Inspire. Trend.

Only in its third year and yet already a fixture on the European startup calendar Startup Village matches investors with innovators in an open-air festival of entrepreneurship. Held over two summer days (2-3d of June 2015) at the Skolkovo Hypercube, Startup Village incorporates lively debates, interactive startup exhibitions, and the startup pitch sessions.

Welcome to Startup Village

The flash of inspiration that fosters new technologies, changes mindsets, and transforms economies.



is a key initiative of the Skolkovo Foundation – a non-profit set up to create an ecosystem of innovation in Russia and integrate it into the global innovation process. Startup Village brings together startup communities from across Russia and neighboring countries.

Speakers 2015

Bo Inge AnderssonPresident&CEO

1987 - 1993: Saab Automobile, с 1990 - Vice President of Purchasing Trollhättan.

1993 - 2009: General Motors

1993 - 1997: Executive Director of Chemicals Group (GM) Detroit;

1997 - 1999: Vice President of General Motors Europe (GME) Russelsheim;

1999 - 2001: Executive-in-Charge of Global Purchasing Detroit;

2001 - 2009: Group Vice President of Global Purchasing & Supply Chain;

Member of GM Strategy Board

2009 - 2013: President and CEO, Group GAZ

From 5th November 2013  President & CEO JSC AVTOVAZ


  • “Automotive Supply Chain Outstanding Achievement” by Automotive Supply Chain 2012
  • “Automotive Executive of the Year” for Russia by Adam Smith Institute 2011
  • “Emerging Market Executive Eurostar” by Automotive News Europe 2011
  • “Best Market Newcomer” by Adam Smith Institute 2009
Mike Butcherthe Editor-At-Large

A long time journalist. Since 1996 he has launched numerous media web sites and in 2000 he was nominated as NetMedia's European Internet Journalist of the Year. One of the Top 100 most influential people on Twitter in the UK. He has spoken at the prestigious Monaco Media Forum and Le Web, among many other conferences. Mike is a regular commentator on the technology business, appearing on BBC News, Sky News, Channel 4, and Bloomberg

ANNARITA NULCHIS GREEN Head of Business Development & Strategic Affairs

Annarita Nulchis is Head of Business Development & Strategic Affairs for GIUGIARO DESIGN, the Industrial Design BU of ITALDESIGN GIUGIARO based in Moncalieri (Torino – Italy), one of the most renowned design and development companies with one of the richest traditions in the automotive and i.d. industry and today part of the VOLKSWAGEN GROUP.

Within her present role Mrs Nulchis serves as business manager and technical coordinator for major Clients and Partners for projects worldwide. She is responsible for creating and implementing domestic and international business contacts and contracts related to industrial design; she manages external relations and strategic affairs related to industrial design.

Prior to her present role, Mrs Nulchis enriched her professional experience in various industries.

Namely she worked: as C27J Program Int’l Coordination Director for LOCKHEED MARTIN AERONAUTICS Co. (USA/Italy), as Marketing Coordination Manager for MOTOROLA Co., as International Press & Broadcasting Center Manager at the 1997 WORLD SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS, as Assistant to Director of Marketing & Sales Department for ABB-ASEA BROWN BOVERI Inc. (Finland) and prior to that also as INDEPENDENT PROFESSIONAL PR Consultant for several companies and corporations.


Mrs Nulchis is currently Member of the Board of Directors of INTERCULTURA Onlus Association (, Member of the Committee for the Celebration of 100 Years of AFS AMERICAN FIELD SERVICE.

Prior to this assignment she has been actively involved in this international cultural and education Association for over 25 years covering almost all possible domestic roles and responsibilities.

 Aged 43, born in Budapest (Hungary), speaking five languages, she carried her studies in International Economics and Politics between Italy and Switzerland

Jim QuanciSenior Director

With more than 25 years of engineering and design experience, Jim Quanci has spent the past 20 years developing relationships for Autodesk with leading technology partners around the world.  He oversees an international network of over 4000 software partners – third-parties who customize, complement and extend Autodesk Desktop, Cloud and Mobile technologies.    Along with founding the “Autodesk Developer Network”, and current worldwide responsibility for software partnerships at Autodesk, Jim’s experience working with Autodesk software partners includes stints managing partners in the Americas and Asia. Prior to Autodesk, Jim worked at Sun Microsystems and General Electric.  With a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA in International Marketing, Jim is a frequent presenter and consultant to leading design and engineering software firms on software development technologies.

Anatoly KarachinskyPresident & CEO

Participated in the establishment, and currently is Member of the Board of the International Child Computer Club, Member of the Board of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Businessmen (and Employers), and Member of the International Computer Club. Anatoly Mikhailovich Karachinsky is Member of the Council for Business Competitiveness under the RF Government, the Expert Council for Information Technologies under the RF Ministry of Information Technologies and Communication and Expert Council for Electronic Education at the Education and Science Committee of the State Duma of the Russian Federation.

