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HSE to Help Develop Legislature to Boost Technology Entrepreneurship

Artem Kritsyn, Manager of regional programmes and projects at the HSE Business Incubator, now heads the Working Group to Involve Secondary and Higher School Students in Entrepreneurship. The Working Group was created in October 2017 by the Expert Council on the Development of Civil Education and Student Socialization under the State Duma Committee for Education and Science. The Working Group also includes Tatyana Stroganova, Head of the HSE Innovation and Enterprise Office.

Artem Kritsyn, Manager of regional programmes and projects at the HSE Business Incubator
Artem Kritsyn, Manager of regional programmes and projects at the HSE Business Incubator
The main idea of the working group is to popularise technology entrepreneurship at universities, summarise methods of this work, and make amendments to legislature in terms of facilitating the creation and funding of startups at universities. Representatives of several Russian universities are involved in the working group. In addition to higher education institutions, the group includes representatives of development institutions (IIDF, Development Corporations from Astrakhan and Orenburg oblasts), infrastructure organizations, technology entrepreneurs and venture investors – a total of 18 people.

These members will work as part of the group for one year, and during this period of time, they aim to change the nature of students’ involvement in entrepreneurship, including changing the assessment criteria for student relations executives at universities. The experts suggest introducing one more criterion – ‘involvement of students in entrepreneurship’, which will oblige the universities to support not only students’ professional and personal growth, but their business ambitions as well.

‘Entrepreneurship must be taught from secondary school. This will help our society to overcome distrust in entrepreneurs. A business person should be seen as someone who creates added value, provides jobs, and opens opportunities for future generations’, commented Artem Kritsyn, ‘But entrepreneurship learning shouldn’t be too academic. It should be practice-oriented and lead students to starting real businesses. At some universities, students can already present their startups as degree projects’.

In addition to lectures and theoretical classes, the working group experts are going to supplement educational programmes with workshops with successful entrepreneurs, business-oriented learning, and other interactive forms of learning.

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