According to Firrma's annual activity rating of Russian venture funds, the strategic partners of which are RVC and EY, 2017 saw three times as many established venture capital funds (11) compared to the previous year (4).
On December 12, 2017 at the conference "NTI's Technology competitions" RVC, ASI and Skolkovo Foundation launched Public Consultations on NTI's technology competitions. The discussions will last until January 31, 2018.
The proceeds of Russian technology “gazelles” have reached 285 billion rubles. On December 12, 2017, winners of the sixth annual National Rating of Russian High-Tech fastest-growing companies "TechUspekh-2017" organized by RVC have been announced.
American biotechnology company OncoTartis Inc., which is developing a new class of antitumor drugs, raised $ 6 million from two investors. The funds will be used to conduct Phase I of clinical trials for OT-82, a drug for resistant forms of acute leukemia.
In the end of 2018, the Russian Government plans to present a strategy for the venture capital market development. It is being developed by the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation jointly with the RVC.
The Russian venture capital market's key results of 2017 were presented on November 30, 2017 at the IV annual Forum "Ecosystem of Innovations" organized by RVC. The experts summed up the year's results, outlined current problems and trends in the venture capital market development.
RVC, Roscosmos and VEB Innovations announced establishment of a venture fund in form of Investment Partnership Agreement. The agreement of intent was signed by Alexander Povalko, the CEO of RVC, Anton Zhiganov, executive director for business development and commercialization at Roskosmos and Kirill Bulatov, CEO of VEB Innovations LLC.
Biofund RVC's portfolio company National Bioservice opened a laboratory on November 23 in the Skolkovo Technopark. It has been the third laboratory by this company; the other two are located in St. Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod.
The Russia-based company Vocord, one of the leading developers of intelligent video surveillance, biometric identification and computer vision systems, has announced the release of software components and tools for the development of Android-based facial recognition applications.
Alexey Basov was appointed Deputy General Director and Investment Director of RVC. Alexey will be in charge for the implementation of company's strategy in the field of investment policy, programs and projects.
Gazprom Neft has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Phystech Ventures and North Energy Ventures, RVC-funded venture capital firms managing several funds and investing consistently in the development of hydrocarbon production technologies in Russia.
For the pilot implementation of the projects of the National Technological Initiative, a working group will be established in the Novgorod Oblast, including representatives of the NTI Project Office, the Administration and public authorities of the Novgorod Oblast, companies participating in the road maps of the NTI markets as well as individual technological entrepreneurs.