Annual Caspian Business Leaders Innovation Forum “Innovation For Business”, 20 - 21 July 2010, Moscow
"I was pleased to be invited as a speaker at Marchmont Forum last week, it was excellent and I made a lot of very useful new contacts."
Russia Director, Russo-British Chamber of Commerce
"I was very pleased to be invited to speak at the “Innovation for Business” Forum. Sharing my ideas with the representatives of the Russian and international business elite we had rich evidence that there are immediate and huge mutually beneficial business opportunities in technology sector between Russia and Germany."
Dr. Hans Schwendner
Head of Artezio’s representation in the German-speaking region and founder of Consulting in Technology
"Congratulations on Marchmont conference. I really enjoyed it."
Startup Projects Director, Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO
"That was a pleasure for me to participate in this event. I believe such forums are extremely useful for all the participants. I saw there many talented and excited young professionals ready to put into action Russia’s innovation potential."
Chairman, NGO Russian Managers’ Association for Presidential Civil Service Program Alumni – RUS
"Visiting of this forum has allowed to understand how the market of innovations should work and what stimulus for its development exist in Russia. For me it is a new worth-while experiment and possibility of professional development."
Joint Stock Company «Interregional Distribution Grid Company of Centre and Volga Region»
"I’m delighted with the visitation of the Forum. Its participants discussed real problems of the Russian innovative market."
Chief editor, "Time of Innovation"
"I was impressed by Kendrick Davis White's performance – it’s complimentary when the people who are engaged in business in Russia, study our language and speak it. Everything has been organized perfectly and small mess-ups like too long first session decorated the forum because showed unindifference of participants."
Chief editor of TV-channel “Uspeh”
"Dear Kendriñk! Accept sincere gratitude from company Branan and me personally for the excellent organization of such a useful and informative communication platform on the Russian innovative environment."
Senior Analyst, BRANAN
Annual Caspian Business Leaders Innovation Forum “Innovation For Business”, 29 - 30 June 2010, Nizhny Novgorod
"All questions brought up during discussions are extremely actual for the enterprises working in the sphere of innovative business. It is very important that the Forum gives not only theoretical knowledge of specificity of innovative industry, but also helps to establish useful business contacts."
Financial manager, Department of innovative technologies «Association BINAR», Sarov
"Participants of the Forum actively discussed real innovators’ problems, and officials of region took into account all remarks they were told. Thus, constructive dialogue has taken place."
Lecturer, Venture Management Dept., National Research University, The Higher School of Economics, Nizhny Novgorod
"It is my first visit to Russia and I have to admit: when I went to Nizhny Novgorod, I was a bit skeptical about the development of innovative business in the Russian Federation. Here, at this Forum, I began to look with optimism at the russian innovative market prospects. This market can be compared to a flywheel which is developed hardly owing to the big territory of the country. That’s why such a way of strengthening interactions between elements of an innovative infrastructure is extremely important. Especially I liked round tables, when participants of the Forum had possibility to exchange opinions."
Doctor of Chemical Science, Ariel University Research and Development Company Ltd., Israel
"The Forum «Innovation for business» is close to real life and far from theatricality. The discussion was organized on a high level: from the classical form «presentations + 2 questions from audience» dialog spontaneously developed into a round table where everybody could express his/her opinion. Marchmont has so warmed up audience that from official definitions and vast discussions participants of the Forum have decided to concrete practical actions. Eventually I want to say it would be desirable to see at the Forum of more representatives of the government, but not the first persons – experts, with whom representatives of innovative business usually contact."
General Director, “TM-Service”, Cand. Sc. Law, Nizhny Novgorod
"Such conferences cover the most critical gaps in a chain of commercialization and help to develop mechanisms of overcoming of these difficulties."
Chairman of the Board of Directors, OJSC Technopark "Systema-Sarov", Moscow
Annual Caspian Business Leaders Innovation Forum “Innovation For Business”, 20 - 21 October 2010, Perm
"The forum was very productive, the glossary of venture capital market was clarified, and I liked the active viewpoint of the administration because of the personal attendance of Elena Gilyazova at the opening ceremony and active participation of Andrey Muschinkin! It became clear that only business can create a club of business-angels and an effective platform for lifting investments up in our region! I was gratefully pleased that the Region administration comprehended it!"
