The first regional round of Web Ready-2012 contest launched

The first regional round of Web Ready-2012 contest launchedAccepting of applications for the Web Ready-Ural has been started. This is the first regional stage of Web Ready: Internet & Mobile contest, which started in June, 1.

The partner of the regional stage in Ural is Navigator of Opportunities Business Incubator (Perm). Applications from Yekaterinburg, Perm, Chelyabinsk, Tomsk and other cities of the region accepted until September, 20.

Web Ready-Ural contest is held for the second year in a row. 61 applications from Ural region were filed to participate in Web Ready contest last year.

As a result, two projects became the winners: Fantasia project from Yekaterinburg was the best in Children's Social Project special category of the jury, and MegaTable Company from Perm won the nomination of EMC (the prize was a training trip to Israeli EMC Center for two representatives).

The practice of regional stages has demonstrated its efficiency last year - the organizers of the stages gave us every 5th application to the competition - says the organizer of the competition, Irina Kalashnikova. - In the near future we will announce the opening of two more regional stages of the competition, and this year we plan to conduct at least 5 of such stages in total including foreign.

Web Ready is held for the 4th time in 2012. Applications for the contest can be accepted till October 14, the finale of Web Ready will take place in November, 30 in the format of Investment Forum in St. Petersburg.

Web Ready is conducted in two main categories: the best Internet startup and the best mobile startup. Additional jury categories are also planned as well as special categories from competition’s partners. The prize fund is 1.5 M RUR.

For the last three years the competition was attended by more than 1,400 projects from 120 cities and 14 countries. The finale of the competition is visited by about 500 participants, 100 of which are investment funds. An exhibition of Web Ready semifinalists’ projects, presentation of the selected finalists, speeches of special guests usually take place during the finale, as well as VC Corner - a platform for investors and projects meetings. Web Ready-2011winners were 12 projects, the best in the major categories were ResumUp projects and Shop Points.

More than 20 winners and finalists of Web Ready have attracted investments in their own projects.

The partner of the contest in 2011 was Business Incubator of Ingria Technopark, official partners - Microsoft, and RVC, OJSC communication partner - Megafon. In 2012, the willingness to become the partners of the contest has already been expressed by EMC, PwC, Megafon and BLESK project.