GenerationS has been held by RVC since 2013. This year Gazprom Neft has become a partner to Power & Energy track, which involves energy and oil & gas start-up teams. In 2017, as many as 511 applications were submitted to Power & Energy track by technology entrepreneurs. Following distance selection, 18 projects from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Novosibirsk, Veliky Novgorod, Astrakhan, Tyumen, Voronezh, Samara, Khanty-Mansiysk and Brest were invited to the accelerator’s program.
"Gazprom Neft's interest in building a systemic cooperation with open innovations will become a powerful impetus for the development of technology entrepreneurship in fuel and energy sector. The companies participating in GenerationS will be able to showcase their developments directly to the customer and adapt them for integration into the IT systems of the leading player in oil production and processing," comments Ekaterina Petrova, Head of GenerationS.
The accelerator’s best projects will be given an opportunity to let their innovative products test on the premises of Gazprom Neft’s Center for Digital Innovations. The Center is tasked with creating most advanced and breakthrough new generation digital products (platform-based IT solutions). The most important part of this process will be the development of innovations in predictive control, digital twins, industrial Internet of Things, modern data transmission lines, self-learning artificial intelligence systems, etc. While searching for better technologies, the Center plans to closely interact with all participants of the innovation ecosystem and cooperation with RVC is the first step towards working with open innovations.
"Interaction with the start-up community makes it possible to make a quantum leap in developing innovation technologies and create new services. The companies participating in the RVC’s accelerator come with ready-made business ideas, well-coordinated teams and an understanding of competitors’, partners’ and customers’ market. All this enables us to travel over a very long distance together in a short time, where the company acquires the required product with anticipated quality and functionality, and the startup gets additional support for its decision-making, expertise of our experts and pilot sites for testing and approbation of its products”, says Vladimir Vorkachev, Head of Gazprom Neft’s Center for Digital Innovations
GenerationS - the largest start-up accelerator in Russia and Eastern Europe, the federal platform for the development of corporate acceleration tools. It has been held by RVC since 2013. More than 20 Russian and international corporations, in whose interests the selection and acceleration of startups is carried out, become every year Industrial partners of GenerationS. As a result of the multi-stage examination, the GenerationS participants receive ample opportunities for business development and investment promotion and get access to resources and infrastructure of accelerator partners. In 2017, 3470 applications from 13 countries were submitted for participation in GenerationS. The prize fund of the GenerationS final in 2018 will amount to RUB 16 million.
RVC is the Russian government’s fund of funds and the development institute of national venture industry. The RVC’s main objectives are to stimulate the growth of national venture investment industry and to function as a Project Office for the National Technology Initiative (NTI). RVC’s authorized capital amounts to more than RUB 30 bln. RVC’s capital is owned in full by the Russian Federation represented by the Federal Agency for State Property Management (Rosimuschestvo). The total number of funds established by RVC JSC has reached 26 with their total size of 35.5 billion rubles. The share of RVC JSC is 22.6 billion rubles. The number of innovative companies approved for investment by RVC funds reached 218. The total volume of funds approved for investment is 17.9 billion rubles.
Gazprom Neft is a vertically integrated oil company that focuses on exploration and development of oil and gas fields, oil refining, and production and marketing of petroleum products. Gazprom Neft consists of more than 70 oil producing, refining and sales enterprises in Russia, near and far-abroad countries. The company demonstrates one of the best production and processing ratio in Russian industry. In terms of oil production and refining, Gazprom Neft is among the three largest Russian companies. The company processes about 70% of the oil produced, demonstrating the best production and processing ratio. Gazprom Neft's products are exported to more than 50 countries around the world and are sold all across Russia and abroad through an extensive network of own sales companies. In 2017, the company concentrated on the digital transformation of business and implementation of "Industry 4.0" technologies. To manage innovations in the field of logistics, processing and marketing, Gazprom Neft launched a special Center for Digital Innovations where it planned to join efforts of start-ups, development companies and scientific community in the search for solutions able to move business efficiency to a wholly new level.
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