Case Zone Programme

of the Russian Investment Forum
February 12
Pitch Presentation Series Presentation of Regional Investment Projects Hand-picked by qualified experts and sorted by industry, these investment projects will be showcased through pitch sessions consisting of a number of short, structured presentations. The pitch session format aims to provide comprehensive informati...
Hand-picked by qualified experts and sorted by industry, these investment projects will be showcased through pitch sessions consisting of a number of short, structured presentations. The pitch session format aims to provide comprehensive information about the project, collect comments and recommendations from experts, and capture the interest of potential investors.
Pitch Presentation Series BUSINESS PRIORITY PITCH SESSION: TOP 10 INNOVATIVE COMPANIES IN ENERGY – CONTEST RESULTS Business Priority The Business Priority project, in partnership with the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation, will present the results of the national Top 10 Innovative Companies in Energy contest.

Business Priority is a quality standard for hig...
The Business Priority project, in partnership with the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation, will present the results of the national Top 10 Innovative Companies in Energy contest.

Business Priority is a quality standard for high-tech, innovative projects with a high level of liquidity on the global market.

The Top 10 Innovative Companies in Energy contest unites the efforts and knowledge of various scientific and technical fields towards the goal of creating the energy sector of the future. The contest jury will select the 10 most promising technological projects from a large pool of applicants. The winning projects will be granted Business Priority status, which is accompanied by support and promotion through the Roscongress Foundation ecosystem, and the opportunity to transition as swiftly as possible to scaling and exporting their products abroad. The Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation, for their part, will provide contest finalists with direct support in organizing pilot projects at relevant enterprises.

The final portion of the Top 10 Innovative Companies in Energy contest will be presented in the form of a pitch session. Finalists will be given five minutes to present their projects and two minutes to answer jury questions. After the awards have been announced, industry and investment fund representatives will be able to visit the start-up zone to learn more about the projects.
February 13
Series of meetings Open Dialogue with a Governor The ‘Open Dialogue’ format is an informal talk between the head of a region and the moderator on the prospects of regional business development, the investment ecosystem, and plans for the future. All Case Zone visitors can participate in the meet...
The ‘Open Dialogue’ format is an informal talk between the head of a region and the moderator on the prospects of regional business development, the investment ecosystem, and plans for the future. All Case Zone visitors can participate in the meeting, including entrepreneurs, representatives of government entities, investment companies, and media organizations.
Pitch Presentation Series BUSINESS PRIORITY PITCH SESSION: TOP 10 INNOVATIVE ENVIRONMENTAL COMPANIES – CONTEST RESULTS Business Priority A number of environmental issues, such as the creation of modern waste management infrastructure, the environmental rehabilitation of natural areas, pollution reduction, and the use of artificial intelligence are topical issues on both the Russian...
A number of environmental issues, such as the creation of modern waste management infrastructure, the environmental rehabilitation of natural areas, pollution reduction, and the use of artificial intelligence are topical issues on both the Russian and international agendas. One effective tool for addressing such issues is the Top 10 Innovative Environmental Companies’ Contest, which is organized by the Roscongress Foundation's Business Priority project in partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation.

The top 10 finalists will be presented at a Business Priority Pitch Session, a format where each team will have five minutes to present their product and two minutes to answer questions from the expert jury. Contest finalists will be granted Business Priority status, which comes with unique opportunities for promotion in the Roscongress Foundation ecosystem, including strategic consulting, direct conversations with investors, and opportunities to accelerate and enter their product into global markets.
Series of meetings Investment Attraction Directors’ Meeting How does one find the right strategy for attracting investment to a region and which criteria should this search be based on? Which existing areas need transformation and how can new paths for realizing a region's potential be found?

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How does one find the right strategy for attracting investment to a region and which criteria should this search be based on? Which existing areas need transformation and how can new paths for realizing a region's potential be found?

Session speakers will have the opportunity to describe projects that have been successfully implemented in their regions. Projects that can be scaled. In addition to investment projects effectiveness, speakers will also describe the approaches used in implementing projects, barriers that had to be overcome, and lessons learned for the future.

This format will allow each participant to evaluate their personal efficacy and their choice of strategy and, perhaps, attract the attention of investors operating in heretofore unfamiliar areas.

Meeting format:
• A presentation by an Expert RA representative featuring a survey of regions’ economic health, that outlines factors which influence their economies, and opportunities for investors. (Economic Health Index)
• Presentations by regional representatives featuring priority investment areas and available investor incentives. Presenting projects implemented in the region

Meeting objective:
Identify the risks and barriers to the implementation of investment projects in the eyes of heads and investors; get an understanding of what should be addressed by whom
February 14
Public talk Public debt market opportunities for SMEs Expert RA (Intelligent Case Zone Partner) Discussion questions:
• The age of high-yield (HY) bonds: how many HY issuers can the market handle?
• Characteristics of HY bond issuers: risk evaluation, transparency
• Individuals form a central portion of the demand for SME bond...
Discussion questions:
• The age of high-yield (HY) bonds: how many HY issuers can the market handle?
• Characteristics of HY bond issuers: risk evaluation, transparency
• Individuals form a central portion of the demand for SME bonds: the search for effective risk limitation
• When will institutional investors enter the HY bond market?
• Green bonds: how does a business’s level of social responsibility affect their search for financing?
Practical sessions Five Investment Trends Not only has the development of various digital platforms in areas like finance, energy, mobility, food, healthcare, and education provided opportunities for creating higher quality products and services and changed investment perceptions – it has...
Not only has the development of various digital platforms in areas like finance, energy, mobility, food, healthcare, and education provided opportunities for creating higher quality products and services and changed investment perceptions – it has also created new opportunities for economic growth.

This session will be held as a discussion between five investment leaders, who will review the trends they have observed on a global scale and the related opportunities that the Russian market ought to consider.

Discussion questions:
• Key investment market events from 2019 and their effects on strategies in 2020
• 2020 forecast: Is there change ahead? Market trends
• How the Russian market compares to international ones (profitability, market volume, number of deals)
• Sources of capital for developing the investment market
• The main risks and challenges in 2020
• Russian IPO: headhunter and 2020 plans
• Russian investment market prospects
Pitch Presentation Series PRESENTATION: CREATING THE BUSINESS PRIORITY OPEN ACCELERATION PLATFORM Business Priority The Business Priority Open Acceleration Platform takes on a new role as business architect and integrator: facilitating interactions between corporations and start-ups from start to finish, reducing the amount of labour required in dealmaking, and...
The Business Priority Open Acceleration Platform takes on a new role as business architect and integrator: facilitating interactions between corporations and start-ups from start to finish, reducing the amount of labour required in dealmaking, and ameliorating participants’ financial and technological risks. What are the crucial elements of a model for effective cooperation between corporations and the start-up industry?

Participants of this Business Priority project event will discuss the prospects of creating networks of start-ups, accelerators, venture funds, and industry companies.