Silicon Valley Meets Russia 2014

October 10, 2014, 10:00 conference

On October 10th, the Digital October Center played host to the second annual international Silicon Valley Meets Russia Conference, which is dedicated to issues related to venture capitalism, the founding and development of high tech companies, and investment strategies. Victor Orlovsky, Senior Vice President for the Development of Digital Business at Sberbank, discussed this last topic in an interview:

“We invest very carefully. In fact, we have currently spent less than 25% of the assets that have been earmarked for venture capital projects. As I said, we took a detailed look at around 400 projects and invested in fewer than 10 projects, and a few others are in the works, so we’re not in a position to announce them. Each project is on the small side, so our investment in each of them ranges from several hundred thousand to several million dollars. We haven’t made a single investment of more than ten million dollars…”

Sberbank Russia was the conference’s general partner, while Silicon Valley Bank acted as partner. As with last year, Silicon Valley Meets Russia featured a startup competition, during which representatives of previously selected projects had the opportunity to deliver 5-minute product presentations. The competition was won by Box2Box, an innovative logistical network with big plans for development. After winning over conference participants with their presentation, representatives of this startup received the grand prize: a trip to Silicon Valley sponsored by Sberbank with a reception furnished by Silicon Valley Bank. They also received the Audience Favorite Prize.

A video of the free online event broadcast is available on the site, as well on this special mobile app.


Day 1 October 10

09:30 - 10:30


10:30 - 11:15

Opening remarks

Denis Bugrov (Sberbank)

Mike Descheneaux (Silicon Valley Bank)

Igor Agamirzyan (RVC)

11:15 - 11:45

Fireside chat: Boris Kim (QIWI)

11:45 - 12:30

Funding a start-up: Venture Capital perspective

Andy Tsao (moderator, SVB)

Alexander Galitsky (Almaz Capital)

Serguei Beloussov (Runa Capital)

Alexander Lupachev (Russia Partners)

Vladislav Solodkiy (Life.SREDA)

Victor Orlovsky (Sberbank Digital Ventures)

12:15 - 12:30


Christian Graggaber (Burda International)

12:30 - 13:45


13:45 - 14:45

Starting and scaling up a company: entrepreneurs' view

Alexandra Johnson (DFJ VTB Aurora)

Oleg Tumanov (IVI)

Simon Dunlop (Dream Industries)

Niels Tonsen (LaModa)

Dmitriy Stavisky (LinguaLeo)

Kamil Kurmakayev (Wikimart)

14:45 - 15:15

Coffee break

15:15 - 16:00

New service providers' solutions for tech companies

Vera Shokina (moderator, SVB)

Lev Batalov (DLA Piper)

Christopher Rose (Squire Patton Boggs)

Anton Abashkin (PriceWaterhouseCoopers)

Igor Karpovich (Сбербанк)

16:00 - 16:20

Business plan presentations workshop

Mike Descheneaux (SVB) will make a presentation on how to pitch your business to investors

16:20 - 17:30

Startup contest with the finalists

5-minutes pitches to the panel of judges.

Alexander Galitsky (Almaz Capital)

Dmitry Alimov (Frontier Ventures)

Pekka Viljakainen (Skolkovo)

Alexandra Johnson (DFJ VTB Aurora)

Maxim Shteigervald (IIDF)

17:30 - 17:45

Closing remarks. Startup contest winners are announced

17:45 - 19:00

Wine and cocktail networking reception

photo gallery

all photos of event

Sberbank of Russia
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