40 specialists from Russia have passed through the training on managing VC funds


40 specialists from Russia have passed through the training on managing VC funds 

On November 26, 2015 the certificates of advanced training were granted to the first graduates of the program "Management of corporate VC fund," organized by NRU Higher School of Economics on commission from RVC The graduates include senior and top specialists who are responsible for promoting innovation and investment policies in such companies as Basic Element, UAC , Rosa tom , Russian Railways, Inter RAO , Alfa-Bank , MTS , Kaspersky Lab and others. Apart from business representatives, the educational program was also completed by supervisors of infrastructure companies and development institutions: Titanium Valley in Sverdlovsk Region, Arkhangelsk Region Development Corporation, Venture Capital Investment Fund in Small Business operating in the sphere of science and technology in Samara Region.

The program organized by the RVC is aimed at stimulating Russian companies to create corporate venture funds (CV funds). The VC funds are the essential source of financing for start-ups, so the companies are viewing them as opportunities for quick access to breakthrough technologies. A major barrier which prevents the radical growth of their number consists in the fact that Russia does not enough specialists who are familiar with the intricacies, entailed by the process of creating and managing fund portfolios.

"Traditionally, RVC places significant focus on the projects aimed at developing investors. We hope that now with new experience and knowledge the program members will take a step towards creating their VC funds and maximizing the efficiency of their operations, " — said Gulnara Bikkulova, the Director of the Department of Innovation markets, the RVC board member.

The lectures and workshops were conducted by the experts from NRU Higher School of Economics, Ministry of Economic Development, RVC , State Corporation Rostec, Deloitte, DuPont, UK "Leader", Branan Ventures, VEB- Innovations Fund . The program envisaged the training modules both in Russia and Germany, where students studied the practices of leading corporations, research centers, venture capital funds, accelerators and incubators. The partner of the program was DMAN Academy (Deutsche Management Akademie Niedersachsen), which provides qualified specialists and managerial personnel for the benefit of the international markets.

Tatiana Komissarova, the Dean of NRU Higher School of Economics "Since the present conditions necessitate the accelerated development of technologies, the ability to work in the model of "open innovation" should become the key competence for the companies. The experience of realising the first program shows that it is advantageous for the market and extremely attractive for the specialists. The school will continue to work on the case of corporate venture funds and is going to launch an open discussion platform for public debate on solving important issues and actual problems. We are going to engage in the process a number of leading Russian and international experts ."

In 2016, the program "Management of corporate venture funds" will become part of the curriculum of the Higher School of Economics .


About RVC

RVC OJSC is a state fund of funds, development institution of the Russian Federation, and one of the key tools of the state in creating national innovation system. The authorized capital of RVC is more than 30 billion rubles. RVC's capital is owned in full by the Russian Federation represented by the Federal Agency for State Property Management of the Russian Federation (Rosimushestvo). The total number of funds formed by RVC has reached 22 with the aggregate size of RUB 30.3 bn. The share of RVC is RUB 19.3 bn. The number of innovative companies approved for investment by RVC funds reached 184. The total amount of invested assets reached 17 billion rubles. Since 2015, RVC OJSC has been defined as a project office for implementation of the National Technology Initiative (NTI) — the long-term strategy of the country's technological development, aimed at formation of new global markets by 2035.

National Research University Higher School of Economics is a research university. The school actively explores markets, discovers new market niches and analyses customer behaviour. Jointly with the students the school has devised a number of programs aimed at developing the market for feasible projects of different companies.

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