Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship and Centre for Euro-Asian Studies Host Moscow Visitors

6 March 2017

Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship and Centre for Euro-Asian Studies Host Moscow Visitors

Visitors from Moscow State University and Technology Parks hosted by Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship and Centre for Euro-Asian Studies

Jurek Sikorski and Professor Yelena Kalyuzhnova, from Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship and Centre for Euro-Asian Studies respectively, hosted a group of directors from business incubators at MGIMO (Moscow State University) and Technology Parks across Russia on 27-28 February.

Back in September 2016 the Centre for Euro-Asian Studies and the Moscow-based MGIMO Business Incubator received a joint Foreign and Commonwealth Office grant of over £70,000 from the British Embassy in Russia to develop a project. This project was titled ‘Business Incubation 3.0: Networking for sustainable growth, entrepreneurship support and best practices exchange’. As a part of this grant, the first master’s student from MGIMO has been sent to Henley and four guests, Yury Sumin, Timur Radaev, Alena Arhipova and Tatiana Kamenskaia, came as a delegation of the winners among the best Directors of Russian Business Incubators.

Jurek and Yelena collaborated to provide the four visitors with insights into the support offered students by the two centres. They also shared some of the best practices that the centres followed, in order to deliver a great student experience.

During the first day the MGIMO guests were welcomed by Yelena Kalyuzhnova, Director of CEAS, and Andrew Godley, Academic Director of HCfE. The guests spent the whole day with Jurek Sikorski, Executive Director of HCfE, who presented the range of extracurricular events and initiatives that help students launch their entrepreneurial career.

The visitors spent their time at the Innovation Works Centre and heard from Tim Brownstone, CEO of sportswear company KYMIRA. Tim shared his story about his business and how HCfE and the Incubator have helped him start and grow his company to where it is today, selling in all continents of the world.

The guests also visited the Henley Start-Up Business Incubator and after a tour they met Andrew Godley, who spoke about the history of entrepreneurship and the ambitions of HCfE to expand and create a strong, world-class entrepreneurship ecosystem.

For the second day, the four MGIMO visitors spoke with members of the Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour faculty. Keith Heron discussed possible teaching avenues and opportunities with the representatives of the Russian business community, whilst Dr Norbert Morawetz and Dr Maksim Belitski gave an open lecture.

The guests were impressed by the professionalism of the Henley Business School’s staff and the exceptional quality of the facilities, stating that they felt there were “fantastic facilities to conduct business”.

A group of the visiting students from MGIMO is also expected in March 2017.