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ALROSA welcomes to join Tekhnostart Innovative Projects competition

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256075 424764bb2e9140a999b919eb990d6c2dThe competition is organized by PAO OMZ (United Machine-Building Plants) together with ALROSA supported by the Skolkovo Innovation Fund.

As part of this year’s competition, applications will be collected until March 22 in two main areas: optimization of production processes and improvement of the product line. Thanks to ALROSA, this year’s competition agenda also includes a special section that includes 7 areas at once: geological exploration, diamond mining and enrichment technologies, purification of highly mineralized circulating water, production of motor fuel from natural gas and the transition of transport to gas, construction in cryolithozone conditions, energy saving and digitalization of production processes.

In May 2019, the jury will decide on 4 finalists for the ALROSA section. The final of the competition will be held at the Skolkovo Technopark. In addition to the OMZ and ALROSA experts, the jury of the competition also includes representatives of leading Russian companies and venture funds: PАО Gazprom Neft, State Atomic Energy Corporation 'Rosatom', the Skolkovo Foundation, State Corporation ‘Rostec’, and many others.

Projects are accepted for the competition within the special section of ALROSA, as well as in the following areas: optimization of production processes, including digital and additive technologies, industrial robotics, energy saving and energy efficiency, as well as projects aimed at improving the product line in the field of engineering equipment for the petrochemical, metallurgical and nuclear industries.

The final competition will take place on May 21, 2019 in Moscow. Applicants for the victory will speak to representatives of the largest industrial companies and funds, present their projects and answer expert questions. Winners will receive prizes from OMZ Group and other competition partners. In addition, best projects will be able to access the support tools of the Skolkovo Foundation, including mentoring support, support in attracting funds, commercialization of research and development results, protection of intellectual property.

Applications for the competition are accepted until March 22, 2019 on


Since 2014, ALROSA has been a strategic partner of the Tekhnostart innovative engineering projects competition held by PAO OMZ ‘United Machine-Building Plants’ (Uralmash-Izhora Group) in collaboration with major corporations and state development institutions, such as the Skolkovo Foundation.

Public Joint Stock Company ‘United Machine-Building Plants’ (Uralmash-Izhora Group) is one of the leading heavy engineering companies, specializing in the engineering, production and service of equipment for nuclear energy, petrochemical and oil and gas, mining industries, as well as the production of special steels and the provision of industrial services. OMZ production sites are located in Russia and the Czech Republic. The main shareholder and financial partner of the OMZ Group is Gazprombank (Joint-Stock Company).

The Skolkovo Foundation is the largest innovation center in Russia, specializing in the acceleration of technology start-ups for more than 8 years. It develops a portfolio of more than 1900 technology startups in all major industrial areas: energy, engineering, construction and utilities, metallurgy, oil and gas, transport, IT, fintech, telecom, biomed, agro-industry, aviation, space.

The portfolio of the Skolkovo Foundation gets the best start-ups that have passed an independent expert selection. The Skolkovo Foundation has an integrated infrastructure for the development of start-ups, including centers for collective use, services for the protection of intellectual property, attraction of venture investment, certification, support of industrial implementation. In 2017, the total revenue of the companies participating in the fund amounted to 49 billion rubles. The Foundation has a unique community of industrial partners - more than 100 major industrial companies place their research centers in Skolkovo. Together with the Foundation, they are engaged in the search and implementation of innovative technologies.