Money or people? Technological Entrepreneurship Frontiers

January 13, 2017, 12:00 – 14:00, Building 5, 5th Floor, Room 514

The competitiveness capabilities of Russian technology companies in global markets are among the most reliable criteria to assess the status of the private and public sectors of the national innovation system. The investment and financing efficiency is determined by the competencies and strategic vision of the companies’ owners and management: the ability to quickly enter new niches by outstripping the competitors, taking the most advantageous positions in the added-value chains, earning the technological rent. How can one accelerate the formation of a "critical mass" of quickly growing Russian technological companies to achieve economically meaningful contributions to the gross domestic product?

Issues for Discussion

  • Role and place of technological entrepreneurship in the modern Russian economy
  • What’s a "bottleneck" now: money or expertise?
  • How harmoniously do the hard and the soft infrastructure sectors blend?
  • Is it time to shift priorities towards business quality development?
  • What can be done?
  • Where is the "golden mean" determining the degree and possibility of the impact on "intangible" factors of human capital development in the technological entrepreneurship environment?


  • Igor Agamirzian
    Igor Agamirzian

    Vice President, National Research University Higher School of Economics

  • Albina Nikkonen
    Albina Nikkonen

    Executive Director, Russian Venture Capital Association (RVCA)


  • Artem Shadrin
    Artem Shadrin

    Director, Department for Strategic Development and Innovation, Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation

  • Vladimir Knyaginin
    Vladimir Knyaginin

    Vice-President, Center for Strategic Development

  • Sergey Polyakov
    Sergey Polyakov

    General Director, Innovation Promotion Fund

  • Andrey Svinarenko
    Andrey Svinarenko

    CEO, the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs, RUSNANO JSC

  • Evgeny Kuznetsov
    Evgeny Kuznetsov

    Deputy General Manager, Program Director, RVK JSC

  • Aleksandr Fertman
    Aleksandr Fertman

    Research Director, Nuclear Technologies Cluster, Skolkvo Foundation

  • Igor Gladkikh
    Igor Gladkikh

    Executive Director, Regional Fund, St. Petersburg Research and Technology Advancement

  • Ekaterina Shapochka
    Ekaterina Shapochka

    Member, Expert Council under the Government of the Russian Federation; Executive Director, FORUM Analytical Center

  • Taliya Minullina
    Taliya Minullina

    Head, Investment Development Agency of the Republic of Tatarstan

  • Ivan Rodionov
    Ivan Rodionov

    Professor, National Research University - Higher School of Economics