One of the most strategically important events for the whole hi-tech industry on the Russian Far East was the launch of the First Accelerator on Cosmonautics Day, April 12 by Russky Technopark. The preparation phase included the wide selection of projects out of 300+ applications. The Acceleration Program itself kicked off with the final pitch of 30 most promising projects. Top 12 teams were selected to take part in the 3-month acceleration. RU Tech Park Accelerator was organized jointlywith Russian Railways, a world-class leader in railway services, and MASCOM Vostok, a Russian IT company specialized in cybersecurity.
V Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) held on September 4-6, 2019 was truly Skolkovo-driven for Russky Technopark. Since the Technopark was established by FEFU with huge support from Skolkovo Foundation, it was symbolic that the leaders of two institutions, FEFU President Nikita Anisimov and Chairman of the Board of Skolkovo Foundation Victor Vekselberg, inaugurated the brand-new Russky Technopark Coworking Zone at FEFU. Moreover, the road map for Russky Technopark to become Skolkovo Regional Operator, approved by Primorsky Territory Governor Oleg Kozhemyako was successfully signed at the Forum as well, which concluded the evolution of the Technopark to the new level.
Substantially, Russky Technopark staff and resident companies participated in two EEF sessions, namely «High-Tech Business: Identifying What Is Needed to Achieve Fast Growth» and «Russky Science and Technology Park at FEFU: A Special Legal Framework for Cutting-edge High-tech Development».Besides that, there were two pitch sessions hosted by VEB Ventures and Far East High Technology Fund, as well as a number ofvarious meetings, ceremonies and side events:the signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding with Pohang Technopark (Republic of Korea) with Primorsky Territory Acting Vice-Governor and Pohang City Mayor participation; another signing ceremony with Amity University, a new partner from India – the country of pivotal attention at V EEF; business meetings with Japan Association ROTOBO, World Bank Group, Huawei and Epic Games delegations.
On October 4-5, 2019, the Professional IT-Forum "Russky MeetUp" was conducted at FEFU with the aim to gather IT professionals, government officials, and high-tech companies, including Korea Blockchain Industry Promotion Association. The representatives from Russky Technopark actively took part in the program, which includedseveral tracks namely "Digital Transformation", "HR for the Digital Economy", "Smart City", "Cyber Security," Blockchain in Transport Logistics", "AI and Big Data", "Digital Health", "Government Agencies on Social Media: New Channels of Communication."
It is worth mentioning the active overseas agenda of Russky Technopark in late 2019. The Technopark was represented at the Training Seminar on business incubators in Beijing hosted by Beijing International Business Incubator in October. The Seminar, attended by the specialists from more than10 countries, included lectures from Chinese experts in the spheres of incubation, technology transfer and international cooperation with the main aim of sharing the best practices of China. November 2019 began with participation in Connect Innovation Korea – an international hi-tech exhibition sponsored by KOTRA with hundreds of Korean and overseas companies participating.
After that Russky Technopark CEO Dmitry Borovikov and his Advisor on International Relations Vitaly Savenkov took part in the 23rd Asian Science Park Association Annual Conference held in Hsinchu Science Park, Taiwan. The conference gathered ASPA members from 15+ countriesto discuss the main topic "Prospects and Challenges of Science Parks in the Digital Era".
Besides intensive negotiations program at the Conference, Vitaly Savenkov delivered a report on "STPs as the drivers for national digital transformation". Both officials visited the beautiful city of Pohang as well, where they were warmly welcomed by Pohang Technopark President and Deputy Mayor of Pohang City. Korean partners were happy introduce numerous ways for potential cooperation, especially in the spheres of software development and biotechnologies.
Later in December Russky Technopark and Skolkovo were also represented at Eurasia City Forum 2019 organized by Busan Foundation for International Cooperation, Busan Metropolitan City and Busan Development Institute.