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Today Deputy Minister of economic development Oksana Tarasenko spoke at the panel discussion "Growing high-tech companies – competition countries and cities" in part III Stolypin Forum "The Immune System of the World Economy", which was organized with the support of the Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovative Development of Moscow at the site of MSUFA (U) MFA Russia.
The discussion touched upon measures of state support for domestic high-tech companies in the context of working with start-ups, SMEs, "National Champions" and state-owned companies.
According to Oksana Tarasenko, high-tech companies are the drivers of the Russian economy, and at whatever stage of development they are, they need various forms of state support. So, startups are mainly applied for grants or subsidies used as start-up capital, at the next stage of innovative projects, the question of attracting investment arises, in this matter development institutions often provide assistance through financial and acceleration support.
According to the Deputy Minister the most trending vector of innovation is the direction of artificial intelligence. Events of the Federal project "Artificial Intelligence" provide direct support to developers of AI solutions.
For the development of the innovation sphere, it is necessary to develop legislative regulation. Oksana Tarasenko mentioned adopted in summer the law on the right to risk with new basic criteria for risk assessment and a "portfolio" approach, taking into account the specifics of venture financing: "A bona fide investor and entrepreneur will be better protected in terms of prescribed procedures. The law will make the system more transparent." In the development of innovative infrastructure, the Deputy Minister assigned a special role to "technological valleys" and Innovative Science and Technology Centers.
As part of supporting fast-growing high-tech companies or “National Champions”, Oksana Tarasenko named the appointment of Natalya Popova, First Deputy General Director of Innopraktika, as a public ombudsman for the rights protection of high-tech leading companies, as an additional measure of their non-financial support.