region.
George received recognition from the GSMA Global Mobile Awards and the Global Telecom Innovation Awards as well as a FT/IFC special commendation, to name just a few of his many industry awards for innovation.
He graduated from the St. Petersburg Institute of Technology and also attended Harvard Business School and MIT. Speaks English, Russian, and French.

Maarika Truu

Head of Startup Estonia

Maarika Truu has currently undertaken a position in the government sector as Head of Startup Estonia (startupestonia.ee) helping in making Estonia one of the best places for startups by supporting the development of a vibrant and sustainable startup ecosystem. 

She has sales and project management specialist background with 10+ years of international startup sector experience working in e-commerce, B2B Saas (Pipedrive.com), HRtech startups & organising the intensive week-end hackathon events (Garage48.org) boosting the local startup communities around the CEE region. 

Sergey Lukashkin

Director of Digital Transformation at VTB Bank

PhD, MBA, more than 12 years in the banking. Has extensive practical experience in managing programs and projects of digital transformation, business process reengineering, service standards, methodology and retail sales management in large Russian banks: URALSIB, NOMOS-Bank, Otkritie, VTB Bank. Now he is actively engaged in projects of digital transformation based on DTL, AI, VR / AR technologies, biometric identification.

Alexey Voronkov

Republic of Estonia’s e-Residency programme

In 2017 Alexey joined the team of Estonia’s e-Residency programme and became Ukrainian Country Manager to have a deal with the local market. It is the biggest market for the programme for now.

Later in 2018 Alexey was promoted to Head of Markets role and now manages and oversees operational and business development activities in all countries outside Estonia. Also, he runs several operational projects related to the global growth of the program. He is aware of program’s characteristics, the main benefits and what it allows for Ukrainian customers, as well as specific of services available for e-residents.

Alexey’s background comes from IT industry. Previously, he worked as business development and operations consultant in a wide range of companies, from start-ups to multinational corporations (Procter & Gamble, Western Union, and others). Due to his high qualification, he earned a reputation of an excellent professional who is a part of e-Residency team now.

Alexander Korchevskiy

Partner at I2BF

Alexander Korchevskiy is a Partner at I2BF, international VC headquartered in New York. He leads the firm’s initiative in enterprise software and IoT and his portfolio includes Vist, Buzzoola, Titan Power Solutions, RoboCV, Selecta Biosciences (NSDQ:SELB) and other companies. Alex is passionate about emerging technologies and a computer nerd in the past.

Vasiliy Kuznetsov

CEO, Co-founder SweetCard

More 15 years of top-management experience in Russian retail banks, such as Trust Bank, Uniastrum Bank, OTP Bank, Russian Standard Bank. Responsibilities: POS-lending, Credit cards, E-channels, Internet-sales, CRM, Marketing, SME and Retail product development, Remote sales of loans and deposits.

In 2015 Vasiliy and his partners have founded SweetCard that became the leading interbank cash back platforms with offers from the biggest offline retailers. Company has contracts with more than 20 retail banks and more than 100 leading offline retailers.

Eldar Vagapov

Managing Partner of Larnabel Ventures

Eldar Vagapov is the Managing Partner of Larnabel Ventures a technology-focused investment fund of Safmar Group – a leading privately owned business group in Russia.

Having worked at PwC Advisory Services, Eldar started his IT career at Yandex, where he was the head of Corporate Finance, responsible for M&A, IR and IPO preparation. Later he founded and run Erfid – an IoT software developer and system integrator. Eldar is an alumnus of Cambridge and Stanford Universities.

Igor Lutts

Managing Partner at the Untitled Ventures

Igor Lutts is a media and advertising expert, ex-CEO of BBDO in Russia. Under his management advertising campaigns for well-known Russian and international clients have been created and launched: e.g. campaigns for Alfa-bank, Beeline, MTS, Sberbank, IKEA, Pepsi, M&M’s, Snickers, etc. Today Igor is a managing partner of the Untitled ventures - one of the most active seed funds in Russia in retail, media and fashion. Also Igor is a Board Member in several leading portfolio startups (e.g. GetShopTV - a solution that turns TV viewers into brand customers). 

Natalia Degtyareva

Corporate Accelerator Director, VTB

At VTB, she works in a digital transformation team and is responsible for the development of the bank’s interaction with technology startups, search of innovative technologies on the market, launch and implementation of pilot projects with startups.

More than 15 years of experience in the field of IT products marketing, venture capital investments and technological innovations in the leading positions. Experience in attracting investments and bringing a technology company to IPO. Experience in managing startup scouting and corporate acceleration programs, as well as in developing partnerships with participants of the Russian innovation ecosystem.

