Opportunities and discoveries in innovative business at PTFair 2013
On March 14, 2013 a round table – Opportunities and discoveries – was held within the framework of the international exhibition and congress HI-TECH 2013 and St Petersburg Technical Fair.
Participants of the round table discussed major issues of the development of innovative business, including:
Dmitry Abrarov, Chief Expert in Infrastructure Projects, Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, Russian Venture Company OJSC, Vladimir Avigdor, Investment Manager, Russian Venture Company Seed Fund, Luisa Alexandrova, Chairman of the St Petersburg organisation for business angels (SOBA), Alexander Kashirin, Head of the Department of Innovations and Strategic Development at Rostec State Corporation, Mikhail Rayak, Executive Director of the NCO Fund of pre-seed investments, Oleg Reutov, Head of the Department for Interregional Affairs and Exhibition Business of the Department of Industry, Innovations and Entrepreneurship of Novosibirsk City Council, Igor Rozhdestvensky, Director of Business Incubator at Technopark Ingria, Aleksey Filimonov, Commercial Director at Technopark Skolkovo.
Investing into projects, peculiarities of cooperation between founders and investors as well as state support to innovation business were chosen as the major topics for discussion.
A fierce debate was brought by the question of innovative project development. In the end, experts came to a conclusion that it is necessary to choose the right moment for turning an idea into project, and a project into business.
“There is a need for innovative education. We should not only train, but study too”, ended up Alexander Kashirin from Rostec.