The three-day annual business mission to France kicked off today in online format via ZOOM with opening remarks from Victoria Astranina, director of the International Cooperation Department of the Skolkovo Foundation, and Mikhail Makarov, the trade representative of the Russian Federation in France. The event takes place from June 16-18, 2020.


The aim of the mission is to give business and governmental figures from both sides the opportunity to present and exchange ideas, and for 17 Skolkovo resident companies (Ecopsy, G-Core Labs, Craft, Dasha.AI, QRate, NVI Solutions, VISITECH, CyberPhysics, GeoAlert, Merusoft,, Hover Wings Tech, ZENTORN, NeuroDrive, FIXAR, Videointellect, Samocat Sharing)  to meet with and present their projects to the French companies Groupe ADP (Aéroports de Paris), Total, Thales, SNCF, Dassault Systèmes.

Today’s webinar, titled “Country Panorama,” comprised presentations from both the French and Russian sides on topics such as how to scale up a startup in France, key steps for doing business in France, high-tech trends in the French market, and so on.

Day two opens with words from Arkady Dvorkovich, the chairman of the Skolkovo Foundation, and the French Ambassador to Russia Pierre Levy. Skolkovo residents will then pitch their projects to French companies, presenting high-tech solutions in the fields of digital tech and transport & logistics. Given the current circumstances with the Covid-19 pandemic, these solutions aim at supporting businesses, tackling the virus and public health risks it poses, and enabling distance education, work and online leisure during isolation.

On day three, the Skolkovo resident companies will have B2B meetings during a three hour online matchmaking session with the French companies.