The Moscow Innovation Cluster Fund, in effect the cluster’s organisational core, will be established in a matter of weeks. This was reported by Kristina Volkonitskaya, Deputy Director of the Moscow City Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Development, at the expert panel 'Moscow Innovation Cluster: Prospective S&T Development Areas' which took place on 24 April at the Higher School of Economics. The participants discussed the support the Fund should be providing, and joint pilot projects in areas such as ICT, medicine, biotechnology, advanced production technologies, and new materials.
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed Decree No. 672 on November 26 “On the creation of an innovation cluster in Moscow,” thus putting in motion an initiative of Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin that the Higher School of Economics had played an active role in developing. Throughout the past year, HSE specialists studied the best practices of the world’s innovative megacities, worked with the Moscow government to hold a series of expert discussions on the principles of forming an innovation supercluster, and developed a draft concept establishing guidelines for interactions between potential cluster participants. Over time, the planned supercluster has the potential to embrace Moscow’s entire advanced-technology economy.
What is a healthy city, how many residents of the capital adhere to a healthy lifestyle, what are the opportunities for this in Moscow? These and other issues were discussed on August 27 in the press centre of TASS at the panel discussion ‘Infrastructure of a healthy city’, organised by the Foundation of the International Medical Cluster, Moscow Centre of urban studies ‘City’ and VCIOM. The event was attended by Evgeniy Kutsenko, head of the HSE ISSEK Russian Cluster Observatory.
The Moscow Innovative and Production Cluster which can potentially comprise all advanced industries in the city is moving on ever closer to practical implementation. Its structure, boundaries, management system, and the balance of federal support tools and those the city is willing to provide were discussed at the strategic session hosted jointly by the Moscow City Department of Science, Industrial Policy, and Entrepreneurship, and HSE.
On 10 July, the Global Innovation Index 2018 was published. In the new ranking, Russia holds the 46th place out of 126, while Moscow made it into the top 30 of the world’s most innovative cities. In his Rusbase column Evgeniy Kutsenko, head of the HSE ISSEK Russian Cluster Observatory, commented on the factors which have contributed to the capital city’s impressive success.
High-tech enterprises', IT-companies, scientific, educational, and infrastructure organisations in Moscow will unite into an innovation and production cluster. The initiative by the Government of Moscow to create such a cluster was previously worked out with the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, and in mid-April it was approved by President Vladimir Putin. The Government of Moscow jointly with HSE is working on a concept of cluster development that lays down the basic principles of interaction between its potential participants. The results of the work will be presented this summer.