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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Social Entrepreneurship as a Factor Contributing to the Country’s Wellbeing
14 February 2019
Social entrepreneurship in Russia to receive legislative support

The draft law on social entrepreneurship is to go through first reading in the State Duma in March. Alongside, we are preparing a draft government resolution where we are to define both the criteria of social entrepreneurship and categories of social practices. Passing these documents will legally define social entrepreneurship as a phenomenon, as a new essential practice — Vadim Zhivulin, Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation.

A year ago, we considered the law ‘On Social Entrepreneurship’, argued that it would pass in a month or two. A year went by, the President made a point of still missing the law. Social entrepreneurship develops through the support institutions that work despite all the difficulties, and we see the fruits of our labour — Natalia Pochinok, Rector, Russian State Social University.

Legislative formalization of the social entrepreneur status shall allow such operators to take advantage of a full set of business tools available today. Furthermore, it shall initiate the development of a special line of opportunities for social entrepreneurs — Natalia Larionova, Member of the Management Board, State Secretary, and Deputy Chief Executive Officer, SME Corporation.

Multiple facets of social entrepreneurship are in demand

We see the most promising areas of social entrepreneurship in women’s entrepreneurship, including mother entrepreneur. We see a great unmet demand for social entrepreneurship in the sport. Another interesting segment is people over 45 years old, for whom we create special credit products — Dmitry Golovanov, Chairman of the Board, SME Bank.

Lack of regional incentives for the development of social entrepreneurship

The law on social entrepreneurship should stipulate for additional incentives for the regions, when regions, outside of the federal framework, can support, develop and establish other, additional support measures. On one hand, regions should have a clear federal core, and on the other, independently define regional specifics — Natalia Pochinok, Rector, Russian State Social University.

Business administration training for social entrepreneurs

Now we are actively engaged in promoting social entrepreneurship in single-industry towns. Today we have 319 of them. The main task is to make social entrepreneurship profitable, to teach entrepreneurs how to add economic value to their business — Irina Makieva, Deputy Chair, State Development Corporation "VEB.RF".

Setting up a specialized platform to support social entrepreneurship

There are many forms of business support today. Here we should enhance the role of the Centre for Social Innovation so that social entrepreneurs can receive the appropriate support here and now. They also need to navigate the forms of support that already exist and are emerging — Yuliya Zhigulina, Managing Director, Our Future Foundation for Regional Social Programmes.

Development of social entrepreneurship accelerators

Social entrepreneurship is based on founders solving some kind of social problem, and the entrepreneurship comes secondary. The accelerators make such projects commercially effective. The principal result here is that 90% of projects forego financing because they learn how to be financially independent — Evgenia Shokhina, Director, Social Project Support Fund.

The material was prepared by the Russian news agency TASS