Science, technology and soft skills: Arkhangelsk hosted the Skolkovo Startup Tour for the third time

Arkhangelsk became the eighth point of the 2022 Startup Tour. The final stage of the national competition was held at the site of the Intellectual Center of the Northern Arctic Federal University (NArFU).

“We are very pleased that out of 15 projects that will be discussed today, 11 are developments by representatives of our region in the fields of IT, biotechnology, innovation in industry and energy,” – noted Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Arkhangelsk Region – Minister of Economic Development, Industry and Science of the Region Viktor Ikonnikov. – “The Skolkovo startup tour is extremely important for us. Not only because the guys have the opportunity to receive a grant, but also because they have the opportunity to communicate with prominent experts, hear constructive criticism of their projects, gain new competencies and, accordingly, raise their projects to a higher level.”

And the level, according to experts, is growing year by year. And it’s not just about good writing. The projects themselves are distinguished by the depth of study. And this is the result of the creation in the region of a powerful base for supporting innovative ideas.

“The innovation infrastructure is based on scientific institutes. There are such people in the Arkhangelsk region – these are NArFU and the Northern State Medical University, as well as a technopark that can support them. I would like to note the position of the Government of the Arkhangelsk Region, which supports such projects in every possible way. We have been working together since 2015, and for the third time we are coming with the Startup Tour. And every time we see an increase in the level of projects. I would very much like to see the critical mass of projects eventually reach the level where we will create a regional operator here. We hope that with the help of events such as a start-up tour, we will be able to do this,” – said Kirill Kaem, Senior Vice President for Innovation, Skolkovo Foundation.

The main thread of the event was the topic of import substitution. It sounded both during the defense of projects and during the expert panel discussion.

“We primarily focus on technological innovation projects that create new products that can compete with world analogues. Due to the fact that a part of the market was closed for us, the terms “innovative” and “import-substituting” have become as close as possible. So, the solutions implemented by Skolkovo residents perform an import-substituting function,” – noted Head of the Regional Development Department of the Skolkovo Foundation Yuri Sibirsky.

Therefore, the convincing victory of the project of the Arkhangelsk company NPK “Sabtek”specializing in the production of printing equipment, is more than logical.

“We had our own printing house, and we realized that we simply couldn’t afford imported equipment. But 90 percent of the printing equipment in Russia is produced abroad. And since I am an automatic engineer, I decided to make it myself. This is how our first device appeared, – explained the director of the triumphant company Mikhail Sablin.

Today, the project is developing steadily, and the prize money of 300 thousand rubles will be directed, according to Mikhail Sablin, to the development of new devices. In addition, the winner of the Startup Tour receives a ticket to the Startup Village, which will take place at the end of May at the Skolkovo Innovation Center, and the opportunity to present the project for free at the Startup Bazaar exhibition.

The project of SPC “Sabtek” became the best in the track “Industrial and energy technologies”. The I`m in project of the video HR service “I`m in” by the Moscow company LLC won in the Information Technologies section, and the development of a unique scientific platform for LabScience researchers in the Biotechnologies in Medicine and Agriculture section won.

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