Penza innovators presented their projects to experts of “Russian StartUp Tour”
Penza, 22 January 2014. PenzaNews. The event summoned to find innovative projects “Russian StartUp Tour” began its work in the high technology park “Rameev” in Penza on Wednesday, January 22.
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The organizers of the road show, taking place from January 20 to April 18 in 26 cities of Russia are Skolkovo Foundation, the Federal Agency for Youth Affairs, JSC “RVC” and “Rusnano” with the support of the Ministries of Economic Development, Education and Science, and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation.
Opening the event, the governor of the Penza region Vasily Bochkarev urged the audience not to just generate innovative ideas and engage in business, but most importantly keep them in Russia.
“Innovations must belong to us. We should not leave betraying our motherland,” the head of the region said.
Young scientists and creators of 13 innovative projects from Penza were invited to the meeting with respectable experts in technological entrepreneurship and venture investment. The best of the scientists will be invited to work in the startup conference “Startup Village” — it is scheduled in Skolkovo on June 2-3.
As the advisor to the president of Skolkovo Foundation Pekka Viljakainen, who was invited as a special guest to roadshow “Russian StartUp Tour” in Penza, explained, the participants of “Startup Village” will be able to interact with local and international investors, major technology corporations, as well as visit the educational sections, such as master-classes, lectures, as well as talk in person with the legends of entrepreneurship.
Pekka Viljakainen stressed that he embarked on his journey to success in business in a small Finnish village.
“Today you do not need to live in London, Paris or any other major city to make a successful business. The main thing is to obtain and use knowledge of success as well as failure. And we need these communities in order not to repeat the mistakes of the man who is sitting in the next office,” the adviser to the president of Skolkovo Foundation noted.
He put forward the idea that a breakthrough in the economy will happen when parents will advise their children to open their own business instead of recommendations on the work in public institutions.
According to Pekka Viljakainen, parents should explain to their children that being an entrepreneur is risky, but not dangerous.
It is possible that the next big company in Russia will be in Penza, said the advisor to the presidential of Skolkovo Foundation.