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Expanding the borders of Your business

About us

St. Petersburg Foundation for SME Development is a non-for-profit, non-governmental business support institution as well as independent professional business consultancy established in 1995 with the assistance of the Government of St. Petersburg.

We are a team of qualified professionals. Our staff have academic degrees in economics and / or law, as well as MBA degrees. All our employees are fluent at least in English.


Initiation and implementation of significant initiatives and projects contributing to the economic growth and prosperity of St. Petersburg as well as the North-West Federal District of the Russian Federation.

Key areas of work and support

Our experience and network of contacts allows us to implement projects in the following areas:

Support & development of SMEs

Internationalization & export promotion

Support to start-ups

Sustainable development & circular economy

Innovation support

Investments promotion

Strengthening international & interreligious harmony

Support to NGO's & civil society institutions


Our achievements

Since 1995, acting on behalf of Russian and foreign clients and partners, we have used our knowledge, experience and contacts to assist in development and implementation of various projects and programs.

1995The Foundation was founded in 1995
500More than 500 completed programs and projects
10000More than 10,000 beneficiaries

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Foundation employees are members of key international, national and regional business and professional associations.

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Enterprise Europe Network

Through EEN-Russia consortium, Foundation is the member of the Enterprise Europe Network - the largest global network with over 600 partners in 45 countries.

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Agency for Strategic Initiatives

Public representative in St. Petersburg and member of the task force in the framework of the ASI roadmaps execution.

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Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation

Member of the Committee for Support and Development of Small and Medium-Sized Entrepreneurship of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation.

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Russian Union of Innovation and Technology Centres

Member of Board of Directors of the Union of Innovation and Technology Centers of Russia.

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Committee for External Relations of St. Petersburg

Member of the Public Council of the Committee for External Relations of St. Petersburg.

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St. Petersburg Public Chamber

Expert of the St. Petersburg Public Chamber.

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Public Council on SME Development under the Governor of St. Petersburg

Presidium member of the Public Council on SME Development under the Governor of St. Petersburg.

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St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Member of the board of the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry and chairman of the SME Support and Family Business Committee. SPBCCI is the largest, oldest and most respected business organization in St. Petersburg.

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Business Russia

Expert of the Export and Import Development Committee of the St. Petersburg branch of the all-Russia public organization "Business Russia".

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Presidential management training program

Member of the St. Petersburg Regional Commission for the organization of management training for organizations of the national economy of the Russian Federation.

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St. Petersburg Cleantech Cluster for urban environment

Member of the Board of Directors for Foreign Trade, Internationalization and Technology Transfer of the St. Petersburg Cluster of Clean Technologies for the Urban Environment.

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SmatUp Accelerator Network

Head of the representative office in Russia of the key Nordic network aimed at the support and development of SMEs in the field of consumer cleantech. The network unites more than 50 organizations in 8 EU countries.

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HP Life

The key global network fostering ICT introduction for SMEs.