Scientific diplomacy: Russia and Japan are ready to realize joint startups

The first Japan-Russia startup online conference was held one of these days. The conference was organized by Rossotrudnichestvo, the MSU Science Park and the Japanese company RouteX.

Russian Ambassador to Japan Mikhail Galuzin made a welcoming address at the conference. “Strengthening the ties in the innovation domain is an important part of our bilateral economic interaction”, he said adding that “this issue was reflected in one of the 8 points of the Plan for bilateral economic cooperation, previously approved by Japanese Prime-Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin”.

As the Ambassador highlighted, joint projects in the sphere of energy, drug and medical equipment production are being realized. In addition, “joint startup development, cooperation between small and medium-sized innovation companies, especially with the youth involved, also have significant potential for interaction”.

The work on shaping the innovation skills and creating the innovation infrastructure has been in progress in Russia. Russia has managed to make significant progress in this sphere over the past few years. In particular, dozens of new science parks, the infrastructure for the digital economy development, and the E-government system have been created. 

This conference was meant to support young companies that have already introduced an innovative product to the domestic market but that also aim at entering foreign markets. The discussion made it clear that the startups can cooperate, as well as enter the Russian and Japanese markets, if provided assistance by partners. The developments presented at the conference had been made in the spheres of medicine, software for the production of industrial prototypes, space rendering and now-popular apps for smartphones.

Among the Russian participants of the conference were: deputy head of the MSU Science Park Vasiliy Petrichenko, founder of the NAPOLY company Ivan Afanasov, and head of VR Concept company Denis Zakharkin. Among the Japanese participants of the conference were: strategy director of VLEAP company Matsuhiro Co, founder of LikePlay company Igor Voroshilov, managing director of RouteX Inc. Masahiro Tsukao and CEO of RouteX Inc. Takayuki Omori.

The organizers of the conference will promote innovation cooperation, particularly the cooperation between science parks and startups in the two countries. The work on new interesting projects is in progress.