SUMIT + INNOCAMP International: Open Startup School Online - STARTUP CONNECT (KS1016)

Do you have a technology-based project (IT/ MOBILE/INTERNET) or you simply desire to experience working with an international project development team this summer? If yes, welcome to SumIT+InnoCamp!

Discover the best entrepreneurial practices in technology at our International Summer Startup School (SumIT), held jointly with the international student camp Innocamp (StartupConnect Russian-Finnish cross-border cooperation project).

We are seeking entrepreneurial students – international as well as Russian – with diverse professional backgrounds (IT, economics, design etc.) since the projects will require both skill sets – technical expertise and business knowledge. We are also glad to welcome students from other technical backgrounds (biotech, optics, etc.) with startup ideas or wanting to gain new knowledge in starting and developing a business project.

During the intensive two-week virtual (online) program, you will work in groups of three to four participants/members (together with students of XAMK University, Finland) and attend webinars and virtual tours of St. Petersburg’s entrepreneurial infrastructure. The entire program will be moderated in English.

Key features:

  • The entire program is held in English

  • Projects are carried out with the help of experienced mentors

  • Workshops by professionals in IT, mobile, internet and business development fields

  • Webinars and meetings with guest speakers and experts

  • Each team is accompanied by a tracker, whose role is to provide help, support and feedback

  • Final project pitching on Demo Day to potential investors and corporates


  • Mon 8/17: Introduction, Ideation&Team Building

  • Tue 8/18: Target Audience, Problem&Value Proposition

  • Wed 8/19: Market Estimation

  • Thu 8/20: Competitors

  • Fri 8/21: Customer Development, Customer Interview

  • Mon 8/24: Creating MVP

  • Tue 8/25: Landing Pages

  • Wed 8/26: Sources of Funding, Monetization Models, Business Models

  • Thu 8/27: Final Pitch Decks Preparation, Pitch Training


Participation fee: FREE.
Dates for 2020: August 17-28.
Deadline for registration is August 7.

Please register here.

More information here:

The project is funded by the European Union, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Finland in the framework of the South-East Finland-Russia CBC 2014-2020 program and executed by a consortium consisting of Cursor - Kotka-Hamina Regional Development Company (FIN) (Lead partner), ITMO University (RUS), XAMK - South-East Finland University of Applied Sciences (FIN), and St. Petersburg Foundation for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise Development (RUS).