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API Moscow

The biggest Ever Startup Weekend in Russia!!

Startup Weekend is an awesome 56-hour hackathon where programmers, designers and entrepreneurs will hack up mind blowing websites, amazing apps, and incredible services in order to build fully functional businesses!!

There has been more than 1500 Startup Weekends around the world - our events are renowned as one of the best in the world, and this will certainly not be an exception!!

There has been uncountable success stories from successful Startups that come out of our events!!

During this intense, fun weekend you combine the skill from developers, entrepreneurs and designers, in order to build your startups and pitch to real investors and VCs by the end of the weekend!!

This is a massive opportunity that you cannot miss!!

  • Meet influential and brilliant individuals!!
  • Opportunity to pitch in front of investors and professionals!!
  • Free food, drink and accommodation throughout the event!!
  • Win unbelievable prizes!!



Aug 22
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Formalize teams and code up!
  • Late Dinner
  • Venue open all night


Aug 23
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Mentorship Starts - Choose your times
  • Lunch
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Workshop
  • Dinner
  • Work all night


Aug 24
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Mentorship Starts - Choose your times
  • Lunch
  • Tech Check. Book your slot
  • Judging + Dinner
  • Wrapup
  • Celebration!
Platinum Sponsor

Alexei Komissarov

Moscow Government Minister and head of the Department of Science, Industrial Policy and Entrepreneurship of Moscow

Mr Komissarov has worked in this capacity since June 2011, and in September 2013 he was appointed Moscow Government minister. The Department of Science, Industrial Policy and Entrepreneurship helps develop scientific-technical and innovative activities and entrepreneurship, raises investments for these areas and determines the use of the city’s industrial zones.

In 2013, Mr Komissarov received an Honourary Doctorate from Kingston University (UK) for his outstanding contribution to the development of entrepreneurship, and in 2010 was the winner of the Russian stage of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year international contest under the heading “Industrial Production”, and founded the InCube business incubator at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration.

Alexei graduated from Moscow Automobile and Road Institute with an Engineer’s Degree in Automobile Maintenance and Repairs. In 1993 he founded his own business from scratch. His next project, the Tver paint factory, producing modern high-quality automobile and industrial paints, was founded in 2010 with investments exceeding 1 billion rubles. In 2003 Alexey earned his MBA from Kingston University (UK).

Simon Earl

ITSE Director   |   LinkedIn

A client focussed IT Security Practitioner with expertise across all market sectors with specialisms in Network Security, Mitigating Threat Exposure, PCI DSS & Data Loss Prevention

Now focussing on building the IT Security training arm of ITSE which recently resulted in ITSE being awarded the Authorised Training Centre (ATC) of the Year for 2013

Currently training course around the world including Certified Penetrating Testing Engineer, Certified Disaster Recovery Engineer, Certified Digital Forensics Examiner to name but a few......

Also providing Customer Solutions Architect advice to customers for many MobileIron solutions involving complex and technical projects.

Jamie Woodruff

Certified Security Exploits Hacker

Jamie is one of the best, if not the best, young hacker in the UK. Althought it is not possible to release specific information, Jamie is known for finding security vulnerabilities in websites and services from some of the biggest and most renowned IT firms around the world.

Jamie is a walking success story - he has overcome disabilities that many considered to deem his future, but he has proved them wrong becoming an example to follow by redirecting his hacking skills into ethical and beneficial projects.

Jamie will share his experience, representing Bangor University - an educational body who has provided him with constant support since his inclusion.

Gary A. Fowler

Co-founder at LaunchGurus   |   LinkedIn

TEDx speaker and award winning senior executive, startup guru, business coach and innovation consultant with over 27 years of successful international sales, marketing and business development experience.

Extensive startup experience across several continents with a broad background from biotech, ESN, mobile apps, logistics, big data to brick and mortar startups. Direct experience helping 97 companies over a 14 month period using our innovation "smart accelerator" methodology. Senior Executive positions with ClickSoftware, Mirantis, Broadiant, HP, Sun Microsystems and Siemens. IPO experience as Senior Vice President with Israeli company, ClickSoftware.


Kirill Kozhevnikov

Venture Partner at AVC

Kirill has more than 14 years of experience in finance, strategy and investments, including over 5 years in direct investments into early and late stage companies.

Currently, Kirill serves as a Venture Partner at AVC Investments, as well as advice and mentor early stage companies in e-commerce, edtech, and other digital/internet startups.

Dmitri Orlov

Investor and Entrepreneur

Dmitri is the founder and CEO at UpClub, a regional business angel group community. He is also a member of the Skolkovo mentor association.

With 20+ years experience in professional financial environments, Dmitri is an active investor in fintech and cloud ventures.

Natalya Tsarevskaya-Dyakina

Managing Director, Synergy Innovations

Natalya is the founder and organizer of the federal competition accelerator BIT (Business Innovative Technologies) that annually takes place in 15 regions of Russia and has the CIS, 25 thousand participants, more than 1.5 thousand innovative projects, dozens of million dollar investment.

