Besides startup news, all three stages worked according to the schedule of EMERGE main agenda. On the FUTURE stage, we spoke about the future of computational design. Lysandre Follet,
Director of Computational Design at Nike, shared the insights of using computer aided design in creating sneakers for the athletes based on their data, that is gathered by sensors placed on the body. All these data form the best match model of shoes for an athlete that repeat every motion while running, jumping or playing basketball. Dmitry Razorionov
touched the topic of the the future of offices and necessity of having a property for the company in the era of the digital nomads. Nikolai Oreshkin
has had Silicon Valley reverse engineered and highlighted what are the current best practices. In its core, it's an ecosystem that encourages the inception and growth of businesses. There is a government that supports development with friendly legislation and education, there are VC's looking to make good use of their money, there are users who are willing to pay for the product. Nikolai has also run us through fundraising etiquette which implies that fundraising too much is a much of a threat to the company as the lack of funding. So do your due diligence, raise the smart money that wants to see your business grow and get too fond of fundraising.
Together with Bulba Ventures and Civitta
we looked at the Snapshop of Belarus Startup Ecosystem. The region is growing very fast and attracts the attention of VCs from the West. A lot of emerging technologies are acquired by funds to their investment portfolio and pushed forward to the global market.
While the main stages hosted keynotes, the ecosystems within the New East has got connected. Rutech and Astana Hub
have signed a collaboration agreement that' laying the ground for further development.