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6 January 2022, 09:03

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Three startups from the capital, implemented with the support of the city, became winners of acceleration programs, as well as the Novator of Moscow award.

The city supports high-tech companies that offer the latest solutions in a variety of areas, gives developers the opportunity to test their products in real conditions and helps with entering the international market.

Businessmen can participate in free technology business development programs such as StartNuv.Moscow and Moscow Accelerator. And in 2019, a prize was established for inventors “Novator of Moscow”, which helps to implement new solutions and technologies in life.

We are talking about three projects – participants in programs implemented by the Moscow Innovation Agency with the support of the Moscow Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovative Development, which made themselves known in 2021.


Next Generation Payment Ecosystem

One of the participants in the StartHub.Moscow program is a company developing a next-generation payment ecosystem that uses blockchain technology in its solutions. With the help of an innovative service, users can pay for goods and services with bank cards and electronic money, as well as use cryptocurrencies, tokens and digital assets.

“We have combined the fast payment system of the Bank of Russia (for paying for goods and services via a QR code) with loyalty programs. You no longer need to carry hundreds of discount cards, download special applications or dictate a phone number at the checkout – all data is “protected” in one QR code. Our solution also allows manufacturers to launch loyalty programs that work automatically upon purchase: codes under the cover, secret numbers or scanning a QR code on a check – all this is a thing of the past, ”said Andrey Mikhailishin, co-founder and head of the new payment service.

The new solution has no analogues in the world. Thanks to participation in the program of the Moscow Innovation Agency, the developers of the service attracted investments in the amount of more than 400 million rubles and entered two foreign markets.

“We found new friends and partners among the residents of our stream. With some of them, we are starting to develop joint projects. And it was very pleasant and joyful to work within the walls of Krasny Oktyabr, where the first startups in the country were born. This is exactly the case when the walls help, ”the entrepreneur noted.

VR project in a few minutes

And one of the winners of the EngineeringTech track of the Moscow Accelerator – the creator of software for working with 3D models in a virtual environment – as a result of the program managed to build sales more efficiently and find more than 50 clients, including large companies.

The software allows you to create a VR project in minutes based on any 3D model. Several people can work together in a project, both in the same room and in different countries.

“For construction companies, for example, our solution can help reduce the time and cost of model acceptance by up to 50 percent. And the use of virtual prototyping in the energy industry makes it possible to make factories and workshops safer and train employees before entering a real facility, ”said Denis Zakharkin, founder and CEO of the developer company.

The innovative solution has found wide application in education – not only in universities, but also in colleges and schools. Without special programming skills, a teacher can create a VR project and demonstrate a nuclear power plant, a car, an airplane, a space rocket, a historical place or, for example, a molecule.

“During the passage of the Moscow Accelerator, we received a lot of feedback and saw that it was necessary to focus on education, since our target segment – industry – is experiencing a shortage of highly qualified personnel. As a result, we launched our own accelerator. It turned out to be an international event, in which Russian-speaking teachers from Russia and other CIS countries, as well as from Asia and Europe, took part. We also acted as co-organizers of several contests and hackathons organized by departments of the Moscow Government, ”the businessman noted.

Grow vegetables right in the restaurant

Another project won the Moscow Innovator award in the Changing Reality nomination. These are vertical farms with automatic irrigation, lighting and temperature control. The multi-tiered system with iFarm technology can be placed in any enclosed space, including, say, catering establishments. It allows you to harvest lettuce, herbs, vegetables and strawberries all year round in all latitudes, including regions with unfavorable climates. Production management is carried out using artificial intelligence: special software contains data on the cultivation of different crops. In other words, human participation in the process is minimized.

“Locality of placement and year-round harvest – this is what we were primarily guided by, creating our project,” said Oleg Kostenko, director of the Moscow greenhouse economy. “The design of farms allows them to be placed in close proximity to places of consumption, for example, right in restaurants.”

Since the plants are grown in a completely controlled environment that is free from insects, there is no need for pesticides. Another plus for consumers and manufacturers is the lack of a long logistics chain.

“The market for edible plants has a large share of imports, especially out of season. And so that the harvest does not reach consumers overripe, the fruits are often harvested still green, and varieties with dense peel are used for cultivation. In our laboratories, we select and test the most delicious varieties, be it herbs, vegetables or berries. We check the yield, draw up a technological map, run it in a pilot plant and make it available to our customers, ”explained Oleg Kostenko.

The project developers sent the received award to the creation of an automated laboratory with a neural network in Moscow, which will help to achieve an even greater harvest in multi-level farms.

Moscow Innovation Agency created by the Moscow Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovative Development. It brings together representatives of city authorities and businesses, as well as technology companies to jointly solve the problems of creating, testing and implementing innovative solutions in the capital.

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