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George Gogolev, Head of Innovation Ecosystem Development, Russian Venture Company

  • George Gogolev is managing a portfolio of projects aimed at increasing the quality of interactions within the Russian venture ecosystem spanning actors from university ecosystems and their ties with industrial clusters to various Startup accelerators, incubators and major networking events. He is also responsible for projects aimed at the improvement of the quality of human capital in the Russian ecosystem and procurement processes in the State Corporations.

    Prior to taking the current position as Head of the Innovation Ecosystem Development in spring 2014 George was in Charge of the Human Capital Development Program and before that High-Tech Product Markets Access Program at RVC.

    Before joining RVC Dr. Gogolev was heading marketing and PR for a vertically integrated LED manufacturer OptoGaN. Where he was responsible for building the marketing department, developing and executing the marketing strategy, brand development, market positioning and all external communications of the Company for two years. His work has earned high independent acclaim, as the projects under Dr. Gogolev’s leadership were awarded the highest Russian public relations award Silver Archer, and became finalists of European Sabre and Russian Golden IPRA awards.

    Prior to 2009 George was consulting the first commercial quantum dot laser manufacturer Innolume GmbH (previously NL Semiconductors) on renewable energy and marketing issues. He also served as a managing director of VisualHotels, an IT startup in the hospitality services industry, where he was responsible for sales and business development.