Chairman of the Supervisory Board "LED lamps", St. Petersburg
"Once again I pointed out for myself that innovation is a road to the future whatever you do and whatever kind of business you carry on. Such events are very important even just to encourage people to achieve more in their business or start a new business."
Editor in Chief, Internet Journal “PermMag”, Perm
Annual Caspian Business Leaders Innovation Forum “Innovation For Business”, 22 - 23 September 2010, Kazan
"Thank you for the opportunity to meet creative people and their ideas. Special thanks for the chance to establish personal contacts for further cooperation."
Rector, “IPKNEFTEHIM”, Kazan
Annual Caspian Business Leaders Innovation Forum “Innovation For Business”, 25 - 26 August 2010, Volgograd
"We thank Marchmont Company for the opportunity to act as a media partner of the event in Volgograd. The event is very topical and useful. The friendly and open-hearted atmosphere, the active discussion of speakers’ reports, the elated optimistic mood of the leader - Kendrick White! We hope that through such activities people requiring investments in business development will find new solutions and build up true partnership with investor companies. We look forward to further our cooperation!"
Editor in Chief, Journal “Business Volgograd”, Volgograd
"Certainly I’d like to thank Kendrick for realization of such events. As I’ve already mentioned, the subject of ‘innovation’ is quite a new one. While nowadays developing of this topic became prestigious but a great amount of people do not fully understand the difficulties that may arise. However, the issue is being studied and the understanding of how the cluster approach to the innovations should be formed has already appeared. And here all forums in the regions organized by Marchmont Capital Partners play an important role. Now we are carrying out the First Youth Innovation Convention with the participation of Zvorykin project coordinators. Yesterday I imparted some information obtained from Kendrick at the forum in Volgograd to young innovators warning them of possible errors."
Chairman of Astrakhan Regional Branch “Delovaya Rossiya”, Astrakhan
"Thanks to Marchmont Capital Partners and Investment Management of the Volgograd Region for the Forum realization. It is urgent, valuable and essential. Sophisticated and precise estimates of Status Quo and strategic directions. Presentations of Kendrick White, Jon Hellevig and Tatiana Komissarova contain information that can’t be heard at RBC that I’m used to watch every day."
Head of the research sector, Volga Polytechnical Institute (Branch), Volgograd
"We are grateful to Marchmont Company for the opportunity to participate in the Third Annual Investment Forum of Business Leaders “INNOVATIONS FOR BUSINESS” in Volgograd. The event is really topical and useful in the present situation of economic uncertainty. Kendrick White’s optimism revitalizes people’s conviction that small business is sure to overcome all obstacles on its way. We hope that with the help of such events everyone who is in need of investment for business development will find new solutions and build up real partnership with investor companies."
General Director,OOO "NPP System ECOservice", Volgograd
Annual Caspian Business Leaders Innovation Forum “Innovation For Business”, 22 - 23 July 2010, Moscow region
"We were very happy to visit the Forum in Moscow region. There were many interesting people there and informal environment provided a chance to have comfortable communication and experience exchange. Combining of the two events - Icamp and MARCHMONT Forum attracted many different participants and gave us the possibility to speak on one ground with participants who made presentations and master-classes. In such out in the country atmosphere it was interesting to listen business stories from life such as was a story of Patricia Cloherty, kind of the business advices that were even more interesting and practical then success stories which format could be still developed. Receptions were of the kind that was perfect in such atmosphere. May be only good live music could be added to form more comfortable space for communication."
International Relations Manager Teatrika Laboratory, Saint Petersburg
"It's great that Marchmont Forum has finally reached Moscow! The conference brought together interesting speakers and participants and provided them with an excellent opportunity to extend contacts."
Director of the Students' Business Incubator at the Higher School of Economics, Moscow
Annual Caspian Business Leaders Innovation Forum “Innovation For Business”, 26 - 27 May 2010, Vladivostok
"Dear Kendrick! Thank you for organizing and establishing the mutually optimistic and business atmosphere of this forum. The forum is very interesting. I hope that the consequence of it will be a growing attention of investors to the Far East."
