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