Tech and space professionals to attend Startup Village 2021 in Moscow

Startup Village 2021 – the largest international technology conference in Russia and post-Soviet states – will be held under the motto ‘Packing for Mars. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Innovation’.

The in-person industry event will take place at the Skolkovo Innovation Centre in Moscow, Russia, from May 24-25, 2021, with the support of VEB.RF and Roscosmos, the Russian space agency.

The event, while adhering to strict Covid-19 health and safety protocols, coincides with the 60th anniversary (1961-2021) of humankind’s first space flight by Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin on April 12, 1961.

ISS connection

In a first for the event, the Expedition 65 crew onboard the orbiting International Space Station (ISS) will participate in a live conference call with the expected 10,000 conference participants from 80 countries at the Skolkovo Innovation Centre.

Russian cosmonauts Pyotr Dubrov, Andrey Fedyaev and Anatoly Ivanishin will discuss ‘Innovative Projects and Startups on the International Space Station’ as part of the ISS communications link with the conference.

Discussions, interviews, film presentations and masterclasses will be held concurrently onsite at the Skolkovo Innovation Centre and live on the conference’s website.

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Sarah Al Amiri, UAE Minister of State for Advanced Technology. Credit: UAE Space Agency

The conference will be attended by: Igor Shuvalov, Chairman of VEB.RF; Dmitry Rogozin, General Director of Roscosmos; Arkady Dvorkovich, Chairman of the Skolkovo Foundation; Elvi Ray Smith, Co-founder of Pixar studio; Sarah Al Amiri, Minister of State for Advanced Technology, UAE Government and Chairman of the UAE Space Agency; Shannon Poulin, Corporate Vice President, General Sales and Marketing Director of Intel Corporation; Ray Kurzweil, Google’s Director of Engineering; Adam Kostial, Senior Vice President and Head of Securities Listing of Nasdaq Exchange in the EMEA region; and Viktor Vekselberg, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Skoltech.

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The ISS (Expedition 65) crew will link up with Startup Village 2021 participants. (L-R) Flight Engineers Pyotr Dubrov, Shane Kimbrough, Megan McArthur and Thomas Pesquet, with Commander Akihiko Hoshide and Flight Engineers Oleg Novitskiy and Mark Vande Hei. Credit: NASA

The event’s 200 guests and speakers will also include representatives of major global companies such as Microsoft, Plug and Play, BlaBlaCar, SAP, 3M, AstraZeneca, Visa, EBay, McKinsey & Company, Accenture, Sabre Corporation, NVIDIA, Qualcomm, European Space Agency, China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation, MTC, X5 Retail Group, VTB Bank, Tinkoff, Gazprombank and several others.

Representatives of Qatar Development Bank, Qatar Financial Centre, global entrepreneurs and investors are expected to attend the two-day event.

Industry focus

During the event’s business programme, participants will discuss what the space industry of the future will look like, conduct a post-crisis business check-up, evaluate the possibilities of introducing young innovative projects to large corporations through accelerators, and more.

In addition, a Startup Bazaar exhibition of technological projects will be held offline and online.

Start-ups will present their projects to investors as part of the Pitch&Go and Adventureland Challenge programmes and receive expert feedback at Mentor Hours (one-to-one sessions).

Register for Startup Village 2021 here: https://startupvillage.ru/en/registration/email

See Startup Village 2021 conference programme here: https://startupvillage.ru/program

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