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2018

Russian Small &
Medium-sized
Enterprises Forum

Russian Small & Medium-sized Enterprises Forum 2018

PROGRAMME

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23 May
10:00–11:30

Congress Centre, Conference Hall D1
Broadcast
Plenary session: Entrepreneurship in Russia: Anthology of Success or Academy of Failure?
Plenary session and open dialogue in ‘hard talk’ format
The rising stars of Russian business will look inwardly to analyse the types of success and failure that are most typical among
Russian entrepreneurs. A dialogue with the government will consider the effectiveness of existing support measures for small
businesses and new government initiatives.

Moderator

Andrey Sharov, Vice-President, Head of GR Directorate, Sberbank

Panellists

Sergey Borisov, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, All-Russian Non-Governmental Organization of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses OPORA RUSSIA

Mikhail Dashkiev, Co-Founder, Business Molodost

Suzanna Karpova, Co-owner, Prive7

Georgy Solovyov, General Director, Co-Founder, Skyeng

Front row participants

Sergey Borisov, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, All-Russian Non-Governmental Organization of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses OPORA RUSSIA

Andrei Vanin, General Director, Delovaya Sreda

Alexey Grigoriev, Head of the Moscow Office, Metro AG

Alexander Kalinin, President, All-Russian Non-Governmental Organization of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses OPORA RUSSIA

Oleg Fomichev, State Secretary — Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation

Ivan Khokhlov, Co-Founder, CEO, 12Storeez

23 May
10:00–11:30

Congress Centre, Conference Hall D4
Broadcast
European Technology for a New Quality of Life
Panel session
Attaining a higher-than-world-average growth rate in the Russian economy, and, as a result, improving quality of life depends
on a number of factors, including the ability to develop advanced technologies independently and to select and apply those
that have already been created, particularly in European countries. The session will discuss a number of practical issues and technological areas.

Key issues
• Technologies related to the Internet of Things
• Technologies for medicine production quality assurance
• Technologies for improving air quality
• Technologies in the field of industrial waste recycling
• Technologies for increasing energy efficiency and environmental friendliness

Moderator

Giovanni Mori, Senior Transformation Manager Corporate&Investment Banking Division, Intesa Sanpaolo

Panellists

Giovanni Campice, Main Shareholder, Tomorrow Technology

Vyacheslav Makarov, Head of Research and Development Department, Wargaming

Alberto Negri, General Director, SEA VISION

Francesco Profumo, President, Compagnia di San Paolo; President, Fondazione Bruno Kessler

Pasquale Terracciano, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Italian Republic to the Russian Federation

Sanal Ushanov, Managing Director, Head of Financial Services Department, Accenture

Antonio Fallico, President, Conoscere Eurasia Association; Chairman of the Board of Directors, Banca Intesa

Emanuele Zilio, Sales Executive, FOR REC

Antonio Cianci, Chief Executive Officer, AM Technology; President, Air Quality Alliance

John Zhang, Secretary General, International Technology Transfer Network (ITTN)

Maxim Shereykin, Director General, Agency of Technological Development

23 May
12:00–13:30

Congress Centre, Conference Hall D2
Broadcast
Young Entrepreneurship – Supporting the National Economy
Panel session
The future of the country and its overall development depend on the young generation. Special attention will be focused on young entrepreneurship as one of the central pillars supporting the development of tomorrow’s economy.

Key issues
• Federal and regional support measures for young entrepreneurship
• The emergence of entrepreneurial thinking in different age groups
• The creation of communities as a critical tool in developing young entrepreneurship
• An experienced mentor – the key to success
• Accessing international markets

Moderator

Artem Androsov, Chairman, Committee for Youth Entrepreneurship, All-Russian Non-Governmental Organization of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses OPORA RUSSIA

Panellists

Yulia Alferova, Advisor to the Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation

Alexander Bugaev, Head, Federal Agency for Youth Affairs (Rosmolodezh)

Nikolay Kuzyakov, Co-Founder, Vanyushkiny Sladosti

Sergei Morozov, Governor of Ulyanovsk Region

Eduard Omarov, Vice-President, All-Russian Non-Governmental Organization of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses OPORA RUSSIA

Alexander Svinin, First Deputy Prime Minister, Udmurt Republic

Ayaz Shabutdinov, Owner, Like Holding; investor, Capital business accelerator

Front row participants

Alexander Deryabin, Director General, Snail

Alexander Kim, Director General, SushiBox

Oksana Romanchuk, Shaper, World Economic Forum; Business Ambassador in the United Kingdom, All-Russian Non-Governmental Organization of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses OPORA RUSSIA

