In Moscow, DEMO Europe searches for a new star on the Russian start-up scene

RBTH presented the summer edition of Russian Startup Rating on June 3. Source: Darya Karzanova

RBTH presented the summer edition of Russian Startup Rating on June 3. Source: Darya Karzanova

Personalized travel by Travelatus and Excursiopedia, education abroad for Russians from WeStudy.In and noteworthy technology to replace walking sticks for the blind developed by Oriense gave smart investors some ideas to remember.

Demo Europe, a major start-up and venture conference, took place at Moscow’s Digital October center earlier this week. On June 3 and 4, Russian start-ups presented their projects while venture capitalists listened.

All the while, journalists from major Russian and world media outlets followed the presentations with attention, looking for future stars. What did they notice? Here some links to check out.


Venturebeat paid attention to travel start-ups, featuring Travelatus and Excursiopedia in a special report with the more-than-clear title: “These young European start-ups show you the best things to do when you travel”.  Excursiopedia specializes in connecting travelers with local guides and tour companies to create unique tourism experiences all over the world. For its part, Travelatus relies on social network recommendations of local events such as concerts and sporting events). Read more 


Fastcompany focused its attention on a niche Russian start-up - Oriense. The project’s goal is to create a wearable computer for the blind. "We think it could potentially replace a walking stick,” said Oriense founder Kirill Zhukov. Read more


WeStudy.In, which helps Russian students explore options for studying in the U.S. and Europe, was one of the winners of the “DEMO God” award (the other winners were RealtimeBoard, Amplifr, and

Alexandra Olenina, the founder of the project, is a young Russian entrepreneur with extensive experience studying and living outside Russia.

WeStudy.In received $300.000 of seed funding from Mikhail Frolkin, the managing partner of HeadHunter, the best-know on-line resource for Russian job-seekers. Read more

P.S. Representatives from RBTH also spoke at DEMO about the new top 50 Russian start-ups list from the summer edition of our Russian Start-up Rating.

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