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:
Technological projects (startups) that increase the effectiveness of the tourism industry.
Projects that make extreme and leisure tourism more accessible, and that also popularize and create infrastructure for it.
Business projects that are socially significant in the fields of travel and tourism.
Business projects that have a positive impact on the sustainable development of the environment and ecology.
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.
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.
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.
Online workshops with industry mentors and investors
Personal online meetings with leading investors and an opportunity to attract funding
Personal advice on the development of the project from leaders in the field of travel and environmental development
Ability to use infrastructure and to get resources for the project development with Kaspersky Innovation Hub
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.
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).
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.
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.
Application submission: until May 29, 2020
Announcement of 10 finalists: June 5, 2020
Acceleration program: June 9-24, 2020
Demo Day: June 25, 2020
CEO at Kaspersky
Regional Director at Booking.com managing South Asia Pacific markets
Founder of Define the Fine, Ambassador Women in tech 2019 #WiTNL
Head of Corporate Communications at Kaspersky
CEO at Russia Discovery
Coach at Esprezo
Head of the Brand Activation Studio (BAS) at Kaspersky
Growth Director at Zomato Europe
Deputy Investor Director at TMT Investments PLC
Co-founder in Sinba recycling
Founding partner at Sunfish Partners
CEO Travelabs/Head of Growth EMEA at Stay22
Program Consultant and Key Mentor at Accelerate Estonia
Managing Partner at Journey Partners
General Director at Amadeus Russia
Head of Marketing and Communication Russia & CIS at Amadeus Russia
Founder & Partner at Starta Ventures
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.
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.
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