Alexander Tokar, Head, Directorate for Marketing and Information Support of SMEs, Russian Small and Medium Business Corporation

Andrei Shutov, Founder, KvartirRemont

23 May
12:00–13:30

Congress Centre, Conference Hall D3
Broadcast
Exporting Services in the Small and Medium Business Segment: Myth or Reality?
Panel session
Services are beginning to play an increasingly important role in the global economy and trade. Russia has significant potential for expanding exports in a wide range of services – from transport and finance to medicine and the entertainment industry. The Bank of Russia estimates that Russian services exports in 2017 were worth USD 58 billion.
In order for Russia to take its rightful place in the global services market, it is vital to identify the most competitive areas of growth and concentrate strong government support on developing these.

Key issues
• Are existing export support tools suitable for promoting Russian services abroad?
• What kinds of services are most in demand on international markets?
• What steps must be taken to eliminate infrastructure and regulatory barriers?

Moderator

Vera Podguzova, Managing Director of External Communications, Russian Export Center

Panellists

Nikita Bantsekin, Member of the Board, Directorate Head, Russian Small and Medium Business Corporation

Marina Bludyan, Vice President, All-Russian Non-Governmental Organization of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses OPORA RUSSIA

Elena Bondarenko, Director, Practicum for Directors Programme, Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO

Natalia Goludina, Advisor to the Senior Vice-President, Sberbank

Vitaly Gudin, Director, Department of Development and Regulation of Foreign-Economic Activity, Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation

Muslim Muslimov, Founder, Klinika No. 1 medical centre network

Alexey Nazarov, Partner, Head of Global Strategy Group, Head of Public Sector, KPMG in Russia and the CIS

Jaana Rekolainen, Chief Executive Officer, Finnish-Russian Chamber of Commerce

Falk Tischendorf, Attorney-at-law, Managing Partner, BEITEN BURKHARDT Moscow

23 May
12:00–13:30

Congress Centre, Conference Hall D1
Broadcast
Always About the Money! Finance for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses
Panel session with master-class elements
Limited access to finance remains one of the most pressing problems facing small businesses. Whilst the SME lending market is showing signs of growth, investment in business development has virtually frozen. Although Russia is home to investors who are genuinely interested in injecting resources into Russian companies in the SME segment, there is no overall system at present for monitoring business demand, assessing the effectiveness of investment, and so on. This is why entrepreneurs often turn to the open market for investment – to friends, acquaintances, and crowd investment services.

Key issues
• What do business and the government need to do to change the situation?
• Small business loans at 10% per annum and lower: are they a myth or reality?
• Are there real financial instruments for supporting SMEs?
• What are investors interested in putting their money into, and what is the best way to attract investors?
• What do entrepreneurs need money for?

Moderator

Mikhail Mamuta, Head, Service for Consumer Protection and Financial Inclusion, Central Bank of the Russian Federation

Panellists

Konstantin Basmanov, Head of Small and Medium Enterprises Unit, Promsvyazbank

Alexander Belokopytov, Director, Small Business Development, Sberbank

Alexander Kalinin, President, All-Russian Non-Governmental Organization of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses OPORA RUSSIA

Roman Kapinos, Deputy Chairman of the Board, SME Bank

Maxim Lubomudrov, Deputy General Director, Russian Small and Medium Business Corporation

Gennadiy Margolit, Executive Director, Innovation and Investment Market, Moscow Exchange

Maksim Parshin, Director, Department for Small and Medium-sized Business and Competition, Ministry for Economic Development of the Russian Federation

Nadiya Cherkasova, Member of the Board, Head of Small and Medium-Sized Business, Otkritie Bank

Konstantin Shabalin, General Director, Start Track

Front row participants

Alexey Basov, Deputy General Director – Investment Director

Eric Brovko, Shareholder, Founder, Synthesis Group

Murat Dudarev, Individual entrepreneur, investment broker

Olga Ezikeeva, Advisor to the Governor of Tyumen Region for Investment and Small and Medium-Sized Businesses

Alexander Sarayev, Managing Director for Bank Ratings, RAEX

Pavel Sigal, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Avtogradbank

Andrey Sharov, Vice-President, Head of GR Directorate, Sberbank

23 May
12:00–13:30

Congress Centre, Conference Hall D4
Broadcast
The Technological Breakthrough: The Role of Small and Medium-sized Innovative and High-tech Companies in the Russian Economy
Panel session
Small and medium-sized companies are more responsive to the constantly changing business environment and are also innovative by nature. These are becoming more important qualities as the economy undergoes digitalization, and are a key factor in technological change.
In this context, consolidating support measures with the goal of further developing ‘fast-growing’ small and medium-sized innovative and high-tech companies (‘gazelles’) is particularly important as a means of increasing the dynamism and mobility of the economy as a whole.

