Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC 2014)

The first Global Entrepreneurship Congress was held in 2009 in Kansas City, where the headquarters of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, named after the now deceased entrepreneur and philanthropist, are located. The foundation's goal is to help young people start and run businesses, to promote education on entrepreneurship, raise awareness about trends that are favorable for doing business, and to find alternative ways for the commercialization of new knowledge and technologies.

After Dubai, Shanghai and Liverpool, Moscow's turn came. From March 17-20, when the whole world was discussing Russia's annexation of Crimea and new investment risks as a result of this, the Kauffman Foundation, together with the city government, held the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in the "Manezh" Exhibition Hall. A great deal of attention was paid to the congress by the venture industry and high technology. The event was opened by Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin and Skolkovo President Viktor Vekselberg. The congress was also attended by the co-founder and CEO of Yandex, Arkady Volozh, CEO of Infowatch Natalya Kasperskaya and creator of the game Angry Birds, Pyotr Vesterbak. A master class was offered by the famous designer Karim Rashid, and a memorandum of understanding was signed between the Skolkovo Fund, Moscow's Center of Innovative Development, the VEB Innovation Fund and the world's largest accelerator in the field of clean technologies, Cleantech Open.

Winning the Hearts ReForum

The second international conference on longterm investment in human capital was held at the Skolkovo business school on Nov. 13-14. The forum's 40 speakers included CEOs, business owners and HR directors of Russian and foreign companies, speaking about the establishment of a unique corporate culture and employee motivation strategies. This year, for example, Alfa-Bank CEO Alexei Marei offered a presentation, as well as Mikhail Slobodin, CEO of VimpelCom, Natalia Sindeyeva, general director of the Dozhd TV channel and CEOs of the Russian branches of Leroy Merlin and Obi Vincent and Ian Gentil Strickland.

"Open Innovations"

This year's "Open Innovations" forum was held in the "Moscow" technology park at the former AZLK factory in Tekstilshchiki from Oct. 14-16. The topic — not without provocation — was declared as "Creative Destruction: How to Remain Competitive in the 21st Century," and the main partner of the event was China, with whom Russia is now forced to be friends. On the Russian side, the third forum was opened by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, and on the Chinese side by Prime Minister of the State Council Li Keqiang.

At the forum, "Rusnano," together with the Taiwanese Industrial Technology Investment Corporation (ITIC) and the investment company 360ip of Singapore, the establishment of the Asia-Pacific Technology Fund was announced. The fund will invest in high-tech companies working in the field of robotics and automation, nanotechnology, new materials and IT in order to localize their business and technology in the markets of Russia and the Asia-Pacific region. The fund's original size is $200 million, with the possibility of climbing to $400 million. Operations are set to begin in 2015.

Renaissance Capital's Annual Investor Conference

In the spring of 2014, due to the sanctions against Russia, the traditional conference for investors at Sberbank CIB and VTB Capital was abolished. The investment bank Renaissance Capital did not cancel its annual June conference, however, and it was held from June 23-27 in Moscow. In addition, Renaissance, as always, arranged for major international clients who came to the forum to go on excursions in Krasnodar and St. Petersburg. The composition of participants and speakers this year was not announced in advance; the bank said only that the conference would be attended by 200 international investment companies with total assets at $3 trillion. Among them, according to Bloomberg, was the world's largest management company Black Rock, as well as RBC Global Asset Management, Wasatch Advisors and Union Bancaire Privee.

Russian Business Week RSPP

The annual event has been held since 2007 by the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs.

The Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs held the seventh annual Russian Business Week from March 17-21 at the Ritz-Carlton. Russian Business Week is the main event where important areas of interaction between government and business are discussed.

Participants in activities have traditionally included the deputy prime minister, representatives of the presidential administration and the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, heads of key ministries and agencies, members of the board of the union, heads of regional offices and trade associations of the union.

The event includes an annual forum by the union, which President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin participated in this year, an annual tax conference, a conference on social and labor relations and a forum for self-regulatory organizations.

"Russia Calling" - VTB Capital

The sixth annual "Russia Calling" investment forum of VTB Capital was held on Oct. 1-2 at the World Trade Center. Despite the tense political situation, more than 2,000 guests took part in the forum, including more than 400 international and Russian investors. The main event was the plenary session "The Development of Russia: In Search of New Opportunities," at which President Vladimir Putin offered a presentation. The event was also attended by Chairman of the Board of Directors Pirelli Marco Tronchetti Provera, CEO of Huawei Meng Wanzhou and CEO and President of Sanofi Pasteur Olivier Charmeil. At the macroeconomic session, attended by Finance Minister Anton Siluanov, Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev and chairman of the Central Bank Elvira Nabiullina, everyone recalled the president's critical remarks, as well as those from Sberbank President German Gref.