Kharkiv IT Cluster held a Working Session for Students who want to launch a Startup
More than fifty students from different Kharkiv universities took part in Techno Trends Meetup that took place in the Simon Kuznets Kharkiv National University of Economics. The event was dedicated to technical issues of startup realization.
‘A great many young people have got interesting ideas. They should understand a business structure, know how to work in a team, how to represent themselves’, – mentioned Iryna Zolotaryova, a professor at the Simon Kuznets Kharkiv National University of Economics.
Some Theory about Startups
Techno Trends Meetup consisted of two working blocks. At first, it was theoretical issues. Attendees listened to the reports by scholar partners of Kharkiv IT Cluster.
Serhiy Bulba, a Ph.D. Student of NTU ‘Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute’, made a comprehensive overview of global startup trends. Ivan Siroklin, an Associate Professor of UkrSurt, told about info technologies used at railway industry. In his opinion, now IT professionals have got a lot of IT challenges at this sphere.
‘Railway automatics demands the same innovations as air transport, and ordinary household staff does, – I. Siroklin said, – we’ve got actual technical problems now. I see no sense in thinking out some pocket mouse-collars or devices for remote feeding pets… Students must understand that their work is to be needed, and it should make a profit’.
Practical Experience Plus training ‘Value Propositions’
The major part of the working session was occupied with the training by Vitalii Stavropolskyi, an experienced IT expert, VP of Product CloudLinux Inc. He told about consumers’ target segments. All the participants had an opportunity to knock out value propositions of their project. Vitalii commented some papers and gave his recommendations to the audience.
To the expert’s mind, students are to understand that they have to work hard on their startups. And obviously, they will get results some time later. In the beginning, one should broaden his or her mind, learn strong cases, adopt working experience and not fear of transforming initial concepts.
‘A core of the successful product is based on customer needs. It should be in-demand. And you never can initially imagine what it is, how it looks like, etc. So, you should have no fear to reject your initial ideas. You must try something new over and over again’, Vitalii said.
Kharkiv IT Unicorns goes ahead
Techno Trends Meetup lasted for a few hours and was intensive enough. Kharkiv IT Cluster with its partners have been already working on the next Kharkiv IT Unicorns events.
It should be reminded, Kharkiv IT Cluster launched the Kharkiv IT Unicorns project in October 2016. It is a range of educational activities aimed at stepping up Kharkiv students’ startups. Every student interested may take part in the project and try to work a startup since October 2016 until May 2017.
The Kharkiv IT Unicorns providers are confident that Kharkiv startup movement is to be developed. It’s the task of great importance that young people got guidance and learned new experience.
Serhiy Bulba, a Ph.D. Student of NTU ‘Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute.’
‘Such events give students opportunities to meet each other, learn how other people started their businesses, launched startups, founded investors, etc. I think it’s crucial topics.
Serhii Znakhur, Director, Startup Centre at the Simon Kuznets Kharkiv National University of Economics
‘Kharkiv universities have been encouraging talented students to consolidate in groups. The students generate great ideas, and they need some outgate. You know, when the boiler runs hot. The water boils, and steam searches for a way out. It would be wonderful if Kharkiv IT Cluster created to the students’ ideas such a way out and it became an all-Kharkiv movement’.
Helen Petrova, an attendee of Techno Trends Meetup, Business Development Manager
‘One should hold such events not only for students but also for IT staff and IT management. So, I came here to see how the event goes, to pick up new ideas, to take something useful for myself.
Vlad, a student, a participant of Kharkiv IT Unicorns
‘I have an actual idea, but I don’t know how to put it into life. I mean financial part of the business. I want lo learn these things here.’