The Russian-Belarusian Venture Investment Fund, which was established by RVC, RVC Infrafund and the Belarusian Innovation Fund, has invested RUB 25M in AgroDronGroup, an R&D company that develops agricultural drones.
The 8-9 March saw competitions of robotic-wheeled micro-cars — RoboRacers, as part of the 10th All-Russian robotic festival PROFEST 2018. RVC supported the event in preparation for the NTI technological competition "Winter City", which is scheduled for launch in 2018.
Microsoft Corporation will participate in the selection of projects in the FinTech track and the media direction of the Creative track of the GenerationS Federal Start-up Accelerator, organized by RVC.
On March 14, a panel discussion "Effective start-ups: Russia and the World" was held within the framework of the All-Russian Forum "Russia is a Country of Opportunities". Representatives of development and business institutions discussed measures of state support for start-ups as well as opportunities for the development of high-tech business in Russia.
Out of 2,226 technological start-ups that passed the training program within the regional practical consulting sessions (RPCS) in 2016, 1825 (82%) continued development and 334 (15%) reached new stages of development.
The Educational Centre Sirius in Sochi summed up the results of the All-Russian Engineering Olympiad of the National Technological Initiative (NTI). The 11 best teams and 18 winners in the individual all-around were defined based on final tests’ results. The main prize is 100 USE (Uniform state exam) points in core subjects upon admission to the leading Russian universities.
On February 15, within the framework of the 17th annual Russian Investment Forum in Sochi, RVC held a business breakfast on the following topic: "Efficiency of venture market ecosystem’s operation: how to activate commercialization of innovations". Participants of the event discussed the necessary tools to develop the venture industry and specifics of interaction between its key participants.
14 февраля РВК провела бизнес-завтрак с участием партнеров и инвесторов ведущих российских венчурных фондов. Эксперты обсудили возможные преимущества и риски работы с государственным капиталом, а также детально ознакомились с параметрами открытого конкурса на поиск управляющего товарища венчурного фонда НТИ.
2017 became a landmark for RVC: RVC approved a development strategy for 2017-2030 which defines the mission, strategic goal and tools that ensure the work of company’s key areas: development and implementation of financial and non-financial instruments for the development of the venture investment and technological entrepreneurship market, stimulation of the creation of an own venture investment industry in Russia and execution of the functions of the Project Office of the National Technological Initiative (NTI).
The 3 February saw the 3rd Congress of the Neuronet Industrial Union in Moscow with the support by RVC. Leading representatives of Russian innovation infrastructures as well as science and businesses took part in the congress. The main theme of discussions within the framework of the congress, apart from summing up the results of the first years of work, was to define the further development trajectory in the Neuronet high-tech market.
Representatives of public authorities, development institutions, corporations and businesses came together on January 18 at the Gaidar Forum 2018 "Russia and the World: Goals and Values" to discuss the outcomes of the implementation of the priority project ‘National Champions’ of the Russian Ministry of Economic Development in 2017 and outline key directions and plans for the upcoming year.
Representatives of development institutions, corporations and businesses discussed the necessary steps to effectively transform the interaction between universities and businesses during the panel discussion "Leading Companies and Universities: Tasks and Ideas for Technological Breakthrough", which took place on January 16 as part of Gaidar Forum 2018: "Russia and the World: Goals and Values."
More than 200 project teams from 52 cities applied for participation in the largest start-up accelerator GenerationS in Russia and Eastern Europe. An exclusive license to launch the track is owned by Infrafund RVC, LLC.
On December 22, the competition commission formed by the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia, summed up the results of the competitive selection of grant recipients for state support of the National Technology Initiative centres at universities and scientific organizations. Six NTI Competence Centres have been selected, four of which are formed at the premises of universities and two — on the basis of scientific organizations. By order of the Government of the Russian Federation, RVC is entrusted with maintenance and monitoring of the centers’ activities.
The Ministry of Economic Development of Russia approved a list of 32 companies that have become new participants in the priority project called Support for Private High-tech Companies-leaders (National Champions), aimed at providing focused support to companies in various industries that have a significant potential to conquer domestic and foreign markets. Companies were selected from among the participants of TechUspekh rating in 2017 organized by RVC.
According to the annual research of the dynamics of the development of scientific communication in Russia 2016-2017, conducted by the educational and networking project "Communication Laboratory" of RVC in partnership with ITMO University, the number of publications on science in the Russian mass media is growing, the share of original content is increasing, the websites of leading universities are indexed by the monitoring system "Medialogy" as media.
According to the results of the second stage of the NTI Olympiad, organized by the RVC, 578 schoolchildren entered the finals. Among them, there are finalists of 15 profiles, winners and prize-winners of the last year's NTI Olympiad and open engineering competitions.
RVC announces the beginning of the selection of the managing partner (MP) for the NTI venture fund. The fund will be established in the form of an investment partnership for a period of 10 years, the investment period will be 5 years. The operator of the selection procedure will be RVC Infrafund, which in future will become a mere fellow investor of the fund created in accordance with the draft of the National Technology Initiative "Venture Support for the Growth of NTI Companies".
According to Firrma's annual activity rating of Russian venture funds, the strategic partners of which are RVC and EY, 2017 saw three times as many established venture capital funds (11) compared to the previous year (4).