A start-up of ex-Cian managers and a neural network diagnostician: who was given money this week

02 аpril 2022


Forbes keeps talking about startups launched by Russian-speaking founders that raised investments this week

Since the beginning of the “special operation”* in Ukraine, investment rounds with the participation of Russian startups have been rare. This week, just like the previous two, only two projects have been announced to raise money. It is the developer of a software for automating online sales management, founded by former top managers of Cian, and the creator of a neural network for diagnosing diseases using medical images.

The list is based on Forbes data. Maximum amount of investment this week is RUB 150 million.

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Marketplace sales management system “Anabar” — RUB 65 million 

The Anabar marketplace sales management service obtained an investment of RUB 65 million from the First Bit IT integrator and 13 business angels, as reported to Forbes by a company representative.

The startup was launched in 2020 by Petr Markov and Pavel Tarasov, former top managers of Cian, a housing search service. Previously, Markov was responsible for regional development of Cian, while Tarasov headed the company’s machine learning and data analytics department. Anabar is developing a system for monitoring competitors and managing sales on the Ozon and Wildberries marketplaces; this year, the list of trading sites will be joined by Yandex Market, Sbermegamarket and Aliexpress Russia. The system helps users plan deliveries, automatically calculate margins, monitor competitors’ prices and market trends, give tips on SEO promotion, etc. Anabar has two tariffs: for beginners (RUB 4,900 per month) and advanced (RUB 15,000–30,000 per month) sellers.

The investments will be used to improve competitor monitoring and sales management systems. In addition, the company plans to start creating an automatic price and advertising campaign management service on marketplaces, as well as a scoring service for banks.

According to data provided by SPARK (Professional Market and Company Analysis System), the company’s revenue in 2021 amounted to RUB 16.2 million, the loss was RUB 31.7 million. According to Anabar’s own data, in February 2022, its monthly revenue increased by 639% compared to the last year, and by 20% compared to January. According to Markov’s forecasts, by the end of 2022, the business will grow eight to nine times.

Neural network for medical picture analysis Sciberia — RUB 150 million 

The Yakut developer of Sciberia, a neural network for medical picture analysis, contracted RUB 150 million from the Voskhod fund, created by Interros investment company owned by billionaire Vladimir Potanin.

The startup was launched in Yakutia in 2017 by practicing radiologist Igor Savvin, developer Afanasy Argunov, and businessman Aisen Ivanov. The company is developing a medical image analysis system based on computer vision and artificial intelligence technologies. Today, Sciberia has two diagnostic programs for CT image analysis: Sciberia Lungs for diagnosing COVID-19 and lung cancer, and Sciberia Head, which detects signs of ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes. The programs calculate quantitative (volumes and percentages of lesions and changes) and qualitative (localization, type of lesions and changes) characteristics for the doctor, helping him make decisions. The company is also developing several services for viewing, storing images, and maintaining medical staff accounts.

According to the startup’s own data, its programs allow four times faster processing of CT scan results with an analysis accuracy of up to 98%. Developments of Sciberia are already being tested in three Yakutsk city hospitals, as well as in an inter-district hospital in Sayanogorsk, a startup representative told Forbes. Sciberia will use the funds raised to expand its product portfolio, have software certified and launch its sale to medical organizations in Russia and abroad.

Medical image analysis systems in Russia are also being developed by Botkin.AI and Celsus startups. Both raised investments in 2020: Botkin.AI – RUB 160 million from Unicorn Capital Partners and Tashir Medica investment holding, Celsus – RUB 180 million out of the venture fund of the National Technology Initiative.

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