The TechUp national rating of fast-growing Russian technology companies

The TechUp rating, which RVC has carried out every year since 2012, is aimed at finding, monitoring and promoting promising, fast-growing technology companies that have high potential for leadership in both Russian and global markets. Such companies, the so-called technological gazelles capable of creating fundamentally new technologies and forming new markets, play an important role in the development of the Russian economy. The criteria for the rating include companies’ turnover dynamics, the rate of growth of certain indicators and the innovativeness of the products evaluated by the expert council.

Despite the demanding qualification criteria for participating companies, their numbers are increasing every year – there are currently more than 350 companies in the rating database. About 70% of the participants from the previous rating are successfully exporting and selling their products in markets in highly developed countries.

The TechUp rating solves the problem of finding the most successful technology companies and improving the business environment surrounding innovation. RVC interacts closely with all rating participants and provides them with comprehensive support within the NTI framework in terms of their investment activities, interaction with state corporations and development institutions

In 2018, the seventh annual TechUp rating had 129 participating companies with total revenue reaching RUB 207 billion.

National Champions

The TechUp rating is the official tool for selecting companies for the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade’s priority project “Support for Private High-Tech Leaders” (National Champions). The project supports companies with the potential to make major gains in domestic and foreign markets.

During the selection process, face-to-face expert sessions are held with companies that meet the criteria of the National Champions project that enable an assessment of the companies development potential in  5–10 years.

The selected participants will receive assistance in gaining access to existing government instruments. Leading companies will receive information and consulting support for their own projects in order to develop their operations both domestically and in global markets.

The most successful participants are identified in the following categories:

  • The top five large companies, with revenue from RUB 2 billion to  RUB  30 billion
  • The top five medium-sized companies, with revenue from RUB 800 million to  RUB 2 billion
  • The top five small companies, with revenue of up to  RUB 800 million
  • The top 15 fastest-growing companies in terms of revenue growth
  • The top-15 innovative companies producing high-tech products, as well as the top-15 in terms of exports
Top-15 companies in 2018
Company Geography Industry
Large (revenue over RUB 2 bn)
Biocad CJSC St. Petersburg Pharmaceutical industry
ELVEES JSC SPC Moscow Electronics and instrumentation
Azimut JSC Moscow Electronics and instrumentation
PRIMA LLC RP Nizhny Novgorod Oblast Electronics and instrumentation
Zavod Premiksov No. 1 CJSC Belgorod Oblast Biotechnologies
Medium-sized (revenue from RUB 800 mln to RUB 2 bn)
Optic Fiber Systems JSC Republic of Mordovia Materials and chemicals
Speech Technology Center Grou St. Petersburg Information technologies
Laser Systems LLC RPE St. Petersburg Electronics and instrumentation
T8 LLC Moscow Electronics and instrumentation
Ishimbay Specialized Chemical Plant of Catalysts Ltd. Republic of Bashkortostan Materials and chemicals
Small (revenue up to RUB 800 mln)
Georesonance LLC Moscow Engineering
RM Nanotech JSC Vladimir Oblast Materials and chemicals
TechnoSpark Group Moscow Materials and chemicals
Profotech JSC Moscow Energy
Bioamid JSC Saratov Oblast Biotech

In 2018, TechUp included 88 new companies, which was 68 % of the total number of participants in the rating. At the same time, small high-tech companies showed steady growth: their percentage of the total number of companies taking part in the rating increased by  30 % and accounted for more than 55 % of the total number of participants. Companies in this segment have become the leaders in terms of the share of revenue earmarked for technological innovations, which has reached at least 30 % over the past three years . The average expenditures of all rating participants on technological innovations during this period amounted to at least 10 % of revenue.

According to an analysis of these companies, over the past five years , rating participants have brought to the Russian market at least one new or significantly improved product developed on the basis of their own or acquired R&D results. The average share of R&D expenditures in the period from 2015 to 2017 was at least 5% of revenue. In 2018, participating companies had existed for an average of 16 years, which indicates a gradual trend that has seen younger and younger companies entering the rating (the average age was 18 years in 2017 and 21 in 2016). Only a quarter of the rating companies are located in Moscow, with the remaining 75% of the participants from different regions of Russia: St. Petersburg (14%), Nizhny Novgorod (5%), Novosibirsk (5%), etc.

More than 70% of companies participating in the rating export their products to foreign markets (the average share of exports in terms of revenue among large companies is 9%; medium-sized companies, 18%; and among small companies, it is 11%). The main export destinations are the  countries of the former Soviet Union, with 69% of exporters supplying those markets. In the next five years, 26% of companies that did not export their products in 2017 are going to enter world markets.

