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 2018

Dmitry Chikhachev

Managing Partner at 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.

Yury Melnichek

Co-founder of Bulba Ventures, MAPS.ME, AIMATTER

Yury Melnichek a Belarusian tech-entrepreneur, venture investor and software engineer.

Founder of free cartographic service MAPS.ME, AIMATTER company (mobile applications Fabby & Fabby Hair). In spring 2018, together with his business partner Andrei Avsievich, founded an investment company Bulba Ventures to invest in Belarusian and ready-to-relocate to Belarus startups. Apart from investment activities, Yury provides consulting services in venture investment, mobile applications marketing and also consults IT-companies and startups working with machine learning, computer vision and data science.

Ruslan Zajdullin

Co-founder and CEO of DOC+

Co-founder and CEO of DOC+ — a healthcare company created to revolutionize primary care, increasing its accessibility, affordability, and quality through digital health technologies (from EHR to AI-based diagnostics), selective implementation of marketplace mechanics, operational excellence and world-class customer service. 

Intensively looking and open for partnerships and business development opportunities with Insurance companies, Medical providers, Digital Health companies, Banks, Telecom operators and everyone who wants to provide innovative medical services to their customer base or employees.

Background: MIPT graduate with 4 years of top-tier management consulting experience with wide project portfolio from strategy development and financial modeling to operational efficiency improvement and startup business planning and PMO in various industries (Education, Energy, FMCG, Metals & Mining, Telecommunications, Space, Social). Managed the launch of "Teach for Russia"  a non-profit organization created to level up the young teachers community and prestige in Russia. Was responsible for the entire early launch stage from business planning to successful fundraising and team recruiting.

Alexey Gidirim

Co-founder of YouDo.com

Alexey Gidirim
YouDo.com, founder 

Born November 22, 1982. Graduated from the British financial-industrial college and later from the Moscow financial-industrial academy.
Alexey is a founder and investor in such companies as YouDo.com (service marketplace), RJ Games (game dev), Raketa (gamedev), Crazybit (gamedev). Most of the time he works on the development of YouDo.com with his business-partner Denis Kutergin.

Nkiruka Uwaje

Blockchain Strategy Lead at Dell in UK & Ireland

Nkiru is the Blockchain Strategy Lead for Dell Technologies for the UK& & Ireland and works for the Chief Digital Officer of Dell Technologies UK & Ireland. Over the past 6 years Nkiru has primarily acted as a trusted adviser supporting clients in their digital transformation journey specifically to emerging technologies. Her primary industry focus over the years has been in the Financial Services space, working with major leading banks and financial firms globally.

Daria Rebenok

Co-founder and co-CEO of Grabr

Daria is the co-founder and co-CEO of Grabr - the world’s first and largest social logistics marketplace. Founded in 2015 from a combination of her passions for travel and finding the best deal as an avid shopper, Grabr has now connected nearly 1 million users. Along with her husband and co-founder, Artem Fedyaev, Daria has raised $14.2 million in funding from top Silicon Valley VC’s including Founders Fund, Foundation Capital, Signal Fire and NFX.

Day-to-day, Daria leverages her experiences in marketing and strategy from Ernst & Young, MyWebRoom and several accelerators to drive growth and continuously improve customer experience while building a globally distributed team. She is passionate about inspiring women entrepreneurs to pursue their goals and was included in the Forbes 30 Under 30 2019 List.

Artem Fedyaev

Co-founder and co-CEO of Grabr

Artem is the co-founder and co-CEO of Grabr - the world’s first and largest social logistics marketplace.  Founded in 2015 from a combination of his life time travel experience and personal desire for specific product, Grabr has now connected nearly 1 million users. Along with his wife and co-founder, Daria Rebenok, Artem has raised $14.2 million in funding from top Silicon Valley VC’s including Founders Fund, Foundation Capital, Signal Fire and NFX.

