On Sept. 28, 2010, then-President Dmitry Medvedev signed a law "On the Skolkovo Innovation Center," giving rise to the project's managing entity, the non-profit Skolkovo Foundation.
Charged with providing the catalyst for the diversification of the Russian economy, the Skolkovo Foundation's overarching goal is to create a sustainable ecosystem of entrepreneurship and innovation, engendering a startup culture and encouraging venture capitalism.
The Skolkovo Foundation has identified five key areas of potential growth: energy efficiency, strategic computer technologies, biomedicine, nuclear technologies and space technologies.
To achieve this, the Foundation is overseeing the creation of the Skolkovo Innovation Center, which is composed of companies and startups developing innovative technologies (currently numbering over 1,000), a Technopark, the Skolkovo Institute of Technology (Skoltech), a new graduate research University, established in collaboration with MIT, and Skolkovo city, located near Moscow. Together, these entities will establish a vibrant ecosystem of technology innovation and entrepreneurship. Thirty of the world's most successful corporations, including Boeing, Cisco Systems, EADS, GE, Johnson & Johnson, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Siemens, Nokia, Samsung etc. have already recognized the opportunity that Skolkovo presents, having signed R&D partnership agreements with the Foundation.
Dozens of innovative projects developed by Skolkovo startups have found success in international markets; in particular, equipment for the dynamic modeling of oil and gas fields, next-generation screen displays, and laser systems for soft-tissue surgery.
Surveys have shown that Skolkovo startups are three times more likely to attract investment than non-members.