RVC has been developing, step by step, a stable ecosystem for innovation in Russia: putting a structure in place for efficient interaction between players in the venture capital market, promoting technology entrepreneurship, supporting regional infrastructure and facilitating the globalization of innovative Russian infrastructure. Venture investors, expert associations, research institutions, universities, accelerators and other infrastructure organizations are involved in the Company's activities aimed at the development of this ecosystem. For its part, RVC establishes cooperation between ecosystem participants, promotes best industry practices, and contributes to the development of new instruments to support high-tech business.
RVC has been managing GenerationS, a federal platform that develops tools for corporate acceleration, since 2013. GenerationS addresses challenges related to finding projects and technologies for industry partners and developing companies’ competencies in implementing projects based on the ideology of open innovations. The GenerationS partnership network currently comprises more than 250 state organizations and commercial companies. Based on the results of a multi-stage expert evaluation, GenerationS participants are offered wide-ranging opportunities to develop their business and secure investments, as well as access to the resources and infrastructure of the accelerator’s partners.
In 2017, GenerationS brought together technology manufacturers for the fifth year in a row.. In total, 3,470 start-ups from 237 cities in 13 countries aspired to take part in the accelerator, with 30% of all Russian projects coming from Moscow and the remaining 70% of applications originating from entrepreneurs in other regions. In the end, more than 100 start-up teams were selected to take part in the final stage of GenerationS 2017. During the acceleration program, many of them reached cooperation agreements with companies partnering with GenerationS and were able to secure investments.
In 2017, GenerationS operated a pre-accelerator for early-stage start-ups, with 237 project teams taking part in this federal development program. GenerationS 2017 ran seven accelerators in parallel, whose partners included Gazprom Neft PJSC, STS Media, Faberlic, NMGK GC, ODK-Saturn PJSC, Voentelecom JSC, Ruselectronics JSC and Ilyushin Aviation Complex PJSC, among others.
- to promote the development of the corporate accelerator system;
- to increase the number of high-tech projects that are of interest to players in the venture market;
- to support the use of open innovation instruments in Russian corporations;
- to enhance the quality of technology projects and their potential to secure investments;
- to help start-ups develop professional contacts with Russian and foreign experts, corporate customers, entrepreneurs and investors.
In 2017, the GenerationS project improved its international relations by establishing partnerships with several foreign corporations, state agencies, infrastructure facilities and venture funds. Fifteen finalists from the various accelerator tracks were selected to take part in a number of international exhibitions, including the Singapore Week of Innovation & TeCHnology (SWITCH), SLUSH, Hannover Messe and the Germany Startup Tour. In addition, a number of accelerator participants were given opportunities for internships that immersed them in the innovative infrastructure of Silicon Valley. RVC supported the initiative of the German-Russian Chamber of Commerce to organize a tour for start-ups to Germany called Startup!Germany. Three companies finalists of the GenerationS accelerator presented their products to potential partners from German corporations and investors and are now developing various forms of further cooperation.
As part of an educational program for technology start-ups called Regional Practical Consulting Sessions, implemented by RVC in coordination with the Ministry of Economic Development and the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, 12 sessions were held in Yakutia, Khabarovsk, Almetievsk, Barnaul, Yekaterinburg, Arkhangelsk and other Russian cities. During these intensive courses, about 300 entrepreneurs were trained in the commercialization of technology projects.
GenerationS 2017 Industry Sectors
- AGRO & MEDTECH: improvements in agricultural efficiency, creation of new foods, bioconversion, solutions in the area of new medical products and diagnostic systems.
- CREATIVE: fashion, design, media, urban solutions, entertainment industry and education.
- POWER & ENERGY: new energy sources and storage systems, advanced solutions for the extraction, conversion, transportation, distribution and consumption of energy resources.
- FINTECH – advanced technologies in the area of banking and financial services and products.
- MINING & METALS: metal processing, new technologies for ore mining, remote and automated control of mining equipment, enrichment and quality control of raw materials.
