Investor Development Program (Third Program)
The program is aimed at facilitation of the increase in the number and improved quality of the existing investor innovations, and facilitation of both increase in the likelihood of success of individual high-tech companies and development of innovation and venture ecosystem as a whole.
Development of venture investors and business angels
As part of the investor development program, RVC going to accelerate the formation of a full-fledged venture investor environment by promoting less-developed categories of venture investors – business angels, business-angel communities, and corporate venture funds.
Facilitation of the increase in the number and improved quality of the existing investor innovations is to contribute to both increase in the likelihood of success of individual high-tech companies, and development of innovation and venture ecosystem as a whole. These tasks will be implemented both using educational tools, and information support of the selected categories of venture investors.
It should be noted that the communication environment is an essential catalyst for the formation of professional investor groups. This is especially true of business-angel groups where common interests, new ideas, and other topics for communication are the major cause of association and the main tool of effective work as a venture investor. The reason of the underdevelopment of institutionalised communities is primarily the lack of the players' awareness about their colleagues being interested in similar topics, as well as the lack of local entrepreneurs and experts with positive experience of participation in group work and communication.
The Investor Development Program will include primarily the following areas of work:
• Development of the Russian business-angel market through special events for existing and potential business angels and mentors.
• Creation and support of the development tools for the Russian community of venture investors (meetings of venture investors with entrepreneurs, educational projects, and methodological information).
Promotion and development of corporate "open innovation" tools and venture capital investment
To solve this problem, within the framework of the investor development program, RVC will continue the activities undertaken in the previous period and intended to promote development of various forms of corporate venture investments in the Russian market, including through the use of educational tools and effective mechanisms of information support.
Particular attention will be paid to formation of a comprehensive set of non-financial instruments to facilitate expansion of the practice of various forms of corporate venture capital investment in Russian corporations.
The said activities will be carried out in coordination with the activities of the investment vehicle creation program (task 3 - "Support of corporate venture investment vehicles, including in collaboration with major corporations and publicly owned companies") as part of an integrated cross-program initiative of RVC aimed at development of the corporate venture capital investment, investments in industry funds or development institutions, acquisitions of innovative companies in implementation of programs for innovative development of major corporations, including state-owned companies.