Russian Venture Company (OJSC)
Russian Venture Company (OJSC) (RVC or Russian Venture Company) is a government fund of funds and a development institute of the Russian Federation, one of Russia's key tools in building its own national innovation system.
Russian Venture Company was established by Russian Government on June 7, 2006 (Order No. 838-r). Its mission is to encourage Russia’s own VC industry and boost capital of VC funds. RVC’s role is that of a government fund of venture capital funds channeling public incentives to venture capital and financial support to the hi-tech sector, and of a Russian VC industry development institute.
RVC’s authorized capital — RUB 30 011 320 700 (about US$ 1022 mln.) — is 100% owned by the Federal Agency for State Property Management (Rosimuschestvo). The Board is composed of seven directors, including Elvira Nabiullina (Russian Minister of Economic Development), Andrey Fursenko (Russian Minister of Education), Igor Artemyev (Head of Antitrust Committee), Sergey Guriev (Rector of Russian Economic School), Yigal Erlich (founder and Managing Partner of Yozma Group), Esko Aho (Prime Minister of Finland in 1991-1995, current member of the Executive Committee of Nokia Group), and Igor Agamirzian, CEO of RVC.
RVC operates through private-public partnerships that take form of private VC funds: 49% of their capital is contributed by RVC—to be matched by 51% from private investors.
RVC backed VC funds’ investment priorities focus on technologies from the Critical Technologies List approved by Russian President.
So far, these funds include: VTB Venture Fund (RUB 3,061 mln i.e. about US$ 104 mln.), Bioprocess Capital Ventures (RUB 3,000 mln i.e. about US$ 102 mln.), Maxwell Bio-Tech (RUB 3,061 mln i.e. about US$ 104 mln.),), Leader Innovations (RUB 3,000 mln i.e. about US$ 102 mln.), Tamir Fishman CiG Russian Fund (RUB 2,000 mln i.e. about US$ 68 mln.), S-Group Ventures (RUB 1,800 mln i.e. about US$ 61 mln.) and New Technologies (RUB 3,061 mln i.e. about US$ 104 mln.).
As on February 2010, RVC backed funds run a portfolio of 27 companies, invested capital totaling RUB 4.413 bln i.e. about US$ 149 mln. more...