At the Skolkovo Startup Village near Moscow last week entrepreneurs competed for the chance to win 900,000 rubles to help expand their fledgling companies and set them on their way to fame and fortune.
Startups pitched ideas on a range of topics including healthcare, the environment, energy, communications, retail and consumer products.
Of most relevance to our particular niche was the ‘digital technologies for mass market’ session, which threw up some interesting ideas and some that I can’t ever see catching on.
The latter included an attachable mobile keyboard called Octodon and a new smartphone flash attachment that apparently improves your selfies.
If you want to find out more about the Skolkovo project then check out my article on Russia’s plan to turn it into the new Silicon Valley, or read on for details of some of the more interesting companies on show at the Startup Village…