I & S INNOVATION & SUSTAINABILITY
30 April 2019

The first common contest of Fond of innovations promoting and EFKO Group «UMNIK-EFKO» has begun

30 April 2019, Russia – EFKO Group and Fond of innovations promoting started a common contest «UMNIK-EFKO». The contest aims at supporting of projects of young scientists in biotechnologies for enterprises of agro-industrial complex (AIC).

In the modern world leadership of a company largely depends on the level of innovation technologies that it uses and quality of human resources. Today talented people who are able to offer and promote new ideas are highly demanded by Russian business. Most of them have a unique chance to gain not only experience of project work but also access to the most modern technological equipment.

In April Fond of innovations promoting organized a contest upon the program «UMNIK» together with EFKO Group, the largest agro-industrial holding and food products producer in Russia.

«We are sure that exactly young people are able to give a new impulse to the national science because they combine all advantages of the youth, a serious approach to life, academic qualification, ability to work patiently, responsibility for their choice and a need for self-fulfillment. «UMNIK» is over 18 000 young scientists throughout the country that during the 12 years of program existence have got grants to develop their ideas. The contest «UMNIK-EFKO» is our pilot project to select winners in partnership with the large company. Within the contest innovators will be able to test their ideas, get valuable advice from specialists and improve their projects», - leader of the team of the program «UMNIK» of the Fond Anton Sorokin noted.

The program includes supporting of money orientated scientific and technic projects of young researches aged 18 to 30 years old.

You can apply for participation until 24 June upon 12 focus topics in biotechnologies of agro-industrial complex (http://umnik.fasie.ru/umnik-efko); the final will be 17 July in Moscow. The winner will get a 500 ths rubles grant to realize a project.

«Apart from financing young innovators need expert support of market participants. EFKO Group will help young developers to test and elaborate a scientific idea or prototype of a future product, conduct experiments together with employees and check hypothesis at the design stage, - Anna Henakhova, director of innovations of EFKO Group, notes. – For us it is important to participate in development of entrepreneurship and we hope that with our assistance young developers will be able to get a good basis for future elaboration of their ideas in biotechnologies in agro-industrial complex including cooperation with us».

EFKO Group will organize for winners of the contest an acceleration program in its R&D center compensating the costs for the time of their stay including costs for improving and testing of ideas of participants.

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