International Open Startup School

Saint-Petersburg, Russia
August 19 - 30, 2019
About Us
The only program
for foreign startups in Russia
focused on
testing Russian market and
going global (U.S., Europe)

Since 2012
- 1,000 applications
- 50 experts and mentors
- 70 graduates
- $5mln. investments raised
- $3mln. in revenue
- startups from Croatia, South Korea, Cameroon

Project work with experienced mentors and student volunteers skilled in design, programming, etc.
Workshops from industry professionals on Russian market specifics
Lifehacks from serial entrepreneurs on going global (U.S., Europe)
Final project pitching to VCs and corporates
Programme Content
Group work in teams of 2-3 people:
Flow of new ideas for Russian and global markets
International community
Project development (pitch deck, design, business plan)

B2C and B2B in Russia and worldwide
Russian IT, mobile, internet market
Startup promotion on the Russian market
Investment opportunities for startups in Russia

Economic metrics in startup projects
Basics of financial planning
Russian PR for startups
Going global
Public speaking&VC pitching

Demo Day pitch session - August, 30th:
show results
get new clients
raise investment

Meet our experts
Director, Center for Entrepreneurship
ITMO University
Head of #16 Best University Business Incubator in the world. Working with startups since 2012. More than 10 years of B2B/B2C marketing experience. Ex.Head of TechTransfer Center at INGRIA Incubator. Expert at Eurasia Startup Challenge, SPIEF, TelecomIdea, etc.
Director, Accelerator of ITMO University
Serial Entrepreneur (Factory Finder, ThingLink)
Entrepreneur and a passionate leader with more than ten years of IT industry experience. Smart in technology and wise in relationships with people. Worked at several well-known innovative companies and institutions in the USA, Russia, and Finland. Over the past five years raised over $3,5 mln in funding.
Chief, Project Management Division
ITMO University
Expert in multi-cultural inter-governmental projects focusing on regional economic development (fundraising). 23 years of experience in cross-border EU-Russia cooperation. Raised 10mln. euro total

MedTech Entrepreneur, Mentor, Angel
Alex is a serial tech entrepreneur, recognized mentor, and speaker. He holds executive, board and advisory positions in multiple startup ventures. He provides due diligence services and subject matter consulting to VC/PE, incubators, corporate accelerators, and universities. Former spine orthopaedic surgeon, he manages innovation portfolios in Life Sciences, Medical Devices, Blockchain, Pharma and Digital Healthcare verticals.
Independent Contributor at Forbes

Serial entrepreneur, manager of technological projects and companies. Has more that 25 years of experience in technology, built several successful businesses in the field of mobile applications, IT services and enterprise software.
Expert in managing innovates projects and startups, creating innovative environments, venture investments, tech consulting and business development for technologies for entering new markets.
Elena is CEO of Tech transfer platform - Global Tech Hub. She has been working in the venture market since 2011. From 2014 to 2018 she was CEO of the largest investment platform in Russia and has extensive experience with the largest Russian business incubator HSE. She has also worked in the PR-sphere as a correspondent and radio announcer. Elena has been managing various project teams and infrastructure projects for more than 7 years.
Growth Marketing
Had designed and implemented GTM (go to market) strategies for multiple tech startups (both B2B and B2C) and can share all the proven tips and tactics on how to succeed.
Legal services for business
I'm a consultant with key expertise in providing complex legal and financial solutions to international businesses. From 2010 till 2018 I served as legal counsel and provided complex support to international companies such as Jensen Group, Cargotec and Gazprom International. In 2018 I started my own law firm where we provide high quality legal and financial solutions to businesses with international outlook.
I'm a founder of Legal School International project, aimed at raising legal literacy among entrepreneurs. In 2017 my legal team have won a nomination as 2nd best legal department in Russia among nonprofits in "Corporate lawyer" magazine rankings.
People & Product @ Paperform | Coaching and Developing Leaders of Tomorrow
Multi disciplinary with loads of experience working on the intersection between product development and user experience, in roles leading marketing, growth, UX, and customer success. Impact-oriented professional with great communication skills, hero attention to detail and ever-awesome attitude.
Passionate about coaching and developing leaders of tomorrow and building great company cultures.
Co-founder and CEO at Uploadcare
Uploadcare is a new era CDN. Companies using Uploadcare include Mozilla, Indeed, L'Oreal, Universal. We'rehiring!
Startup accelerator iDealMachine, Director of Business Development

Marketer, entrepreneur, founder of the Internet agency "Gedokorp", director of the startup center of the Samara Medical University.
Expert in the fields of strategic marketing and digital marketing. Marketing teacher, conducts courses within the integrated communications department of the Higher School of Economics, the mentoring unit "marketing" as part of the federal program "You Are an Entrepreneur."
Co-founder в TuSion.
Head of Business Incubator
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Our partners
The project is executed by the following consortium: Cursor - Kotka-Hamina Regional Development Company (FIN)(Lead partner), ITMO University (RUS), XAMK - South-East Finland University of Applied Sciences (FIN), St. Petersburg Foundation for Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Development (RUS).
The project is funded by the European Union, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Finland in the framework of South-East Finland-Russia CBC 2014-2020 programme.