Regional stage of Web Ready to be held in South Russia for the first time

Regional stage of Web Ready to be held in South Russia for the first timeThe accepting of applications for participation in Web Ready-South contest, which will be held for the first time, has been opened. This is the next stage of the Regional Contest Web Ready: Internet & Mobile, which started on June, 1.

The partner of the regional stage is RSUTE business incubator of Krasnodar branch. Applications from Krasnodar and Stavropol Regions, Rostov Region, Respublika Adygeya will be accepted till September, 20.

In the South, for the past few years, the process of start-ups supporting has been becoming more active. The number of business incubators in different cities has been also increased - says the organizer of the competition, Irina Kalashnikova. - This determined our interest in the southern region; we believe that the number of applications for the competition this year will increase significantly. We would recall that last year about 4% of applications for Web Ready contest were received from the South Federal District.

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

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

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

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

Partner of the contest in 2011 was business incubator of Ingria Technopark, official partners were Microsoft, and OJSC RVC, communication - MegaFon. EMC, PwC, MegaFon, BLESK project have already expressed the willingness to become the partners of the contest in 2012.