Anton Beshodarniy

Head of technology strategy programs, PJSC Gazprom Neft

Head of technology strategy programs, Digital Strategy Directorate, PJSC Gazprom Neft»

Voronezh state University, candidate of economic Sciences

2006-2011 Siemens, business consultant, group leader
2011-2013 Ernst & Young J&M Management Consulting, senior consultant, head
2014-2019 PJSC Gazprom Neft, project Manager, head of the center, head of programs, actively engaged in the analysis of the possibility of introducing AR / VR technologies in the processes companies

Nikolay Vyatkin

Head of digital ecosystem development at PJSC Gazprom Neft

Nikolay Vyatkin  - Head of digital ecosystem development, Digital Transformation Directorate of PJSC Gazprom Neft


2001-2006, St. Petersburg State University, faculty of applied mathematics
2010 – 2012, International Management Institute of St. Petersburg, MBA

2012 – 2017, OOO LENTA, Deputy IT-Director
2017-2018 Agency for strategic initiatives (ASI), Head of the regional office, member of the Council for the implementation of STI under the government of St. Petersburg
2019 - ... PJSC Gazprom Neft, Head of digital ecosystem development, PJSC Gazprom Neft»

Specialization: Development of the digital ecosystem of the group of companies "Gazprom Neft" - the creation of favorable conditions, services, tools and rules of interaction between participants of innovation process for effective cooperation, development, exchange, use and transfer of digital technologies for the Company.

Maria Lapuk

Co-Founder of Vinci Agency

PR professional with a background in tech and innovative companies. Worked for the MTS mobile operator’s press service, led the press services of Odnoklassniki social media platform.

Eugenia Barchenko

Co-Founder and COO at GoTech Innovation

Eugenia is a high-level professional who has experience in managing business processes of the development of high-tech products. With over 10 years of experience in managerial positions in industrial and IT companies, she is a mentor of a number of promising startups. In the team, she is responsible for the development of corporate acceleration programs.

Dmitry Pozdnyshev

Digital and Innovation Coordinator for CESA region at EY

► Director, CIS Innovation leader, Digital and Innovation Coordinator for CESA region, Assurance and Advisory Business Services, Technology, Communications and Entertainment Group

► Driving innovation agenda critical components, including innovation strategy, new solutions development, business-model disruption, startup ecosystem, open ideation and culture.

► Over 15 years of experience serving clients in the technology, media and entertainment and telecommunications sectors; participated in audits and provided audit and financial advisory services and assistance with compilation of financial statements in accordance with IFRS, US GAAP and RAS; participated in due diligence and internal audit engagements;

► Member of EY Capital markets group participated in transactions of debt and equity financing by EY audit clients on LSE, NASDAQ and NYSE;

► Major clients: Mail.ru Group, Luxoft, Qiwi plc.

► St. Petersburg State University, Faculty of Economics, degree in Financial Accounting and Audit

Sergey Dashkov

Investor, Founder of Phystech Accelerator

1993 Sergey was graduated from MIPT, Faculty of Physical and Chemical Biology.
1995 co-founder of SDC Foods, the exclusive partner of Ahmad Tea UK in Russia, https://www.ahmadtea.com
2002 co-founder of Factory Ahmad Tea Russia.
2012 Sergey is an active venture investor, enters the top business-angels of the Russian Federation in 2017 - 2018, some of his portfolio projects are here http://jibjigger.com.
 2012 Sergey with partners has founded Double B (more than 80 coffeeshops mainly in Russia https://www.double-b.ru
From 2017 Sergey is an active member of the MIPT alumni organization Phystech Union, http://phystech-union.org 
In 2018 has Sergey founded Phystech Accelerator https://pha.vc

Katrin Vaga

Head of PR for e-Residency programme

Katrin Vaga, current Head of PR for e-Residency programme, is former TV and radio journalist and foreign correspondent who has covered current affairs and politics in Brussels and London. Having private sector communication experience in the UK tech company and experience in entrepreneurship, she is now enjoying working for the unique GovTech initiative.

Alexey Milevskiy

Investment Director at Mail.Ru Group

Alexey has extensive experience in technology investments in Russia. He manages investments and M&A division at Mail.Ru Group, the largest internet company by audience in Russia. Before joining Mail.Ru Group Alexey had worked in UFG Private Equity in consumer and internet sectors, and also worked for Belgian investment fund GIMV. Alexey participated in more than 30 deals with total sum of more than $500 million, and was involved in all the latest major investments of Mail.ru Group: Delivery Club, Aliexpress, Citymobil, ZakaZaka, Pixonic, Geekbrains.

Sergey Vasiliev

Сo-founder of Starta Ventures

Sergey Vasiliev is a co-founder of Starta Ventures. His primary focus is in startup scouting and assessment. He has more than 10 years experience in the venture industry and 8 years in the IT field.
Sergei began his career at the Academy of Sciences, where he managed the budget of the Academic Medicine Program. He later worked in IT companies and in a network of business angels. These experiences led Sergei to join a venture fund and form his own company, iTech, in 2011. After 2 years, iTech was sold to a bigger player in the market.
Sergey has a Master's degree in Computer Science and a Phd in Small Enterprise Economics. He is an author of numerous scientific publications and a co-author of the book "Handbook of a Young Scientist."

Professional Startup Mentor and Scout

Mikhail Gavrilov

Advisor at Bank "St. Petersburg"

Advisor at Bank "St. Petersburg", IT-businessman, venture investor with 5 years of experience.

