Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, who was present at the opening of , said that one cannot always hand out bonuses and grants, it is necessary to create a complete information system on what support programs exist in the capital for all companies involved in innovation.
As the mayor said, Moscow is on the 97th place in the world according to the international rating of innovative projects, and in Europe it takes the 57th place. It's not fair - Sobyanin said. – Moscow must occupy at least one of the first places considering its resources. Our city has strong academic and applied science, and the industry.
The city authorities want to affect the current situation by stimulating the demand for innovative products: Moscow spends 600B RUR a year on the purchase of goods and services, and at least 5% of the sum should be spent on domestic innovative products.
The new Centre will be one of the elements of the innovation infrastructure of the city. IDC is located in the business center Usadba, next to the City Hall on Tverskaya, 13, but later it may move to a more spacious area. The website of the Centre works now and describes the opportunities that innovative companies can obtain from the IDC.
According to the head of the Moscow Department of Science, Industrial Policy and Entrepreneurship Alexey Komissarov, the center will work not only with start-ups, but also with existing innovative companies that want to offer their services to the city, or looking for a way to grow their business in Moscow.