31 May 2006

State Venture Fund to Start at $550M

Apparently they are looking to find 15 investment management teams.  If there are 15 people in Russia who understand venture capital in a Russian and global context I would be surprised; actually shocked.  Three of the four who do understand work for one fund and the fifth is employed elsewhere.

Let's hope that $550mn will educate the next generation without putting the government off too much.

State Venture Fund to Start at $550M:

The government will create a 15 billion ruble ($556 million) venture capital fund by the end of June to help set up new high-technology businesses, Deputy Economic Development and Trade Minister Andrei Sharonov said Tuesday.

Fifteen independently run sub-funds will select the projects to benefit from the fund to reduce the risk of corruption.

The government will supply as much 49 percent of the capital, with private venture capitalists providing the remainder. Each sub-fund is expected to invest in 10 to 15 businesses.

“The program's aim is not to replace the natural flow of investment but to act as a catalyst and an instrument for reducing the risk,'' Sharonov said.

Russia is trying to diversify its economy and reduce its dependence on oil and gas. Along with the new fund, the government has created six special economic zones that offer tax breaks to stimulate the technology industry.


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Anonymous said...

That's excellent but how effective is this endeavor going to be at combating or functioning under the underground business practices, or rather, to put how Russians call it, the "under the table" business practices? Venture capital, when given too leniently or when the provider closes his eyes, could be a recipe for some serious corruption...

The Poster said...

I am less worried about corruption and more concerned about general incompetence.

Because tech related VC has less cash floating around it's harder to be corrupt - not that it will stop a number of people from trying.

What the post does not say is that fund managers will have to match (at least) government funds - which means that you have to put up a $ to steal one.

However, most money will be lost by backing technologies, not companies and inventors not entrepreneurs.

31 May 2006

State Venture Fund to Start at $550M

Apparently they are looking to find 15 investment management teams.  If there are 15 people in Russia who understand venture capital in a Russian and global context I would be surprised; actually shocked.  Three of the four who do understand work for one fund and the fifth is employed elsewhere.

Let's hope that $550mn will educate the next generation without putting the government off too much.

State Venture Fund to Start at $550M:

The government will create a 15 billion ruble ($556 million) venture capital fund by the end of June to help set up new high-technology businesses, Deputy Economic Development and Trade Minister Andrei Sharonov said Tuesday.

Fifteen independently run sub-funds will select the projects to benefit from the fund to reduce the risk of corruption.

The government will supply as much 49 percent of the capital, with private venture capitalists providing the remainder. Each sub-fund is expected to invest in 10 to 15 businesses.

“The program's aim is not to replace the natural flow of investment but to act as a catalyst and an instrument for reducing the risk,'' Sharonov said.

Russia is trying to diversify its economy and reduce its dependence on oil and gas. Along with the new fund, the government has created six special economic zones that offer tax breaks to stimulate the technology industry.


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Anonymous said...

That's excellent but how effective is this endeavor going to be at combating or functioning under the underground business practices, or rather, to put how Russians call it, the "under the table" business practices? Venture capital, when given too leniently or when the provider closes his eyes, could be a recipe for some serious corruption...

The Poster said...

I am less worried about corruption and more concerned about general incompetence.

Because tech related VC has less cash floating around it's harder to be corrupt - not that it will stop a number of people from trying.

What the post does not say is that fund managers will have to match (at least) government funds - which means that you have to put up a $ to steal one.

However, most money will be lost by backing technologies, not companies and inventors not entrepreneurs.