SKOLKOVO FOUNDATION is a Russian non-profit organisation founded in 2010 to create a new science and technology development centre in the Moscow suburb of Skolkovo. The Skolkovo innovation ecosystem comprises the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, corporate R&D centers, business incubators and accelerators, private seed and venture funds, and start-up companies, as well as residential space and social infrastructure. Skolkovo is governed by a special law, which gives its resident companies special economic conditions for running their businesses. More than 300 companies have received the status of Skolkovo resident.
Skolkovo Foundation has funded the UNIHEAT project bringing to the project its unique infrastructure, network of industrial contacts, knowledge of local culture.
“It is hard to imagine a more vivid example of efficient cooperation between business and science than the Centre of applied research that we are establishing. This success is possible because of a close cooperation of global leaders in research on heat exchange and catalysis processes – Imperial College London and Boreskov Institute of Catalysis – with active involvement from British Petroleum. I am sure that we will be able to evaluate the results of the Centre in the not too distant future, which may lead to a significant decrease of energy losses in oil and gas refining.”
Viktor Vekselberg, President of the Skolkovo Foundation