Key issues
• Consolidating support measures from development institutions for innovative and high-tech SMEs and startups
• Innovative and high-tech SME success stories
• Purchases of innovative and high-tech products from SMEs by major buyers: does fulfilling quotas assist major buyers’ technological development?
• The accessibility and effectiveness of one-stop shops for submitting innovative proposals
• Incorporating innovative, high-tech SMEs into global supply chains
• Developing engineering
• Developing and implementing end-cultivation programmes for SMEs to help them bid for major buyers’ procurement contracts

Moderator

Dan Medovnikov, Editor-in-Chief, Stimul Magazine; Director, Institute of Innovation Management, Higher School of Economics National Research University

Panellists

Victor Borzenkov, Deputy General Director, Splavy

Sergey Borisov, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, All-Russian Non-Governmental Organization of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses OPORA RUSSIA

Alexey Borovkov, Vice Rector for Innovative Projects, Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University

Alexander Braverman, General Director, Chairman of the Board, Russian Small and Medium Business Corporation

Igor Varatkov, General Director, Aktan

Dmitry Golovanov, Chairman of the Board, SME Bank JSC

Yevgeny Komarov, Deputy Director for Development, Polymix Kazan

Sergey Polyakov, General Director, Foundation for Assistance to Small Innovative Enterprises in Science and Technology

Natalya Popova, First Deputy General Director, Innopraktika

Oleg Fomichev, State Secretary — Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation

Artem Shadrin, Director, Department of Social Development Innovations, Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation

Front row participants

Rustam Alakbarov, Acting Head of Procurement, Rosneft

Amal Al-Ama, General Director, SETonline

Evgeniya Gadzhieva, Head of Competition and Entrepreneurship Development Section, Department of Economy and Finance, Government of the Russian Federation

Yevgeny Gaidukov, Procurement Director, Rostelecom

Dmitry Donov, Managing Partner, Albrecht & Vitte

Yury Zafesov, Director, Purchasing Department, Rosseti

Evgeny Knyazev, Vice President, Head, Procurement Department, State Corporation Bank for Development and ForeignEconomic Affairs Vnesheconombank

Natalia Korotchenkova, Deputy General Director, Russian Small and Medium Business Corporation

Vladimir Lishenkov, General Director, RTS-Tender

Irina Mitichkina, Director of Procurement Department, Russian Railways

Alexander Rusakov, Rector, Demidov Yaroslavl State University

Anna Saburkina, Aide of Project Department, Government of the Russian Federation

Aleksandr Sokolov, Director, Competition Policy Department, GK Avtodor

Andrey Stepanenko, General Director, Auction House of the Russian Federation

Dmitry Sytin, General Director, TEK-Torg

Denis Toropov, Director of Procurement, RusHydro

Svetlana Khorunzhaya, Deputy Chief Executive Officer for Administrative Affairs, Economics, and Finance, Inter RAO

Alexander Chernoshchekin, Senior Vice President – Head for Medium and Small Business, Promsvyazbank

Evgeny Ellinsky, Director General, JSC Electronic Trade Systems

Sergey Yakovlev, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Interfax

23 May
12:00–13:30

Congress Centre, Conference Hall B1
Broadcast
Efficient Production and Workforce Productivity
Panel session
Poor production efficiency and low workforce productivity is a historical problem. The lag in workforce productivity, which has accompanied all of Russia’s crises, makes it difficult to transition to the next technological era and generate high incomes for the population. The Russian government is treating increasing productivity as one of its top priorities. Implementation of a roadmap to address the issue is now under way.

Key issues
• What are some of the different approaches to improving workforce productivity?
• What are the main constraints on growth in workforce productivity?
• Can Russia quickly make a qualitative leap in workforce productivity?
• How can we evaluate production efficiency?
• What is the connection between improving workforce productivity and production efficiency?

