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Russian solution to help investors manage capital

18 Aug '20
Fintech startup Winvestor, a resident of the Skolkovo Foundation's IT Cluster, has launched Russia's first online personal account platform for independent investment advisors, financial advisors and their clients - Sovetnik.io. The service will help private investors manage their capital according to the recommendations of investment advisers certified by the Bank of Russia.

The digital platform makes it possible to automate the investment consulting industry: from client profiling to video consulting and reporting to the Bank of Russia.

Sovetnik.io makes the services of investment advisers more accessible and solves the problem of private investors who do not have enough time and sufficient experience to complete transactions in the stock market. Currently, only nine independent advisors can provide investment consulting services in Russia. They comply with the requirements of Russian legislation and are included in the unified register of investment advisers of the Bank of Russia, which regulates the sphere. Thanks to the development of a Skolkovo resident, an investor can get a recommendation from a certified advisor from anywhere in the world.
Roman Zabrodin, General Director of Vinvestor: “Over the past year, the market for private investors in Russia has grown by about 50 percent. Due to the fall in the profitability of deposits, people have become more actively interested in investments, the services of advisers are becoming more popular. The Sovetnik.io platform allows you to scale your investment consulting business. Now advisors can completely go digital - hold online meetings, make investment recommendations in a few clicks and save time on reports. At the development stage, we communicated with advisers and focused on their wishes. ”
The client can conclude an agreement with the advisor remotely. The parties sign the document with a simple electronic signature. The platform software supports the required protocols and security certifications.

Advisors get the opportunity to collect ready-made portfolios for novice investors and give individual investment recommendations, taking into account the requirements of the regulator. The document is sent to the client in his personal account and by e-mail.
Vitaly Shevelev, independent investment advisor: “With the entry into force of the new law on investment advisors, there is an additional burden and responsibility for both clients and the Bank of Russia. We met the guys from Vinvestor at a specialized conference. They presented ideas for the creation and development of a platform that would not tie us to the products of one vendor. As a result, I became a project consultant. In the pilot version, the basic needs of an investment advisor were met. I am already actively using the platform. ”
The system contains a built-in chat for convenient communication with the client. If necessary, the advisor can conduct a video conferencing consultation to elaborate on the portfolio strategy. If the client does not understand something, the advisor will draw notes on the slides and graphs displayed on the screen at the time of the video call. The developers plan to integrate chat with Telegram and WhatsApp for investors who are used to solving issues in messengers.

In the future, the company plans to integrate Sovetnik.io with the internal systems of brokerage companies in order to carry out transactions on the securities market on behalf of the client directly from the investment advisor's personal account.
Andrey Konshin, project manager of the Skolkovo Foundation: “The pandemic has accelerated the transition to remote service processes. Winvestor has created a digital platform that allows you to buy and sell investment products online. The developers believe that transactions on the securities market should be carried out as easily as ordering goods from an online store. Now that the Sovetnik.io service has connected to this platform, private investors can remotely receive advice from certified investment advisors with a guarantee that the quality of the services provided meets the requirements of the Bank of Russia. ”

Reference Information

The Winvestor Marketspace
is a market space for buying and selling investment products. Includes: OpenAPI platform for distribution of investment products; online store of investment products; content project for novice investors; SAAS Sovetnik.io platform for independent investment advisors, financial advisors and their clients; SAAS platform ESIA.Finance for brokers and management companies. Vinvestor is an associate member of NAUFOR and a resident of the Skolkovo Foundation.

Website: https://winvestor.ru/.
Media contacts:
Tatiana Antonova
PR-manager of JSC Vinvestor
Tel .: +7 (965) 708-56-58
E-mail: tantonova@winvestor.ru

Skolkovo Foundation is a non-profit organization established in 2010 and acting as the managing company of the Skolkovo Innovation Center. The purpose of the Foundation is to support technological entrepreneurship in Russia and commercialize the results of research activities. The number of Skolkovo residents has already approached 2.5 thousand. The Fund provides them with a range of services necessary to bring developments to the Russian and international markets. Resident status gives the company tax and customs benefits. In 2019, the residents' revenue amounted to more than 100 billion rubles, and the amount of investments attracted by them exceeded 13 billion rubles. Since 2019, the law allows any organization engaged in research activities in Russia to gain access to all the services and benefits of the Innovation Center. The Skolkovo Innovation Center is home to the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech), which is one of the top 100 young universities in the world according to Nature Index. The infrastructure of the Innovation Center is made up, in particular, of the largest Technopark in Europe and research centers of industrial partners. In 2019, three new partner R&D centers were opened in the Innovation Center - Sibur, TMK and Tatneft. On the territory of Skolkovo, a total of more than 750 thousand square meters have already been commissioned. m. residential areas, research and educational centers. Off-budget investments in infrastructure creation exceeded RUB 100 billion.

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Alexandra Barshchevskaya
Skolkovo Foundation
Press secretary
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