Who can participate

We invite authors of innovative ideas whose projects will be applicable to unlock the tourism potential of Russia.

Participants will be categorized into four nominations:

  • Travel Tech
    Travel Tech

    Technological projects (startups) that increase the effectiveness of the tourism industry.

  • Infrastructure Track
    Infrastructure Track

    Projects that make extreme and leisure tourism more accessible, and that also popularize and create infrastructure for it.

  • Social Tech
    Social Tech

    Business projects that are socially significant in the fields of travel and tourism.

  • Sustainability

    Business projects that have a positive impact on the sustainable development of the environment and ecology.

What we expect from participants

From each participant we expect ideas that are new and capable of being competitive in the global market in the future, as well as a desire to develop and a result-oriented team, whose members are fluent in English.

The main language of the program is English.

What accelerator participants get

The finalists of the program will be the authors of the most striking and interesting projects that will present in front of experts and Eugene Kaspersky personally at Demo Day*.

Upon completion of the program, three winners will be announced and awarded their prizes by Eugene Kaspersky himself.

  • First place
    First place
    • Grant for specialized online education at one of the leading universities in the world
    • Personal consultation with Eugene Kaspersky
  • Second place
    Second place
    • PR and marketing support for the project
  • Third place
    Third place
    • Software subscriptions tailored to solve the project’s business needs

Each of the three projects will receive PR support in both Eugene Kaspersky’s and Kaspersky corporate channels, and an annual license for Kaspersky Small Office Security — a protective solution for SME.

Opportunities for finalists

  • Educational program
    Educational program

    Online workshops with industry mentors and investors

  • Investment radar
    Investment radar

    Personal online meetings with leading investors and an opportunity to attract funding

  • Individual consultations with mentors
    Individual consultations with mentors

    Personal advice on the development of the project from leaders in the field of travel and environmental development

  • IHub

    Ability to use infrastructure and to get resources for the project development with Kaspersky Innovation Hub

Opportunities from our partners

  • Amadeus Technology partner
    Technology partner

    Participation in the Amadeus for Startups program for one of the finalists, support for finalists in the Amadeus Corporate Social Responsibility, the opportunity to participate in the program for winners of the Amadeus Online Academy.

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  • Propeller Shannon Special Prize Partner
    Special Prize Partner

    Participation in the Boarding Pass Day program (Dublin, Ireland) for the Winners of Kaspersky Exploring Russia, the opportunity to participate in the Propeller Shannon acceleration program (according to the results of the startup’s presentation on the Boarding Pass Day).

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  • Starta Ventures Special Prize Partner
    Special Prize Partner

    Gain the opportunity to have a one-on-one interview with the Starta Ventures team for the potential of joining Starta’s Batch 10, join Starta Ventures’ Pre-Accelerator program for a shot at being included into the main Global Residency program.

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How the program will be arranged

The educational program will be held online from June 9 to 24.

On the Demo Day will be the presentation of the best projects to the expert jury and to Eugene Kaspersky personally.
Each project will have five minutes for a presentation and five minutes for a Q&A session. Following the results of all presentations, the three winners of the program will be announced.

The Demo Day will be held online June 25.


The educational program will be held online over a period of two weeks.

Ten finalists will be invited to a series of online workshops and presentations. The industry mentors will give them the know-how needed to create a successful business: from how to calculate a financial plan to how to apply a marketing strategy.

Topics of workshops

Jury and Mentors

About the project

The coronavirus pandemic has hit the tourism industry especially hard – particularly small and medium-sized businesses, many of which have seen business grind to a complete standstill and planned projects postponed indefinitely or even cancelled. And so, it is with the aim of helping tourism enterprises bounce back once the pandemic is over that Eugene is launching the online accelerator program Kaspersky Exploring Russia.

The goal of the project is to help the industry as a whole, and small and medium-sized businesses in particular, get through this crisis. Moreover, Eugene wants the entrepreneurs to become more successful and gain new knowledge and skills at the end of this difficult period.

About Eugene Kaspersky

Eugene Kaspersky is a world-renowned pioneering expert-entrepreneur in cybersecurity. But Eugene also has a hobby, which has turned into more of a lifestyle: he is a passionate traveler and dedicated devotee of wild nature and adventure-tourism. Eugene travels all over the globe, but most of all he enjoys exploring his native Russia, visiting the country’s lesser-known gems.


Still have questions?

For media: a.afanasyeva@rodnya.moscow

For participants: kaspersky@gotech.vc