April 16, 2021

Valery Falkov: Startups and Accelerators to Be Close to Students / Ministry of Education and Science of Russia

As part of the instruction of Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin on the inclusion of startups in the higher education system, Valery Falkov, Head of the Ministry of Education and Science, held a comprehensive meeting of the working group in charge of the implementation of measures aimed at the development of youth entrepreneurship.

The meeting was focused on the discussion of the tools creation programme project designed to enable student technology entrepreneurship within the framework of the Research Leadership federal project of the Science and Universities national project, and the development of the programme called Startup as Graduation Paper.

Opening the meeting, the Minister emphasized the importance of projects in terms of achieving national goals, in the framework of which Russia should be among the ten leading countries in research and development by 2030.

 


It is necessary to give people an opportunity to reveal their talents. Not only to go to work as an employee but also to try the role of an entrepreneur. The possibility of this is subject to proper conditions created at universities, institutes and public organizations. Startups and accelerators should be close to students.


Valery Falkov underlined

The initiative to develop a student entrepreneurship platform was approved by the Government of the Russian Federation to be included in the Science and Universities national project. Previously, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin supported the idea of ​creating a startup school on the basis of universities and instructed Valery Falkov, Minister of Science and Higher Education, to work out the possibility of creating startup schools that can be integrated into the higher education system.

The Head of the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia emphasized that the result of the work should be not only an increase in entrepreneurial competencies but also training the skills required to turn knowledge into technologies and products.

Photo by the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia

The programme was introduced by Denis Kovalevich, Chairman of the Board of the TechnoSpark Nanotechnology Center. He noted that the work was focused on university entrepreneurship, which involves not only students but also professors.

“The proportion of budget and extrabudgetary funds raised for projects is extremely important. Therefore, it was decided that the project itself cannot have a ratio less than one to three, where at least three invested rubles are attracted for each budget one,” he explained the project investment component.

It is worth noting that in December, at the project start, more than a hundred ideas and proposals were considered in detail, now five key directions remain in the structure.
“These are exactly the structural things which got the positive decision of the Government,” Denis Kovalevich made an accent.

Nina Yanykina, Rector of the University of the National Technology Initiative 2035 Independent Non-Profit Organization, noted the importance of attracting teachers as mentors for students who choose technology entrepreneurship.

“In the course of the startup development, it is necessary to provide a student with the opportunity not to completely leave the university, but to use the university capabilities in order to increase the competence of the entrepreneur and his or her team, so that it does not happen that we immediately send the young people to the market,” Nina Yanykina emphasized.

Eduard Omarov, Vice President of the RUSSIA’S OPORA All-Russian Public Organization of Small and Medium Business, highly appreciated the student technology entrepreneurship project.

“Today, it is a technology breakthrough in entrepreneurship development,” he stressed. In addition, Eduard Omarov noted the lack of specific entrepreneurial education in the country.

“Today we strive for developing entrepreneurship. Thus, it is necessary to call for entrepreneurship representatives to find a solution by mutual efforts. I have been teaching entrepreneurship and heading a specialized department for twelve years. An ecosystem for entrepreneurship within the university is required, we need to invite social entrepreneurs. Having achieved this, we received 90-99% student turnout for our classes,” he shared regional experience.

Summarizing the meeting, Valery Falkov stated that a draft resolution required for the project implementation to be started, will be prepared and submitted to the Government by the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia in the near future. Mechanisms are expected to be formed and the concept to be approved, along with determining the procedure for selecting higher education institutions to serve as a base for accelerators and startup studios developing startups and thereby stimulating technology entrepreneurship.

“Next-generation universities could not be imagined without training entrepreneurs. Once again, I would like to emphasize that this idea is included by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin in the front strategy, so it is necessary to move towards the student entrepreneurship implementation collectively and on a massive scale,” Valery Falkov concluded.

Source: Ministry of Education and Science of Russia

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