Jean-Christophe BonisHead of Strategy and Research

Adventurer, nomad, tireless traveler, blogger passionate about innovation and branding, speaker, author, PhD candidate ... The qualifiers are numerous about Jean-Christophe. Analyst focused in new technologies for more than 15 years on behalf of investment funds and as a consultant, he devoted his professional life to the analysis of the impact of new technologies on consumer behavior and strategic implications for organizations. He advises several structures in France and abroad, and also gives many lectures on the subject. Hes now Head of Strategy and Research for Oxymore Inc. in London and founder of a startup in artificial intelligence.

Elaine GoldDirector, Organisation & Strategy

Elaine Gold Director of Organization & Strategy MBA, BA:  Elaine is Director of Organisation and Strategy for Silatech based in Doha, Qatar.  Elaine first joined Silatech as a consultant in 2011 and assisted with the launch and development of entrepreneurship training in The Bedaya Center, (a centre for entrepreneurship and career set up by Silatech and Qatar Development Bank) and also the launch of the SILA Angel Network, a network for entrepreneurs and investors in Qatar and the region.  Elaine took on the role of Director of Organisation and Strategy in June 2012 and her main focus is ensuring the organisation is equipped to deliver its Mission and Strategy and also for key strategic partnerships.  Elaine chairs the GEW-Qatar Board, a group of 12 Qatar based organisations, who plan the annual Global Entrepreneurship week for Qatar, of which Silatech has been country host since 2012.  Elaine came to Qatar in 2007 from the UK, with over 25 years’ experience of management consultancy experience, holding senior management and executive positions in 3 international consultancies with a focus on individual, team and organizational change.   Elaine has also been the founder of a few small businesses and experienced personally the highs and lows of entrepreneurship.  In addition,  With her late husband, Elaine co-founded Distinction International Group, which  works with a wide variety of organizations supporting entrepreneurs and business start-ups (  Elaine regularly presents and speaks at conferences internationally.

Pekka SoiniCEO

Mr. Pekka Soini is Director General of Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation. Prior to his current position at Tekes, he headed Corporate Development Office (CDO) at Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) and was Country Director for Finland and a member of the Executive Management Team. Prior to his position as Head of Corporate Development he headed NSN Strategy and Business Development.

Prior the merger, in Nokia Networks, Pekka Soini was the Head for Strategy & Technology unit. He joined Nokia in 1987 and held several global business management position within Nokia Networks, such as the Head of Radio Networks Business Unit, and prior to that the Head of Broadband Wireless business alongside System & Business Development activities. Pekka Soini has been stationed five years in the US where he was VP of M&S of Nokia Telecommunications, and two years in Paris, France where he was heading the Nokia Telecommunications team in the European Cellular Consortium Program. Pekka Soini is a member in several governmental and business councils and boards including the Research and Innovation Council of Finland chaired by the Prime Minister and a board member of the Technology Academy Finland.

Andrew RomansGeneral partner

Andrew Romans (San Francisco) is a Capital with offices in San Francisco and New York. Previously, Andrew was a General Partner of VC firm The Founders Club, Managing Partner at VC firm Georgetown Venture Partners (GVP), Managing Director Europe of Sentito Networks (acquired Verso) and Founder & President of The Global TeleExchange (The GTX), where he personally raised $47m in VC funding. Andrew is the author of The Entrepreneurial Bible to Venture Capital (English: McGraw Hill | Chinese: HZ China Machine Press | Russian: Alpina) He lived in Europe for 15 years and is fluent in English, German and French and conversant in Slovak. Andrew received a BA from the University of Vermont and an MBA in finance from Georgetown University which he completed on scholarship. Blog: Twitter: @RomansVentures @RubiconVC


Jeffrey HoffmanCo-Founder

Jeff Hoffman is a successful entrepreneur, proven CEO, worldwide motivational speaker, Hollywood film producer, and a producer of a Grammy winning jazz album in 2015.  In his career, he has been the founder of multiple startups, he has been the CEO of both public and private companies, and he has served as a senior executive in many capacities.  Jeff has been part of a number of well-known companies, including, CTI, ColorJar, and more.    Today Jeff serves on the boards of companies in the US, Europe, South America, Africa, and Asia.  He supports entrepreneurs and small businesses on a worldwide basis, serving on the global board of directors of Global Entrepreneurship Week (supporting entrepreneurship in over 130 countries), the US State Department’s GIST program (Global Innovation through Science and Technology, working in 49 emerging nations), the APEC Startup Initiative (the Asia Pacific Economic Council’s 21-member nation association), and many others.  He supports the White House, the State Department, the United Nations, and similar organizations internationally on economic growth initiatives and entrepreneurship programs.  Jeff is a frequent keynote speaker, having been invited to speak in over 50 countries.  He speaks on the topics of innovation, entrepreneurship, and business leadership, and is the author of the book SCALE, a how-to guide for growing your business.  Jeff also teaches innovation workshops to major corporations on a regular basis. Jeff is a featured business expert seen on Fox News, Fox Business, CNN, CNN International, Bloomberg News, CNBC, ABC, and NPR, and in publications including Forbes, Inc., Time, Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal, and more.  Jeff received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the national CEO council for his contributions to the field of entrepreneurship, and he received the Champion of Entrepreneurship Award from JP Morgan Chase, Citibank, and Rising Tide Capital, as well as receiving the George Brown Award for International Cooperation.    Outside of the world of technology, Jeff has produced movies in Hollywood, has produced musical events including concerts, tours, and charity events with such artists as Elton John, Britney Spears, NSYNC, and others, and serves on numerous charity and non-profit boards.



