Winner and runners-up of the GenerationS Mining&Metals track announced in Krasnoyarsk

The project for producing nano-ink from precious metals for the electronics industry was ranked first.

The moment of truth for the leading Russian innovators in metallurgy came last Friday. At the close of the educational program in Krasnoyarsk, the winner and three runners-up of the Mining&Metals track of RVC’s GenerationS start-up accelerator were announced. The Awards Ceremony took place at the R&D Park of the track’s industrial partner Krastsvetmet.

The Grand Prix of the track was awarded to the project “Production of nano-ink (silver, gold and platinum) for the electronics industry.” Nano-ink can be used to produce various electronic devices, including flexible ones, using inkjet printing. This project will feature among the GenerationS finalists in Moscow in April 2017. Eight projects — one from each track — will participate in the competition. The jury will select the top three to share a prize pool of 15 million rubles.

Three track winners were also announced at Demo-day in Krasnoyarsk sharing a prize pool of 1 million rubles. The project “Rhodium plating technologies combined with PVD techniques for jewelry and technical products” was ranked first and was awarded 500,000 rubles for further development. The project “Manufacture of precious metals powders and devices for sophisticated 3D jewelry and technical items printing” came in second place and won 350,000 rubles. Third place was awarded to the project “Mechanical and chemical recovery of ultrafine and precious metals.” The prize was 150,000 rubles.

Ekaterina Petrova, Deputy Director of the Innovation Ecosystem Development Department at RVC, noted that 250 applications were selected for the Mining&Metals track and most of them came from Yekaterinburg, Moscow, St. Petersburg and Perm.

Krastsvetmet’s main reason for participating in the accelerator was to get a chance to introduce new technologies, set up joint business, and test the best solutions from all over Russia in existing technological processes,” commented Ekaterina Petrova. “As a result, 11 projects were presented to the industrial partner. We are happy that we were able to show the participants that even a newly-fledged startup can fit into this complicated production chain and this cooperation is already producing results.

Vladimir Osipenko, Deputy Director General of Krastsvetmet, pointed out how difficult it is to discover new projects in the sphere of precious metal production and recycling which could be of real interest to the company. “However, three days of looking into the projects showed that a combination of various methods can still lead to solutions that can help improve our existing technologies and be used to manufacture new types of products.