Moderator

Andrey Shubin, Executive Director, All-Russian Non-Governmental Organization of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses OPORA RUSSIA

Panellists

Aleksandra Glazkova, Vice President, BIOCAD

Dmitry Pishalnikov, Member of the Presidium, Chairman of the Committee for Efficient Production and PerformanceImprovement, Labour Efficiency, All-Russian Non-Governmental Organization of Small and Medium-Sized BusinessesOPORA RUSSIA

Dmitry Satin, Deputy Head, Federal Tax Service of Russia

Maxim Tretyakov, General Director, Elcat

Yuliya Urozhaeva, Advisor to the Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation

Junichi Hirabayashi, Director, Skylight Consulting

Mikhail Khomich, Deputy Prime Minister, Udmurt Republic

23 May
13:35–14:15

Congress Centre, Conference Hall D1
Broadcast
Outcomes of the OPORA RUSSIA IT Accelerator
This session will report the outcomes of the OPORA Russia IT accelerator. 16 teams from Moscow and St. Petersburg took
part in the accelerator programme; they design hi-tech solutions in cloud computing, data security, Internet of Things
(IoT), big data, machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI). Between February and May, the teams learned from
the best business leaders and gained a wide range of opportunities to hone and test their ideas and products. These
encompassed the fine-tuning of their products for a successful market launch, protecting intellectual property, financial
planning, scaling up, international expansion, and more.

23 May
14:30–16:00

Congress Centre, Business Breakfast Hall 1
Broadcast
Business Banya. Key mistakes made by businessmen in small and medium companies in expanding their businesses
Strategic session
At each stage of development, entrepreneurs are faced with a similar set of problems. These include seeking investment to fund startups, an unstable business climate, problems in hiring personnel, difficulties with sales markets, changes to the tax system, and others. Establishing a company at a time of growing corporations is not easy and few manage to develop and expand.

As part of the Business Banya, participants will discuss key mistakes made by entrepreneurs in scaling their business. Discussion will take place in small group format where participants will also be able to exchange contact details, hear about their colleagues’ experience and particular cases, and share their own expertise in the chosen subject.
Each group will include an expert – a successful entrepreneur who will share their experience, tell about their mistakes and ways to solve them.
Business Banya is an applied tool for business and quality networking.

Panellist

Mikhail Bazhenov, Vice President, Adamant Holding

Experts

Elena Bondarenko, Director, Practicum for Directors Programme, Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO

Konstantin Borisov, Owner, Support Partners

Eric Brovko, Shareholder, Founder, Synthesis Group

Aleksandra Glazkova, Vice President, BIOCAD

Bronislav Gorbachev, General Director, Krosser Instrument

Andrey Degtyarenko, Founder, Director, Proekt 111

Andrey Koscheev, Founder, Marketing Director, Doma Vkusnee

Kirill Ostapenko, Founder, General Director, VeloDrive E-Shop; Director, Delovoi Peterburg Business Club

Maksimilian Pivovarov, General Director, KidBurg

Artem Senik, General Director, NPO LABS

Leonid Khanik, Former owner, Concept Club

Ayaz Shabutdinov, Owner, Like Holding; investor, Capital business accelerator

Andrei Sharkov, Founder, General Director, Shokologo

Vladimir Shonurov, Former Head of Business Development, Ulmart

23 May
14:30–16:00

Congress Centre, Conference Hall D1
Broadcast
Readiness of Russian Society, Government and Business for the Digital Economy
Panel session
As economic growth opportunities fed by fuel and energy are being exhausted, the world is switching to the model of information growth. Most experts see as good Russia’s starting positions in the new paradigm, which means that the Russian economy may find itself on the crest of the new wave. On the one hand, this will greatly enhance the efficiency of economic production and services processes and, on the other hand, it will help cover the manpower deficit through internal resources thanks to the new technological revolution.