Director, Moscow State University adm. Nevelskoy, Moscow
"This event is the best one of all innovation events ever held in Vladivostok. It contains a great amount of useful and well-packaged information. Communication with Kendrick White, Edward Fiyaksel, Evgeny Savin, Oleg Utkin and other forum participants is a real feast for the mind. I wish Kendrick would be declared a national treasure of Russia. Talking to him gives the charge of optimism and confidence in the inevitable innovative future of Russia."
Senior correspondent "RG" in Vladivostok
Annual Caspian Business Leaders Innovation Forum “Innovation For Business”, 22 - 23 April 2010, Astrakhan
"Investment Forum is a perfect opportunity to mutually exchange the ideas for participants from Astrakhan and Moscow as well as guests from other cities and countries. I believe that some of these ideas will grow into projects that will become driving force for the economic development."
President, Rating Agency OmniGrade, Moscow
"ÎVery interesting Forum, it is excellent that Astrakhan Region Governor supports such events. I hope that Astrakhan Region innovators will pay much attention for available around them finance raising possibilities. You can bring a horse to water but you cannot make it drink!"
Head of Covernment Relations, Russian Venture Company, Moscow
"I often hear reproaches to ourselves as we only speak on innovation ecosystem development. I’m sure that this forum is a definite specific step in the innovation climate development in this region."
CEO, Center for promotion of innovative technologies “NovStream – Constructive Solutions”, expert of Center for Technology and Innovation of PricewaterhouseCoopers, Moscow
"Caspian Innovation Forum is a successful example of combination of private initiative on the new investment projects search on innovation economy development stimulation. Only such combination will guarantee realization of accumulated experience of the Region in the sphere of bio resources research and other spheres that could provide the region economy new growth points in the nearest future."
Senior Expert, Infrastructure Programs, the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies, Moscow
"Innovation for Business” Forum attracts more and more regional participants and this is really wonderful as only together innovations could be developed successfully. Innovation policy support on behalf of the Administration is a necessary component of success. We see the availability of these two factors in the Region and it means that success will come."
Organizer: iCamp & BIT Competition; Founder, General Director, UNOVA Media, www.unova.ru, Moscow
"We are grateful that You support such projects and we hope that Astrakhan will reach higher level of the economic development due to them."
Director, LLC “Sociokaspy”, Astrakhan
Business leaders Investment Forum “INNOVATION FOR BUSINESS”, 24 March - 26 March 2010, Nizhny Novgorod
"I liked the way Conference was organized. I would refer diversities of speeches’ topics and their forms to conference advantages, and not disadvantages. It helped to create real picture of Russian space of innovations in front of the Conference participants. In my opinion, general optimistic atmosphere during the Conference proved that people involved in the innovation processes have hopes for progress and successful solutions of the problems in the nearest future."
Head, Technologies Department, Mera Labs, Nizhny Novgorod
"LLC “Binar Co Group of Companies” expresses appreciation for perfect organization of Third Annual Business Leaders International Investment Forum “Innovation For Business” that took place in Nizhny Novgorod from 24th till 26th of March. Meaningful and rich in content program gave a possibility to conduct a full-scale discussion on interaction with partners and colleagues. The ground of the Forum, level of participants, topics discussed during the Forum – all these factors jointly gave the possibility to use the time of the Forum with maximum efficiency. World Trade Center proved to be a good place for making business contacts, conduction of negotiations and for training possibilities for our young colleagues. We hope for fruitful cooperation in future."
President, “Binar Group of Companies”, Sarov
"Kendrick, Thank you very much! Though I was present only at several Sessions, I’ve got more than I expected. Apart from networking the information obtained during the Forum made me think and I was able to formulate those questions. I hope that I’ll find the answers. Thank you! This was a big work!"
Regional Field Sales Representative | Monster Worldwide - Emerging Markets - Monster Russia, Nizhny Novgorod
"The event was organized perfectly; I’ve managed to make very useful contacts. Moderators coped with their task excellently. Sincere thanks. Well done."
