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HITECH AND ENGINEERING CLUSTER AND ST. PETERSBURG NATIONAL RESEARCH UNIVERSITY OF ITMO SIGN STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT.

HiTech and Engineering Cluster and St. Petersburg National Research University of ITMO signed strategic partnership agreement in the framework of the Congress Modern Innovative Technologies for Increasing Business Efficiency The Cluster and the University will collaborate on joint research and educational projects. The scope of the joint cluster and university research activities will include such directions, as system engineering, management of production life cycle, production and business process optimization and IT infrastructures. Base department of the cluster and training program for Master students "Information systems and technology in the high-tech business will be opened at the University. Under this training program, targeted training of IT-specialists for the cluster companies will be carried out.

HIGH TECHNOLOGY AND ENGINEERING CLUSTER AND "RESTEC" EXHIBITION COMPANY SIGNED PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT.

During the St. Petersburg Industrial Congress in 2013, HiTech and engineering cluster and RESTEC Exhibition Company signed a partnership agreement for organization of the 2014 Hi-tech exhibition and joint organization of the Days of Hi-tech 2014. The chairman of the board of the HiTEC Cluster A.V.Korablev noted that it is important for the Cluster as associations of companies working in the field of high technologies and engineering, to present their production, services and solutions, including joint ones. After signing of this agreement, the Hi-tech exhibition on the St. Petersburg industrial congress will become the main exhibition platform for the cluster from 2014. As part of the Days of Hi-tech there will be annual conference on development of Hi-tech and engineering, innovations implementation, and investment attraction in high-tech and knowledge-intensive projects.

Noncommercial organization "Preplant investment Foundation" was created by the Government of St. Petersburg in order to ensure the support and development of innovative activities and projects in the early stages of development.

The Foundation is part of the innovation infrastructure of St. Petersburg and one of the instruments of the state innovation policy of St. Petersburg.
The Foundation was established as a nonprofit organization and located between business angels funding ideas and private venture capital funds that invest in early stage projects.
Apart from its own investments The Foundation is a partner in the investment programs of major development institutions such as the RVC Seed Fund, Development Fund Center "Skolkovo" Fund Group "Rusnano" program BizSpark Microsoft, a number of venture capital companies and funds.
During The international forum "Engineering Assembly of Russia 2014" in the breakout session "State support measures and the development of engineering" Chairman of the Cluster Alexey Korablev and the executive director of the Foundation M. Rayak signed a cooperation agreement aimed at ensuring the most effective search, selection, funding and support of promising innovative projects of the Cluster for realizing their small innovative companies within the Cluster as well as for the Spin of projects in large companies in the Cluster.