Key issues
• Compliance by the Russian Federation’s digital economy programme with the demands of business
• The level of use, readiness of the government and Russian companies to transfer to digital technologies
• Economic and social aspects of digitalization

Moderator

Dmitry Sazonov, Deputy Chairman, Committee of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation on Economic Policy, Industry, Innovative Development, and Entrepreneurship

Panellists

Alexey Abramov, Head, The Federal Agency on Technical Regulating and Metrology

Elena Volotovskaya, Chief Investment Officer, Softline; Head, Softline Venture Partners

Iliya Dimitrov, Executive Director, Association of Electronic Trading Platforms (AETP)

Daniil Egorov, Deputy Head, Federal Tax Service of Russia

Gulezia Imaeva, Chief Executive Officer, NAFI Research Centre

Alexey Kozyrev, Deputy Ministry of Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation

Artem Koltsov, Founder, Mir Trud Maining

Nadezhda Surova, Director, Institute of Administration and Socioeconomic Design, Plekhanov Russian University of Economics

Tadzio Schilling, Chairman, AEB SME Committee, Business Development Executive, EY

Savva Shipov, Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation

Front row participants

Nikolay Verkhovsky, Director, Centre for Digital Transformation; Director for Design Work, Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO

Vadim Konyushkevich, Partner, LP Law Firm

Svetlana Kuznetsova, Deputy General Director, Russian Small and Medium Business Corporation

Arseniy Uralov, President, Association of Accelerators and Business Incubators of the Russian Federation

Alexander Chernoshchekin, Senior Vice President – Head for Medium and Small Business, Promsvyazbank

Venera Shaidullina, Lecturer, Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation

23 May
14:30–16:00

Congress Centre, Conference Hall D2
Broadcast
SME Development Tools: International Experience
Panel session
According to UN data, in the global economy SMEs employ almost 50% of the entire working population, with the production volume of SMEs in various countries accounting for between 33% and 67% of GDP. Experience from different countries shows that investing in small businesses is a beneficial undertaking that quickly bears fruit and creates a more sustainable economy.
In 2016, support for Russian SMEs, based on the experience of other countries, received a fresh boost. The Russian Federation is creating a plethora of support tools for small and medium-sized enterprises at various levels. Each region has its own methods for increasing its share of SMEs, which is also the case at the federal level. At the same time, the potential for Russian SME growth remains significant.

Key issues
• Are existing tools having a positive effect?
• How does business rate this support?
• Are new tools really necessary, or should we rather stick to a ‘do not disturb’ policy?
• What can international experience of supporting SMEs tell us?
• How have different countries achieved a high GDP share for SMEs?
• Can this be replicated in Russia?

Moderator

Alexander Kalinin, President, All-Russian Non-Governmental Organization of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses OPORA RUSSIA

Panellists

Yulia Alferova, Advisor to the Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation

Nikita Bantsekin, Member of the Board, Directorate Head, Russian Small and Medium Business Corporation

Sergey Borisov, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, All-Russian Non-Governmental Organization of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses OPORA RUSSIA

Markus Jerger, Chief Executive Officer, German Association for Small and Medium-sized Businesses (BVMW)

Alina Lavrentieva, Partner, PwC

Inna Melnikova, Representative in the Czech Republic, All-Russian Non-Governmental Organization of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses OPORA RUSSIA

Sergei Morozov, Governor of Ulyanovsk Region

Alexey Nazarov, Partner, Head of Global Strategy Group, Head of Public Sector, KPMG in Russia and the CIS

Maria Hartikainen, Senior Business Advisor, Helsinki Business Hub

Mikhail Khomich, Deputy Prime Minister, Udmurt Republic

23 May
14:30–16:00

Congress Centre, Conference Hall D4
Broadcast
Developing Russian–Japanese Cooperation in Small and Medium-sized Enterprise
Panel session
Key issues
• Areas of Russian–Japanese cooperation in small and medium-sized enterprise include incorporating SMEs into the supply chains of major companies, implementing joint projects, and conducting training events and networking sessions
• What are the problems associated with increasing the degree of localization of Japanese production within Russia? How can Russian SMEs become links in their added-value chains?
• How can Japanese SMEs get started doing business in Russia, and Russian SMEs in Japan? What tools and forms of support exist?
• Financing Russian–Japanese projects: the responses from financial organizations
• Experience of implementing Russian–Japanese projects with the participation of SMEs: difficulties and success factors

Moderator

Alexandra Suvorova, Anchor, Russia 24 TV Channel

Panellists

Alexander Braverman, General Director, Chairman of the Board, Russian Small and Medium Business Corporation

Dmitry Golovanov, Chairman of the Board, SME Bank JSC

Eisuke Goto, General Director, Chaitorg

Yasukazu Irino, Executive Vice President, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)

Alexander Kamenev, Founder, Ecorost

Masashi Omae, Director, Supply Department, Bridgestone Tire Manufacturing CIS

Murad Rasulov, Head of Investor Relations Section, Development Corporation of Smolensk oblast

Keiji Uemura, General Director, Ferrotec Nord Corporation

Katsumi Hatao, Chairman of the Board of Directors, SBI Bank

23 May
14:30–16:00

Congress Centre, Conference Hall D3
Broadcast
Addressing the Issues Faced by Small and Medium-sized Industry
Panel session
Small and medium-sized businesses can be a significant force, not only in the services sector, but also in manufacturing. An urgent need is now arising to develop special measures for supporting small manufacturing businesses and to reduce risks for entrepreneurs who are just starting out.

