Gifts under the Christmas Tree: How Student Startups Can Surprise You
One of the most popular minors that HSE University students can take in their second and third years is 'Startup from Scratch'. With their teachers’ support, students launch their own business projects, including startups for tmaking and selling souvenirs and cosmetics, which can serve as nice New Year gifts.
Business idea:creating t-shirts that send a message—made from natural materials with a unique design.
Team: Yulia Tsareva, Victoria Solntseva (Faculty of Economic Sciences)
What to order as a gift: original high-quality t-shirts.
What makes this gift unique: each t-shirt carries a certain message, all sizes are available.
I have always wanted to connect my life with creativity and create my own business, which would bring not only income, but also pleasure. Creating a clothing brand that carries a message is just what I wanted. We put a piece of ourselves into every design!
Business idea: making soy wax candles
Team: Anastasia Sapsay (Faculty of Economic Sciences), Dmitry Barabanov (student of Moscow Technical University of Communications and Informatics).
What to order as a gift: soy wax scented candles with wooden wicks.
What makes this gift unique: soy wax, aroma oils from the USA, crackling sound when burning.
Unlike paraffin, which is used in cheap candles, soy wax is not harmful to human health. We use natural aroma oils that reveal different scents. Wooden wicks crackle pleasantly when burning, creating an atmosphere of coziness and tranquility. Our candles will be the best decoration for your holiday!
Business idea: upcycled clothing and accessories.
Team: Mariana Rayt, Polina Pitigyina (Graduate School of Business), Ivan Grigoriev (Faculty of Economic Sciences).
What to order as a gift: new things sewn from existing ones; transformer chains created of many metal rings (can be worn around your neck, arm, or shoe).
What makes this gift unique: you can prolong the life of your favorite thing; the versatility of the transformer chain.
Our grandmothers used to know the art of patchwork—the technique of sewing things from scraps of fabric, and the idea of our project brings together eco-clothing and jewelry. It’s not about reuse, but about reducing the number of consumables. It’s beautiful, inexpensive, and environmentally friendly.
Business idea: graphic design, helping brands develop, attract new customers and use printing services.
Team: Artur Zenger (Graduate School of Business), Olga Kuzmina (Faculty of Economic Sciences), Maria Kiryushchenko (Faculty of Communications, Media and Design).
What to order as a gift: an illustration, a postcard or just covers for your current Instagram stories.
What makes this gift unique: unique design and low prices.
At the start of our project, I already had some experience of working with clients, and I noticed that many people have difficulties when they look for a printing house and then try to communicate with them. So, we got the idea of a startup—to help entrepreneurs by taking care of everything related to design. To help our customers save time and effort, we communicate with the printing house and manufacturers of eco-packages.
Project: 'Gift for your mental'
Business idea: products for relaxation
What to order as a gift: a box with accessories for anti-stress therapy and a brochure with practical tips from psychology bestsellers.
What makes this gift unique: it will help you organize your rest and relieve anxiety and stress.
Our project is for those who live in a world of deadlines, constant rush, and fatigue. We have prepared a care package for these people: fragrant soy wax candles, sea salt with soothing fragrance, and bath bombs. If you are a person who likes to watch something bubbling in your bathroom and not inside you, it's a good reason to find a couple of hours for a little trip to serenity. If, in addition to time, you feel like thinking over your life, you can use our cards with personal questions.
Project: PINI—Taste and Atmosphere
Business idea: production of gastroboxes.
Team: Denis Rozhkov (Graduate School of Business), Anastasia Mitusova (Faculty of Communications, Media and Design).
What to order as a gift: a ready-made gastrobox with a taste of New Year.
What makes this gift unique: it will put you in a festive mood!
Warm up a cup of milk, throw a cocoa bomb in it, dip waffles or cookies in one of the sauces, and watch a New Year movie!
In early July, the Voronovo Study Centre hosted Scientarium, an off-site session for representatives of HSE University student research communities organised by the university’s Centre for Student Academic Development and Unit for the Popularisation of Science. More than 50 students from 10 scientific student associations and three campuses took part.
From Ingenious Fungi to Post-feminism: HSE University Hosts Season’s Last Science Battles Semi-Final
Season VI of Science Battles at HSE University is entering the homestretch. The June semi-final determined the list of finalists and helped many viewers choose their favourites. This time, young researchers decided to figure out how to conduct a police lineup without destroying a person’s life, as well as how to improve a child’s academic performance without instilling neurotic perfectionism. They also found out that fungi and mould help heal scars and save the environment, and that adherents of post-feminism have very mixed feelings about their own images on TikTok.
On May 27, the Day of Russian Entrepreneurship, HSE University’s Cultural Centre hosted HSE Business Club, an annual student entrepreneurial forum. Three years ago, the HSE Business Club initiative group opened the forum as a platform for entrepreneurs to exchange experiences. Now it is the largest student business forum in the CIS. This year, a record number of 1,900 guests registered for the event.
Smart Medicine, Libration Points and Electromyographic Bracelets: MIEM Students Present Their Projects
In February, a two-day poster session - the second checkpoint of the project life cycle - was held at the HSE MIEM. The participants prepared colorful posters, talked with experts and MIEM students and received well-deserved plaudits. Here, the HSE News Service looks at some student projects.
At the end of August, the Centre for Internships, Projects and Entrepreneurship of the Faculty of Computer Science, with support from the HSE University Business Incubator, held the first summer school on entrepreneurship. More than 40 HSE University bachelor’s and master’s students participated in it. The school was aimed at developing the students’ entrepreneurial skills and introducing them to the art of presenting ideas and products.
Over the course of 12 weeks, participants of the HSE Business Incubator’s programme will finalise their startups under the leadership of renowned market experts and attract grant funding for their projects. The programme will be held both online and in person. Applications for the accelerator are open until May 28, 2022.
This year’s final stage of Top Class, the All-Russian Competition of Schoolchildren’s Research and Projects, held by HSE University, has come to a close. About a thousand 8th—11th graders from 7 countries and 69 regions of Russia participated in the contest. The winners and runners-up were announced at the closing ceremony in the HSE Cultural Centre. They received special prizes from partner companies.
In April, the results of the Research Initiative student project competition were announced at HSE University. Twenty-two team applications were submitted by students of 20 different fields of study at HSE University’s campuses in Moscow, Perm, and Nizhny Novgorod. Based on the results of expert assessment, the competition committee approved 17 interdisciplinary projects to be implemented by December 2022.
On February 15–17, the Winter SOS (School of Snow) was held at the Zhebrei ski resort. The event was organised by the HSE Perm Tourist Club and the Student and Alumni Centre. In addition to learning to ski and snowboard, students from all HSE University campuses developed and defended projects focused on the development of domestic tourism in their regions. SOS participants shared their impressions with the HSE News Service.
The HSE Centre for Student Academic Development has started accepting applications for the third ‘Research Initiative’ student team research project competition. Bachelor’s and master’s students from all HSE campuses are eligible to participate. The competition gives students an opportunity to not only take on research roles, but also to try their hand at working as academic managers and supervisors of a small research team. Registration will remain open until February 28.