The startup competition, a part of Startup Village Livestream’20, has ended with winners from four tracks: IT, BioTech, Industrial Tech, Energy Tech. The winners walked away with cash prizes from a prize pool valued at 24 million rubles

For the first time ever, the Startup Village conference took place in an online format. Likewise, the competition was conducted remotely, the finalists answering questions on video from five representatives of a jury panel. The first place winners each received three million rubles, the second place winners won two million, and the third place winners walked away with one million rubles.

“This will be a very intense competition; because of the large number of applications for the competition, we were able to gather together really strong projects,” said the general director of АНО (ANO) “Skolkovo Forum” Ekaterina Inozemtseva, during an interview before the opening of Startup Village Livestream’20.

Team Med VR was the competition winner for the biomedical technologies track. The project is a medical simulator based on virtual reality. In the project presenter Dmitry Dudarev’s words, the main focus is on training doctors and nurses; that is to say, students but also doctors seeking to improve their qualifications.

Dmitry Dudarev: the main focus is on training doctors and nurses. Photo:

Taking part in the final, Dmitry Dudarev noted that his team would be delighted to integrate their development with that of another participant in the final - the company MRobot (a robotic system for intraoperative radiotherapy for lung cancer). The jury selected the latter for second place in the biomedical technologies track.

The third place winner, taking away one million rubles, was Vladimir Golban for the project titled “Biomodified Mineral Fertilizers.”

The winner of the IT track was Alexander Dremin’s company, Biosmart, which presented a biometric palm vein reader. The technology could be used in the banking sector and in large companies, but also in medicine. The system utilizes over five thousand unique traits, creating an analysis that allows for an extremely accurate means of identification. The development has been patented in both the European Union and the United States. Alexander Dremin stated that his company aims to enter both the US and Singapore markets, so the three million ruble prize will come in very useful for certifying the scanner in those countries.

Alexander Dremin: the company aims to enter both the US and Singapore markets. Photo:

The competition for second place in the IT track was even greater, because unlike the other tracks there were four teams in the final instead of three. Mikhail Khmelik’s project, Native Robotics, offered flexible solutions for industrial robots and took second place. Third place went to the Speechki team; the team name sounds like the Russian word for matches, but according to the team representative, Dmitry Abramov, it in fact describes a technology that allows anyone to turn a book into voice format, i.e. an audiobook.

The winner of first prize for the industrial track was the Perm-based company and Skolkovo Foundation resident “Ф2 Инновации” (F2 Innovatsii), which conducts developments in the field of industrial 3D printing and the production of 3D printers. CEO Evgeny Matveev described to the jury how the company’s technology utilizes an innovative method that greatly speeds up the printing process.

Since 2018, the company has won several startup competitions: “Umnik,” “Bolshaya Razvedka,” StartUp Village 2018, GenS TechNet and others; in 2019 it became a Skolkovo resident. Earlier this year, developers from Ф2 Инновации celebrated their win at Startup-tour in Perm.

Evgeny Matveev. Photo:

There are only three companies in the world that consider themselves competitors of Ф2 Инновации. One of them is “Анизопринт” (Anizoprint), which is another Skolkovo Foundation resident. “However, the strength characteristics of our products obtained using our technology are greater than those of our competitors. We can also use raw materials that are exclusively Russian,” the head of Ф2 Инновации assured.

Second place in the industrial track went to the company, “MONQ,” for its platform for automated incident management; third place went to the project titled “ENOT” - a digital platform for accelerating neural networks for peripheral devices.

The prizes for the energy efficiency track went to “Коалесцент” (Coalescent) for its project on the reduction of oil content in metallurgical production. Second place went to ЭВОГРЕСС (EVOGRESS) and third place went to the ClimateGuard project, a device for monitoring indoor microclimates.