Kirill Kaem, vice-president of innovation at the Skolkovo Foundation, and Igor Drozdov, executive president of the Skolkovo Board, were welcomed by the president of Université Paris-Saclay, Gilles Bloch, and the director of international relations, Guillaume Garreta.
Prior to the Board of the Skolkovo Foundation which took place on 21 September on the Saclay plateau at EDF Campus, and prior to the conference organised the next day by the Russian Centre for Science and Culture in Paris on bilateral cooperation in science and higher education between Paris and Moscow, Kirill Kaem, vice-president of innovation at the Skolkovo Foundation, and Igor Drozdov, executive president of the Skolkovo Board, were welcomed by the president of Université Paris-Saclay, Gilles Bloch, and the director of international relations, Guillaume Garreta. Concurrently to the meeting, the members of the Board went on a tour of the Saclay plateau, organised with the support of the EPAPS, enabling them to discover both the existing premises and the buildings under construction of the various players of the area, as well as the strong ties that link industry, research and higher education institutions around a common project.
The Skolkovo Innovation Centre
Launched in 2010 by President Dmitri Medvedev, the creation of the Skolkovo Innovation Centre is supervised by the Skolkovo Foundation. Stretching over a 620 ha territory, 3 km to the west of Moscow, Skolkovo should welcome up to 40,000 people in time. Built around five thematic clusters (energy, ICT, nuclear, biomedical, space), Skolkovo includes a Technoparc which already welcomes 200 startups, 17 R&D centres and 20 large shared laboratories, as well as a private university, Skoltech, which offers Master’s and PhD curricula exclusively in English. Skolkovo appears, along with Saclay, on the list of the world’s eight most promising innovation ecosystems drawn up by the MIT Technology Review.
Avenues of collaboration between French and Russian players
With the biggest portfolio of companies in Russia, the success of the Skolkovo ecosystem relies on its innovation strategy. With this in mind, the representatives of the foundation wished to meet with the president of Université Paris-Saclay in order to discuss best practices in the area of student entrepreneurship and start-up creation, to draw inspiration from the experience of Université Paris-Saclay in the field of innovation. The discussions will be continued, in particular with Skoltech.
Picture caption: from left to right, Kirill Kaem, vice-president of innovation at the Skolkovo Foundation ; Igor Drozdov, executive president of the Skolkovo Board ; Gilles Bloch, president of Université Paris-Saclay.