A socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions, congress, exhibitions, business, social and sporting, public, and cultural events.

The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, sporting, and cultural events. It was established in pursuance of a decision by the President of the Russian Federation.

The Foundation was established in 2007 with the aim of facilitating the development of Russia’s economic potential, promoting its national interests, and strengthening the country’s image. One of the roles of the Foundation is to comprehensively evaluate, analyse, and cover issues on the Russian and global economic agendas. It also offers administrative services, provides promotional support for business projects and attracting investment, helps foster social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives.

Each year, the Foundation’s events draw participants from 208 countries and territories, with more than 15,000 media representatives working on-site at Roscongress’ various venues. The Foundation benefits from analytical and professional expertise provided by 5,000 people working in Russia and abroad.

The Foundation works alongside various UN departments and other international organizations, and is building multi-format cooperation with 165 economic partners, including industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions, financial, trade, and business associations from 76 countries worldwide, and 154 Russian public organizations, federal and legislative agencies, and federal subjects.

The Roscongress Foundation has Telegram channels in Russian (t.me/Roscongress), English (t.me/RoscongressDirect), and Spanish (t.me/RoscongressEsp). Official website and Information and Analytical System of the Roscongress Foundation: roscongress.org.

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MoneyTree. Venture Capital Market Navigator

The venture capital market, which forms the basis of the venture capital ecosystem, reached $243.7 million in 2017, compared with $165.2 million a year earlier. This indicates an increase in investment activity. The number of transactions has increased, and the average transaction size has grown to $1.5 million ($1.1 million in 2016).

The IT sector remains the leader in the number of venture capital deals and the volume of attracted investments. The average size of transactions at the start-up stage has increased from $0.56 to $0.83 million.

The number of investors’ withdrawals in 2017 has significantly decreased (15 transactions against 30 in 2016). The total cost of withdrawals has also decreased to $79.9 million, compared with $120 million in 2016. At the same time, the total value of all withdrawals in the first six months of 2018 ($68.5 million) is comparable with the sum for the whole 2017.

According to the data for the first half of 2018, the total volume of the venture capital market is $200 million. Such dynamics suggest a further rise in investors’ activity.

Russian venture funds demonstrate high involvement in the global venture capital system. For the last few years, the venture capital market has been steadily growing. On the whole, the publication demonstrates that the macroeconomic conditions are improving and that the investors’ attitude towards venture assets is clearly positive. Also, it shows a recovery in demand for venture capital companies at all stages of the investment cycle.

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