- TECHNET: implementation of smart manufacturing and systems, additive technologies.
- DUAL-USE TECHNOLOGIES: dual-use technologies with potential for development in both the military sphere and in the civilian market.
1 Monitoring of start-ups was carried out in 2017. The analysis included an assessment of the development of about 270 start-ups that took part in the accelerator at different times.
Winners of GenerationS 2017 (names disclosed in April 2018)
First Place: IR WAY
Project: development of a device for vehicles that can provide high-quality images of the road at night and in poor visibility at a distance of up to 1.5 km
Prize: RUB 8 million
Second Place : Hydraulic Packer
Project: modular construction of a hydraulic packer for use in the oil and gas and construction sectors
Prize: RUB 5 million
Third Place: VR Concept
Project: software for 3D modelling and collective work with digital clones
Prize: RUB 3 million
Twenty corporate finalists and winners in special categories were awarded prizes by GenerationS partners.
More than 30 high-tech projects are currently being implemented by the Digital Innovation Center. We began working with partners and the innovative ecosystem to look for like-minded individuals as early as last year, realizing that the use of an open innovation instrument would allow our company to accelerate the solution of tasks in the area of business digitization. Due to GenerationS, we gained prompt access to the latest innovative solutions. Despite the large number of various start-ups operating in the market, we had some difficulties finding teams engaged in the tasks we’re interested in and in informing the market about the new technological challenges facing our company. We relied completely on RVC’s abilities: the company provided access to its pool of start-ups and shared our objectives with the innovation community. Since this was our first partnership with GenerationS, we had an opportunity to learn about the specifics of work in the open innovation market and to adjust our expectations. At the initial stage, for example, we set the ambitious goal of finding partners that would fit into our platform right away. Of course, it’s hardly likely to achieve this goal after going through the process just once because of the specific nature of the platform and the peculiarities of our business processes. However, we were able to select several finalists who, if they cooperate closely with us, have every opportunity to become one of the first users involved in our project. I would also like to note the value of the PR support we received as partners: using materials developed jointly with the Rusbase portal as part of the special project with RVC, we received dozens of letters offering cooperation, and there were two companies that seemed rather promising to me in terms of the further joint development of projects. As a result of our cooperation with GenerationS, we gained a clear understanding of the improvements needed, and the most important thing is that several promising start-ups caught our attention. I believe we have achieved good results at this stage, and we are planning to develop our partnership.
RVC has been producing its TechUp rating since 2012 in partnership with the Higher School of Economics National Research University and PwC. The rating provides an effective means of searching for, monitoring and promoting promising, fast-growing national companies with great potential for leadership in both the domestic and global markets.
At the same time, the rating helps improve the environment for innovative business by making it more transparent and identifying best practices that could provide the basis for a concept for further market development. The rating methodology is based on the international experience of PricewaterhouseCoopers in conducting similar studies, as well as on an analysis of the most up-to-date and authoritative international studies and ratings of innovative companies.
The TechUp rating covers private high-tech companies that have existed for at least four years with average annual revenue growth of at least 10-20% over the previous five years, and with revenue in the year preceding the rating of RUB 100 million to RUB 30 billion. Each company’s R&D expenditures for the last three years must amount to at least 5% of a company’s revenue, and expenditures on technological innovation to at least 10%. In addition, new or significantly improved products must account for 20-30% of the company’s total revenue.
In 2017, the winners of the sixth annual national rating of fast-growing Russian high-tech companies, TechUp, were announced at the fourth “Innovative Practice: Science plus Business” congress.
The TechUp rating covers private high-tech companies that have existed for at least four years, with average annual revenue growth of a minimum of 10-20% over the last five years, and with revenue in the year preceding the rating of RUB 100 million to RUB 30 billion.
Objectives of the rating:
- to find promising, fast-growing Russian high-tech companies and NTI projects;
- to improve the quality and accessibility of information about the average Russian technology business, including: business indicators, information about products, an assessment of their ability to be manufactured and their potential in domestic and foreign markets;
- to establish plans for companies to enter global markets.
