Silicon Valley Meets Russia

October 30, 2013, 09:00 conference


On October 30th the Digital October Center hosted Silicon Valley Meets Russia, an international conference dedicated to the strategies for breaking into the international market and the issues facing venture financing and the creation and development of high-tech companies.

Silicon Valley Bank was the conference’s partner, while the general partner was Sberbank Russia.

Entrepreneurs and venture capitalists from the US and Russia spoke to the participants, including such well-known names as Stepan Pachikov (Evernote), Maxim Krasnykh (Intel Capital), Michael Descheneaux (Silicon Valley Bank), Damian Doberstein (, Oskar Hartmann (KupiVIP), Alexander Galitsky (Almaz Capital), Andrey Bliznuk (Runa Capital) and many others.

Silicon Valley Meets Russia also included a start-up competition.


Day 1 October 30

08:30 - 09:30


09:30 - 10:00

welcome remarks

Igor Karpovich (moderator)

Denis Bugrov (Sberbank)

Mike Descheneaux (Silicon Valley Bank)

Igor Agamirzian (RVC)

Lorraine Hariton (US Department of State)

Oleg Fomichev (МЭР)

10:00 - 10:45

keynote on state of the valley

"Visions which I dreamed to realize", fireside chat by Sasha Jonson and Q&A

Stepan Pachikov (Evernote)

10:45 - 11:15

fireside chat with ruben vardanyan

by Igor Karpovich

11:15 - 11:30

coffee break

11:30 - 12:15

silicon valley 101

VCs to discuss why the Valley is the center for global innovation, and how Russian entrepreneurs can access the Valley

Andy Tsao (moderator, SVB)

Maxim Krasnykh (Director at Intel Capital Moscow, Russia & CIS))

Alexander Galitsky (Almaz Capital)

Mikhail Chuchkevich (Bright Capital)

Mircha Mihaescu (SBT Ventures)

Andrey Bliznyuk (Runa Capital)

12:15 - 13:00

How to get started: the entrepreneurs view

Pekka Viljakainen (Skolkovo)

Kirill Makharinsky (Ostrovok)

Oscar Hartmann (KupiVIP)

Gabriel Levi (

13:00 - 14:30

Networking lunch

14:30 - 15:15

Going global: scaling up your business

Egor Rudi (CEO of Eruditor)

Shahar Weiser (GetTaxi)

Roman Simonov (Russia Partners)

Damian Doberstein (eVentures)

Alexey Sitnokov (moderator)

15:15 - 16:00

Fundraising strategies

Pros and Cons of raising outside capital for expansion

Dmitry Alimov (Frontier Ventures)

Maelle Gavet (Ozon)

Oleg Tumanov (IVI)

Simon Dunlop (Dream Industries)

Christopher Rose (Squire Patton Boggs)

16:00 - 16:15

coffee break

16:15 - 17:45

business plan presentations workshop

SVB Mike Descheneaux will make a presentation "Practical Tips on How to Pitch Your Business to Investors" and start-ups will pitch their plans (5 minutes each) to the panel of judges

17:45 - 18:00

Announcing winner of the business plan presentation workshop and closing remarks

18:00 - 21:00

wine and cocktail networking reception

photo gallery

all photos of event

Sberbank of Russia
Silicon Valley Bank


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