Vitaly Polekhin

President of INVESTORO

President of the international investor organization INVESTORO and of National Association of individual venture investors (business angels)

Graduated the Lomonosov Moscow state University Graduate school of business, candidate sciense in of philosophy, graduate of the Executive MBA program of the Moscow school of management "SKOLKOVO", graduate of specialized programs on direct and venture investments MIT Sloan School of Management, UC Berkley Haas School of Business, Harvard Business School

Since 2009 - shareholder / investor and member of Supervisory boards of venture funds Addventure, Texdrive (Genesis Capital) and Venture Angels.

Since 2012 - head of the investors club of the Moscow school of management SKOLKOVO

Since 2015 - founder and member of the Supervisory Board of the SKOLKOVO Business community

From 2015 to April 2016 - Deputy Chairman of the Administrative Board of the National Association of business angels and other early stage investors.

Since 2016 - President of the National Association of business angels and other early stage investors.

Since 2016 - Member of the Board of Directors of the European Association of business angels, seed funds and other early stage market participants (EBAN)

Since 2017 - member of the venture market Council under RVC and the Ministry of economic development

Ruslan Sarkisyan

Senior Investment Manager at Runa Capital

Senior Investment Manager at Runa Capital, Ruslan has cross-functional experience in finance and strategy. Ruslan started his career as a strategy consultant with McKinsey and IBM, developing growth strategies on initiatives across Europe, USA and Asia. Ruslan holds a master degree in Mathematics and Mechanics from Moscow State University.

Alexey Alexanov

Co-founder and General Partner at Cabra VC

Alexey is a Co-founder and General Partner at Cabra VC with more than 14 years of work experience across various industries in business development, partnership, enterprise sales. In this role he is responsible for pipeline, deal structuring, business development and focuses on investing in Post-Seed and Series A stage subscription-based startups in the US.

Previously Alexey was a co-founder of retail, R&D and fintech companies in Russia. Alexey graduated from the Higher School of Economics National Research University with M.Sc. in strategic management.

Lubov Simonova-Emelyanova

Head of Technology Development office at Rostelecom

Business-woman, 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 Rostelecom PJSC as a Head of Project office "Technology Development" in the Business Development Division in November 2017. Prior to this, in 2016, was the investment manager for the RVC Seed Fund. Since November 2010 was a leading expert in Almaz Capital Partners 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 (https://themoscowtimes.com/articles/top-10-power-women-in-russia-17871). Top-5 VC-ladies in Russia since 2014.

Dmitry Kurin

Head of MTS Startup Hub

Dmitry Kurin - head of MTS StartUp Hub, an innovation platform for tech projects development.

A corporate entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in new technologies and products. Successfully launched and developed more than 20 commercial telecom and digital products with total revenues of more than 1 billion rubles. Expert in corporate innovation, mentor of startups.


Maxim Volokhov

Head of Admitad Invest & Admitad Projects

Entrepreneur with 15+ years of experience in digital marketing and product development.
Proven managerial experience with a passion for new media and Internet technologies.
For the last 5 years I have been building an investment fund (Admitad Invest) and an incubator+accelerator (Admitad Projects) where we're launching and scaling projects “from scratch”.

Dmitry Firskin

Investment Director at AltaIR Capital

  • 11 years of business management experience;
  • 8 years of investment experience;
  • YC Startup Investor School Alumnus;
  • Master's Degrees in mathematics and computer science, postgraduate in business administration and management;

Dmitry Filonov

The Edinorog

Dmitry Filonov worked as a journalist in Forbes, RBC, Republic.

Founder of the Edinorog - Telegram-channel about venture business

Olga Bortnikova

Head of YouTravel.me

5 years of business and project management experience;
Realized 100+ graphic design projects as a freelancer;
36 countries visited

Anastasiia Moroz

Co-Founder of the Pickio app

Anastasiia co-founded a company in Estonia in 2018 via an e-residency for building a fashion tech startup. In April 2019, founders decided to pivot and started working on the Pickio app. Before starting her own company, Anastasiia worked as a business development director and marketer in startups and construction companies.

Vil Gabdullin

CEO Zaimoteka

CEO Zaimoteka

Nikolay Evchenko

Head of innovation planning and development Department at Beeline

Joined Beeline team in july 2016, since 2017 leading Innovation function, focused upon building non-telecom related value generation streams through new products, services and projects.
Before Beeline was in charge of business development across Russia and CIS in Ve Interactive, London quartered AdTech startup, before that took various roles in marketing and sales in VC, telecom, advertising and education industries.
Graduated from National Research Saratov State University as a specialist in Social Philosophy.

Kirill Belov

Partner at Impulse VC

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The largest competition of startup companies in Eastern Europe. The top 100 projects nominated by partners or the GoTech Innovation team will receive 2 Startup tickets to the forum.

Finalists will be able to present their project at the industry pitch session or on the main stage of GoTech Arena, make appointments with funds and corporations in the Deal Room, compete for prizes, the opportunity to launch pilots and raise funding.




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