On October 28, the "Open Innovation" Forum held the "Venture capital investment – 2015" National Award Ceremony. The award established by RVCA and RVC in 2014, is awarded to the leaders of Russian VC industry - to the funds demonstrating a high class and investment culture, establishing professional standards of business practices and identifying key trends in the domestic venture capital industry.
The award is delivered in 7 categories. The "Person of the Year" award is delivered by Expert jury hors concours. The Jury Chairman is Andrey Fursenko, Assistant to the President of the Russian Federation.
The criteria for the "Best Venture Investor" selection is the company's leadership in terms of the number of companies they have invested and transactions in terms of withdraws, the largest total investments volume and withdraws from the companies.
2015 year winners are:
Best venture capital investment – Almaz Capital
Best early stage venture transaction – "Bioprocess Capital Ventures" Closed-End Mutual Fund of High-Risk (Venture) Investments (CEMF HR(V)I
Best venture capital investor into the regions – Yakutia Venture Company JSC
Discovery of the year – Starta Capital Accessor Fund I
Best withdrawal – AddVenture Fund
Best seed stage investor – Foundation for Development of Internet Initiatives (FDII)
Best syndicated venture transaction – InVenture Parthners, FinSight I LP and Intel Capital
Person of the Year – Dmitry Borisovich Chikharev, Runa Capital managing partner
The winners were selected from 347 venture capital funds operating in the Russian territory on the basis of objective statistical data and research of equity and venture capital market in Russia in 2014. When making decisions, they took into account a non-financial contribution of the funds in the companies’ development and the transaction's impact on the market. 21 funds were selected in the list of nominees at the first stage.
The ceremony was attended by the Expert jury members: Igor Agamirzyan, RVC CEO, Oleg Fomichev, Russian Deputy Minister for Economic Development, Andrey Fursenko, Assistant to the President of the Russian Federation, Alexander Afanasyev, Chairman of the Board of Moscow Exchange JSC, Sergey Polyakov, General Director of the Foundation for Assistance to Development of Small Research and Technology Enterprises, Andrey Svinarenko, Managing Director of the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs, Konstantin Fokin, President of the National Association of Business Angels, Anatoly Chubais, CEO of MC RUSNANO LLC, Dmitry Alexandrov, President of the National League of Management Companies, Ivan Rodionov, HSE Professor, RVCA Executive Officer, and top managers of the largest Russian private equity and venture capital investments funds.
Igor Agamirzyan, RVC CEO, said: "Russian venture market has completed the initial stage of its growth and demonstrated a significantly increased adaptability, sustainability and efficiency. It is time to ensure a proper integration of numerous elements of the innovation and technological entrepreneurship ecosystem emerged during the recent years: funds, technology parks, business incubators, start-up schools, technology transfer centers and regional innovation clusters. The alignment between all infrastructure facilities became one of the RVC priorities in 2014".
Please, find more information at the Award web site: awards.rvca.ru
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 30.3 billion rubles. The share of RVC is 19.3 billion rubles. The number of innovative companies approved for investment by RVC funds has reached 182. The total amount of invested assets has reached 16.9 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.
RVCA (Russian Venture Capital Association) is a professional association of representatives of venture funds and private equity funds. The RVCA activities are focused on formation and development of venture funds and private equity funds market in Russia, and creation of proper conditions for its development.