If we’re talking about a breakthrough and far-reaching things, of course, the government is first and foremost [in terms of investment], because this is its target objective – to provide the next generation with some kind of gains or some kind of victories [...] The government is responsible for looking far ahead, of course, and then corporations look at this and actually conduct scientific research, — Alexander Galitsky, Co-Founder, Managing Partner, Almaz Capital .
The government clearly needs to create a critical mass because otherwise no one believes that this will take place someday [...] It’s crucial to create conditions in which people won’t be afraid that tomorrow someone will come to check that they need to fulfil certain KPIs and tick the boxes. It’s essential to grant the right to make mistakes and create a sense of freedom among scientists. Because these are the only situations in which they can create, — Dmitry Zauers, Deputy Chairman of the Management Board, Gazprombank.
This [means] involving universities in these projects. And this is also a form, on the one hand, of financial support because universities receive money from the state and then spend money on such research and educational programmes. And this [means] infrastructure, i.e., laboratories, of course, which are also usually located on university campuses or research centres. The state plays a huge role at this stage, but, I stress, in different forms, and not necessarily solely in a purely financial form. In this regard, Skolkovo is not a state itself, but it is an agent of the state or an operator of the state for these projects, — Arkady Dvorkovich, Chairman, Skolkovo Foundation.