Silicon Forest is a fascinating photo series, captured by American photographer Grant Slater, that captures the town of Akademgorodok, which is famed for being the innovation and entrepreneurship hub of Russia. The town was founded in 1957 to act as a home for the brightest minds of the Soviet Union. After a period of decline, the town is now becoming a hub for 21st century innovation.
The main institution in the 'Silicon Forest' that is Akademgorodok is a 13-storey start-up incubator called Akadempark. Start-ups here pitch their ideas and are then given one year to make their companies profitable.
While Silicon Forest is still a long way from Silicon Valley, the presence of start-up and entrepreneurial minds bodes very well for the town located 3,400 kilometers east of Moscow.
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