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30 October, 2015
Moscow is the best innovative region of Russia

October 30, Moscow – Today the official awards ceremony of the IV All-Russian Challenge Cup to the title of “The best innovative region of Russia” - 2015 took place as a part of the International Open Innovations Forum and Technology Show. The awards ceremony including the results of the Cups of 2012-2015 was opened by Elena Churina, Chairman of the Expert Community of the Agency of Innovative Development of Regions, and Vladislav Tarasenko, vice-rector on innovations of Moscow State University of Technologies and Management named after K.G. Razumovskiy (MSUTM). The special guest of the event was Leonid Gelibterman, co-organizer of the Special nomination of the Cup “The best five” of recreational projects of regions of the Russian Federation” and President of the International enogastronomic center.

The awards distribution to the finalists of the IV All-Russian Challenge Cup to the title of “The best innovative region of Russia” was held at the event. The list of winners included the projects “Development of domestic floatation agents for mineral processing” Belgorod region, “Technologies of virtual reality in education – 360 °” (National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics) St. Petersburg and project “QRepublik Bracelet of Help”.

The Winner Cup “The Best Innovative Region of Russia”- 2015 was received by Moscow region. The top three of the Cup final included also St. Petersburg and the Belgorod region.

The organizers of the event also awarded the diplomas to “The best five” of recreational projects of regions of the Russian Federation” as a part of the special nomination of the Cup. The best five included the following projects:
• “Nevskaya fish – organization of fishing competitions” - St. Petersburg;
• “From royal court to country cuisine” – Zarechie farm, Luzhsky District of Leningrad region;
• “Viking – park in the open-air museum “Rurikovo Gorodische” in Novgorod region.

Information on the Challenge Cup

The Challenge Cup to the title of “The best innovative region of Russia” has been held since 2012 by the independent Expert Community of the Agency of Innovative Development of Regions (www.airussia.info) with voluntary support of the government, state, commercial, noncommercial, public and other institutions involved in creation and support of innovative infrastructure of Russia in all regions - from Kaliningrad to Kamchatka. This year we express the special gratitude for the expert and information support to the Free online community http://net-centric.ru, open consortium consisting of more than 150 companies and more than 20 000 professionals.

In 2015 the Special nomination of the Cup-2015 was held as a part of the Investment session of region projects in the sphere of tourism and services which took place as a part of the “Russian Gastronomy Week” in Spain (October 01-06, 2015, Madrid). The Week was supported personally by T. Rifai, secretary general of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), O. P. Safonov, head of the Federal Agency for Tourism (Rosturism), Y.P. Korchagin, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation in the Kingdom of Spain, Russian, Spanish and European business unions and associations http://rusgw.com.

On July 1, 2015 innovative infrastructure of region: business incubators, science and technology parks, science cities, ministries and departments received the letters with the offer to participate in the selection of projects. The experts from different regions of the Russian Federation and different branches of economy by August 2015 considered 2 500 projects, including from the Generation S, Accelerator of the Russian Venture Company. As the result of the second stage of the expert selection only 15 projects of 40 were invited to participate in the semi-final of the Cup-2015 as a part of the International St. Petersburg Innovation Forum where three “Best innovative regions and projects” were selected for the Open Internet voting at the site of the Cup (www.innovacup.ru) from October 10 to October 21, 2015. In 2015 48 017 people took part in voting for the best region.








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