MOSCOW, Oct. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

More than 15,000 participants from 70 countries from all over the world gathered in Moscow to see cutting-edge technological achievements, discuss creative disruption of markets and search for promising models of leadership in the 21st century. 

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The III Moscow International Forum for Innovative Development "Open Innovations" and the Open Innovations Expo in 2014 were organized by Russia in partnership with the People’s Republic of China. On 14 October the heads of governments of the two countries held a plenary session -"The Emerging Global Innovation Map: Closing the Gap Between Countries". International cooperation was also discussed during the event "Innovation Dialogue: Partners’ Interaction Over Innovation Policy". A special research project "Developing the technology market: perspectives for Russia" prepared by EY and devoted to the main trends of global market development and innovative technologies and their impact on the Russian business environment was presented during the second day’s plenary session "When knowledge and technology converge: enabling cross-industry innovation".

The business program of the Forum and Exhibition 2014 contained more than 160 events: discussions, round tables, lectures, workshops, presentations, as well as signing agreements between companies, universities, foundations, and other parts of the innovation ecosystem.

The popularity of the "Open Innovations" Forum and Expo is rising every year: there were 286 startups represented in 2013 and over 800 from 19 countries in 2014. Participants included over 2000 representatives of small, medium and large corporate businesses, representatives of 64 regions of Russia, more than 100 Russian and foreign universities, 19 international associations, and over 900 journalists. More than 10 events of the Forum’s business program were held with the participation of federal ministers and their deputies.

13000 square metres were dedicated to the Open Innovations Expo in Technopolis Moscow, where 490 companies from 15 countries were represented in 84 stands. More than 50 events took place in open presentation zones, while 110 teams presented their projects in a special StartUp-zone. The Expo was also the main venue for the Youth Program of the Forum. 32 activities for young entrepreneurs and students took place in the two stages of the Startup Discussion Zone.

The 4th Moscow International Forum for Innovative Development "Open Innovations" and the Open Innovations Expo will take place in October 2015.