The Regional Practical Consulting Sessions (RPCS) are Free RVC intensive sessions intended for representatives of innovative companies, the scientific community, universities, professionals and investors — are held from June to September in twenty cities of Russia and CIS countries. This year the RPCS program will be expanded: it includes educational modules for investors and business angels.
The Regional Practical Consulting Sessions (RPCS) are the RVC program aimed at creating an innovation ecosystem in the regions and the development of regional entrepreneurship in the sphere of high technologies. Free educational intensive sessions allow regional start-ups to obtain the necessary information for the development and further commercialization of the project, and allow investors to identify the most promising ideas for investment.
The geography of regional meetings in 2016 includes twenty regions with developing innovative ecosystem. This year's program includes seven new Russian regions, which hold the RPCS for the first time: Sochi, Lipetsk, Nalchik, Sevastopol, Orenburg, Kursk, Yoshkar-Ola, as well as the capital of Tajikistan, Dushanbe. Also, this year the RPCS are held in Rostov-on-Don, Surgut, Barnaul, Omsk, Cheboksary, Grozny, Novokuznetsk, Chelyabinsk, Ufa, Tambov, Saransk, Ulan-Ude. It is assumed that the free educational intensive sessions will be attended by about 1,500 people, more than 600 regional technology projects will receive expert advice.
In 2016, the RPCS program acquires a modular format: the regional sessions program is divided into three thematic areas. Educational intensive session for startups consists of two modules. The first module includes lectures on the basics of venture capital and entrepreneurship, individual preparation of projects for presentation to investors. The second module is formed in accordance with the request of the region and may include workshops, networking and advice, as well as individual training projects. The third module is held for representatives of venture capital funds, business angel communities and regional innovation centers and will include, in particular, advice to investors in accordance with topics requested by region. Moreover, the program of consulting sessions includes training to participate in technological projects of GenerationS-2016 — the largest startup accelerator in Russia and Eastern Europe, which has been held by the RVC since 2013. The RPCS exists already for eight years, and since the beginning of the program in 2008 more than 160 regional sessions of practical consulting have been made, and about 11,000 people have acquired practical skills and knowledge.
RPCS is a comprehensive project combining both consulting and educational activities necessary for the successful operation and development of various actors of the innovation ecosystem, said the Deputy Head and the Chief of Development of the RVC Gulnara Bikkulova. The RPCS, the support of regional acceleration programs and the federal accelerator GenerationS of the RVC in the aggregate represent a mechanism of "innovation elevator" that allows you to develop the projects from the stage of idea to the stage of receiving investments, regardless of the geography of the project.
The operator of the RPCS 2016 is the company of LOGA Group. In the RVC calendar it's possible to learn when the RPCS are held in your region and to get the registration instructions. Details and feedback from participants are on the website of the RPCS operator.