Key issues
• Systematizing government support measures in industry.
• Sector-specific associations: Prospects for Russian industry.
• Methods for developing competition in the industrial sector.

Moderator

Nikolay Dunaev, General Director, Energoservice

Panellists

Azat Gazizov, Vice President, All-Russian Non-Governmental Organization of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses OPORA RUSSIA

Maria Glukhova, Vice President, Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP)

Elena Dybova, Vice President, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation

Natalia Korotchenkova, Deputy General Director, Russian Small and Medium Business Corporation

Andrey Pavlov, General Council Member, Delovaya Rossiya

Sergey Polyakov, General Director, Foundation for Assistance to Small Innovative Enterprises in Science and Technology

Dmitry Satin, Deputy Head, Federal Tax Service of Russia

Aleksey Uchenov, Head, Department of Strategic Development and Project Management Department at the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation

Oleg Fomichev, State Secretary — Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation

Andrey Tsarikovskiy, State Secretary – Deputy Head, Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation

Front row participants

Sergei Bragin, Director, Siberian Project

Konstantin Brevnov, General Director, SPM-M

Stanislav Goldberg, General Director, HEM

Galina Izotova, Member of the General Council, Delovaya Rossiya; Partner, SP Capital

Vasily Melnikov, Founder, Triton

Igor Muravyov, Executive Director, Leningrad Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LRCCI)

Dmitry Pishalnikov, Member of the Presidium, Chairman of the Committee for Efficient Production and PerformanceImprovement, Labour Efficiency, All-Russian Non-Governmental Organization of Small and Medium-Sized BusinessesOPORA RUSSIA

Dina Smekalova, General Director, Blockform

23 May
16:30–18:00

Congress Centre, Conference Hall D1
Broadcast
Engaging in Entrepreneurship
Plenary session
Small business plays an important role in the development of a national economy. At the present time, however, Russian business has a somewhat negative image among the population. This image is having a significant impact on levels of interest in engaging in entrepreneurship.
In many European countries, preparation for entrepreneurial activity begins in the classroom. Creating a positive image of entrepreneurs among pupils and students is highly important when it comes to the career paths chosen by teenagers and young people. It is also important in many respects to promote the need for entrepreneurship among civil servants at different levels. A better understanding of entrepreneurial activity helps local and regional authorities to make fewer mistakes when working with SMEs.
Some regions are presently taking a range of steps and implementing programmes dedicated to increasing engagement in entrepreneurship, although responses like these are not always sufficient in scope. The government is also developing a set of measures.

Key issues
• What measures could make business more attractive?
• How can the negative image of Russian entrepreneurship be transformed?
• What role might television and cinema play in this process?
• Could we apply lessons from international experience when it comes to engagement in entrepreneurship?

Moderator

Alexey Komissarov, Provost, Russian Academy of Sciences; Professor, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy andPublic Administration (RANEPA)

Panellists

Alexander Braverman, General Director, Chairman of the Board, Russian Small and Medium Business Corporation

Markus Jerger, Chief Executive Officer, German Association for Small and Medium-sized Businesses (BVMW)

Alexander Kalinin, President, All-Russian Non-Governmental Organization of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses OPORA RUSSIA

Dmitry Mednikov, Deputy General Director, Federal State Unitary Enterprise All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company

Sergei Morozov, Governor of Ulyanovsk Region

Oleg Fomichev, State Secretary — Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation

Svetlana Chupsheva, General Director, Agency for Strategic Initiatives to Promote New Projects

Front row participants

Anatoly Artamonov, Governor of Kaluga Region

Andrei Vanin, General Director, Delovaya Sreda

Anatoly Popov, Senior Vice President, Head of Corporate Business Block, Sberbank

Konstantin Suntsov, Founder, Beauteam Holding Company

Ayaz Shabutdinov, Owner, Like Holding; investor, Capital business accelerator

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