Andrey Sokolov: "Technopark is a Changing Ecosystem"
Much has changed in our lives since 1990, when the first Tomsk Science and Technology Park was created in Russia. Technology parks are no longer exotic: now there are 66 such parks in the country! Many of them are still at the stage of establishment, but there are also a lot of parks approaching the 10th anniversary. One of them is St. Petersburg Technopark JSC, which was formed in 2008 with a purpose to help the development of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), cluster projects and high-tech companies. For the years of its existence more than two thousand companies have already used its services. St. Petersburg Technopark JSC belongs to the city and is one of the main means of enriching its economy with new commercially effective technological projects. The main customers of its services are SMEs, cluster projects, and high-tech industry companies. By fostering their development through its services St. Petersburg Technopark moves towards its main objective - to increase the contribution of technologically innovative companies into the economy of the Northern Capital. We discussed the past, present and future of St. Petersburg Technopark JSC with its Director General, Andrey Sokolov.