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The Russian venture company summed up the results of its activities in 2019, reports the RVC press service. The implementation of the National Technological Initiative, whose design office has been RVC since 2015, has also become a priority area of work.
In 2019, the Interdepartmental Working Group on the Implementation of NTI under the Government Commission on the Modernization of the Economy and Innovative Development of Russia approved 15 new projects for implementation. Development companies will receive support in overcoming regulatory barriers, as well as financing in the form of grants and contributions to the authorized capital for a total amount of about three billion roubles.
On the Aeronet market, there have been approved some projects to create the first test site for unmanned aviation in Russia, the integration system of unmanned and manned aviation into a single airspace RUTM, the Kursir mobile flight test complex, the Sputniks small spacecraft platform, and the ERA cargo drone.
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On the Marinet market, the project to create a platform for virtual simulation of crewless navigation received support.
On the Autonet market, the second stage of the Avtodata project implementation was approved.
On the Energynet market, the ꓯPlatform distributed energy management project and the Rope-walker drone-based power grid maintenance system were approved.
On the Neuronet market, an open platform for voice assistants SOVA and a platform for virtual reality Virry Lifestyle.
On the Healthnet market, grant support was given to the project on the creation of the gene therapy anti-tumour drug AntioncoRAN-M in the Technet market — a digital solution for the production of wires based on high-temperature superconductors.
Within the Club Movement, some projects were launched to train personnel for the marine industry, to conduct engineering competitions and contests in marine robotics.
At the end of the year, NTI projects created more than 240 results of intellectual activity, 20% of projects completed the R&D stage, and entered the first sales. The amount of private co-financing attracted to the plans amounted to 3.7 billion roubles.
In 2019, the first results of the NTI Competence Centres were summed up, the main task of which is the commercialisation of research results. A total of 14 Centres are working on more than 150 research projects, 12 of which were completed in 2019. More than 9 thousand specialists were trained in educational programs in the field of end-to-end technologies. At the end of the year, more than 350 participating companies entered the consortia of the NTI Competence Centres, and the centres' revenues exceeded 3.5 billion roubles.
In 2019, the first series of Up Great technological contests in the field of uncrewed transport and hydrogen energy “Winter City” and “First Element” were completed.
Eight teams took part in the final tests. The best result in overcoming the technological barrier of the Winter City contest was demonstrated by the StarLine team.
The leaders of the First Element Contest were the Unmanned Helicopter Systems and Polytech teams. In July, a student competition in the field of machine vision technology Ice Vision, a 48-hour hackathon, was completed, in which teams from six countries took part. In December, applications began to be accepted for a new series of Up Great contests in the field of artificial intelligence with a prize fund of 200 million rubles.
As part of supporting high-tech business in 2019, RVC also completed the collection of applications for the ranking of fast-growing companies TechUspekh. The leaders of the rating were 110 companies with total revenue of 220 billion roubles. A feature of the 2019 rating was its focus on identifying fast-growing technological enterprises that are promising in the context of the NTI markets, and their projects that can be further supported through the NTI tools.
To remove regulatory barriers to the development of new markets and breakthrough products, in 2019, the implementation of normative “road maps” of NTI continued. The working groups developed 45 draft regulatory legal acts, 33 of which were approved, including federal laws, government, and international statutes. In particular, in the direction of Aeronet, a Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation was adopted on the procedure for accounting for uncrewed aircraft weighing up to 30 kg. The experiment was launched on the Energy Market to manage the demand for electricity for retail consumers, new order on the Healthnet market allowed the Russian Ministry of Health to reduce the time for state registration of biomedical products significantly.
In the area of normative and technical regulation in 2019, RVC, with the support of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation and Rosstandart, initiated the creation of Technical Committee 164 “Artificial Intelligence”, whose responsibilities included a wide range of issues related to the regulation of the application of AI technologies. In December, the first two national standards in this area were approved: GOST R 58776-2019 “Means of Monitoring Behavior and Predicting People's Intentions. Terms and Definitions” and GOST R 58777-2019 “Air Transport. Airports. Technical Means of Inspection. Methodology for Determining Indicators of the Quality of Recognition of Illegal Investments from Shadow X-ray Images.”
