When Sir Richard Branson, founder and chairman of British conglomerate Virgin Group, was asked this week what advice he would give to someone working in a big company frustrated by a lack of innovation he said: “Write a letter to senior management expressing your views. Ideally get some others to sign it with you. I’ll write it for you if you want.”  

Sir Richard was speaking to the 100 Innovators Club of entreprenuers at the Open Innovation Forum in Moscow on Wednesday. The Club comprises 50 young entrepreneurs from Russia and 50 from other countries, selected from 900 applicants, who spent four days in Moscow at the youth forum, getting to know each other and receiving tips and advice from experts and role models including Dan’l Lewin (Microsoft), Nick Cammarata (Thiel fellowship winner and co-founder of Tablo) and Thomas Whitfield (founder of Oxford Biolabs). The international youth programme is coordinated…

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