|[October 12, 2011]
Russia's Skolkovo IT Start-Ups Present to Silicon Valley
SAN FRANCISCO --(Business Wire)--
Startups from Moscow's new Skolkovo technology city are visiting Silicon
Valley this week in a follow up to the June 2010 visit by Russian
President Dmitry Medvedev. That visit yielded investments and
partnerships from Google, Intel, Microsoft (News - Alert), and Cisco.*
The next wave of the Skolkovo initiative are in Silicon Valley this
week, fact-finding, networking and presenting a range of innovations in
IT categories including visual search, security, mobile, 3D animation,
data analysis, simulation, games, cloud, and location services.
The startup Demo-Day on Wednesday October 12th will be led by
Russian digital expert Alexander Turkot, Executive Director of the IT
Cluster at Skolkovo. Previously he had a global career with IBM (News - Alert), and
more recently he founded MySpace Russia.
"Our visit puts the dream into action - these are the first concerted
steps to grow our own companies rather than exporting talent. We have
innovative technologies with real world applications ready to develop or
distribute. We're here to show off our natural IT abilities, generate
interest and of course, soak up Silicon Valley expertise. It's a perfect
opportunity for interested parties to make contact, and get on board
with new ventures."
Russian companies are renowned for what Fast Company has called their
"unconventional approach" and examples such as the Yandex search engine
and the Kapersky Laboratory anti-virus software were included by the
magazine in its world top 50 innovation companies of 2011 (26th
and 32nd respectively).
"We're in evolution. Russian IT isn't about hackers any more. It's about
these companies on display in Silicon Valley today - forward thinking
world citizens with out-of-the-box solutions to complex issues," said
*In June 2011 Cisco (News - Alert) announced a $1 billion five year commitment to
Skolkovo to drive entrepreneurship and innovation.
About Skolkovo Innovation Center:
The Skolkovo innovation center is a high technology business area being
built near Moscow. It will host five scientific communities that carry
top priority for Russia - energy, information technology,
telecommunications, biomedicine and nuclear technologies - as the
country diversifies from being largely powered by natural resources. The
600 hectare complex designed by French architects AREP will be situated
next to the campus of Skolkovo Moscow School of Management, a top-level
business school founded by leading Russian and international companies.
The Skolkovo Foundation has received 1,000 applications from prospective
companies. By the end of 2011 the Skolkovo IT cluster alone expects to
have 100 companies registered as participants in the innovation center.
Siemens, Boeing, IBM, Dell (News - Alert) and Nokia are among other leading companies
that have committed to participation at Skolkovo.
Russian government-led initiatives such as tax incentives to stimulate
development and loosening of restrictions on importing foreign workers
and technologies have been enacted to facilitate the high-tech hub. Over
200 laws have been amended to facilitate the participation of
international companies at Skolkovo and to encourage sustainable
innovation among Russian startups.
"There is a great experiment going on here in Russia right now. Russia
has a great history of mathematical education and scientific research,
but not such a great history of commercialization of the research. I'm
very interested in what it takes to turn Russia into an innovative
country." - Former Intel CEO Craig Barrett, co-Chairman of the Skolkovo
Demo Day October 12th:
The presentations by the Skolkovo startups are being hosted by Silicon
Valley law firm Orrick, one of the leading technology and emerging
companies law firms in the world.
Presentation by Skolkovo Startups
Wednesday, October 12, 11am - 1.15pm followed by lunch.
Orrick, 1100 Marsh Road, Menlo Park, CA (News - Alert) 94025
Agent Plus - solutions for automation and control of mobile employees
Bazelevs Innovation - interactive 3D visualization of scripts for
film, TV, theater
Choister - search and data analysis from web, search engines, social
CloudMatch - 3D virtual environments for video games, training,
ePythia - location-based planner for smartphones and cloud web services
Evanti - optimal utilization of communication channels in satellites,
iBuild App - DIY engine for building mobile apps without needing
Kuznech - tool for visual search and indexing images on the internet
Rock Flow Dynamics - computational platform for petroleum reservoir
CRT - biometric systems based on artificial intelligence and speech
CyberCop - global forensic systems to identify and prevent malicious
Pirate Pay - managing digital rights to distribute and protect popular
SpeakToIt - smartphone that talks and performs talks in natural
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