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The Rybakov Foundation launches a new Philtech-accelerator
Startups have a chance to get up to 6 million of investment from a partner foundation
September 25, 2018
The Rybakov Foundation and the Business Incubator of the Higher School of Economics will hold the third Philtech accelerator, an intensive educational program for social technological startups at their early stages. Applications may be submitted until September 27, 2018. Participants will be able to test their idea and business model, as well as to create their product and bring it to market.
The Rybakov Foundation and the Business Incubator of the Higher School of Economics will hold the third Philtech accelerator, an intensive educational program for social technological startups at their early stages. Applications may be submitted until September 27, 2018. Participants will be able to test their idea and business model, as well as to create their product and bring it to market.
The theme of the accelerator is "Aging: technological solutions to a social problem".
The theme of the accelerator is "Aging: technological solutions to a social problem".
In order to participate you need to offer a scalable technological solution to one of the social, economic, or cultural problems associated with the aging of mankind.
In order to participate you need to offer a scalable technological solution to one of the social, economic, or cultural problems associated with the aging of mankind.

The world’s population is aging: from 2015 to 2050, the number of people who are more than 60 years old will grow from 900 million to 2 billion and make up to 22% of humanity. For the first time in history, most people will live for at least 60 years. This requires solving some difficult problems: employment and retraining, access to medical services, the accumulation of funds to provide comfortable living conditions, overcoming the isolation of older people, and focusing the services and products on the needs of an audience of people over 50 years old. Digital technology is a way to create affordable, effective solutions to these problems.
The world’s population is aging: from 2015 to 2050, the number of people who are more than 60 years old will grow from 900 million to 2 billion and make up to 22% of humanity. For the first time in history, most people will live for at least 60 years. This requires solving some difficult problems: employment and retraining, access to medical services, the accumulation of funds to provide comfortable living conditions, overcoming the isolation of older people, and focusing the services and products on the needs of an audience of people over 50 years old. Digital technology is a way to create affordable, effective solutions to these problems.

The Philtech-accelerator accepts Russian-speaking teams from around the world. The main requirements for startups: focus on solving the social problem associated with aging, IT at the core of the solution, the potential for scaling and financial sustainability. Stage of the project — from the initial idea to MVP.

The Philtech Accelerator is one of the tools of the Philtech Initiative, an open global initiative aimed at maximizing the public good through digital technology.
The Philtech-accelerator accepts Russian-speaking teams from around the world. The main requirements for startups: focus on solving the social problem associated with aging, IT at the core of the solution, the potential for scaling and financial sustainability. Stage of the project — from the initial idea to MVP.

The Philtech Accelerator is one of the tools of the Philtech Initiative, an open global initiative aimed at maximizing the public good through digital technology.


Alyona Svetushkova
The Vice-President of the Rybakov Foundation, the leader of the Philtech Initiative
"Today, global problems can only be solved with the help of technology. The use of technology cheapens possible solutions by ten times and makes them available to a lot more people. The aging of humanity is one of these problems, and we want to involve a large number of startups in its solution," explains Alyona Svetushkova, the Vice-President of the Rybakov Foundation and the leader of the Philtech Initiative.

Alyona Svetushkova
The Vice-President of the Rybakov Foundation, the leader of the Philtech Initiative
"Today, global problems can only be solved with the help of technology. The use of technology cheapens possible solutions by ten times and makes them available to a lot more people. The aging of humanity is one of these problems, and we want to involve a large number of startups in its solution," explains Alyona Svetushkova, the Vice-President of the Rybakov Foundation and the leader of the Philtech Initiative.



Mikhail Erman
The Director of the Business Incubator of the Higher School of Economics
"Services and products for the elderly are one of the fastest growing global markets. Members of the Philtech Accelerator have a chance to enter this market. People over 60 years old show an explosive growth of activity in the digital environment: every year 10% of this audience becomes an active user of Internet services. This is a gigantic market, and startups have a chance to create a useful product and turn a huge audience of people into their users, whose needs are still being ignored," says Mikhail Erman, the Director of the Business Incubator of the Higher School of Economics.

Mikhail Erman
The Director of the Business Incubator of the Higher School of Economics
"Services and products for the elderly are one of the fastest growing global markets. Members of the Philtech Accelerator have a chance to enter this market. People over 60 years old show an explosive growth of activity in the digital environment: every year 10% of this audience becomes an active user of Internet services. This is a gigantic market, and startups have a chance to create a useful product and turn a huge audience of people into their users, whose needs are still being ignored," says Mikhail Erman, the Director of the Business Incubator of the Higher School of Economics.



Kirill Dudnikov
The investment manager of TealTech Capital
"The Foundation supports entrepreneurs at the earliest stages, and we are ready to invest up to 6 million rubles in projects of the Philtech-accelerator participants, as well as offer expert support. We are waiting for applications from entrepreneurs whose projects are focused on consumer markets with a wide coverage and a distinct problem. Philtech entrepreneurs know the needs of their customers very well and clearly understand that the world will change for the better if they succeed," says Kirill Dudnikov, the investment manager of TeallTech Capital.

Kirill Dudnikov
The investment manager of TealTech Capital
"The Foundation supports entrepreneurs at the earliest stages, and we are ready to invest up to 6 million rubles in projects of the Philtech-accelerator participants, as well as offer expert support. We are waiting for applications from entrepreneurs whose projects are focused on consumer markets with a wide coverage and a distinct problem. Philtech entrepreneurs know the needs of their customers very well and clearly understand that the world will change for the better if they succeed," says Kirill Dudnikov, the investment manager of TeallTech Capital.

MISiS University became the partner of the accelerator. Startups will be able to prototype their products in the FabLab of the university, and find people for their team among students of MISiS at a career development centre.

The program starts on October 6 and will end in April 2019. The main part of the acceleration will be held remotely, but full-time participation in Moscow is required during the introductory intensive (October 6−7) and at the beginning of the first stage (October 8−21). The program includes an online course and master classes in development and presentation of startups, consultations with specialists in creating and launching products on the market. Each team will receive a personal mentor, as well as access to a community of mentors and investors.
MISiS University became the partner of the accelerator. Startups will be able to prototype their products in the FabLab of the university, and find people for their team among students of MISiS at a career development centre.

The program starts on October 6 and will end in April 2019. The main part of the acceleration will be held remotely, but full-time participation in Moscow is required during the introductory intensive (October 6−7) and at the beginning of the first stage (October 8−21). The program includes an online course and master classes in development and presentation of startups, consultations with specialists in creating and launching products on the market. Each team will receive a personal mentor, as well as access to a community of mentors and investors.
Submit your application until September 27, 2018: http://go.philtech.ru/3/
Submit your application until September 27, 2018 on the Philtech page.