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FAQ

How can I take part in the competition selection?

In order to apply, please fill out the questionnaire before 23:59 (Moscow time), May 29, 2020. On June 5, 2020, a list of 10 finalists will be published on the website www.exploringrussia.kaspersky.com. In case of success, we would also contact you personally and invite you to participate in the free online educational program, which takes place on June 9-24, 2020.

What is the educational program?

The educational program will be held online from June 9, 2020 to June 24, 2020. During this time, the 10 finalists will be offered individual consultations with mentors from the field of travel and environmental development, personal meetings with leading investors and a chance to attract funding from them, master classes with industry mentors, and preparation and rehearsal of presentations on the demo day. You can find the list of mentors on the program website (the website).

What are the main evaluation criteria when considering applications?

We expect ideas that are new and capable of being competitive in the global market in the future, a desire to develop, and an established result-oriented team – the members of which are fluent in English. All applications will be evaluated by the experts of the Kaspersky Exploring Russia educational program.

How is the educational program conducted?

The educational program will be held from June 9, 2020 to June 24, 2020. The educational program is open to no more than two representatives of the project that made it to the finals. The program will be conducted in English. During the program, finalists will have one-to-one mentoring sessions. Mentors are distributed as per their and the finalist’s profile, and the meeting schedule is agreed individually with both the finalist and mentor. Additionally, a three-day program will be organized for the finalists with master classes from leading industry experts. Finalists will be further informed about the valid schedule of the mentoring sessions and workshops.

What is the demo day?

The demo day is the presentation of the best projects to experts and to Eugene Kaspersky personally. Each project will have five minutes for their presentation and five minutes for a Q&A session. Following the presentations the winners of the program will be announced.

What will be required from the finalists?

In order to successfully complete the educational program and participate in the demo day, the finalists must:

  • attend all program activities (at least one project representative);
  • and prepare a final presentation on the results of the educational program.
Projects from which countries can take part in the competitive selection?

Projects from all around the world are welcome to participate. An application can be submitted in either English or Russian.

I have two projects. Can I submit multiple applications?

Yes. The number of permitted applications is unlimited, but you need to submit a separate application for each project.

I applied but did not receive any feedback. When will I get it?

We review all applications and study them carefully. The list of finalists will be published on the website.

Can I apply as an individual?

We accept applications from individuals. Being a registered company (legal entity) is not a requirement.

What if there was a technical error when filling out the application?

Please let us know about the error by sending an email to kaspersky@gotech.vc.

Can I discuss an issue in person?

You can send questions to kaspersky@gotech.vc. We will contact you. We do not provide individual consultations at the applications stage.

Still have questions?

For media: a.afanasyeva@rodnya.moscow

For participants: kaspersky@gotech.vc