Kirill AndrosovManaging Director

Kirill Androsov, Ph.D. – Managing Director, Altera Investment Fund.  Kirill Androsov is a founder of Altera Investment Fund, Luxembourg-registered Specialized Investment Fund. Before co-founding the fund, Kirill was Deputy Chief of Staff in the Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s office. Prior to this position, he was Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade. He joined the Ministry as the Director of the Tariff Regulation and Infrastructure Reform Department. Before entering Government, Kirill was First Deputy General Director and Chief Financial Officer at Lenenergo, a large North-West Russian power utility. Prior to that he was Director of the St. Petersburg Property Committee’s Economics Department which he joined initially as Head of the Investment Projects Management Team. He started his career as an Investment Manager at Hansa Investments, a Baltic investment firm.  Kirill is currently Chairman of Aeroflot and Russian Railways and is on the Boards of Russian Machines, Ruspetro Plc, RUSNANO and Channel 1. During his six years in Government, he served on the Boards of RAO UES, Rosneft, Zarubezhneft, Bank VTB and Svyazinvest. He was actively involved in the IPOs of Rosneft and VTB, the merger of Russia’s largest shipping companies, Sovkomflot and Novoship, the break-up of the Russian Power Utilities monopoly (RAO UES), the restructuring of the Russian railways and the reorganization of Svyazinvest and Rostelecom. Kirill holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, Ph.D. in Economics from St Petersburg State University of Economics and Finance (FINEC) and MA with high honors in Industrial Management from St Petersburg State Marine Technical University. He is a Member of the Civic Chamber of Russian Federation and a Young Global Leader (YGL) at the World Economic Forum.

Nicole YershonDirector of Innovations

Nicole’s career began 25 years ago working for two of London’s most prestigious creative agencies, Simons Palmer and GGT. In 2000 Nicole joined Ogilvy with a brief from the chairman to “bring the agency into the 21stcentury”.  Nicole’s first four years saw her overhaul the agency’s broadcast and video-editing facility, taking them from analogue to digital with the creation of RedWorks Broadcast.  Ogilvy London now leads the agency’s global network in the management and broadcast of digital assets. In 2005, Nicole’s drive for innovation grew to encompass the agency’s new media campaigns, ranging from encouraging Adventure Ecology to flood Second Life to raise awareness of global warning, to Fanta to develop a mosquito-sound mobile application for kids.  In 2008, Ogilvy London’s Digital Innovation Lab was founded, thus pushing the agency’s innovation activities, building partnerships between industries and across media channels to fuel unprecedented creative campaigns, and educate, both within the agency and beyond.

Oliver HughesChairman of the Management Board

Оливер Хьюз (44 года, родился 27 июня 1970 г.), Председатель Правления «Тинькофф Банка» Возглавляет ТКС Банк с 2007 г. Оливер Хьюз (44 года) входит в Совет директоров с июня 2013 г., а также возглавляет Правление, Кредитный и Финансовый комитеты ТКС Банка с ноября 2011 г.  Получил образование в Великобритании, где прошел обучение по ускоренной программе Лондонской школы бизнеса, получил диплом магистра в сфере управления информационными системами и технологиями в Университете Сити (1999), магистра гуманитарных наук по международной политике в Лидском университете (Leeds University, 1994), а также бакалавра гуманитарных наук (с отличием) по русской и французской филологии в Сaссекском университете (University of Sussex, 1992). Карьера: 1998 – менеджер управления авторизации и контроля рисков Visa CEMEA 2000 – директор Visa по развитию бизнеса в России 2006 – генеральный директор представительства Visa в России 2007 – председатель правления банка «Тинькофф Кредитные Системы».

  • Dmitry Medvedev Prime Minister

    «The Startup Village is held in an atmosphere that gets warmer by the year. Over these days, the Startup Village was attended by nearly 10,000 participants from 27 cities. This is very impressive indeed. We hope that all the startups will find their investors and begin operations.»

  • Nikolay Nikiforov Minister of Communications and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation

    «Today we are at the Startup Village. We are ready to interact and collaborate. This is a fantastic opportunity that should be used to its full advantage.»

  • Dmitriy Petrov Professor of Biology at Stanford

    «I am impressed by the level of debate!»

  • Victor Vekselberg President of the Foundation “Skolkovo”

    «This is why the Startup Village was created: To help you get up and running, and successfully grow in the field of innovations.»

  • Eamonn Carey Huffington post, Journalist, investor and advisor

    «Startup Village – unusual, interesting and professional development that could help to understand how the company works, how they achieve success and how hard they worked and went from start-ups to large corporations»

  • Peter Vesterbacka Founder of Angry Birds game

    «Startup Village has done important work, bringing together startups from all over Russia, investors and corporate executives from many countries»

  • Alexander Galitskiy The founder of Almaz Capital partners

    «Ambitious and fun»


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