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Yegor Gaidar Summer Leadershp Program

The Yegor Gaidar Summer Leadership Program

The YGSLP program, a joint project with the Yegor Gaidar Foundation. The program enables young Russian leaders (3-5-year university students) to acquire the knowledge, skills, and practical experience in the field of economics and entrepreneurship.The program allows students to get acquainted with innovative startup company development in Russia and abroad. 

In 2015-2016 the students from all over Russia are invited to participate in the program. Previously the students from the Republic of Karelia, Tatarstan, Bashkortostan, Krasnodar, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Saratov, Perm, Tambov, Tyumen, Sverdlovsk, Novosibirsk and Tomsk regions participated in the program. 

The training content is designed by Purdue University, Indiana to introduce Russian undergraduate students to entrepreneurship and start-up company development. Purdue University, being a hub for YGSLP program since 2012, developed the training based on world famous "So what? who cares? why you?®" methodology. It is comprised of educational, practical application, networking and cultural activities. In order to drive the students to a final business model, it is critical that each student arrives with a valid business idea related to high-tech and innovation.

Advantages of YGSLP Program 

  • An opportunity to get acquainted with international methods of teaching and learning the basics of entrepreneurship, with experience of start-up company launch and development.
  • Visiting a university center for entrepreneurship.
  • Participating in master-classes with leading Russian and foreign specialists in the field of economics, innovative entrepreneurship and startup company support in Russia.
  • Meeting with successful Russian entrepreneurs.
  • Improving proficiency in English, studying professional terminology.

The program financial provisions cover tuition fees at a host university as well as expenses on accommodation, meals and cultural activities in Moscow.

The program languages are English and Russian.

Participants are selected through an open competition by an expert committee of Russian and American specialists in economics and entrepreneurship. The program participants should display leadership and entrepreneurial potential and aspire to realize their professional ambitions in Russia. 

The overall goal is to help students to turn their business ideas into an entrepreneurial business. Business projects of 2012-2015 were focused on recycling/environmental issues, organic food products, mobile applications, social engineering and social entrepreneurship. The program is complemented by visits to high tech start-ups and early stage companies as well as cultural activities. 

Educational program overview

YGSLP-2015 Participants' Business Ideas

YGSLP-2014 Participants' Business Ideas

YGSLP-2013 Participants' Business Ideas

Competition for the new round of YGSLP is open. Application deadline is December 25, 2015. 

If you have any questions about participation in the program, please contact us:

Tel.: 8 (495) 641-34-84