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Business from a hothouse

the American fund will support the Petersburg startups

the American fund RSV Venture Partners under control of two professional venture investors Michael Averbaha and Sergey Fradkov has started in Petersburg the project a startup - an accelerator. He assumes primary financial support of technological ideas, formation on their basis business - projects with the subsequent attraction of investments of a following level. Now the fund has approved five workings out which will be presented potential investors during the Petersburg international economic forum.

“ Our problem for two months to transform interesting idea into business - the project which can interest subsequently investors of a following level “ - Sergey Fradkov on presentation a startup ­ - an accelerator has told yesterday­. “ We assume to invest in technological projects as ­ they are more difficult for copying, they are is better protected, Michael Averbah has added.

the Project the startup - an accelerator is realised on the basis of National research university of information technology, mechanics and optics (NIU ITMO). Its rector Vladimir Vasilev asserts that it is the first project such in Russia. Sergey Fradkov has specified that analogue the startup - an accelerator is the program special scientifically - the technical centres named “ technological hothouses “ realised in Israel. In the similar centres authors of ideas can create pre-production models at the expense of external financing, prepare engineering specifications and fasten business contacts.

By words g - on Averbaha, now the fund approves financing of first five workings out in the field of a robotics, a web - services, systems of the analysis and decision-making, social networks. It has been thus considered about hundred demands, he has added. The following selection of projects will be spent in the second half of the year, regular session a startup - an accelerator will pass from September till December. On the average each of projects will demand initial investments into volume about 20 thousand dollars, adds g - n Fradkov.

the Fund will participate in the capital of the companies realising projects, its participation is possible and on a following round of investment, but already together with other investors. By estimations of partners, return of initial investments will occur through three - five years. Earlier it was informed that the fund is ready to invest in startups in Petersburg to 6 million dollars

Similar ideas from time to time appear, a question only in how much they are durable, THEIR expert " reflects; finam “ Leonid Delitsyn. It has reminded that in Russia in this direction worked, for example, InCube. Quite often such accelerators try to create high schools or business - schools which have free premises and experts in intellectual property protection.

“ As a rule, authors of such projects expect to involve some hundreds thousand dollars at a following stage. In case of success for a year they increase cost of the investments desjatikratno “ - Leonid Delitsyn marks. “ while especially loud stories of success was not, but after all in such business the big success comes in one case from tens “ - he adds.