Representatives of public authorities, development institutions, corporations and businesses came together on January 18 at the Gaidar Forum 2018 "Russia and the World: Goals and Values" to discuss the outcomes of the implementation of the priority project ‘National Champions’ of the Russian Ministry of Economic Development in 2017 and outline key directions and plans for the upcoming year.
By opening the discussion, the State Secretary and Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation Oleg Fomichev noted the high growth rates of high-tech business in Russia and spoke about the support provided to the participants of the National Champions Project by development institutions and federal executive bodies.
According to Artem Shadrin, Director of Strategic Development and Innovation Department of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, it is important that development institutions focus on the support of the leading companies and those who are able to increase sales and set up production. A separate direction in working with companies will be their involvement in the National Technology Initiative so that they can take advantage of NTI support measures.
He also draw attention to the project tasks for the next year — to help companies enter the capital market, hold an IPO and place bonds.
Alexander Povalko, the General Director of RVC, spoke about support directions for companies within NTI.
He also added that based on additional collaboration with companies, AutoNet, AeroNet and HelthNet are of greatest interest as promising markets of NTI, products in SafeNet and HelthNet directions are finalized to the largest extent.
Dan Medovnikov, Director of the Institute of Innovation Management at the Higher School of Economics, said that TechUspekh rating which is the base of selection for the National Champions Project, has made it possible for several years of its existence to conduct an in-depth study of fast-growing high-tech companies. In his speech, he presented the results of a survey of participants in the 2017 rating.
Kirill Bulatov, General Director of VEB Innovations LLC, said that the fund is considering a partnership with companies that are ready to become global, and already cooperates with a number of participants of the National Champions project. The fund focuses on robotics, quantum technologies, blockchain and other technological areas.
Gennady Margolit, Executive Director for the Market of Innovations and Investments at the Moscow Stock Exchange, told about a joint project with the Ministry of Economic Development to encourage technology companies approaching the exchange market: as part of this project, the Moscow Stock Exchange is ready to assist in the selection of intermediaries, in conducting procedures related to marketing and road shows. He also emphasized the growth of companies' activity in 2017:
The session also saw a festive awarding ceremony for winners of the second qualification stage for the National Champions priority project. 32 companies selected among the winners of the TechUspekh-2017 rating were announced as laureates. The rating has been conducted by RVC since 2012. Thus, the list of participants of the National Champions project has been extended to 62 companies, taking into account the thirty of them selected in 2016.