After working in the corporate world - both at Transproekt in Moscow and Cooley Group in Boston - he decided to build a product of his own. Upon graduation with International Business degree from Bryant University, Artem moved to Silicon Valley and began building his first startup, myWebRoom, which grew to 3 million users. To date, Artem has raised $20million in funding, build a 50+ person global team, and personally continues to drive product development at Grabr. He was included in the Forbes 30 Under 30 2019 List.

Alexander Galitsky

Managing Partner at Almaz Capital Partners

Alexander Galitsky is a Managing Partner of Almaz Capital, an international venture fund with the major office 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 and Europe. 

Alexander is a President of the Eastern European Tech Tour 2018, which was held in Warsaw (Poland) and Sofia (Bulgaria). He 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. Alexander was nominated for the 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, 

Currently, Sasha serves as a member of the Board of Directors at the following international companies: CarPrice, Jelastic, Octonion/PIQ, Parallels, PetCube, StarWind, and as Institute Advisor in B612 Foundation.

Prior to Almaz Capital, 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.

Alexander 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.

Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Galitsky served as one of the top Technical Executive for the Soviet Space Agency and Defense Industry. He pioneered in Wi-Fi and Virtual Private Network technologies, as well as product development on the global market in partnership with Sun Microsystems. He has over 30 patents for numerous inventions.

Ruthy Kaidar

Chief Startups Lead and Software Partners Tech Lead in CEE at Microsoft

Ruthy joined Microsoft 5 years ago. She’s the Chief Startups Lead and Software Partners Tech Lead in Central & Eastern Europe. Prior to that she was the Chief Startups and Developer Relations Lead at Microsoft Israel.

Ruthy Kaidar is an executive with over 16 years of experience in the medical devices, telecommunications, software and venture capital industries. As a computer science engineer, she worked in software and firmware engineering in the telecom industry at Geotek and Qualcomm. She then turned to Brain Research, pursuing a Master’s degree focusing on Brain Computer Interface - using brain signals to operate robots. Ruthy held key positions in R&D, project and product management, as well as business development, in medical device companies, among them Medingo, which she joined with founding until acquisition by Roche. She led several Internet and mobile health initiatives, was a strategic and business consultant to medical and services companies, and was an Entrepreneur In Residence at Carmel Ventures, focusing on digital health opportunities. Ruthy is a business and tech mentor to entrepreneurs and a co-manager of "Yazamiyot" - promoting women tech entrepreneurship.

Ruthy holds a BSc in Computer Science, MSc in Brain Research, and MBA, all cum laude, from the Technion.
Ruthy is married and mother to three children, is a sports and running enthusiast and loves traveling the world.

Saul Orbach

Venture Partner with BrightSky Ventures and with Starta Capital

Saul Orbach is a Venture Partner with BrightSky Ventures, a Paris based, global, seed stage investor that bridges the gap between small and medium size enterprises and talented startups. He is also a Venture Partner with Starta Capital, and works with their portfolio companies in transition to the US helping prepare them for fundraising and helps them grow and succeed.  

Saul is a highly regarded, C-Level management professional with 30 years of executive leadership experience in ‘turning vision into reality’ and managing companies and business projects. He is accomplished in launching and building startups, building emerging growth companies, turning around distressed companies, and experienced in every aspect of the venture capital equation, having been on both sides. Saul brings a track record of multiple company exits and bringing difficult situations to successful closure. He is highly skilled at creating and implementing strategic plans, managing P&Ls, building and growing strategic alliances, marketing, public relations, and public speaking and adept at raising capital. Saul shares his industry experience and knowledge as a Senior Adjunct Lecturer in the International MBA program at the Technion International School.

Alex Frolov

General Partner at Target Global

In 2012, Alex founded the Target Global venture fund. Today, the fund manages over $700 mln, and has offices in London, Berlin, Tel-Aviv, and Moscow. Alexander oversees growth stage investments in technology companies and invests in transportation services, food tech, and marketplaces. His key deals include Delivery Hero (IPO in June 2017), Blue Apron (IPO in June 2017), Juno (acquired by Gett for $200 mln), FoodFox (acquired by Yandex), Timepad, Cian, Auto1 Group, GoEuro, WeFox.