More than 40 new national standards in the field of digital technologies in 2019, together with market players, initiated Technical Committee 194 “Cyber-physical systems” based on RVC. The most important event was the development and approval by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation and Rosstandart of the first state medium-term planning document in the field of normative and technical regulation of digital technologies — the long-term standardization plan for 2018–2025. In 2019, the efforts of the TC also officially approved the first national standard in the field of the Internet of Things — it became the IoT Protocol NB-Fistandard. International experts supported another draft of the IoT standard as a complete protocol for the LoRaWAN family. The expansion of the membership of the committee and its working groups continued — by the end of 2019, their number exceeded 100 organizations.
In 2019, RVC also provided expert, methodological, and organizational support to the innovation communities of the regions with a view to their involvement in the NTI implementation. The methodological basis for this was the “regional standard” developed by RVC; NTI — a set of recommendations for authorities and leaders of regional entrepreneurial communities on the development of NTI projects and supporting services.
In 2019, RVC, together with partners, implemented a set of projects aimed at developing talents for new technology markets — schoolchildren, students, and young entrepreneurs.
In April 2019, the results of the final tests of the NTI school Olympiad in 19 engineering profiles were summed up. More than 1,000 children from all over Russia took part in them, and 159 winners from 37 regions received 100 USE points for admission to leading engineering universities. In the new season, within the framework of the Olympics, a direction was opened for students of Grades 5–7 for the first time. More than 80 thousand applications have already been received for participation in the 2019/2020 school year competitions.
For the second year around, the NTI Class — an all-Russian campaign — took place in schools, joined by more than 1.5 thousand educational institutions across the country. The goal of the program is to acquaint school students with NTI, tell them about future professions and involve them in solving actual engineering problems.
To develop the entrepreneurial competencies of students, RVC continued the introduction of the training course “Innovative Economics and Technological Entrepreneurship”. In 2019, the course was implemented at 41 universities; more than seven thousand students attended the training. Besides, together with the First MGMU named after Sechenov, RVC began developing a specialized version of the course for medical universities. The students of the course will learn to develop their own projects and work on the commercialisation of technologies in the field of medicine, pharmaceuticals, and healthcare. The testing of the industry version of the course and its replication to regional medical universities will be carried out in 2020.
In 2019, five years marked the first graduation of students of the RVC Base Department at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology “Technology Project Management”. During this time, over 100 undergraduates became graduates of the department, more than 20 teachers were involved — employees of venture funds and technology companies. In 2019, the RVC Basic Department, in partnership with the Russian Quantum Centre and NITU MISiS, developed and implemented in a network form the master's program “Project Management in the Field of Quantum Communications”, as well as three commercial continuing education programs. Today, the competition for admission to the department is six people per place.
In 2019, RVC initiated a large-scale project for the development of Rukami's technical creativity. Maker festivals were held in 10 regions, attended by over 40 thousand guests. As part of the project, also launched a practice exchange program for resource centres — a set of activities aimed at creating a new type of technology clubs involving children and young people in the technology enthusiast community. In total, about three thousand people took part in the initiatives of the program.
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In December 2019, the Sochi Global Technology Leadership Forum was held in Sochi, bringing together 1,500 participants. The central theme was the formation of state technological policy at the turn of the 2020s. The Forum hosted stress tests and presentations of roadmaps for the development of high-tech areas based on end-to-end technologies, strategic sessions with the participation of state corporations, presentations of technology consortia, and events of the National Technology Initiative community.
Also, RVC traditionally acted as a co-organizer of the Open Innovation Forum. At the interactive stand of RVC — Global Connection Hub, discussions were held on issues of artificial intelligence, big data, the dynamics of the Russian venture market, and standards for the Internet of Things. A separate area of the stand was dedicated to the Up Great contest “Winter City”. Up Great teams, NTI projects, GenerationS start-ups, and portfolio companies of RVC funds presented their products at the forum exhibition.
In the field of international cooperation, in September 2019, the 4th Russian-Chinese Forum “Investments in Innovations” was held in Shanghai, which brought together more than three hundred representatives of companies and funds of the two countries. The Forum guests discussed issues of joint commercialisation of innovative products and the creation of venture capital funds. A separate thematic track of the Forum was artificial intelligence.