Moscow Announces Call for Applications for Restaurant Business Accelerator

The accelerator will feature one-on-one mentor consultations, weekly group gatherings and case studies. 

Moscow has begun accepting applications for its Restaurant Business Accelerator, a new free educational program designed for experienced entrepreneurs and managers who want to scale up their operations and improve the quality of services.

“This a new project of the Moscow government to support entrepreneurs,” says Moscow Deputy Mayor Natalia Sergunina. “It enables them to learn from the industry's experts and get to know the latest trends in the restaurant business in Russia and abroad. Participants will be working with mentors individually and networking with seasoned experts in an informal setting.” 

Applications are accepted at through 28 October. Classes will be held at the Depot gastronomic district from 31 October through 13 December.

The course includes a series of personal mentor consultations, weekly group meetings, expert-led case studies, and webinars. On the last day of studies, participants will present the results of their work to potential investors. Top participants will be offered media and operations support.

According to Sergunina, the new acceleration program will be presented on 30 October as part of the restaurant business forum “Nachalo” (The Beginning) dedicated to the latest trends and developments in the industry. At the forum, representatives of Yandex will discuss the ins and outs of food delivery services, while specialists from the consulting firm ILC will talk about commercial real estate and lease rates.

Moscow has more than 13 thousand cafes, restaurants and bars, which together have the total capacity of 565 thousand seats. Over the last 10 years, the number of dining venues in the city has more than doubled. The number of seasonal cafes, which enliven the city throughout spring and summer, has risen two and a half times to 3.1 thousand.

The city has several gastronomic districts, which are public spaces with lots of cafes and restaurants. The most well-known of them are at Kamergersky Lane, Kuznetsky Most, Sretenka, and Bolshaya Dmitrovka.

Local residents and tourists alike flock to gastronomic clusters and markets, such as Depot Food Mall, Danilovsky, Velozavodsky and Central markets. There are close to 30 such places in the city, where visitors can savor both traditional and exotic food.

A number of Moscow restaurant projects are represented abroad – in New York, London, Paris, Dubai, Baku, and other large cities. Two Moscow restaurants have been included in the 2019 World’s 50 Best Restaurants list.


21 october 2019