Results of the 2017 TechUp Rating
Top‑5 large companies with revenue of RUB 2 billion to RUB 30 billion
- JSC Concern Kalashnikov;
- SKTB Katalizator JSC;
- Angstrem NPO OJSC;
- BIOCAD CJSC;
- NOVOMET-PERM JSC.
Top‑5 medium-sized companies with revenue from RUB 800 million to RUB 2 billion
- Perm Chemical Company LLC;
- InfoWatch JSC;
- Chemical Diversity Research Institute JSC;
- Inertial Technologies of Technocomplex JSC;
- INGEOSERVICE LLC.
Top‑5 small companies with revenue up to RUB 800 million
- Optosense LLC;
- CompMechLab LLC;
- Dashboard Systems OJSC;
- Russian Quartz LLC;
- Inversion-Sensor LLC;
The TechUp national rating provides the basis for the National Champions priority project implemented by the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia. Since 2017, the rating has been the basis for a mechanism for searching for promising companies for NTI global markets.
Russia’s TechUp national rating provides an excellent incentive for companies to develop and enter high-tech markets not only in Russia but also worldwide. Participation in the rating helped us better understand state support mechanisms and establish closer collaboration with state organizations, including Russia's Ministry of Economic Development. The rating's most effective motivational tool is, of course, its export revenue indicator. Our main objective is to improve in this area, since competing in global markets is a worthy challenge for any company. The TechUp rating has proved to be an effective tool in terms of looking for, monitoring and promoting promising companies with high potential. Without modern civilian high-tech products, however, it's impossible to enter foreign markets. Therefore, our third-place finish in the TechUp rating undoubtedly gave us a huge boost in motivation to develop new products and use advanced technologies for the Russian and international markets in order to compete for recognition as a global high-tech company.
The TechUp rating is the official instrument used to select companies to take part in a priority project of the Ministry of Economic Development called “Support for Leading Private High-Tech Companies” (“National Champions”). The project supports companies that have the potential to make gains in both national and foreign markets.
During the selection, participating companies that meet the criteria of the National Champions project take part in face-to-face expert sessions aimed at assessing the development potential of the companies over the next 5-10 years.
The selected participants will receive support in terms of accessing existing state instruments, including within the framework of development institutions. Leading companies will be provided with information and support for their projects aimed at developing their operations both in Russia and in the global market.
In 2017, RVC and the Association of Innovative Regions of Russia (AIRR) decided to develop their cooperation in the areas of technology and innovation. As a result, they will undertake joint efforts to promote innovative activities in Russia’s regions, support technology companies and engage regional businesses in the TechUp rating. Promising regional companies will be invited to take part in state support programs. In addition, educational, business and communication events will be held in various regions of Russia to popularize technological entrepreneurship and technical creativity.
RVC and the AIRR have agreed to work together on issues of high-tech development, technology transfer and securing investments. Joint analytical studies are planned.
At the same time, RVC will be one of the partners for Russia’s first competition in technology entrepreneurship organized by the AIRR and the National Research Tomsk State University.
In 2017, the winners of the National Champions project included 32 companies selected from among the winners of the 2017 TechUp rating.
The Open Innovations Forum is Russia’s major and one of the world’s largest events showcasing the main trends and key achievements in innovative areas of the economy.
The Forum’s primary goal is to develop and commercialize advanced technologies, to popularize global technology brands and to create new instruments for international cooperation in the area of innovation. Held since 2012, the Forum is organized by Russia’s leading development institutions. RVC is one of the co-organizers, as well as an intellectual partner for a large section of the program and for several panel discussions.
