UMNIK: Skoltech Hosts National Innovation Competition

UMNIK is a special program supporting young high-tech startups in five fields for a duration of 2 years.

UMNIK is a special program supporting young high-tech startups in five fields for a duration of 2 years.

Can an innovation project benefit from 400k ruble worth of seed funding? Of course.

And now there’s a new way to win such support: UMNIK.

UMNIK (meaning ‘smart guy’ in Russian) is a program supporting young high-tech startups (led by Russian citizens) in five fields for a duration of 2 years. This year, for the first time in UMNIK’s history, Skoltech administers the competition from collecting and selecting initial applications to hosting the national final in October.

Winners will be awarded grants, funded by the Foundation for Assistance to Small Innovative Enterprises in Science and Technology (FASIE). Skoltech graduate Dmitry Smirnov won the grant in 2013 for the development of an external combustion engine, a project which has grown to become a company called “Thermal Motors”.

The program aims to support students, post-docs and researchers based in Russia who develop innovative startups in the following fields:

 

Information Technology

Medicine

Materials science

Devices and hardware

Biotechnology

Apply now to turn your SME into a big success story: http://umnik.fasie.ru/skoltech/

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