Russia develops a standard to embed technology and innovation into private and public companies


The Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI), PJSC Sberbank, the Skolkovo Foundation, the Russian Venture Company (RVC) and the Internet Initiatives Development Fund (IIDF) have signed the Agreement to develop the standard for introducing technologies and Innovations in large public and state companies. The signing took place at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF-2018) on May 24, 2018.

The agreement says that the standard for introducing technologies and innovations will be used as a mechanism to regularly generate proposals on how to increase demand for Russia-based technologies and how to make domestic companies more competitive. The developers of the Standard will take into account the best Russian and international practices as well as previous studies in the field of innovation.

The best practices and standards will be analyzed by a special expert group, consisting of representatives of development institutions, consulting companies, as well as large Russian and international innovative corporations, that are interested in further improving efficiency of their own innovations.

According to ASI’s CEO, Svetlana Chupsheva, in the end there should be a document which is able to explain to corporate management board how to build an effective cooperation with external innovations, create internal motivation system and a corporate culture, open to internal and external technology startups.

‘I am sure that this year the project will be attended by every single large and private national company. Thus, an entirely new market will be created and the government will presently issue a new order for products of the NTI markets of the future,’ said Svetlana Chupsheva.

‘We have made the agreement open-ended so that other companies and development institutions can also contribute to development of the Standard and implementation of pilot projects,’ said Artyom Avetisyan, the Director of the ASI’s New Business.

Igor Drozdov, Chairman of the Board of the Skolkovo Foundation, stressed that nowadays major companies must constantly introduce advanced technologies and methods of work in order to be competitive in the world of ever-changing technology trends and customer expectations.

‘Skolkovo has a vast experience of cooperating with both small innovative enterprises offering such solutions and with large businesses. We are ready to provide all necessary expert support for development of the single standard,’ said Igor Drozdov.

Kirill Varlamov, Director of the Internet Initiatives Development Foundation (IIDF): ‘To connect start-ups and new technologies with major corporations is of strategic importance, because without this connection there is no self-sufficient ecosystem within our country. Because this system has not yet been built and start-ups are not financially supported by government, they are forced to leave the country and earn ‘big dollar’ outside Russia. If we develop and implement the Standard, we will be able to build this system as well‘.

To involve corporations in innovative ecosystem is one of the RVC’s top priorities.

‘We have accumulated many years of experience building bridges between corporate customers and technology start-ups during GenerationS accelerators and other ecosystem projects. We are well aware of the ‘bottlenecks’ and potential benefits of such cooperation and can guide a company through every stage of mastering the ‘open innovation’ model, - stressed Alexander Povalko, the CEO of the RVC


According to expert estimates, Russian government invests in R&D support 2.5 times as much as the companies themselves do, while in other countries the situation is quite the contrary. In particular, the US and China governments spend on innovation three times as little as the corporate sector does. Moreover, the share of domestic companies introducing new technologies and having the corresponding tools to do so is only about 3-5%, while the average indicator in the EU countries is 15-25%.

According to experts, this is largely due to the fact that state companies and major industry players are not sufficiently motivated and have no elaborate approaches to finding and implementing advanced solutions.

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