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RBC rolls out “RBC.Innovations” multimedia project

Moscow, April 28, 2014 – RBC OJSC (Moscow Exchange: RBCM) announces launching a new information and research project “RBC.Innovations” on four media platforms simultaneously: online (at http://i.rbc.ru/), on RBC television channel, in RBC daily newspaper, and RBC magazine.

“RBC.Innovations” is aimed at increasing awareness about innovations and developing infrastructure with the view of creating and distributing innovative content through relevant news, expert analysis, and analytical materials. An encyclopedia of investors and innovation start-ups is a key component of the online version of “RBC.Innovations.” It already includes over 100 projects, and the list will be further expanded in the future. RBC aims to turn the encyclopedia into the most comprehensive, up-to-date and, most importantly, practical online database for those who are interested in business and technology of tomorrow.

“RBC.Innovations” is RBC’s full-cycle content project in which all of the holding’s media platforms are involved. In addition to the online version, it includes daily digests of innovation news on RBC channel, weekly columns in RBC daily, and a page in RBC monthly. “RBC.Innovations” will have a massive interactive component in the future: conferences, round-tables, and other events for participants of the Russian innovations market.

“We aim to unlock the potential of our platforms as part of the 360⁰ concept, which provides for using all of the company’s media assets to convey to our audience information that’s relevant and practical for doing business. “RBC.Innovations” is RBC’s universal product that will enable start-ups and investors to find each other, and the general audience to get news and knowledge about the latest trends in technology and innovative business,” said head of “RBC.Innovations” and managing director of CNews Eduard Erkola.

The project’s intellectual partners include Russian Venture Company (RVC) and Skolkovo - the leading Russian development institutions focused on innovations. Cooperation with them will provide an additional incentive for the development of “RBC.Innovations” thanks to valuable expertise of these companies.

According to Ilya Kurmyshev, head of RVC’s innovation development programs, “the new project will not only draw the attention of the business audience to the extensive opportunities of the innovations market, but also create a new center for production of high-quality relevant mass media content”.

“Gearing up for innovations is the top priority in the development of the Russian economy. This means that the topic of innovations should be brought into the limelight, and this is why I think that the idea of creating a topical supplement like “RBC.Innovations” is extremely important and timely,” Alexander Chernov, vice president for external communications and advertising at Skolkovo Foundation, said.

RBC is a leading Russian multimedia holding, with leadership positions in news and business media as well as in domain name registration and hosting. RBC provides a full coverage of business information via key media platforms and offers means of communications and value-added services on the Internet and on mobile devices. The holding’s aggregate audience exceeds 70m people per month.

RVC OJSC is a government fund of funds and a development institution of the Russian Federation, one of Russia's key tools in building its own national innovations system. The government incentivizes venture investment and provides financial support to high technology sector via RVC. The company’s authorized capital exceeds RUB 30bn. The Federal Property Management Agency holds a 100% stake in RVC. The company has established 15 funds with an aggregate capital of RUB 25.2bn, of which RVC contributed over RUB 15.7bn. The number of companies financed by RVC has reached 153 in 2014. Investment has totaled RUB 14bn.

Scientific Centre for Development and Commercialization of New Technologies "Skolkovo" (Skolkovo Foundation) is a non-profit organization established on the initiative of the president of the Russian Federation in September 2010. The purpose of the foundation is to mobilize resources in Russia in the field of contemporary applied research, create a favorable environment in which scientific development can be carried out in five top-priority areas of technological development: energy and energy efficiency, aerospace, biomedicine, nuclear and computer technologies. The project comprises the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech), research institutes, a business incubator, a center for technology transfer and commercialization, representative offices of foreign companies and R&D centers.

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