International Open Startup School
Saint-Petersburg, Russia
August 17 - 28, 2020
About Us
SUMIT+InnoCamp – accelerate your startup to worldwide standards
in international team!

$5 million
we provide effective help in attracting investments – our graduates have raised over $5 million in investments on demo days
$3 million
we help set up a revenue stream – our graduates have already made over $3 million in revenue
70 graduates
more than 70 graduates
50 experts
more than 50 international experts and mentors + international business network
Project work with student skilled in design, programming, etc.
Workshops by professionals in IT, mobile, internet and business development fields
Webinars and meetings with guest speakers and experts
Each team is accompanied by a tracker, whose role is to provide help, support and feedback
Final project pitching to VCs and corporates
Programme Content
Event format:
- Online knowledge database along with webinars by guest speakers
- Experienced trackers to provide help, support and feedback
-Groupwork in teams of three to four people – the most effective environment for developing ideas and peer-to-peer motivation
- Dynamic flow of ideas – providing inspiration
- International community and networking – a productive ecosystem that allows you to gain new hints on business development and business contacts
- Teambuilding – the secret weapon of every entrepreneur!
Topics covered:
- B2C and B2B markets for IT/web/mobile in Russia
- Local customer development (with the help of Russian English-speaking volunteers)
- Fundraising in Russia, Russian VC market
- Local entrepreneurship support infrastructure
- Specifics of Russian business legislation
- Marketing communications&PR for IT startups
- Public speaking&presentation skills
Demo Day pitch session - August, 28th:
- Demonstrate the results
- Acquire valuable contacts (experts, corporates, VCs)
- Raise investment for your project from business angels and VCs
Meet our experts
Chief, Project Management Division
ITMO University
Expert in multi-cultural inter-governmental projects focusing on regional economic development (fundraising). 23 years of experience in cross-border EU-Russia cooperation. Raised 10mln. euro total
Lead mentor at ITMO accelerator
Chili Marketing, CEO. Company has clients from TOP-500 russian companies.
Master of engineering and technology, ITMO University.
10 years of experience in business development, sales & marketing.
Leader of «Product Management» education program and lecturer in «Marketing» courses (including eMBA program) in TOP-3 Business School in Russia.
Expert at StartupLab.
Startup mentor
MSc in Industrial Electronics, Lappeenranta University of Technology 
Degree in Business Administration in International Business, HAMK Häme University of Applied Sciences 
More than 7 years in industrial engineering business area with global market leaders
Startup mentor with Russian and Finnish engineering, AR/VR, energy, med-, ed - tech startups
Founder of Startup School for Innovation: teaching Russian and Finnish engineering and PhD students how to start startup.
Senior Lecturer at Xamk - South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences
A dedicated teacher, a Master of Philosophy in linguistics and teaching foreign languages and cultures and a Master of Science in Economics and Business administration, a doctoral student of Tampere University in the field of Education. Being systematic, methodical and persistent always brings to a final goal. Able to communicate in a diplomatic and tactful way, taking into account diversity of the students in terms of social and cultural backgrounds, as well as personalities. Searching for the motivating material and making it meaningful for others and finding the methods that develop students' critical thinking and help them to enjoy the learning process. Having qualifications in the mentioned fields makes R&D and pedagogics a desired combination. The previous experience has taught to apply the knowledge and skills to the required focus areas in teaching; participating in project work brings new insights and inspiration for searching for new approaches.
Project Manager at Xamk - South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences
What I do, I do with commitment and professionalism. I am a opportunity seeker and entrepreneur. Students and growth are my motivation and natural *Energy Source*. Leading international EU projects and promoting entrepreneurship among students in university´s. I am a passionate startup mentor, coach and facilitator in international entrepreneurship programs, I love to see their growth, development and success, this is my motivation boost. As a people person I love to communicate with everybody and building up my network on the international scenery constantly. **THINK BIG**
Positive and a *Everything is possible - everything can be solved* attitude are my strength. Last but not least a generous and honest SMILE everybody will receive - no matter what.
Who can attend?
Students with business ideas or a dream to develop IT startups
Students who want to get experience as part of a startup team
Startup leaders/entrepreneurs looking to acquire new contacts and test drive Russian market

The project is executed by the following consortium: Cursor - Kotka-Hamina Regional Development Company (FIN)(Lead partner), ITMO University (RUS), XAMK - South-East Finland University of Applied Sciences (FIN), St. Petersburg Foundation for Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Development (RUS).
The project is funded by the European Union, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Finland in the framework of South-East Finland-Russia CBC 2014-2020 programme.