‘Innograd’ Innovation Project in Skolkovo
In February 2010, President Dmitry Medvedev unveiled an initiative to establish a
hub for high-technologyresearch and business
a kind of prototype
city of the future
, which should become a major testing ground for neweconomic policy
".The initiative – referred to in the Russian press as “Innograd” - is part of the government’s modernisationagenda, which aims to foster a new knowledge-based economy. In aMarch 23rd Modernisation Commissionmeeting, thePresident saidthat Innograd would not produce “
toys for eggheads,
” but new technologiesthat will
help cut costs, raise enterprises' revenue, improve labour conditions and the environment
”.President Medvedev discouraged any comparison with Silicon Valley in California, saying “
that’s probablynot the right comparison anyway – but the idea is precisely to create a similar sort of independent,separate centre for research and subsequent commercialisation of the results
The Moscow region of Skolkovo will be the home of the modern scientific and technological complex thatdevelops and commercialises new technologies.
A 3.7 km-squared
plot of land close to the Moscow Ring Road has been allocated for the Skolkovoproject. It will
house 25,000 to 30,000
The goal is to attract
as well as
directing state funds
into technologycompanies to be based in Skolkovo.
The emphasis will be
on all five modernisation priorities
set by the government: energy efficiency, IT,telecommunications, biomedical research and nucleartechnology.
Scientific research premises will be built, as will graduateschools, laboratories, offices, kindergartens, schools andhospitals.
The site is adjacent to the ‘
’, founded as a premier businessschool by a coalition of Russian and foreign companies.
A“Futurussia” community was created by the FederalYouth Agency with a specific objective to involve youngscientists in designing the concept of Innograd. Speaking to Futurussia in April 2010, Kremlin deputychiefVladislav Surkov emphasisedthat the project should attract creative people, entrepreneursand youth.
The Innograd working group has launched its own website atwww.i-gorod.com(in Russian andEnglish). The website is a one-stop source for facts and news about the Skolkovo project.