In 2017, RVC organized the Global Corporate Venture Conference, where representatives of five state corporations presented for the first time the strategies of their venture funds and discussed cooperation with small innovative companies. The situation in the Russian venture market and effective measures for its development were discussed by experts, including State Secretary and Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation Oleg Fomichev and RVC CEO Alexander Povalko, during a panel discussion called “National Report on Innovation: When Will the Venture Market Mature?” RVC also organized a round table called “Digital Economy: Creation of Technological Reserves,” where, along with the request of leading Russian companies in the digital economy for the creation of a digital technological reserve, the development of new competencies and the efficient integration of universities into the digital economy were also discussed.
The Sixth Open Innovations Forum set a number of records, bringing together 18,200 participants from 98 countries. During the three days of the event, which was dedicated to business, the state and society, 650 speakers participated. Forty-two agreements were signed as part of the Forum’s business program and in the press center. World-renowned futurologists, public officials, professors from the world’s largest business schools, technology promoters and leading experts in the area of management, start-ups and the IT business were among the guests at the Forum.
The RVC stand was a place for lively discussion at the Forum. In addition, finalists of the GenerationS start-up accelerator presented their projects at the stand. Representatives of corporations partnering with the accelerator and investors told guests about cross-cultural communications that are contributing to the success of tech start-ups, about the experience of working in Silicon Valley, about how tech companies can enter foreign markets, and also about the role of intellectual property in Russia’s innovative development. In addition, RVC’s stand provided an interactive demonstration of neuro-gadgets and hosted round tables about the NTI’s HealthNet and FoodNet roadmaps.
On the last day of the Forum, the stand hosted a presentation of the case for educating personnel for the venture capital market at the RVC department at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, as well as a discussion titled “Building Your Career in the Technology Business,” which was moderated by the head of the Antirabstvo, Alena Vladimirskaya. The discussion ended with a game that simulated the selection of candidates for technology companies and venture funds. Guests at the RVC stand also learned that technology entrepreneurs from developing countries fight for visibility in the global information field.
DEVELOPMENT OF REGIONAL INNOVATIVE ECOSYSTEMS
In 2017, the Development of Innovative Clusters project implemented by RVC in cooperation with the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia was successfully realized. Within the framework of the project, analytical and organizational support was organized for innovative infrastructure facilities, including innovative territorial clusters that participated in a priority project of the Ministry of Economic Development called “Development of Innovative Clusters: Global Leaders in Investment Attractiveness.”
Results of the Development of Innovative Clusters Project
- support for the activities of the thematic working groups on applied issues of cluster development in the form of communities of practice ;
- analysis of the management systems of 11 Russian innovative clusters that were winners of a competitive tender;
- development of recommendations for improving innovative cluster management systems, as well as for state support for innovative clusters on the part of federal development institutions;
- development of a number of methodological recommendations for innovative clusters;
- holding communications events, including a general strategic session for the management teams of innovative territorial clusters.
Today, RVC’s network of foreign partners consists of more than 2,000 representatives of innovation ecosystem organizations in 40 countries and includes state agencies, corporations interested in new technologies, universities and technology transfer centers, as well as state development institutions and venture funds.
The Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation has been implementing a program to support innovative territorial clusters since 2012. We are currently implementing it together with RVC, which makes it possible to use this support instrument together with other services to develop the innovation ecosystem in Russia in general. The Ministry lends individual assistance to each of selected clusters to solve problems where state support is required and arranges cooperation with publicly owned companies, development institutions and foreign partners. The Ministry promotes the interests of the clusters in intergovernmental commissions and during joint foreign business missions. Russia’s trade offices in foreign countries support foreign economic projects on the part of companies that are part of innovative territorial clusters. The Ministry also promotes the development of an effective cluster management system that provides training for the clusters’ executives: in March 2017, for example, with the support of RVC, an educational program was carried out for the heads of the relevant executive authorities of constituent entities of the Russian Federation and key entities belonging to the innovative territorial clusters.
In 2017, RVC, as a development institution, continued to support Russian innovations in the global market. In particular, the company promoted the expansion of the partnership among players in the Russian venture market in Europe, Asia and North America and the integration of Russian companies into international technology chains.
