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Ludmila Karelina, leader of the Bringing Together project, vice-president of the SPbCCI, held a round table within the framework of the Forum of SMEs

On December 8-9, the XIX Forum of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises of St. Petersburg was held, organized by the Public Council for the Development of Small Entrepreneurship under the Governor of St. Petersburg, the operator is the Fund for the Development of SMEs in St. Petersburg.

On the second day of the Forum, a round table was held on the topic: "Acceleration programs in business support infrastructure and the potential for international cooperation", moderated by Ludmila Karelina, leader of the Bringing Together project, vice-president of the SPbCCI.

Kirill Pozdnyak, Deputy Director of the Unified Entrepreneurship Center, spoke about the results of the work of the St. Petersburg City Accelerator. In two streams, 11176 applications were received, and more than 3,200 companies were additionally diagnosed.

Elizaveta Urosova, Director of the Ingria Business Incubator, presented the opportunities provided by the business incubator. Among them are consultations on business development, infrastructure support, access to business services, etc. Events such as Open Days, investment and presentation sessions, Startup Lynch are held. The nearest Startup Lynch, where the analysis of startups takes place, will be held on December 24.

Roman Koshelev, Head of the Center for the Corporate Accelerator of Start-up Projects, Russian Railways, informed about the implementation of the Corporate Acceleration Program of JSC "Russian Railways" (KAP). The accelerator allows companies to gain access to business customers, accelerated admission to tests and the opportunity to become a Russian Railways supplier. In the near future, CAP-2021 will start. On December 21, a demo day will be held.

Alexey Udovichenko, Head of the Ioffe-LUT Accelerator, Technology Transfer Center of the Ioffe Institute of Physics and Technology, presented a Refresher course on Sustainable development for Russian corporate clients.

The main topic of Sergey Troshkov's speech, expert on cross-border cooperation projects, Kotka City Administration, Finland, was the Russian-Finnish Life Science Park accelerator.

Valentina Chaplinskaya, Project Expert of the representative office of the South-East Finland-Russia CBC Programme 2014-2020, spoke about the main priorities of the Programme for the next period (2021-2027) and noted its important role for the development of SMEs in the border regions.

Vyacheslav Volkov, Development Director of GlobalTech Group Oy, Finland, shared his experience of relocating the company to Finland and passing acceleration programs on both sides of the border.

Ludmila Karelina presented the Bringing Together platform as a communication and information platform for SMEs and invited Forum participants to register and actively use the Platform's services.

At the end of the round table, the speakers discussed proposals to be included in the resolution. These included promoting the development of an ecosystem of interaction between Russian and international acceleration programs and SMEs, including further development of digital transformation of acceleration programs, digital services needed by SMEs, assistance in the development of educational programs, including in a distance format, for the preparation of startups, their evaluation and promotion, as well as the formation of common information and communication platforms for initiators of projects and ideas.

10 December 2021