General Director, "Modern Ecological Systems", Nizhny Novgorod
"Event was well organized, many interesting presentations, good level of participants, high level of discussion."
Head, Infrastructure Projects Department “Russian Venture Company”, Moscow
"I am grateful to Marchmont Company for the invitation to this conference. I can’t stop wandering Kendrick’s energy and I want to thank him personally for the patience and optimism with which he promotes ideas of investing, innovation and business value in Russia."
Director of “Business Will!”, Nizhny Novgorod
"The forum allows us to feel the general mood of the regions, to understand the capabilities and speed of innovative processes realization and to estimate preparedness of different groups of participants. Here is also a great platform for launching partnerships. All these factors make such events very interesting for us. Special thanks to the organizers!"
President, GC Progressor ", Moscow
"Dear Kendrick! I'm very glad to have an opportunity of participating in the forum as it is new and very interesting experience which is sure to open new perspectives to me. The Forum gives me a feeling that Russia has all possibilities for economic growth and sustainable development. That, in its turn, inspires us with a confidence in the future. Many thanks to the organizers for the excellently done work. Businesslike, collaborative and friendly atmosphere of the forum proves it. I hope for further collaboration."
Radio anchorwoman, STRC "Nizhny Novgorod”, Nizhny Novgorod
"I liked the following things:
- The idea of organization of such level of conference, the place where the conference was held.
- Perfect chance to meet new people and touch base with them.
- I liked active position of the conference organizers and high professional level of its organization.
- level of speakers and way of some moderators “brought out of their shell” the participants.
- Number of specialists and professionals that I’ve met proves the topic’s relevance."
Director, Nizhny Novgorod Office, The U.S. Russia Center for Entrepreneurship, Nizhny Novgorod
"Our company participated in Samara conference held by Marchmont for the first time in November 2008. That was the time when the crisis was at its height and everyone was in panic and had no idea of what it would result in and how long it would last. Now it is clear that the crisis has come here for a long time and we have to put up with it, adapt to it and learn to live in a different way. However, at that moment when we did not know this fully holding a conference for regional business leaders was a risky and, I would even say, courageous move to make. But the risk taken by Marchmont was completely justified! The conference covered burning issues a company faces in crisis times: "how to further set HR policies, how to deal with the personnel, how to avoid company collapse or its hostile takeover, etc." After the conference we made many useful contacts that could be helpful for many companies in personnel recruitment and other HR solutions. We thank Marchmont for the opportunity to participate in the conference, for brilliant conference management and creating fascinating and lively business atmosphere."
Director of Kelly Services Samara division
"Dear Kendrick White. Dear colleagues!
As Marchmont partner and expert I am glad to see your highly professional and timely response to changes in Russia's economy. Our managers of all levels in large, small and medium business in Russia are now confused about how best to proceed. What decision to make in crisis times? How to survive? Which anti-crisis measures to take in your company? What and how to plan in the nearest three-five years of coming stagflation? These questions trouble business community in Russia, Europe, the USA, China and South-East Asia. In my mind, all these issues are subjects of business seminars which should be held by Marchmont in Russian cities. No one can exactly and clearly answer the said questions because the world has never seen anything like the current financial and economic downturn. Therefore the depth and continuation of the crisis impact on the real economy will be studied along with crisis unfolding. Several elements of the ongoing crisis resemble the Great Depression in the USA in the 30-ies, Japanese crisis in the 90-ies, the 1998 default in Russia and default in Germany at the beginning of the 20th century. The theory of Kondratiev waves will help us to understand internal causes of the crisis. Russia's archaic financial system manages to keep Russian afloat. But who analyzed influence of the modern derivative security market, the impact of this multi-level system of securities on economic growth of business sectors? Who developed measures of state regulation of derivatives in the USA and when?"
Rector of Tatar Management Academy,
Doctor of Economics, professor of Kazan State University.
"My opinion is extremely positive.
What can be improved?