In support of exports from Russian technology companies, RVC and the Skolkovo Foundation held an annual seminar on how these companies can enter foreign markets, with a focus on the Brazilian, German and Japanese markets. Technology entrepreneurs at the Open Innovations Forum discussed the advantages of international business development, existing support measures and reasons why there has been such a small number of successful Russian start-ups in the global market. Forum participants learned about the specifics of the Irish and Swiss markets and about existing support instruments available in such markets from representatives of Swiss Business Hub and Enterprise Ireland state agencies. Russian entrepreneurs also shared their experience of working in those markets.
EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS FOR THE VENTURE CAPITAL MARKET AND TECHNOLOGY ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Training Specialists in Innovation Management
Russian innovative companies are often lack of qualified specialists capable of managing scientific research and development and delivering and promoting new products and technologies. To resolve this issue, RVC established a Technology Project Management Department that has been in operation at the Faculty of Innovation and High Technology at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology since 2008.
Through a unique master’s program called “Venture Investments and Technology Entrepreneurship” in the discipline of Knowledge-Intensive Technologies and Innovation Economics, the Department trains personnel to work in the innovation and R&D divisions of technology companies and universities, the project units of technical brokerages and the analytical units of venture funds. The program is aimed at graduates of bachelor’s programs and specialists in engineering, computer, technical and natural sciences, and it enables students with business training to supplement their studies. The main clients interested in the personnel trained at the Department are venture funds.
Given the scientific and educational foundation of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, graduates of the Department have solid technical and analytical skills. RVC’s expert resources, advanced training practices and teaching staff who are participants in the venture market allow students to form an extensive base of financial and economic knowledge. The master’s program is conducted in the form of projects that are based on real issues from the fields of technology and venture business.
More than 90 people have completed the master’s program since 2014. Graduates have been employed as analysts at venture funds, technology entrepreneurs and technology project managers. RVC is planning to update the program content in 2018 in line with market needs, revise the methodology and supplement the curriculum with online courses run by the world’s leading universities. In addition, issues related to the development of similar programs will be analyzed jointly with a number of Russian universities, including Bauman Moscow State Technical University, ITMO, TSU, FEFU and others.
In 2018, the Department will launch a new master’s program called “Project Management in the Field of Artificial Intelligence Technologies” in the discipline of Applied Mathematics and Physics. The program will be run jointly with the Neural Networks and Deep Learning Lab (iPavlov project) and the Sberbank Laboratory of Applied Studies, both part of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. During the program, business projects and start-ups will be established under the supervision of scientists from the above-mentioned laboratories, as well as teachers and business mentors from RVC’s Technology Project Management Department.
In the near future, the Department is planning to expand its pool of educational programs for the venture market, launch advanced professional training programs, develop international cooperation with leading universities and introduce distance education.
RVC’s CEO, Alexander Povalko, has been the Head of the Department since 2017.
Enrollment in the Master’s Program
- in May, submit an application on the website http://www.rvc-mipt.ru , complete a questionnaire, solve several problems remotely;
- in June, take part in an interview (face to face or via Skype);
- in July, take examinations in applied mathematics and in the area of specialization;
- for more details on the dates of the entrance examinations and about the program, visit http://www.rvc-mipt.ru/exam .
- practical tasks in the field of technology business from the very beginning of the program;
- top instructors with practical experience, as well as staff from venture funds and technology companies;
- uniquely designed training courses for the development of skills related to technology project management;
- international internships at the world’s leading innovation centers;
- visits to technology companies.
- graduates of bachelor’s programs or specialists from technical, natural sciences or engineering faculties of Russian universities;
- young, motivated professionals interested in the development of the venture and technology fields;
- people with work experience as part of technology projects or start-ups;
- future entrepreneurs.
Educational Programs for Technology Entrepreneurship
In 2017, RVC also developed and promoted technology entrepreneurship in other leading Russian universities. For example, RVC plans to develop through existing agreements cooperation in this area with MEPhI, TSU, TPU, NSU and other universities.
