Russian Venture Company (RVC) and the Institute for National Projects research and consulting center conducted a study according to which 83% of Russians are positive about entrepreneurship, and more than half of those surveyed would advise children to start their own business. The press service of the company informed about it on Friday.
The survey involved eight thousand Russians from different regions of Russia. Its results were also discussed with experts and tested on focus groups. The study aimed to assess the influence of socio-cultural characteristics of Russians on the innovative potential of the country, including the prospects for the implementation of the National Technological Initiative, whose project office is RVC.
At the same time, the respondents believed that others were less positive about entrepreneurs than themselves — only 66% agreed that Russian residents were positive about entrepreneurs. The authors of the survey also identified the essential qualities that people endowed with their business owners.
About 30% of respondents said that they were planning to open a new business in the following three years. Researchers suggest that Russians take the idea of working for themselves positively for the reason that the income from this method of earning depends mainly on their efforts, and there is no risk of dismissal. At the same time, in the minds of most people, entrepreneurship is associated with wealth and independence.
The study also identified the main limitations that, according to respondents, prevent them from starting their own business; 74% called the deficit of financial resources a barrier, 65% — complicated administrative procedures, 63% — the lack of knowledge and skills. More than half of the survey participants (54%) believe that they should not start their own business if there is a risk of failure.
It is traditionally believed that well-off and well-educated residents of large cities possess the highest potential for a successful business, including innovation. According to the study, it is educated youth aged 18–30 who live in large cities that demonstrate psychological attitudes that are useful in their work. Thus, 86% of Russian residents aged 18–30 believe that new situations should not be avoided; 92% of them believe that entrepreneurship is the right career choice.