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Innovation Space participants’ pitch session identifies the strongest start-ups at EEF 2022

12 September 2022
Питч-сессия участников проекта «Территория инноваций» выявила сильнейшие стартапы на ВЭФ-2022

The 7th Eastern Economic Forum featured a pitch session by Innovation Space participants. This platform, which has become traditional for major Roscongress Foundation events, was created to promote high-tech Russian companies. This time, projects were presented by residents of the Skolkovo Foundation and the Russky and Yakutia Technoparks. 13 start-ups were assessed based on parameters such as novelty, feasibility, commercialization and team professionalism.

The expert jury included Alexander Borisov, Director, IT Park High Technology Park; Andrey Zubkov, Managing Director, Voskhod Investment Foundation; Anna Struchkova, General Director, Agency for Investment Promotion and Export Support of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia); and Sergey Bolshakov, Investment Director, RK-Investments Foundation. The session was moderated by Kirill Kaem, Senior Vice-President for Innovations, Skolkovo Foundation.

“Innovation Space is probably the most interesting place at the Eastern Economic Forum, because it’s here that people present live projects that they believe in and are delivering on,” noted Kirill Kaem in opening the pitch session.

The first to present his project was Yakut entrepreneur Afanasy Argunov. The Sciberia integrated software is already being used in a number of hospitals in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) to analyse medical images using machine learning technology. The Sciberia Lungs software module, created to examine the lungs, is capable of diagnosing COVID-19 with a high degree of accuracy. “Our software speeds up the decision-making process, enabling doctors to devote more time to studying each specific case,” noted Afanasy Argunov.

Leonid Klarov presented another medical IT start-up the ReRad collaborative platform for doctors. It currently has over 800 specialists in its community who can not only share their expertise with one another but can also drive efficiency thanks to the software’s embedded data mining modules.

The medical exoskeleton presented by Exosystems restores the musculoskeletal functions of people with paralyzed lower limbs. Vadim Tamozhny, who pitched the project, drew the audience’s attention to the fact that the device is made entirely from Russian-made components and has a greater bearing capacity than foreign counterparts, yet is several times cheaper.

This advantage is shared by the VeDroid industrial disinfecting and cleaning robot presented by serial entrepreneur Nikolay Potapov. This product aroused much interest in customers even at its assembly stage. It is currently in use not only in Yakutia but in other regions of Russia and even Kazakhstan.

Another project of potential interest to cleaning companies is the EM-Active biological disinfectant by Innovatika. According to its CEO, Ekaterina Evseyeva, unlike conventional disinfectants, this product uses beneficial microorganisms to suppress pathogens and is therefore completely harmless to humans and the environment.

A number of the projects presented at Innovation Space were linked to the sea, which is no surprise given its significance to the Far Eastern economy. Alexey Titov, General Director of Marine Robotic Systems, spoke about his unique innovative shipbuilding project – a marine surface robot (trimaran) developed by Karfidov.Lab and the Tatishchev Astrakhan State University. The robot is capable of performing a wide range of tasks: collecting and transmitting data for industrial and environmental monitoring, searching for bioresources, carrying out geophysical or meteorological research. Its hybrid power unit provides it with up to 12 months’ autonomous navigation.

Conversely, the Sea Shepherd robot from Hydrobionics’ Pneumon series was created for a highly specialized task – protecting fishing vessels’ dragnets. The device looks like and imitates the sounds of killer whales, scaring away seals and other marine predators that inflict losses on fishermen. According to Artur Mayss, the project’s owner, it will increase the productivity and sustainability of fishing.

The airborne laser scanning technology developed by AGM Systems is useful for studying the terrain of shallow coastal areas or scattered hydrographic features over a large area. “Typically, a team of surveyors can measure an area of 4 hectares a day. Our technology increases their productivity by 200 times,” said project director Vladimir Brusilo.

Pud Timofeev, the director of the Yakutsk Boiler Plant, presented two projects to the experts: the Liepsnele Arctic and Kamelek solid fuel boilers, capable of many hours of combustion in Yakutia’s minus 50°C temperatures, and a modular electric bike capable of changing its configuration.

Another project from Yakutia is the Silvan forest fire deterrent system, which solves another problem for the world’s largest administrative entity. Gavriil Fedorov, director of the Smart Unit project, noted that active negotiations on the rollout of the system are also underway with other Russian regions.

Vladivostok’s Kirill Kovalevskiy, CEO at Innofarm-DV – one of the most active participants of the Innovation Space events at EEF – presented a highly automated hardware and software system for growing leafy greens and strawberries. He claimed that the system’s embedded intelligent assistance functions will enable his vertical farm to become a “digital agronomist” yielding a harvest of 1.5 tonnes of herbs a year.

The media industry was represented at Innovation Space by two start-ups. The Extra Cinema projector and digital platform enables films to be shown on the big screen in the most remote and sparsely populated corners of Russia, where building traditional cinemas is unviable. Project manager Petr Chiryayev estimates the total capacity of the Russian market at 100,000 projectors.

Finally, Taisiya Tarabukina presented the start-up – interactive 3D children’s books with AR elements.

After the pitch session, first place was awarded to the Sciberia project, second to AGM Systems and third to Marine Robotic Systems, granting all three the opportunity to speak at the Congress of Young Scientists, to be held in December 2022 at the Sirius Park of Science and Art.