The Ministry of Digital Development, Communications, and Mass Media launched a program that enables small and medium-sized businesses to purchase Russian cloud software at a 50% discount, and the eligible rightholders will receive appropriate compensation from the Fund. The program is executed by the Ministry's subordinate organization, the Russian Information Technology Development Fund (RITDF).
The program started on September 28. Program participants will be selected by RITDF in accordance with Decree No. 1031 of the Government of Russia. The total amount of the program is 7 billion rubles, of which 1 billion rubles is planned for 2021. RITDF will review the applications, check the documents submitted by the rightsholders, and conduct an examination of software solutions. The final decision will be made by the Commission for the selection of rightsholders, which includes representatives of the Ministry for Digital Development of Russia, the SME Corporation, and leading IT experts.
The Fund has already begun to consider the first applications from cloud software rightsholders. Since October 25, several meetings of the Commission for selection of the program participants have already taken place. Elena Volotovskaya, Chairman of the Commission of RITDF, assessed the prospects of the new measure of entrepreneurial support. The program, she believes, will allow Russian companies, including regional ones, to accelerate the digital transformation of business, and encourage software developers to register their software in the Registry of Russian Software.
"Being involved in such a great and important initiative is a great responsibility for me, and I am proud to contribute to it. The program has the right goals: small businesses will get a serious boost to digital transformation. Our data show that at least 40% of small and medium-sized businesses are interested in new technologies. In addition, the IT business will have another channel for the distribution of Russian software, which is crucial for the development of Russian IT industry. I hope that small IT companies from different regions of Russia will also be among the rightsholders participating in the program," said Elena Volotovskaya.
Elena Volotovskaya is an investment expert with many years of experience in M&A. Elena joined Softline as a director for institutional investor relations and then formed and headed the team of Softline Venture Partners fund. In addition to her main activity, Elena spends a lot of time on social initiatives. She is a member of the Presidium of the All-Russian Non-Governmental Organization of Small and Medium Business “OPORA RUSSIA”, head of the IT Committee of OPORA RUSSIA, and a member of the Public Council under the Ministry for Digital Development, Communications, and Mass Media of Russia.