The paper is considered with general economic situation and tendencies of the mining industry development on global and national scales. The review of the key problems which mining enterprises are faced and some solution approaches is carried out. Most of the focus is on the search of innovative solutions and technological innovations introduction. It is deemed as means of the economic effectiveness improvement in conditions of reduction in the quality of the mineral resources and the formation of new markets.
The urgency of commercialization of results of scientific researches and development from positions of innovative development of real sector of economy is proved. The role of the small innovative enterprises is shown at research universities as effective channel of a transfer of technologies.
It is proved the conception and proposed functional model of strategic management of small innovative enterprises created at the University in accordance with the Federal law no.217-FZ. Is discussed the problem of choice of strategy of development of small innovative enterprises with participation of the University and some ways of its solution.