The Roscongress Foundation and Intesa Sanpaolo Innovation Center (Italy) have signed a cooperation agreement centred on innovation and sustainable development. The agreement concerns the exchange of knowledge and information, organization of meetings, and interactions between leading international experts and representatives of Russia and Italys economic and industrial circles.
In the medium-term, this agreement will help promote innovation in both countries, especially with respect to tech developments from Russian and Italian researchers and the Russian and Italian startup ecosystems. The agreement will facilitate the advancement of the Business Priority quality standard for small and medium-sized innovation-focused enterprises and the sustainable development of companies granted this status.
«Innovative development is a major part of the Roscongress Foundations efforts. Our innovative platform has been in operation for two years now. While it brings innovative topics to the platforms of major events, it also facilitates innovative Russian companies development and entrance into global markets. We are glad that, thanks to partners such as Intesa Sanpaolo, we are able to expand our international presence and promote Russian innovations,» said Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Roscongress Foundation Alexander Stuglev.
Merging Intesa Sanpaolo Innovation Centers know-how with the support of the Roscongress Foundation will aid in the active development of close cooperation. It will also facilitate the joint evaluation and advancement of the potential of Russian SMEs operating in innovation and sustainable development and attract international investment towards the companies growth and the implementation of their projects.
The Intesa Sanpaolo Innovation Center is part of the Intesa Sanpaolo Group. Known for its innovation, the Centers mission is the research and analysis of new business models in order to advance the competitiveness of the Group and its clients. The company focuses on four main topics: the circular economy, development of promising startups, corporate venture capital (through their subsidiary Neva Finventures), and applied research. Thanks to the reach of its Italian and global networks, the Innovation Center is able to build relationships with other participants of the innovation ecosystem: enterprises, startups, research centres, and universities and initiate new forms of entrepreneurship to enable their access to venture capital.
«Innovation is the heart of a companys development. Intesa Sanpaolo Group considers innovation a tool for competing in increasingly complex and globalized markets,» said Intesa Sanpaolo Innovation Center General Director Guido De Vecchi. «This cooperation agreement between the Roscongress Foundation and Banca Intesa will make it easier for Russians SMEs to leverage our know-how in identifying the most promising companies and receive support in the search for international investors.»