In 2017, RVC initiated an advanced training course for teachers in St. Petersburg called “The Innovation Economy and Technology Entrepreneurship.”. Course development was led by RVC in cooperation with ITMO and the Faculty of Economics at Lomonosov Moscow State University. Its purpose is to develop business skills among students majoring in the natural sciences and technical disciplines. Participants learned about advanced methods for the acceleration of high-tech start-ups and worked with real projects in the area of the commercialization of scientific developments. Program participants—52 specialists from 23 regions of Russia—plan to use the knowledge they gained at their own universities.
RVC was also a partner for the Program for the Development of an HR Reserve organized by the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration. As part of the program, RVC presented a training module called “New Management Methods in a Digital World.” The program audience included senior government officials: deputy ministers, heads of federal agencies, deputy governors, mayors and members of parliament.
In addition, a draft national roadmap for the development of technology entrepreneurship at universities was developed in 2017 in accordance with an order from the Presidium of the Council for Modernization under the President of the Russian Federation.
Nowadays, universities tend to be called ‘entrepreneurial,’ i.e. meaning they have established an infrastructure for supporting entrepreneurship and for developing entrepreneurial skills in students. The course developed with the participation of the Economics Faculty of Lomonosov Moscow State University is, first of all, a practice-oriented training course, as it is impossible to teach entrepreneurship in theory. In essence, it is ‘fieldwork,’ the creation of a project business model, communication with potential clients and the constant testing of hypotheses. It includes work with a mentor, who might be a teacher or a representative of the business community. Another feature of the course is that it provides an open platform that will be supplemented with methods and practices used by Russian and foreign universities. This is the reason why it is necessary to increase of the number of such courses, to engage a greater number of universities in them. In essence, as a result of the course, an entire ecosystem is created involving universities, development institutions, the business community, teachers and students. This ecosystem helps involve active, engaged instructors whose aim is not just to give lessons, but who are interested in the development of students’ projects, who look at them from the point of view of potential partnership. At the same time, a community is created of students who are proactive and have a desire to develop their projects. They start communicating with one another, discussing ideas and forming teams. Educational programs are important, of course, but they are not the only factor in the development of technology entrepreneurship. The necessary environment should be created at universities. This includes educational programs, infrastructure and instructors, as well as active students.
DEVELOPMENT OF COMMUNITIES, MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS
In 2017, RVC supported the development of the Russian media environment specializing in publishing information about innovations, the venture business, scientific and technological developments and educational initiatives in the area of advanced technologies.
Tech in Media
The Tech in Media Russian national contest for innovative journalism supports journalists’ activities in the mass media covering innovative processes in Russia, attracts public attention to the venture industry and technological development in the country, improves the image of scientists and promotes examples of the successful commercialization of scientific developments.
Tech in Media engages professional journalists from both central and regional mass media, including TV channels, radio, print and online media, as well as blogs. In 2017, journalists from 30 regions of Russia presented the jury with over 500 submissions on the four themes of Venture Business, New Energy, Artificial Intelligence and Life Sciences. The most outstanding submissions, as has traditionally been the case, were in the following categories: publication in the federal print media; regional print media; online media; and best television or radio broadcast.
The Expert Council for the competition selected three finalists in each category, and the jury selected the winners, who received cash prizes and an opportunity to visit the production facilities of the partners for each theme.
The Tech in Media Expert Council includes industry experts, representatives of innovative companies and well-known journalists, while the jury consists of representatives of the media community.
In 2017, the key objective of Tech in Media was to expand and strengthen the community of journalists writing about science and innovation: journalists from 30 regions of Russian presented over 500 submissions to the jury.
