Mayor Sobyanin to Introduce Draft Bill on Innovation Cluster at Moscow City Duma

The innovation cluster will bring together business incubators, technology parks, universities, R&D organizations, and IT companies.



During a recent meeting, members of the presidium of the Moscow Government discussed and approved the draft bill “On Moscow's Innovation Cluster.” Soon the bill will be submitted for consideration to the Moscow City Duma.

The innovation cluster will bring together on one platform business incubators, technology parks, universities, R&D organizations, and IT companies. To join the cluster, interested parties just need to submit an application online. 

The draft bill defines the basic concepts, goals and objectives of the cluster, the role of the Moscow Government in it, the legal status of the cluster's participants, and the measures to support them. A dedicated fund will be established to serve the cluster.

The core of the cluster will be an IT platform to facilitate interaction among those looking for project partners or interested in creating a new product or service. The platform will also enable entrepreneurs to work with representatives of local government departments and state corporations and submit enquiries for specialized support. 

The cluster will help businesses and scientists join efforts for a powerful synergy. This project is important for boosting Moscow's innovation potential and shaping its innovation ecosystem. 

Bridging Innovation and Talent

Moscow counts more than 20,000 innovation infrastructure entities, including 47 engineering universities, 752 R&D organizations, 34 technology parks, more than 5,000 technology-intensive companies and more 12,000 IT firms. Together, they employ hundreds of thousands of scientists, engineers, computer programmers and other highly qualified professionals.

To foster its innovation ecosystem, the city offers multiple incentive measures, such as equipment subsidies, low-rate loans, export benefits, and various support options for technology parks and other innovative organizations.

Despite these measures, there is still not enough coordination and horizontal collaboration between science and industry. Researcher and engineers are often unaware of opportunities provided by their colleagues – they don't know how to obtain funding, where to make a pilot batch, or how to begin serial production. 

This fragmentation hinders the transfer of technologies to the real sector, reduces the competitiveness of domestic goods, and slows the growth of hi-tech startups.

To help Moscow's scientists and entrepreneurs overcome existing barriers, the city initiated the creation of an innovation cluster. The idea was supported by President Vladimir Putin. On November 26 last year, he signed a decree titled “On the Creation of an Innovation Cluster in Moscow.”

Source: mos.ru

7 february 2019