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Satinsky Participates in Business Leaders Forum
7 March 2010
Satinsky Participates in Business Leaders Forum

Satinsky Participates in Business Leaders Forum
Forum Coincides with US–Russian Innovation Dialogue

Daniel Satinsky traveled to Novosibirsk to speak at the Business Leaders Forum "Innovation for Business" on February 19. The two-day Forum was organized by USRCCNE member organization, Marchmont Capital Partners and was supported by the Russian Venture Company and a host of other local and national organizations. It was attended by 130 people in business, technology and scientific studies from the Novosibirsk Region. Novosibirsk is the headquarters for the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Science and has long been known for the science focused suburb of Akademgorodok, where the Forum was held. Mr. Satinsky's presentation was titled "International Connections for Innovation – Can they help? Are they feasible?" It can be downloaded here.

 Panel presentations at the conference.
                      Forum presentations in progress.

Tour of the techpark
                                      Tour of AkademPark. 

In addition to speaking at the Forum, Mr. Satinsky visited the nearly completed first phase building of the new technopark, known as "Akadempark," in Akademgorodok. There he conducted discussions with the Director General, Dmitry Verkhovod, on linking the emerging innovation sector in Akademgorodok with the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Eastern Massachusetts and New England.

For further information on the Innovation for Business Forum see Marchmont's site.

U.S. – Russian Innovation Dialogue

The business forum coincided with the first U.S.-Russia Innovation Dialogue, which took place in Moscow and Novosibirsk from February 17 – 22, with the visit of a high-level U.S. delegation of business executives and government officials. The delegation was led by Howard Solomon from the National Security Council and by Jared Cohen from the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff. The delegation included CEOs and CTOs from major technology companies such as eBay, Cisco, Mozilla, EDventure, Howcast, Twitter, Social Gaming Network, Katalyst, and the New York Academy of Sciences. Also on the delegation was the U.S. Chief Technology Officer, Aneesh Chopra. It also included actor and social activist Ashton Kutcher.

In Novosibirsk, the delegation met with government officials, students and social activists on the first day of their visit there. The second was focused on business and innovation, including a round table discussion at the new technopark, “Akadempark,” with presentations by industry associations SibAkademSoft and SibAkademInnovation. After a lively discussion, the delegation visited the premises of two of the promising local entrepreneurial businesses. The visit to Novosibirsk was organized by Ilya Ponomarev, the representative of Novosibirsk in the Russian State Duma and Chair of the Hi-Tech Development Subcommittee of the Duma.

For general information on the delegation and its recommendations for further developing the innovation dialogue see the press release posted on the U.S. Embassy website.

Background on Novosibirsk and Akademgorodok

Novosibirsk is relatively new by comparison with other Siberian cities. It grew as a result of three waves of development. The first was when it became a station stop on the Trans Siberian Railway. The second was when the Soviet Union moved its industrial facilities beyond the Urals to keep it out of the reach of the German invaders. The last wave was the founding of Akademgorod in the 1970’s as a concentrated center of scientific research, managed by the Siberian branch of the Russian Academy of Science. Currently Novosibirsk’s economy is mostly commercial and it serves as a distribution hub for key surrounding Siberian cities (Tomsk, Omsk and Barnaul). It has a large technical university, but is quite separate from Akademgorodok.

Novosibirsk is about a four hour flight from Moscow, with frequent flights on comfortable airlines which are much improved in quality over the past 15 years. The airport itself is small, but clean and efficient.

Akademgorodok is a separate, self-contained suburb of Novosibirsk. It is anywhere from 20 – 45 minute drive from Novosibirsk, depending on traffic. It was founded to establish a real science city with comfortable living situation, beautiful surroundings and world class science. In Soviet times, it offered a quality of life second to none for scientists. The basis of Akademgorodok was both the institutes associated with the Russian Academy of Science and Novosibirsk State University. There are around 14,000 research personnel associated with these two major institutions and some 300 small and medium size private high tech companies within the area.

For more information on Novosibirsk and Akademgorodok, see the short history on the website of USRCCNE member The School of Russian and Asian Studies.

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