The order of speakers should be strictly observed to keep the event dynamic. Participants should be questioned before conferences to find out what additional subjects related to a conference subject they would like to be covered and to arrange speeches on the topic. It is clear that the subject needs to be related to a conference theme. Let us look at real estate, we can speak about selling, building, evaluating sites, leasing, using. All of these are related to construction project marketing, implementation planning (all area or partially), advertising campaign, attracting financing. One of these topics can be covered at the conference or all of them if they are interesting enough for conference participants. In order to avoid incoherence a questionnaire of five-seven topics can be compiled which can be discussed with experts as well."
Property advisor, corporate services
department, CB Richard Ellis.
"First of all, I have to say I enjoyed the event (Business Leaders Investment Forum, held in Novosibirsk on February 26, 2009 – note.) and I am very grateful for inviting me to join it. Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to thank Kendrick White as he was surrounded by the participants during the event and I had to leave promptly after the Forum. Nevertheless, I would like to point out that Mr White has managed to create a fascinating atmosphere, both business-like and friendly with the help of wide experience and ability to communicate the right words to the audience. It was a very good idea to invite business leaders to speak about the way their businesses are surviving in these turbulent times as these were not traditional success stories. Three speakers presented three different models of interacting with the personnel without giving a clear way of the right conduct. But the answer to the what-is-the-main-thing-to-survive question was universal and it ran like this: a great wish to work and achieve your goals, leader's involvement. Thus, it was made clear that everyone was going through difficult times but victory was possible and it depended on oneself and one's personal qualities. The conference participants left the event in a very excited state. Thank you and good luck!"
Spokeswoman for the MICEX in charge of work with issuers in Siberian Federal District.
"The Center “Superstaff” acted as an information partner of Investment Business Leaders Forum in Novosibirsk on February 26, 2009. We worked with Marchmont Company for the first time, and our first experience turned out to be a success. Organization of the forum was efficient. The atmosphere was open-hearted and friendly. It was pleasant to communicate with the speakers and the participants. Some interesting speeches were presented. I’d like to single out the report of Igor Ladygin, director of “Brokercreditservice Consulting”- specific examples, useful information. Special thanks to Mr. Kendrick White for his professionalism, sympathy and kindness. V.D. Saratovkin, a representative of the center “Superstaff”, presented his report on the investment attractiveness of the team; also three of our partners were invited to participate in Session 2 with their reports on the actual business situation based on the examples of their enterprises. We were worried how such emotional reports from the real business might suite the image of a serious investment forum. We were pleasantly surprised that all reports made a good impression; the audience was interested in non-standard approaches and energy. I am grateful for the opportunity of partnership collaboration and hope for successful continuation."
Director of the Center "Superframe", Novosibirsk.
"I willingly took part in the forum, although I am not a habitue of this sort of events. From my point of view, the event was useful and next time I’ll try to attend it again. Especially I was pleasantly surprised by the contrast between the second and third sessions. Business leaders said that they were offended by the banks, which didn’t give them money, and outside investors ruthlessly wanted to get into their "streamlined" business. On the contrary, investors claimed that they wanted to invest money but needed transparency for investments and control over them. It turns out that there is money, you just have to learn the correct way and chiefly the responsible manner to take it."
General Director, “SAST”, Novosibirsk.
"The conference turned out to be very useful and up-to-the-minute. In the present conditions of economic uncertainty, each company has to cope with falling sales, cost optimization and, chiefly, emotional constituent of the staff. The lost of courage among the team will inevitably lead a company to huge losses. That’s why I think that it’s essential to conduct such meetings. During this conference we, managers, shared experiences, discussed the situations, which should be avoided, and, of course, talked over the possibilities of growth, available for us because of the crisis. I am extremely grateful to the organizers and participants of the conference as such meetings help to broaden one’s outlook as well as to get new emotions, inspiration for future work. I’d like to wish owners and managers of all levels to be up to the mark, to learn how to manage in a rapidly changing situation - it's the perfect time to improve our own competence and prove to yourself that you do not hold this job to no purpose! Nowadays everyone is in deep water (and your competitors too), but if you are a professional, you’ll gather all your optimism and go ahead for further development, growth, capture of new markets!"
Executive Director, "Argument", Tomsk.