Last weekend, the President of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov met with the heads of large international investment funds. During the meeting, which took place in the GSC Kazan, the issues of further development of the IT industry in the country, the implementation of high-tech projects, as well as attracting young professionals to work in Tatarstan were discussed, Kazan IT-park site informed.
The meeting was held within a two-day Runa Capital VC Forum, aiming at the increase of joint venture deals between the Russian firms and major European and American players, the MIC RT press service reports.
The forum was organized by the Government of the Republic of Tatarstan together with the international venture capital fund Runa Capital. The leading representatives of Russian and Western venture capital market, including Almaz Capital, Russia Partners, Itech Capital, Troika Ventures and many others were brought together.
Vice Premier, the Minister of Information and Communication of the Republic of Tatarstan Nikolai Nikiforov and the senior partner, the founder of Parallels and Acronis, the founder of Runa Capital Sergei Beloussov moderated the meeting. About 50 people representing 22 investment funds and involved in the study and the search for the technological teams and innovation projects and investing their development participated in the event.
Welcoming the participants, Rustam Minnikhanov thanked everyone for their interest in Tatarstan. Like any region of Russia, we want to be a leader in many areas, we want to develop - he said. – As one of the growth points Tatarstan has chosen the IT sector. First of all, the development of information technology will help us to solve several problems facing the republic, and then we intend to integrate into the global community, to expand our potential.
According to Sergey Belousov, during these days Kazan has become a meeting place for the best stock teams, investing in technology companies of Russia. The creation of such companies is very important for the regions, and Tatarstan has the necessary infrastructure, so for this reason we have gathered here, he said.
The President of the Republic of Tatarstan outlined the most developed sectors of the economy - in particular, engineering, petro chemistry and refining, the IT sphere.
Responding to the questions of the investors, the head of the republic said that today much is done to attract young professionals, the necessary infrastructure is created, in general, the capital of Tatarstan, Kazan is developing. For example, Minnikhanov says, after upgrading the Kazan international airport, it will be convenient to fly to the capital of the republic from various points of the world; new routes will be added to the existing direct flights from Europe, Turkey, United Arab Emirates. Kazan is becoming more open, he said, we build hotels, transport infrastructure, we need modern young staff that will live and work here.
Special attention of the President was drawn to the fact that education of pupils and students is a priority of the country: there is a federal university (Kazan Federal University), two national research institutions on the territory of Tatarstan.
Minnikhanov also says to the potential investors that he has recently visited several sites on the basis of higher education institutions – the research centers and laboratories with modern equipment. These research areas are now working well - he says. - They are well equipped, and we must, above all, be the consumers of those developments and services that our universities and research laboratories are willing to give us.
In more detail Minnikhanov spoke about the Kazan IT Park. He recalled that the project started very well, and now the site of the IT Park includes companies involved in IT workouts and their implementation in dozens of different regions of Russia. There are teams of specialists who came to Kazan to work in the IT industry.
We are learning together - Minnikhanov says. - We are ready to learn something new. Yes, we have shortcomings, but we are ready to work. Thus, at the end of the year the second IT Park site will appear in Tatarstan - in Naberezhnye Chelny. In addition, Minnikhanov says, the project of construction of an innovative satellite city Innopolis in the suburbs of Kazan will be implemented. We see that we are moving in the right direction - he said. - The Information Technologies are in demand, today they are required in any industry - this is also applied to the health care, education and culture.
As for the involvement of young people, modern highly educated professionals from other regions of Russia, according to Rustam Minnikhanov, the upcoming 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan, will give Tatarstan an opportunity to express itself. He noted that thousands of young people - volunteers from more than 40 universities of the country will come to Kazan.
We are concerned about how to involve youth in Kazan and in its universities - said Minnikhanov. - There is a system of grants, it is possible to learn, live and work here.
As for today's meeting - said the President of Tatarstan, addressing to the managers of investment funds, - I hope it will help you make sure that we are interested in co-operation and open to all offers.