In 2009, received BA at the London School of Economics. In 2012-2014, Alex completed the MBA program at the London School of Business, while working at the DFJ Esprit venture fund in London.

Between 2010 and 2012, Alex headed the corporate startup in the area of nuclear medicine at Rosatom’s subsidiary United Corporation for Innovations. Alex Frolov got his professional start at the Troika Dialog investment company where he oversaw the investments of the Telecom and IT fund.

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.


Serial entrepreneur, CEO ruhr:HUB

Oliver Weimann is a serial entrepreneur, active angel investor and Initiator of RuhrSummit, one of the biggest Startup-Events in Germany.

As an investor, entrepreneur, coach he always tries to „help people, teams, startups, and corporates to make ideas happen!“ He is actively engaged in shaping the startup ecosystem in NRW (middle west of Germany) with ruhr:HUB, an initiative of the ministry of economics and six cities of the ruhr region. He still heavily grows RuhrSummit and is temporarily invested in twelve startups in truly different stages.

Together with NRW.INVEST, Economic Development Agency of North Rhine-Westphalia ruhr:HUB assists foreign startups to enter the German market and to establish its own company in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Dmitry Kalaev

Head of IIDF Accelerator

  • Head of IIDF Accelerator: 400+ tech companies since 2013 
  • Co-founder of GoValley.ru — a "venture tourism" program in Silicon Valley and an acceleration 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.

Alexey Girin

General Partner at Starta Ventures

General Partner at Starta Ventures.

Starta Ventures group includes Starta Capital Fund I (2014), recently launched Starta Ventures Fund II (2018), New York-based Starta Accelerator (2015) and the co-working space Sputnik Space. In September 2018, Starta Ventures received an award from the National Association of Business Angels of Russia as the best early-stage investment fund.

Alexey has over 15 years of experience in audit and finance industries and over 10 years of experience in the venture capital industry.

Alexey’s introduction to investment started in 1996 when he started as Chief Financial Officer for the investment company Dominanta.

Alexey and his partners founded AFD Consulting, an audit, and accounting firm. Advancing from AFD in 2004, he began to invest into startups as an angel investor. In this capacity, which he still serves, Alexey functioned as an advisor and fundraiser for innovators and venture capital entities. Starta Venture’s portfolio includes more than 80 companies and is projected to hit 120 in 2019.

Aleksei Antonov

Co-founder of Sonm, founder of SCDE ventures

Aleksei Antonov, Sonm co-founder, founder at SCDE ventures. Investor, blockchain-expert. 
Aleksei has a university degree in Computer Security and has focused on Bitcoin, blockchain technologies and digital assets since 2016. In 2017 he became co-founder of the decentralized fog computing platform SONM. 

Aleksei is a well-known public speaker on Blockchain. He has authored several publications on the subject, including some critical comments on questionable ICO projects. In 2018 he wrote a book about the crypto economy and its emerging infrastructure with viable advice for the general public.

Alexei Tuknov

Investment Director at Maxfield Capital

Investment Director at Maxfield Capital, in charge of deal execution and European deal origination. More than 10 years experience in venture capital on investment side with more than 60 investment and exit transactions executed in US, Europe, Israel, and Russia.

Prior to Maxfield Capital Alexei worked in venture capital departments of Allianz Investments and Vnesheconombank. Major in math from Saint Petersburg State University and major in finance from Finance University under the Government of Russian Federation. 

Julius Norkūnas

Head of Technology at Invest Lithuania

Head of Technology at Invest Lithuania

Sigita Zulonienė

Startup Visa manager at Startup Lithuania

Startup Visa manager at Startup Lithuania 

Egor Abramov

CFA, Principal Investment Advisor at Fort Ross Ventures

CFA, Principal Investment Advisor

Egor brings more than six years of well-diversified international experience in venture capital, private equity and investment banking both in Moscow and in London. He has two Master's degrees in economics and in math from leading Russian universities. Egor also studied in UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business.

