10 students work in technological startups of TechnoSpark as part of the #Startupdiploma entrepreneurial training. There are 15 Russian universities from different regions that take part in the 2020-2021 internship cycle.
In 2020, the partners of the #Startupdiploma TechnoSpark Program are Tyumen State University, Tomsk State University and Tomsk Polytechnic University, Kabardino-Balkarian State University, Kuzbass State Agricultural Academy, Don Technical University, Ural Federal University and universities of Nizhny Novgorod united through the operator of the program – the Regional Scientific and Educational Center.
The TechnoSpark entrepreneurial training is the only program in Russia where students have the opportunity to try on the economic realities of actual businesses, and not educational “start-up projects”. Participants of the program receive a verified business hypothesis, a registered legal entity, an investment line for 1-2 million rubles, and a contract infrastructure from the back office to production. The trainee should start the business.
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This academic year, students train as junior venture builders in tech companies working in the areas of additive printing technology, lasers, RFID systems, logistics robots, energy storage, contract manufacturing of medical equipment and sports analytics equipment development.
Students of the entrepreneurial training are considered as junior partners in business. A partner is not an external mentor, but a person involved in construction of the startup, and the task of partnering with an experienced entrepreneur is to transfer student into the economic reality. First of all, this includes more accurate orientation of the business, knowledge of interaction protocols on other levels of the economy, which are usually not available from the university class, and the techniques allowing to build complex and original activities. Of course, sometimes one can achieve everything alone. However, it is a matter of luck and time. The senior partner minimizes dependence on luck and reduces the training time tenfold.
Head of the TechnoSpark School of Entrepreneurship Anna Elashkina
To join the TechnoSpark program, students of the partner universities passed a competitive examination. This year, the TechnoSpark School of Entrepreneurship conducted the competency test in a hybrid online-offline form for more than 1,500 students.
This is the second cycle of the #Startupdiploma entrepreneurial training, which TechnoSpark conducted for the first time last year. Based on its results, all students who completed their #Startupdiploma training at TechnoSpark decided to continue technological entrepreneurship.
The TechnoSpark School of Entrepreneurship is already preparing for the next cycle of entrepreneurial training in 2021-2022 where it plans to expand the internship program and network of partner universities.
Source: Media Office of TechnoSpark