Global Partners

Founded in 1805 in Geneva, Pictet & Cie is today one of Switzerland’s largest private banks, and the leading independent asset management specialist in Europe, with CHF 357 billion (EUR 297 billion) in assets under management and custody at June 2012. Pictet & Cie is a partnership owned and managed by eight general partners with unlimited liability for the bank’s commitments. The Pictet Group, based in Geneva, employs more than 3,200 staff. The group has offices in the following financial centres: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Basel, Dubai, Florence, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Lausanne, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Montreal, Nassau, Osaka, Paris, Rome, Singapore, Taipei, Turin, Tokyo and Zurich.


Orrick is a leading global law firm with a particular focus on serving companies in the technology, energy and financial sectors. We are recognized worldwide for delivering the highest-quality, commercially-oriented legal advice and for our culture of innovation and collaboration. Founded in San Francisco a century and a half ago, Orrick today is named by Law360 as one of the "Global 20" leading firms. Our platform offers clients a distinctive combination of local insight and global reach across 25 offices. Orrick practices in five core areas: Corporate, Energy & Infrastructure, Finance, Intellectual Property and Litigation. Known for our work in the technology sector, we act for many of the world’s top public companies as well as more than 1,600 start-ups.


Hosting Partners


State Non-Profit Organization «Investment and Venture Fund of the Republic of Tatarstan» (SNPO «IVF RT») which was established by the Government of Tatarstan (Cabinet of Ministers) on November 17, 2004, in view of innovative activity development in the Republic of Tatarstan. The mission of the IVFRT is to increase innovation potential of the Republic, as well as to support SMEs, and create favorable conditions for venture financing.


RVC is the Russian government’s fund of funds and the development institute of the Russian Federation, one of country’s key tools to create and expand the national innovation system. The company has a wide range of programs to develop Russia’s venture investment market establish educational and organizational services for market players, as well as increase the ability of Russian technology companies to compete in the global marketplace.

RVC’s main objectives are to promote Russia’s venture investment industry, and to take on the role as the project office for the National Technology Initiative (NTI).


The strategic goal of the Skolkovo Innovation Centre is to concentrate international intellectual capital, thereby stimulating the development of break-through projects and technologies. In the course of implementation of the project, companies that are engaged in innovative development are discovered. After a selection process, some of these become project participants of the centre. They are provided with all assistance necessary for development. The Skolkovo Foundation and its partners transform the infrastructure, resources and other possibilities of the centre, into effective services for companies that are project participants.


Pulsar Venture Capital is an active player of the global venture capital market with a strong network of experts both in Russia, USA and worldwide. Besides traditional investments, Pulsar Venture Capital's professional team specializes in accelerating the growth of new high-tech businesses and also works to grow the innovation infrastructure, especially in developing economies. We focus on IT, Hardware/Software and industrial innovations in the field of Clean Tech, Robotics, and Electronics. We invest in companies that leverage the power of data to create market-leading platforms, tools, and analytics that are inherently disruptive and contagious.



Republic of Tatarstan: Tatarstan is situated at the confluence of two large rivers – the Volga and the Kama, being a kind of bridge connecting Russia’s European and Asian parts. Covering an area of 67,800 km2, the republic is bigger than such European countries as Belgium and the Netherlands and is approximately equal to Ireland. Throughout many centuries, Tatars (53,2%) and Russians (39,7%), Chuvashes and Udmurts, Mordovians and Maris, Ukrainians and Bashkirs - altogether representatives of more than 173 ethnic origins – have lived in Tatarstan in peace and harmony. Tatarstan is a dynamically developing region, with its success being based on a solid foundation of economic stability. The republic is an oil production and petrochemical center; it makes KAMAZ heavy-duty trucks and Mi helicopters; it doesn’t forget about agriculture being one of Russia’s leaders. As a meeting point of civilizations, a symbolic crossroads of eastern and western, Asian and European religious and cultural traditions, Tatarstan has accumulated extensive experience in maintaining inter-ethnic and inter-faith accord. This experience serves a perfect background for the republic to develop its contacts with the world, build trade, scientific and cultural links.


Industry Partners


EBAN is the pan-European representative for the early stage investor gathering over 150 member organizations more than 50 countries today. Established in 1999 by a group of pioneer angel networks in Europe with the collaboration of the European Commission and EURADA, EBAN represents a sector estimated to invest 7.5 billion Euros a year and playing a vital role in Europe’s future, notably in the funding of SMEs. EBAN fuels Europe’s growth through the creation of wealth and jobs.



The Global Technology Symposium (GTS) is Silicon Valley’s leading investment conference on venture capital, technology and entrepreneurship in emerging markets. GTS explores globalization and ways to find niche markets harboring the next big ideas by bringing together business and policy leaders with up-and-coming startups in the real world.


National business-angels association (NBAA) is the most well-known and influential Russian representative for business-angels networks, seed funds, and other early stage VC market players. NBAA was created in 2009 by 4 major national angel groups. By now its membership base consists of more than 20 organizations as full and 5 associated members, representing near 85% of the organized part of the Russian early stage VC market.


Media Partners

TheRunet is a news portal about the Russian Internet. Our focus is IT business and technology transformation. The RuNet also covers news about the virtual reality and telemedicine, biotech, artificial intelligence and E-health.


HighTech is a media about high technologies in Russia, the best world practices and the city of Innopolis, which unites them.