Moscow's Innovation Cluster to Begin Operations Soon
Moscow's innovation cluster will bring together IT companies, business incubators, technology parks and academic institutions within a single platform. According to Mayor Sobyanin, the platform is ready and can start working in the near future.
“I believe joining the cluster should be made as simple as possible, so that entrepreneurs could access all government support options available on the federal and regional levels,” said Sobyanin at the first meeting of the cluster's advisory board. “This will definitely spur the development of innovations in Moscow.”
“The cluster will unleash Moscow's potential. It will facilitate collaboration among innovators, help them find customers and contractors.”
Moscow has close to 20 thousand innovative organizations, including research institutions, universities, certification centers, labs, IT firms and manufacturing companies. The city has a share of 40% of all patents registered in the Russian Federation; 40% of all revenues from R&D are also generated here.
“Such a tremendous potential requires due attention. In the last few years, Moscow has introduced a number of instruments to support innovative businesses, including subsidies, tax incentives, and other benefits. We've also created a specialized infrastructure for these companies – Skolkovo Innovation Center, a science and technology valley at the Moscow State University, dozens of technology parks, and other specialized clusters and territories throughout the city,” noted Sobyanin.
Last April, the mayor approached President Vladimir Putin with the proposal to create an innovation cluster that would bring together Moscow's disparate entities – IT companies, business incubators, technology parks, and R&D institutions. The head of the Russian state signed a respective decree on November 26.
The goal of the cluster is to create favorable conditions for high-tech producers that are ready to export their products.
15 july 2019