TechUp companies as a whole are rapidly developing various promising NTI technologies. Most companies (70%) are working in the segment of new production technologies, 44% are working in wireless communication technologies and the IoT, and  43% are working in the area of big data. The most promising NTI markets for participants are EnergyNet (42%), HealthNet and MariNet (41%).

TechUp’s annual rating has become an effective tool for finding potential leaders in the domestic technology industry. RVC interacts with rating participants, helping them build relationships with reputable research centers, large Russian corporations and development institutions. The percentage of companies founded after the 2008 crisis is increasing in the rating every year. This generational shift increases the chances of success among Russian businesses in competition with world leaders.
Mikhail Antonov, Deputy CEO and Director for Innovative Infrastructure Development, RVC
Top 15 companies in terms of growth
No Company Geography Industry
1 TermoLazer LLC Vladimir Oblast Industrial equipment
2 Optic Fiber Systems JSC Republic of Mordovia Materials and chemicals
3 Chislovaya mekhanika JSC Moscow Information technologies
4 Georesonance LLC Moscow Engineering
5 Tion Umnyi mikroklimat JSC Novosibirsk Oblast Engineering
6 SPUTNIX LLC Moscow Electronics and instrumentation
7 Tatneft-Presscomposite LLC Republic of Tatarstan Materials and chemicals
8 NPO GELAR LLC Krasnoyarsk Krai Materials and chemicals
9 LABSOLUT LLC Moscow Electronics and instrumentation
10 Center for Marine Research, Lomonosov Moscow State University Moscow Engineering
11 RM Nanotech JSC Vladimir Oblast Materials and chemicals
12 QuadroCom Group Moscow Materials and chemicals
13 Seldon Group Moscow Information technologies
14 SPLIT LLC Moscow Engineering
15 Metsbytservis LLC Moscow Energy
Top 15 innovative companies
No Company Geography Industry
1 Georesonance LLC Moscow Engineering
2 TechnoSpark Group Moscow Materials and chemicals
3 SuperOx CJSC Moscow Energy
4 T8 LLC Moscow Electronics and instrumentation
5 Aerob LLC Moscow Electronics and instrumentation
6 ELVEES JSC SPC Moscow Electronics and instrumentation
7 LEMZ-T LLC Tomsk Oblast Electronics and instrumentation
8 Laser Systems LLC RPE St. Petersburg Electronics and instrumentation
9 Engineering and Design Center Kontinuum CJSC Yaroslavl Oblast Consumer goods
10 SPUTNIX LLC Moscow Electronics and instrumentation
11 RPC Magnetic Hydrodynamics LLC Krasnoyarsk Krai Engineering
12 SPC Polus JSC Tomsk Oblast Electronics and instrumentation
13 SPLIT LLC Moscow Engineering
14 Advanced Technologies Center Group Moscow Electronics and instrumentation
15 PRIMA LLC RPE Nizhny Novgorod Oblast Electronics and instrumentation
Top 15 exporting companies
No Company Geography Industry
1 RMT Ltd. Nizhny Novgorod Oblast Electronics and instrumentation
2 SKTB Katalizator JSC Novosibirsk Oblast Materials, chemicals
3 Optic Fiber Systems JSC Republic of Mordovia Materials and chemicals
4 Astrosoft International LLC St. Petersburg Information technologies
5 Bioamid JSC Saratov Oblast Biotech
6 PROTON-ELECTROTEX JSC Orel Oblast Electronics and instrumentation
7 ARGUS SPECTRUM LLC St. Petersburg Electronics and instrumentation
8 RM Nanotech JSC Vladimir Oblast Materials and chemicals
9 TONK Group LLC Moscow Information technologies
10 First Line Software (F-Line Software LLC) St. Petersburg Information technologies
11 Rubius Group LLC Tomsk Oblast Information technologies
12 Nordinkraft LLC Vologda Oblast Industrial equipment
13 CSort LLC Altai Krai Engineering
14 SimbirSoft LLC Ulyanovsk Oblast Information technologies
15 PRIMA LLC RPE Nizhny Novgorod Oblast Electronics and instrumentation

Portrait of Participants in 2018 TechUp Rating

Number Of Companies Rated
Annual Revenue (RUB BLN)

Company Age (Years)
Number Of Employees
Revenue Per Employee (Rub Mln)
Average Share Of Expenditures Spent On R&d (%) (%)
Average Share Of Expenditures Spent On Innovation (%)

Revenue From New Production (%)


Share Of Exports (%)
Number Of Exporting Companies
Number Of Regional Companies



Growth Rate (%)

Number of companies by federal subject

RUB 207 bn
Total revenue of rated companies

Main indicators by industry