The competition is held to support bilateral initiatives and cooperation between RVC and the Vienna Business Agency. The startup selected at the GenerationS final will be among the top 20 startups from around the world to travel to Vienna where they will visit Austria's largest manufacturing facilities, attend specialized coaching sessions and deliver pitches before representatives of international corporations and investors.
"In recent years, Vienna has awoken from its sleeping-beauty slumber and evolved into a city with a dynamic, international and innovative ecosystem. Technology companies and start-ups, especially in the ICT field, media and biotech, are hunting for different sources of private and public funding. Besides, a highly qualified labor market provides companies with quality workforce. Vienna welcomes foreign start-ups and their founders. To this end, a new start-up visa for foreign companies was introduced in October 2017. This visa allows the start-up leaders and their teammates to implement their ideas and stay in Vienna for two years with the right of extension. We hope to find like-minded people and partners for further cooperation at the GenerationS final," said Nikolai Rodimov, a regional manager of the Vienna Business Agency.
The final of the largest start-up accelerator in Russia and Eastern Europe will be held by RVC on April 27 in Moscow in Tesla Place, a multimedia platform for events. 7 best projects in the field of energy, metallurgy, fashion and media, agriculture, advanced manufacturing, financial technologies and dual-use technologies will present their projects to experts during the final pitches. Three winners will share a prize fund worth 16 million rubles and obtain the right to conclude long-term contracts with partners.
GenerationS - the largest start-up accelerator in Russia and Eastern Europe, the federal platform for the development of corporate acceleration tools. It has been held by RVC since 2013. More than 20 Russian and international corporations, in whose interests the selection and acceleration of startups is carried out, become every year Industrial partners of GenerationS. As a result of the multi-stage examination, the GenerationS participants receive ample opportunities for business development and investment promotion and get access to resources and infrastructure of accelerator partners. In 2017, 3470 applications from 13 countries were submitted for participation in GenerationS. The prize fund of the GenerationS final in 2018 will amount to RUB 16 million.
RVC is the Russian government’s fund of funds and the development institute of national venture industry. The RVC’s main objectives are to stimulate the growth of national venture investment industry and to function as a Project Office for the National Technology Initiative (NTI). RVC’s authorized capital amounts to more than RUB 30 bln. RVC’s capital is owned in full by the Russian Federation represented by the Federal Agency for State Property Management (Rosimuschestvo). The total number of funds established by RVC JSC has reached 26 with their total size of 35.5 billion rubles. The share of RVC JSC is 22.6 billion rubles. The number of innovative companies approved for investment by RVC funds reached 218. The total volume of funds approved for investment is 17.9 billion rubles.