She is a serial business angel with a focus on IT and high-tech projects. Natalya has provided her mentoring skills at more than a ten Russian startups, and she specializes in the field of marketing and promotion of innovative startups.

Zamir Shukhov

Director of Marketing GVA LaunchGurus   |   LinkedIn

Zamir is an innovative and success driven management and marketing professional with over 10 years of experience in multi-industry corporations including Russian and American companies. A great amount of time he invested into team building and into implementation of new corporate values and best practices in companies he worked with.

Khamidullin Aidar Vilsonovich

Managing Partner at Advance Technology

Aidar is the Managing Partner at Advance Technology, advisor at Roskosmos. Aidar has experience more than 20 years in the field of financial management and management and was chairman of the board of banks and financial organizations.

Aidar was Managing Partner and Director at several finance-related startups ($100 million investments)

Philipp J. Vaubel


Inna Gudovich

Managing Director at National Business Angels Association   |   LinkedIn

Inna has massive experience in the world of startups. She is the director for Special Projects at the Moscow Innovation Development Centre. She is currently also Managing director at the National Business Angels Association.

In the past she was Vice Rector for international and Interrogational Relations at the Academy of Management and Market, and she was the Director of the National Agency for Entrepreneurship Technological Support

Grigory Petrov

Technology Evangelist at NPTV   |   LinkedIn

Grigory Petrov is a technology evangelist and serial hackathon organizer. With numerous successful events, Gregory continues organizing and coordinating great technology events around Russia.

Gregory is a manager of small and medium-size software development teams. He specializing in desktop software and have huge experience with full cycle development, starting from prototyping and up to major releases alongside with technical support.

Gregory can create software development process from scratch or adjust existing process to conform required metrics. Gregory very good at software-aided management with issue tracking systems, wiki, time tracking and long term planning software.

Julio Enrique G O

Co-founder at Metix Ltd   |   LinkedIn

Julio is the Co-founder and Managing Director of Metix Ltd., a medical technology company based in Scotland funded by UK government initiatives.

Julio has a unique background - he is a medic with a postgraduate degree in Leadership and Management in Healthcare by the University of Southampton. He has additional training and is experienced in IT, Biomedical Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Coaching and Innovation by prestigious institutions such as the IoD, NACUE, UANL, ITESM and Quantum Leap Inc. in California.

Julio has won multiple prizes in entrepreneurship competitions across the world including “Silicon Valley comes to the UK” among others. He previously worked in social service medicine, medical insurance consultancy, private practice in world class resorts, emergency medicine.

Valentin Dombrovsky

VP Innovations at Excursiopedia   |   LinkedIn

Valentin has been working in the field of internet-marketing from 2007. From 2009 to 2011 he was the CEO of his own internet marketing consulting company Nextup Media. After a year of its existence company got into top-100 SEO companies in Russia according to the rating of brand awareness in professional community (this market is very segmentated in Russia with more than 500 SEO companies working there).

Valentin has participated in several internet-marketing conferences as a speaker, professional in “long-tail” keywords SEO, author of own seminar on this topic.
Valentin an advisor for Seedstars World organization -

Valentin tries to be deeply involved in online travel sphere not only by reading some articles but also by writing my own, see
He is the cofounder of Travel Startups community in Facebook ( and MoscowDjango developers' community (

Tatiana Smetanina

Technical Evangelist at Microsot

Tatiana has been working for over 12 years in IT as a developer, consultant, team leader and technology architect - She is an expert in the development of information systems.

Currently, Tatiana is responsible for the development and promotion of technology development for Windows and Windows Phone in Russia.

Arthur Sidorov

Founder at Meedlook

Arthur is an experienced entrepreneur with multiple successes in his belt. He is the founder of Meedlook - an AirBnB for fashion industry - and the owner of Decodero - a development SaaS for furniture production factories. He also runs one of the biggest online communities of entrepreneurs called StartupHub, and he is building the Hacker community.

Dmitriy Maslennikov

Co-founder & managing partner MetaBeta startup accelerator

By education, Dmitry is an economist, a manager, an advertiser and an executive marketing manager - A customer-focused serial entrepreneur.

He is currently a digital technologies expert, an evangelist for cutting-edge Lean Startup & Customer Development methodologies, a start-up mentor and an independent business consultant.

His specialties include start-up management, innovation management, business development, customer development, product development, sales management, strategic partnership, leadership, operation management, client service and accounting, business training, public speaking, open innovation, idea management, knowledge management, mentoring, online problem solving, digital marketing etc.

Dariya Komarkova

CEO & Founder at Бизнес-Инкубатор МГУ   |  

Peter Zhegin

Analyst at ABRT Venture Fund   |  

Peter Zhegin is an analyst at ABRT Venture Fund, executing investments in software and ecommerce sectors. Prior to joining the fund, he worked at the headquarters of Russian Agricultural Bank. In addition, Peter coordinates Startup Leadership Program’s Moscow chapter.

Organizing Partners
Ludmila Sazonova
Alejandro Saucedo
Kirill Chuvakov
Misha Denisov
Katerina Pisanka
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