Applications are Open for the Preacceleration Program for Open University Skolkovo


From August 16th through 19th 2016, the Skolkovo FundOpen University Skolkovo (OpUS) and IT Park will offer the OpUS program «Innovator navigator. Chelyabinsk» with help from the SUSU business incubator at IT Park, the participants of which will be 100 students, post-graduates, and young researchers participating in technological research projects chosen by the results of a competitive selection on the Skolkovo Fund website.

The goal of the intensive, four-day program is to accelerate the commercialization of the school’s participants’ ideas and integrate them in the programs of the institutes of innovative development.

Among the tasks of the program: forming an understanding of the skills necessary for successful commercialization of the results of research among students and the means of receiving them and developing projects; the creation of a «navigator» through the possibilities of working with Skolkovo Innovative Center and different innovative development institutions.

Program participants will be chosen according to a competitive selection in which applicants must present a project in one of the following areas:

  • Biomedical technologies
  • Information technology
  • Space technology and telecommunication
  • Advanced production technology
  • Industrial internet
  • Energy-efficient technologies
  • Nuclear technology

Among the speakers and experts who will work with the program participants are leaders of tech startups; representatives of institutes of development and universities’ tech visionaries; and graduates and partners of OpUS.

The program will consist of lectures, master classes, discussions, and practical assignments that the participants will complete over 4 days. The educational projects will include projects from OpUS participants which have been named member-companies of Skolkovo. The school’s program will be developed so that young innovators can apply the knowledge they acquire in their own future projects.

You must apply to participate before June 13th, 2017 here.

Date and venue:

August 16-19 2017

31 Ulitsa Molodogvardeytsev, Chelyabinsk, Russia

Tel.: +7 (351) 220-33-73


An updated schedule and data about the speakers will be published here.


The Skolkovo fund is a non-commercial organization formed by the initiative of the Russian president in September 2010. The fund’s goal is to mobilize Russia’s resources in applied research by forming a beneficial environment for research and development in: energy-efficiency, space, biomedicine, nuclear technology, and computer technology. The fund is responsible for managing projects for the creation of the Skolkovo Innovative Center, whose activities are regulated by a special law providing member-companies (by the end of the first half of 2015 there were 1521 of them) special economic conditions. The total revenue of member-companies was 95.5 billion rubles. They attracted 21.1 billion rubles of investments, created 21.8 thousand jobs, and received 1100 patents. One important part of the Skolkovo institute is the research university – the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech), formed and functioning with the support of Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before 2020, 2 million square meters of manufacturing, office, and living space will be built and 35,000 people will work at the innovative center.

Open University Skolkovo (OpUS) is a program of the Skolkovo fund that engages, involves, and integrates students and young researchers with technological and business skills into the Russian innovative ecosystem.

Contacts for the media:

Barshchevskaya Aleksandra

Press secretary Skokovo Fund

Tel.: +7 (495) 956 00 33, ext. 2657

E-mail: ab[at]sk[dot]ru

Nikolai Yakovenko

Manager Open University Skolkovo

Tel.: +7 (495) 956 00 33, ext. 2426




Evgeniy Sirotkin
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