Today, the amount of material that journalists are producing on scientific and related topics is increasing, and it is important for me to learn about new projects on a timely basis, projects that I might otherwise miss. However, recommendation services and the focus on popularity are not guarantees of quality: everyone knows that light reading is still in much higher demand among audiences than popular-scientific literature. That’s why the Tech in Media competition is of such great importance: it promotes only new projects that are worth being called scientific and technical. If a journalist is able to independently assess the quality of the material, this could be a good benchmark for the reader.
The media accelerator is an RVC initiative for the development of niche media sites producing popular-scientific, technological and educational content. Since 2014, the media accelerator has been supporting special projects and organizing internships for mass media publishers, master classes and workshops for media managers and industry conferences on innovative media and digital formats (MediaMakers).
Work with specialized media is carried out in five key segments that are considered the thematic priorities of RVC’s activities in the medium term: venture markets, the popularization of science and technology, the maker culture, new professions and technology entrepreneurship.
Through the media accelerator, at least 15 projects have been launched with the aim of promoting engineering and technical creativity, science and new technologies in the media.
The Communication Laboratory—an RVC educational networking project—is aimed at strengthening connections in information ecosystem chains: science–education–mass media–public and science–business.
To develop common standards for sharing information between the scientific and research communities, mass media and the general public, as well as to identify a new class of specialists acting as communicators in the field of science.
- to determine the condition of scientific communication in Russia and priorities for its development;
- to initiate a dialogue between representatives of the scientific community and the public through the mass media in order to overcome barriers preventing communication between them;
- to promote the development of a culture and infrastructure for sharing information sharing between the science community and the mass media.
To help the scientific, educational and media communities establish effective interaction, learn to understand one another and meet common communication standards.
Scientists; communications officials from European and US universities and research organizations; journalists and editors of scientific, popular-scientific and public media; science promoters; creators and organizers of projects for the promotion of science; representatives of the press services of universities and research institutes; owners of knowledge-intensive businesses; professional communications associations and participants in ecosystems interested in the development of scientific communications in Russia are invited to take part in the project.
In 2017, the Communication Laboratory published an assessment of the condition of scientific communication in Russia in 2016-2017 and a compilation of best practices in the area of scientific communication. In addition, as part of the project, Russia’s first Communication Laboratory award for specialists in the field of scientific communication was established during the reporting year in an effort to establish quality standards for scientific communication in Russia. Prior to the creation of the award, a review of communication practices at more than 1,500 scientific-research and educational organizations was performed, 15 of which were included on the shortlist for the award and five of which were named as winners.
2017 National Report on Innovations
RVC, the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia and the Expert Council under the Government of the Russian Federation have been publishing the “National Report on Innovations in Russia” on an annual basis since 2015. The report’s authors assess the current environment for innovation in Russia, review innovative policy instruments and make recommendations for changes and improvements.
In 2017, staff from the Higher School of Economics took part in preparation of the third annual report, helping create a so-called panel of indicators used to measure innovation and a panel of instruments for innovation policy. Specialists from the Higher School of Economics suggested a number of changes to improve the study’s methodology and to expand the innovation assessment indicators.
When preparing the materials in 2017, the experts assessed the condition of the national innovation environment in Russia based on the dashboard methodology. They analyzed the key areas of state policy and measures taken to support innovation from May 2012 until October 2017 and assessed their impact on the changes in the dashboard indicators as of 2017, as well as the potential for future impact taking into account the delayed effect. State policy measures related to the key groups of the initiatives proposed in the first National Report on Innovations in 2015 were also reviewed.
The main theme of the 2017 National Report on Innovations in Russia was securing investments in the innovation sector of the Russian economy through venture market instruments. With this in mind, a decision was taken to conduct a survey among various players in the venture capital market, which helped assess their mood, planning horizons, specifics of their behavior strategy and perception of existing conditions. The results of the survey helped identify measures for the development of a mature venture capital market in five to seven years.
The next stage in the preparation of the 2017 National Report on Innovations in Russia involved expert discussions of the materials at major Russian forums by representatives of the business, scientific and research communities, state corporations and publicly owned companies, development institutions and innovative infrastructure facilities, as well as regional authorities.