The session was attended by RVC General Director Alexander Povalko, Director of the Internet Initiatives Development Foundation Kirill Varlamov and Stanislav Bliznyuk, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Tinkoff Bank. Artem Androsov, coordinator of youth entrepreneurship "Opora Rossii", acted as moderator.
By opening the discussion, Kirill Varlamov spoke about the history and work of the Internet Initiatives Development Foundation (IIDF):
He also told us about interesting project development cases from the IIDF portfolio and noted that his idea and approach to business can change at different start-up stages:
In his speech, Alexander Povalko noted that one of the most comprehensive sets of tools has recently been created in Russia to support entrepreneurship. Among the main tasks of RVC, Alexander Povalko singled out the formation of "global champions", large rapidly developing technology companies. He also noted the role of the institution of development as NTI design office:
According to Alexander Povalko, today’s Russia lacks highly qualified specialists and professional teams. To solve this problem, the educational platform "University 20.35" will be launched in the near future to train experts in the field of digital economy.
Stanislav Bliznyuk told the story how they came up with the idea to establish a bank without offices. In 2006, an expert team led by Oleg Tinkov had such an idea, and in 2007, the new bank issued the first card:
Stanislav Bliznyuk advises not to hesitate copying other people's ideas and launch start-ups, while, at the same, bringing some own insights. The Bank actively works with young entrepreneurs and supports their projects. The bank, in particular, launched the Fintech School, which trains professionals in the development of technology projects in the field of finance.
The Forum "Russia is a country of opportunities" gathered about 6,500 representatives of the 14 projects of the open platform "Russia is a country of opportunities". The platform is a modern innovative environment for self-actualisation of active citizens of all professions and age categories. The participants of the forum presented their own initiatives, became familiar with a successful experience of different regions of the country, received an opportunity to improve their managerial skills and other competencies necessary for successful work in their areas of interest.