Thirty Years of Innovation Policy in Russia: Lessons and Prospects in Relation to Creating Tech Champions
The word ‘innovation’ entered the Russian political lexicon in the 1990s around the same time the term ‘innovation policy’ was gaining popularity around the world, and various countries from the United States and China to Finland and Israel had begun building or improving their own innovative systems. In the 2000s, Russia also began building its own innovative system and allocated significant budget funds and administrative resources for this purpose. By the late 2010s, it became clear that building the innovative system based on foreign models was not producing tangible results. The issue of creating a brand-new model of the innovative system has become particularly relevant given the closure of numerous foreign markets and the need for the prompt import substitution of technological solutions. In the current environment, it is crucial to take a look at the existing experience gained from building an innovative system and discuss new approaches to innovation that could affect government support measures and create preconditions for the emergence of world-class technology companies in Russia in the future.
Dan Medovnikov, Director of the Innovation Management Institute, Graduate School of Business, National Research University Higher School of Economics
Andrei Belousov, First Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation
Kirill Varlamov, Head, Internet Initiatives Development Fund (IIDF)
Natalia Ivanova, Head of Scientific Direction, National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations named after E.M. Primakov of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Aleksandr Isayevich, General Director - Chairman of the Management Board, Russian Small and Medium Business Corporation
Natalya Popova, First Deputy General Director, Innopraktika