The 2014 road show of the Russian development institutions - Russian Startup Tour – is be carried out for the second time. Yesterday it started from Togliatti, a beautiful city on Volga river with strong industrial history, as the biggest Russian car manufacturer, AvtoVAZ group is located there

This year the Russian Startup Tour covers 27 Russian cities (Vladivostok, Irkutsk, Yekaterinburg, Perm, Ufa, Kazan, Saint-Petersburg among others) in the period from 20 January till the last week of April and will finish with a large scale startup conference in Moscow, the Startup Village, a major event, which can be compared to Slush in Helsinki or Pioneer’s Festival in Vienna. Over 6000 young scientists and start-upers are expected to take part in the meetings with high-profile technology entrepreneurship and venture investment experts.

The key aims of the Russian Startup Tour include finding the most promising innovative solutions that will be in demand at the hi-tech markets and to promote further development of innovative activity in the Russian regions. The regional scientific and business communities are looking forward to this event.the first stage of the tour is to cover the following  cities: Togliatty, Saransk, Penza, Saratov and Voronezh.

One of local startuppers Anton Zaytsev, from Innosvet startup, making its presentation at Togliatti's Startup Tour'

The January 20 event of the tour was very popular In Togliatti . It was held at "Zhigulyovskaya Dolina" (the Zhiguli Valley) technopark. More than 2000 applicants from the local startup community registered for the event, many of them were invited to speak at the event and ten teams were offered to make their pitch presentations for experts and investors, who participated in this stage of the Tour. 

The winners of the pitches from Togliatty, as well as from other cities of the Tour will be invited to participate in the Startup Village, as well as in the Open Innovations forum. 

The tour is supported by the first deputy prime-minister of the Russian government Arkady Dvorkovich, who signed a consequent memorandum at the Open Innovations forum, as well Russian state development institututions: RVC, Rosnano, Skolkovo Foundation. The tour is also supported by Renova group of companies, which became the Tour's partner.