Business programme

"Start-up as a Major": Showcasing Student Start-up Projects

17 Jun , 10:00–11:15
International Youth Economic Forum
Pitch session
Congress Centre, zone B, 2nd floor, conference hall B4

Over a hundred Russian universities have embraced the concept of defending a graduate thesis through the "Startup as a Major" format. Graduates from various fields present their work by describing a startup project, showcasing their readiness for independent professional endeavours. In this year's event, five exceptional graduates will have the opportunity to pitch their innovative proposals to prominent Russian entrepreneurs and investors within a five-minute timeframe. As a result, they will receive expert evaluations of their startup projects, along with recommendations for their future advancement and growth.

Alexander Vedekhin, Deputy Director of the Department of State Youth Policy and Educational Activities, Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation

Bagrat Voskoboinikov, Graduate, Irkutsk State University of Railways
Dauddin Daudi, Graduate, ITMO National Research University
Altyngul Kubisenova, Graduate, Plekhanov Russian University of Economics
Andrei Ustamchuk, Graduate, Plekhanov Russian University of Economics
Dmitriy Fevralev, Graduate, Don State Technical University

Front row participants
Werner Alweendo, Chief Executive Officer, Kalahari Melon Seed Oil™
Nonna Kagramanyan, Vice-President, Head of the Executive Committee, All-Russia Public Organization Delovaya Rossiya (Business Russia)
Ekaterina Morozova, Director, Open University Skolkovo
Dmitry Petrulyov, Chief Executive Officer, Start-up Studio TIU
Alexander Rumyantsev, General Director, Venture Accelerator
Vadim Rydkin, Director General, FEECH FINANCE