Alexey Solovyov

Partner, Managing Director at iTech Capital

Alexey Solovyov is an investment professional starting from 2011 when he embarked on a career in venture industry as a head and one of the partners of Prostor Capital fund. Today Alexey, still being a partner at Prostor Capital, is also a partner at iTech-Skolkovo fund and a Managing Director of iTech Capital Moscow office.

Alexey takes an active part in venture industry development in Russia, being a member of Market Council at RVC (Russian Venture Company). Prior to embarking on venture industry, Alexey had spent over 7 years in the leading IT companies (Optima and IBS Group), and also worked as a Director of IT Business Development at ru-Net investment company of Leonid Boguslavsky. Alexey graduated from the Bauman Moscow State Technical University. He studied venture investments at Berkley University HAAS Business School (USA, California). 

Alexey is the author of many publications on venture market issues and on personal development.

Dmitry Pozdnyshev

Director, Digital and Innovation Coordinator for CESA region at EY

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

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.

Dmitry Ufaev

Head of Bitfury in Russia

Dmitry is a successful entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience. He is a triathlete, with three completed Ironman triathlons   

Between 2002 and 2008, Dmitry worked as a managing partner for RosBusinessConsulting, where he was responsible for developing complex IT systems for companies from the Top500 list and various government agencies. Later, he lead the entire web hosting and domain business for RBC, which controlled 25% of the web hosting market and 20% of the domain market in Russia.

From 2009 through 2014, Dmitry was the Vice President of Information Technology for the largest Russian private educational university, Synergy. While there, he created a platform for online learning called Megacampus, as well as a system for automating business processes for the educational institution Akada. Simultaneously, while working with Synergy Holding, Dmitry, along with his partners, founded the Russian startup Biglion. He later sold his share in the business to launch several new projects in Silicon Valley.

From 2014 through early 2018, he worked for the Moscow Government as the Advisor to the Head of Department and curator for IT operations for city transportation. In addition, he also supervised all of the IT systems involved in the Moscow transportation complex with over 150 systems. These included fare payment systems, parking control, traffic control, signal regulation, and video surveillance.

In December of 2017, Dmitry joined Bitfury as the head of Russian operations.

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.

Alexey Dovzhikov

Serial entrepreneur, investor

Specialization: VR / AR, AdTech.
17 years' experience in IT industry.
The founder and ideologist of eLama.
The founder of the CG TRINET. 

Recognized as one of the leading experts of advertising technologies market in Russia by RUSBASE version.

Investor in Yagla, Textback, Pusher.pro, SmartKinderMoika-Moika.

The founder of the CG One More World, which develops innovative solutions and devices for working with VR / AR. Investor in Cyberlit - development of training courses in VR.

Aleksei often participates as a speaker at major IT conferences (RIF + CIB, RIW, SPIC, eTarget, E-Commerce, TOP Marketing, Autumn session, etc.). Including lectures about technologies of virtual and augmented reality. This year Aleksei was invited to YAC (Yet Another Conference by Yandex) with a report - "Virtual and Augmented Reality in the Service of Business".

Darya Abramova

Founder and CEO of Codabra

I am founder and CEO of Codabra, School of programming and digital creating. I grew up in a small city. I moved to Moscow alone when I was 15 and went to a technical college. I graduated from University as a program engineer. Before Codabra I was working as a sales manager at Softline, IT-company. I launched Codabra with my friend when I was 24. I gained all my experience as a leader and director of a company during my work on Codabra. I'd never dreamed to be an entrepreneur. About Codabra. We teach children from 6 to 17 to code and kindle interest to explore technology. Our students create own games, animations, websites and applications. It is offline course with online elements. It doesn’t look like ordinary school. Courses take place at game developing and IT-companies so children feel like real programmers. Students take part to competitions and hackathons which we organize. Besides, they present own project on IT-festivals and have a speech on conferences. We come to IT-companies, where children learn about real projects, team roles, professional tools.

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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.

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