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War and Peace on the Russian Venture Market
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The number of deals was predictably low in August. With national growth slowing, investors proved less willing to risk big sums.
A hot summer for the Russian venture market
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June saw a record-breaking 4 exits for Russian funds, while Moscow accelerator FRII also welcomed its third intake of startups.
Media startups on top
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Investment was down in May as two national holidays and Russia's increasing economic isolation combined to reduce investor activity. It was a good month for the digital content sector as two of Russia's leading online retailers injected funds into projects.
The big deals season begins
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After a quiet March, the Russian venture market bounced back in April with some sizeable deals. In addition to investments in famous Russian internet projects including Parallels, uCoz and Ozon, a number of less well known companies also raised substantial funds. Software remained the most popular sector, while marketing and advertising projects also did well.
Round As take off in Spring
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There was a noticeable rise in Round A investments in March 2014, while seed and pre-seed dropped off. Despite concerns about Russia's economic future and the political situation in Ukraine and Crimea, local investors continued to back promising projects.
Digital goods - Can the projects beat the pirates?
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Widespread online piracy in Russia has ensured that the digital goods market, especially for films, music and books, is yet to really get off the ground. However, new piracy laws and a greater willingness to spend online means that the sector is now in a stronger position to fulfil its enormous potential. Here's a summary.
Seed investments on the rise
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In February the Russian venture market bounced back from a difficult January, with lots of deals and even some exits. Interest in software and media remained high, but there are signs that the e-commerce boom might be slowing.
Slowly but surely... Russian seed investment takes root
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With the help of government stimulus, seed investment is growing in Russia. However, investors tend to be both risk averse and controlling. This infographic portrays the current state of the Russian seed sector.
Investors take control of Russian media startups
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January 2014 was a difficult month for the Russian venture community, with a number of funded projects facing existential problems, uncertainty at VK.com and controversial government policies affecting the e-commerce sector. Against that backdrop, it is perhaps unsurprising that the number of deals dropped significantly.
Growing up yet? Incubators and Accelerators in Russia
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Although there are over 100 incubators and accelerators in Russia, just 20 are really active and a handful have achieved commercial success. In this report RusBase Analytics outlines the state of the sector and why it isn't working as it should.
EduTech in Russia - going somewhere?
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EduTech in Russia lags behind other parts of the world, leaving gaps to be filled by innovative projects. This report and infographic outlines the current state and likely future of Russia's edutech sector.

Our deals of the month for December 2013 feature projects in food delivery, e-ticketing and gaming, while we decided that the FutureLabs incubator deserves recognition for its active support of fintech and mobile startups this year. Overall e-commerce, software and multimedia startups were, again the most popular sectors.
2013 - A pivotal year for the Russian venture industry
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We counted 497 venture deals in 2013 totalling $1.1 billion. Here's an overview of another record breaking year for the Russian venture industry.
Software projects squeeze out e-commerce and media
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Software projects proved most popular in November 2013, meaning that they have now outperformed the e-commerce sector for two months running. The total number of deals fell by 30% compared to October, but there were still 3 times more deals than in November 2012. Fintech startups attracted particular interest as innovative new companies try to win the trust of consumers.
Digital and social media startups draw in seed investors
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The total number of investments in Russian startups reached a new high in October, with 80 projects securing funding. Software projects continued to do well, as did digital media, while TCS-Bank conducted a very successful IPO in London, raising more than $1 billion. We singled out Communications Minister Nikolay Nikiforov for his impressive support of the sector, but had to name Skolkovo as our Fail of the Month, after the state's flagship innovation project was accused of misspending tens of millions of dollars.
Russian Travel Startups - a bubble waiting to burst?
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The sector is apparently booming - with 45% growth in 2012. However, the typically high cost of travel sector services combined with Russian consumers' distrust of online payment services limits the potential target audience. While ticket and hotel booking services are well placed to overcome these obstacles, the future looks bleak for projects offering complete packages. 
Mobile Commerce Explodes onto the Scene
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September 2013 was a big month for the Russian tech sector. Pre-seed investors stepped up their activity, a major new incubator in Moscow announced its first 50 residents and 66 deals, worth a total of $45 million, were sealed. Mobile-based projects in ecommerce and software have been driving the growth, as the Russian startup sector continues to echo the West.
Russian investors have turned to transactional startups
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Last month saw the increase in investments in startups that charge users for a specific type of service. The transactional business model, where revenue is earned on a commission, is an easy way of capturing investors’ attention: that is because  such projects start earning since their first operating day, and investors can thus easily evaluate their progress.
This month a record number of startups received investments for an verage of $100,000-500,000, showing that more amateur investors have begun investing in e-commerce and media projects, particulary during pre-seed investment rounds.
Software and education challenge e-commerce dominance
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Lamoda's record breaking $130 million round was without doubt the big story in June, while startups in less fashionable sectors, namely education and software, also secured investment. However, investors lost around $10 million as 5 projects were shut down.
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