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Innovative swarming may make beekeeping lucrative indeed

20 Jul '21
Regional representative of the Fund for Assistance to Small Innovative Enterprises in Science and Technology (Fund for Assistance to Innovation) Alexander Sergienko, together with the team of the Zhigulevskaya Dolina Technopark, continues to actively help young scientists of the Samara Region to promote their developments through various grant support programs.

Mikhail Melnikov's project “Development of an innovative swarm equipped with an automatic swarm catching function” became the winner of two FSI programs at once - Umnik and Start.
“I am developing an autonomous bee capture device. The use of innovative swarms can reduce the loss of bees in bee farms and increase their productivity. The uniqueness of my project lies in the fact that I introduce modern technologies into such an ancient craft as beekeeping. There are no similar offers on the market,” Mikhail said.
The size of the grant for the Umnik program was 500 thousand rubles, for the Start program - 2 million rubles.

Thanks to funds allocated by the Innovation Promotion Foundation, the inventor conducted virtual studies that were aimed at determining the strength and thermal characteristics of the device. Without harm to the bees in the virtual environment, the optimal configuration of the equipment and the optimal area of ​​the ventilation openings were determined.

Mikhail is sure that such a large support of the Fund was achieved thanks to the well-functioning work of the regional representative:
“During the implementation of the project, I was actively supported by the regional representative of the Fund for the Samara region in the Zhigulevskaya Dolina technopark, Alexander Sergienko, and his team in the Zhigulevskaya Dolina technopark. I recommend all young scientists, students, graduate students to take part in the competitions of the Foundation for Assistance to the Development of Small Forms of Enterprises in the Scientific and Technical Sphere and receive significant support in the development of their idea and bringing it to a finished product. Nothing is impossible, take steps to your success and move forward!”
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