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

The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, 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 173 economic partners, including industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions, financial, trade, and business associations from 78 countries worldwide, and 188 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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Developing Young Enterprise in the Context of the National SMEs and Support for Individual Entrepreneurial Initiative Project
13 February 2019
Entrepreneurship becomes increasingly popular among young people

I am very pleased that youth entrepreneurship gets more and more attention, and today, thanks to your efforts and your interest, we receive more grassroots demand for us to support it as a particular sphere — Vadim Zhivulin, Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation.

Support for small and medium-sized businesses is the government’s focus of attention

The national project for SMEs is the first focus on the problems of small and medium-sized businesses of such scale and significance in our country. In this sense, we expect that it should largely change the picture of the state of affairs in terms of doing business — Vadim Zhivulin, Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation.

There are sizeable regulatory and taxation barriers for a company that makes a transition from a small one to medium-sized, and in this sense, we want to make this barrier as insignificant as possible so that companies are not afraid to grow and turn into larger ones — Vadim Zhivulin, Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation.

Institution of entrepreneurship in Russia is underdeveloped

The main problem here is that entrepreneurship, as a system of views and values, as an institution, is just beginning to take shape, and many people are not ready — Indie Gogokhia, Founder, Genius Code.

Lack of clear support system

Support measures are now as confusing as the hallways at the Ministry of Economic Development: it is very difficult to figure out how and where to go — Evgeniy Larionov, Owner, Ex Libris; Co-founder, Experum.

To answer the question of what else the Economic Development Ministry could do for entrepreneurs, I would like to draw attention to the fact that even government agencies, unfortunately, do not even know what they are doing in terms of that. <...> Informing people about the tools that have already been created is much more important now than creating new ones — Igor Mgeladze, Founder, MG Capital.

Creating educational programmes to teach entrepreneurs

The demand from the business community, especially the young business community, has already been shaped up. We need to link several things into one chain: proper vocational guidance starting from school, creating specialized departments at universities. <...> Over the past five years, we find more and more common ground with the Ministry of Economic Development, the Ministry of Education, and the regions. Heads of regions are implementing educational projects already. For example, starting from this year, the Ulyanovsk region will introduce classes on entrepreneurship in all schools — Eduard Omarov, General Director, KVANTA +; Vice President, All-Russian Non-Governmental Organization of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses Opora Russia.

We have a new project called Proektoria; it is a new format of edutainment: education and entertainment blended together, an educational show that we livestream on-line. More than 20,000 schools and more than a million children connect to it simultaneously and partake in those vocational guidance lessons — Irina Potekhina, Deputy Minister of Education of the Russian Federation.

Starting from school, it is very important to tell about existing opportunities, to tell children what entrepreneurship is, what business is, so that they consider entrepreneurship as one of their options and paths for future development — Alexander Deryabin, Director General, Snail.

Promoting entrepreneurship and supporting youth business associations

Recently, we have created the Nemaliy Business (Not a small business) award, and I believe that it is a tremendous step towards promoting entrepreneurship — Evgeniy Larionov, Owner, Ex Libris; Co-founder, Experum.

It is not obvious to people yet what it (youth entrepreneurship, – Ed.) is, so, perhaps, our task is to simply broadcast that. It is incredibly important that the President gives awards for that, so that they notice us — Ayaz Shabutdinov, Owner, Like Group Companies; Investor, Capital Accelerator.

We have launched the Investment Fair project in Tyumen; within three years we have raised over 200 million roubles in private investments into the projects of young folks — Artem Androsov, Member of the High Council, United Russia All-Russian Political Party.

To answer the question of how to increase the number of entrepreneurs, I see only one way: to increase the demand for it, that is, to popularize this entire field — Ilya Chistyakov, Co-Founder, Makarun.

If we set the task for ourselves to make some kind of a breakthrough, we need to involve people who are less active into the process, and to do that we need to create conditions that are more comfortable — Alexander Deryabin, Director General, Snail.

Active dialogue between government and business community

We would like to hear from you, which events or activities or results from the government you expect so that all the support measures that have been prepared are effective and fruitful — Vadim Zhivulin, Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation.

Expanding successful practices

Guidance and mentoring belong to the very important criteria for business success, because a person who has already achieved something in this life and has gone through their trials and tribulations, would just say that you do not have to reinvent the wheel, but take the existing one and go — Evgeniy Larionov, Owner, Ex Libris; Co-founder, Experum.

Besides the fact that you need to understand that it is about you, it is very important to understand that not only your own destiny depends on you, but so does your environment. And, speaking about developing entrepreneurship, I would very strongly recommend paying attention to not only active work on the issues of raising entrepreneurs and popularization, but the work aimed at shaping up passionate entrepreneurs who bear ideas and pass their knowledge further on — Igor Mgeladze, Founder, MG Capital.

The material was prepared by the Russian news agency TASS