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St Petersburg - your gateway to Russia!

In order to form a center of attraction for capital and the new economy, we will create opportunities for citizens to implement the most daring business ideas and business projects.


SMEs in St Petersburg: key data

Small business is the most important part of the economy of the city. 45% of all working citizens of St. Petersburg are employed in this area.

337Thousands of SMEs
1More than 1 million of employees
527Product types
4.9Trillion ₽ - turnover 

Key industries in St Petersburg 

The following key sectors are most perspective for internationalisation, export & investments.

Automotive industry


Engine & electrical equipment production

Education and training

Pharmaceuticals & 
medical equipment

Information & communications technologies

Green technologies

Research & development

Business solutions

St. Petersburg is an ideal location for the following business models:


Favorable economic and geographical position, highly educated, efficient and motived workforce as well as developed infrastructure make St. Petersburg an ideal location for Russian headquarters of any international business.

Research & Development center

St. Petersburg is an acknowledged scientific and educational center as well as a Russian leader in information technology, which possesses all necessary innovative infrastructure and extensive government support to accommodate your R&D activities.

Production center

One of Russia’s most important production centers provides you with developed logistics, innovative and flexible business environment as well as highly efficient and motivated workforce to accommodate your production facilities in the city.

Test market

St. Petersburg is an ideal test market in the European part of Russia, which will allow you to assess the demand for your new products and improve your technology and business models.


Business directory

Get the answers to the most frequent questions from the leading service providers!

Where to land your business? 
Choose ITMO High Park!

ITMO High Park is a complex scientific, educational and world-class innovation center based at ITMO University.

Business park

Business zone with the opportunity of buying out land plots, acquiring them in private ownership and building business, social and cultural infrastructure facilities.

Technology valley

Territory with a preferential tax treatment for residents engaged in scientific and technological activities.

The second campus

An environment for personal growth, professional and creative development of students, scientists, teachers and employees from all over the world.


Visit the key business event and find the right contacts

Below you will find information about key business events conducted in St. Petersburg, where companies, experts and key decision makers meet to discuss the strategies and best practices, share ideas and form new partnerships.

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Petersburg Partneriat

Petersburg Partneriat is one of the largest congress and exhibition events in 
St. Petersburg in the field of development of economic cooperation and interregional relations.

Date: March 30 - April 1, 2022

Location: St. Petersburg

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Baltic Circular Economy Forum

The first and only landmark hybrid convention and matchmaking event in Russia focused on circular economy, sustainable development, green and cleantech solutions. 

Date: April 21-22, 2022

Location: St. Petersburg

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Russian Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Forum

The SME Forum is annual event for the discussion of the current climate for small and medium-sized business and the measures which need to be taken in order to strengthen its role in the Russian economy.

Date: June 2022

Location: St. Petersburg

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St. Petersburg International Economic Forum

The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum is a unique event in the world of business and economics that has been held since 1997.

Date: June 15-18, 2022

Location: St. Petersburg

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St. Petersburg International Innovation Forum

SPIIF is the largest platform in the Northern capital for promoting scientific and industrial potential. The Forum is organized by the Committee for Industrial Policy, Innovation and Trade of St. Petersburg.

Date: November 29 - December 1, 2022

Location: St. Petersburg

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Forum of small and medium-sized enterprises of St. Petersburg

XIX Forum of small and medium-sized enterprises of St. Petersburg - the central and the final event of the year for SMEs. The forum is a platform for a dialogue between business and government and exchange of entrepreneurial experience.

Date: December 2022

Location: St. Petersburg


Who can help?

Connect with the key elements of the SME support infrastructure and get advice.

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Center for Entrepreneurship Development and Support

Center for Entrepreneurship Development and Support is a unique convergence of governmental, public, educational and commercial organizations that provide with services necessary for business development.

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My business

"Moy Business" project is a universal platform for start-ups and existing entrepreneurs, working on the principle of "one-stop-shop service".

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Enterprise Europe Network - Russia

EEN-Russia is a project of participation of Russian business and innovation organizations in the Enterprise Europe Network. 

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St. Petersburg Foundation for SME Development

St. Petersburg Foundation for SME Development (SPBFRB) 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. 

Interested in details?

Download and enjoy the detailed advice from the leading firms.

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Industry and innovation directory 

The directory was published by Committee for Industrial Policy, Innovations and Trade of Saint-Petersburg.

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Doing business in Russia 2021 by Baker McKenzie

The guide presents an overview of the key aspects of the Russian legal system and regulation of business activities.

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Doing business in Russia by KPMG

The document includes economic overview of Russia and information about tax and legal issues.

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Doing business in Russia by EY Russia

Up-to-date insights about the Russian economy and tax system.

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Doing business Report by World Bank Group

Report provides objective measures of business regulations and their enforcement in Russia (Moscow and St. Petersburg).

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Russian-Finnish Life Science Industry - Research & export directort

The research includes detailed industry overview and describes key market trends in Russia and Leningrad region.

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Real estate monitor by AEB

The document summarizes the outcomes of the Moscow and St. Petersburg real estate market trends in 2020.

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Investor guide 

The document describes key support measures as well as incentives and benefits for investors in key sectors.