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Svetlana Nikiforova

Svetlana Nikiforova

Founder of Startobaza

Russian Federation

High-tech and IT startup investor, mentor, business angel, Russian startup business acceleration evangelist. Have 10+ year experience in project management.

The first CEO of the largest technology business park in Eastern Europe «IT-park», located in Kazan City, Russia. Currently, «IT-Park» generates $140M in revenue and doubles it annually so far. Proud of it!
Author of Kazan City Business Incubator concept launched in 2010. Today, this Business Incubator plays a key role in the Russian IT ecosystem, being a leader in harvesting new and promising companies.

In 2011 established «Startobaza» business accelerator to develop, support and invest in scalable high-tech and IT projects, founded by Russian entrepreneurs, capable to turn early stage companies into stable and fast-growing businesses. Portfolio companies of «Startobaza» business accelerator represent different IT sector ranging from Speech Recognition Software to Integrated Intelligent Transport System and more. Most of them were recognized among Skolkovo residents, the Russian Silicon Valley, that aims to concentrate international intellectual capital and stimulate the development of break-through technologies, as well as became the alumni of Kazan City Business Incubator and «IT-Park». «Startobaza» is an investing partner of the Russian Venture Company, a Russian governmental fund established to develop entrepreneurial ecosystem in the country.
The set competences and management skills are benefit to early stage companies in growing into scalable businesses and increasing capitalization.
Member of Microsoft Seed Fund Selection Committee in Russia.


  • Founder (Startobaza)
  • Director (High-technology Technopark "IT-park")


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