Business programme

A Start-Up Takes Off: Business Angels and Venture Investments

18 Jun , 12:00–13:15
International Youth Economic Forum
Pavilion G, conference hall G22 (2nd floor)

Every start-up wants to be a unicorn. Young IT teams all over Russia are trying their hand at creating new technological projects. In many respects, fulfilling a start-up's ambitions depends on whether it manages to find an investor and establish meaningful contact with them. Who could become such an investor? A venture capital fund? A business angel? Dazzling success stories form legends about relationships between funders and investors. Yet, it is essential for young start-up teams to learn how to properly fulfil their own investment potential, intelligently emphasizing the merits of their projects. Investor decides: from Venture Boutique to Business Angel Clubs. Founder-Investor relationship mythology: how do perfect fantasies collapse? Typical mistakes building relationships with investors. Which IT projects will shape the future?

Larisa Katysheva, Director, Digital Peaks

Alina Akinshina, Co-founder, Chief Executive Officer, Online Patent
Elena Volotovskaya, Vice President for Investments at Softline; Head of Softline Venture Partners
Pavel Gudkov, Deputy General Director, Foundation for Assistance to Small Innovative Enterprises
Yury Saprykin, Vice President for Regional and International Development, Skolkovo Foundation
Alexander Svinin, Trade Representative of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Singapore (online)
Natasha Floksi, Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Cerevrum
Andrey Shubin, Executive Director, All-Russian Non-Governmental Organization of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses OPORA RUSSIA

Front row participant
Anton Ogarkov, Chief Executive Officer, Softline Outsourcing