Mid-Atlantic - Russia Business Council and Innovation Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA - The Third
Semi-Annual Russian-American Innovation Technology Week (RANIT), to be held
from November 7-11, 2005 is designed to bring together entrepreneurs,
scientists, venture capitalists, and established corporations within the United
States and Russian technology communities. Based on the remarkable success of
the inaugural RANIT, and the evident potential for tremendous growth of this
undertaking, the decision was made to expand the event and make it semi-annual.
As a result, it now includes even greater numbers of seminars, panel
discussions, round-table meetings, trade shows, conferences, and networking
events. Russian delegations representing the best Russian technology companies
take part in the various regional technology events of RANIT.
RANIT is supported by leading
regional businesses and governmental organizations, including administrations
of the City of Philadelphia, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the States of
New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland, as well as Mid-Atlantic regional organizations
focusing on international business and technology development. John F. Street,
the Mayor of Philadelphia, has officially proclaimed the Semi-Annual
Russian-American Innovation Technology Week in Philadelphia.
"We are very pleased to host
this event centered in the City of Philadelphia," said Richard Bendis,
President and CEO of Innovation Philadelphia. Innovation Philadelphia is a
public/private partnership initiative founded in 2001 by the City of
Philadelphia, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and private enterprises
dedicated to increasing the Region's entrepreneurial capacity and positioning
the Greater Philadelphia Region as a leader in the Global Innovation Economy.
"With a strong foundation of both established and entrepreneurial businesses
plus an academic base of over 80 colleges and universities, we are uniquely
able to supply the innovation needed to keep technology businesses at the
forefront of the industry. This is a region of growth and development and we
look forward to collaborating with Russian technology companies in order to
advance the Innovation Economy."
The 3rd Semi-Annual Russian-
American Innovation Technology Week will formally open on Monday, November 7,
with a welcoming ceremony in the Mayor s Reception Room at Philadelphia City
Hall. The 3rd Semi-Annual Week includes a particular focus on information
technology, technology in education, alternative energy technology,
biotechnology, robotics, chemical engineering, safety and security
technologies, venture industry, and entrepreneurship.
The leading event of the 3rd RANIT
will be an extensive MARBC-organized Russian program at Philadelphia ITEC. The Philadelphia ITEC is part of the
nations largest series of regional business technology events for IT and business
professionals, featuring a combination national vendors and local suppliers,
and a conference program with seminars on the hottest issues in information
technology. The trade show will be
held at Valley Forge Convention Center from November 9-10. The Mid-Atlantic - Russia Business
Council and other leading technology organizations support Philadelphia
ITEC. MARBC will organize the
participation of Russian companies in the exhibition (Booth 718) and will also
present panel discussions highlighting Russian information technology
capabilities and other topics related to Russian technology and business on
November 10 at 1:30pm in the ITEC Theater 1.
Taking place this year within the framework of RANIT, the 5th Biennial Russian-American Business Opportunities Symposium marks the 10th anniversary of the Mid-Atlantic - Russia Business Council. Topics addressed by the symposium will include the challenges of doing business in Russia and opportunities in specific industry sectors. The week will continue with visits to other states in the Mid-Atlantic Area, and participation in the Diamond State Ventures Forum in Wilmington, DE on November 11, and will end with the final reception in Pyramid Club in Philadelphia.
"The focus of
Russian-American Technology Week is to help introduce Russian companies to the
Mid-Atlantic Region's local technology business and venture capital
communities," said Val Kogan, President of the Mid-Atlantic Russia
Business Council. "The Semi-Annual Russian-American Technology Week will
help match advanced Russian technology and engineering talents with American
entrepreneurial and managerial skills. Many companies in the Mid-Atlantic
region are finding Russian counterparts and are developing successful business
ventures. We hope it will ultimately establish the Mid-Atlantic Region as
a major partner for Russian technology companies and a premier center of
Russian-American technology cooperation. "
For further details about the
events of the 3nd Semi-Annual Russian-American Innovation Technology Weeks in
2005, please contact Val Kogan, Mid-Atlantic-Russia Business Council, by phone:
(215) 708-2628, email: firstname.lastname@example.org,
or visit the MARBC website at: http://www.ma-rbc.org
About Innovation Philadelphia. Innovation
Philadelphia is a public/private partnership created to grow the wealth and the
workforce of the Greater Philadelphia Region s Innovation Economy by growing,
attracting, retaining, and connecting technology-based businesses and workforce
in the Region. Innovation Philadelphia accomplishes this mission by providing
technology-based and early-stage businesses with traditional seed capital,
access to alternative funding, skilled human capital, commercialization
assistance, entrepreneurial resources, and intellectual capital.
About Mid-Atlantic - Russia
Business Council. Since 1994, MARBC has worked to foster
business relations between Russia and the Newly Independent States (NIS), and
the U.S. Mid-Atlantic Region, while cultivating mutual appreciation of
political, economic, cultural, and educational interests. Throughout the past
ten years, the goal of MARBC has been to enable companies based in the U.S.
Mid-Atlantic Region to enhance their positions in Russia and the NIS, and to
attract Russian businesses to the U.S. Mid-Atlantic Region.