The SME Forum

Educating Entrepreneurs

02 Jun , 12:15–13:45
Russian Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Forum
Congress Centre, conference hall D3

Teaching entrepreneurship is strategically and operationally valuable. Russia is currently in dire need of literate entrepreneurs, which is why it is vital that the younger generation produces professional entrepreneurs. What methods can be used to identify entrepreneurial skills? An important part of learning and understanding the process of building a business model is the support of experienced mentors, who have gone through the process themselves and can warn their mentees of common pitfalls. What is the state of the current educational system? How well does it satisfy the needs of entrepreneurs? What knowledge do current graduates lack in terms of the real sector? Can a business become a client, putting in orders for well-trained staff? Postgraduate education: best practices and business input. Where and how can entrepreneurs acquire skills? Evaluating the effectiveness of entrepreneurial skills training. Do entrepreneurs need classroom instruction? Is an experienced mentor the key to success?

Sergei Borisov, Chairman of the Jury of the Competition; Chairman, Board of Trustees, OPORA RUSSIA All-Russian Non-Governmental Organization of Small and Medium Business

Alexander Auzan, Dean of Faculty of Economics, Lomonosov Moscow State University
Vladimir Vasiliev, Rector, ITMO University
Elena Volotovskaya, Vice President for Investments at Softline; Head of Softline Venture Partners
Sergei Ermakov, General Director, SantechUral
Yana Kudashkina, Co-founder, Director of Corporate Development, Autocentre Duke and K
Vladimir Litvinenko, Rector, Saint-Petersburg Mining University
Yelena Lyapuntsova, Chairperson, Coordinating Council, League of University Professors Interregional Public Organization
Nina Yanikina, Rector, University of National Technology Initiative 2035

Front row participants
Anna Danilina, Vice President, School of Technological Entrepreneurship
Anastasia Hafizova, Director, Talant Plus