Since 2014 Web Ready has been not only the largest competition in Russia and Eastern Europe for Internet & Mobile startups, but has also had a special track for IT projects as part of its Generation S programme.

Web Ready + Generation S:

  • Open competition
  • Acceleration programme
  • Investment forum

Generation S is organised by RVK and Moscow Innovation Development Centre. Web Ready is sponsored by the Skolkovo Foundation and the Foundation for the Development of Internet Initiatives (IIDF).

Categories

The prize fund is equal to 50 000 $ (1.5 mln RUR). For more detailed information on the categories, prizes and participation conditions see here.

  • Seed

    Seed stage

    For projects being launched

  • Startup

    Startup stage

    projects already monetizing

  • Growth

    Expansion Stage

    For success stories

Areas of operation

  • SaaS
  • Cloud Infrastructure
  • Data Storage & Data Analysis
  • Social Networking Solutions
  • Games

  • e-Commerce Solutions & Finance solutions
  • Everyday Services
  • Mobile Solutions
    & Applications
  • Recognition Services
  • Semantic Web

 

Nominations are received from 10 April to 15 June 2014. Applications can be made here >>

Jury and Judging Panel

The Judging Panel and Jury includes representatives from venture capital funds and development institutes, investors with experience in Internet & Mobile investments, successful entrepreneurs, and founders and directors from large IT companies.

Acceleration programme

The 80 semi-finalists for the nominations of Seed and Startup, chosen by the Judging Panel will get the opportunity to participate in an acceleration programme with no interruption to their current project. The acceleration includes an intensive educational programme from FDII, participation in a Weekend Activity mentor session based in their region, work with trackers and mentors and presentations to experts and investors at Demo Days. The best projects will reach the Web Ready finals.

Final IT Section

The final is held in the format of an investment forum in Moscow on 19 September 2014. During the final there will be a general area VC Corner to display projects for investors, and Mentoring sessions will be held, along with an exhibition, project pitches, a round table with the participation of invited guests and other useful events. Registration for the finals will open soon.

Generation S Final

The 20 best projects at the conclusion of the IT Section of Generation S will receive the opportunity to participate at the Moscow International Forum Open Innovations and compete for the Generation S prize pool.

 

Who and why should participate?

Entrepreneurs

investors’ attention, publicity, expert examination of your project, networking, search for partners and customers

Investors and business angels

access to a project funnel including over 500 startups; opportunity to see the best projects, selected by competent jury, in action during a single day

Business partners

large-scale advertisement campaign targeted at entrepreneurs, students, the business and investment community, search for partners and new technologies

Technoparks and business incubators

residents’ participation in the largest Internet&Mobile investment forum, formation of a project funnel in one’s home region under the Web Ready contest brand: organizational, information and methodological support

Success stories

Among the projects that, at one time or another, successfully made a statement at the contest are:

See other Web Ready success stories here .

Calendar

 

  • 10 April – 15 June – Applications open 
  • 16–30 June – Judging Panel selects projects 
  • 2 July – Results released 
  • 9–11 July – IIDF Intensive educational programme 
  • 14 July – 12 September – work with mentors and trackers, Weekend Activities 
  • 16–18 September – Demo Days in Moscow 
  • 19 September – Final IT section and Web Ready Investment Forum 
  • 14–16 October – Open Innovations Forum, Generation S Final

Reference

  • Without a shadow of a doubt, one can say that Web Ready has immensely affected the project's fate. The meetings we had thanks to the contest ranked among the most useful events of the year.

    Mikhail Fedorov, CEO Plan B Media, Prize Winner at Web Ready 2010 and 2011

  • Within 10 minutes, the count of applications submitted at #WebReady increased by 5.

    From Facebook

  • From the point of view of the selected projects quality and the final level I can note that the finalists lineup was at least equal to and in some aspects even exceeded the selection of companies at the European LeWeb conference.

    Anatoly Gaverdovsky, CEO yaM, Prize Winner at Web Ready 2010

  • That's harsh! 150 new applications submitted at #WebReady during a day.

    From Twitter

  • The opportunity to see and feel contemporary industry trends first-hand is exactly what we expected from the contest. And that's what we got.

    Alexander Podgrebelny, Founder of NormaSugar Project, Prize Winner at Web Ready 2012

  • In terms of the concentration of investors and partners, this is one of the top events in Russia. It was a pleasure for us to hear not only positive comments but also constructive criticism.

    Viktor Osetrov, CEO Real Speaker, Prize Winner at Web Ready 2012

  • Web Ready is a European-scale event. I am sure that Finnish startups and investors could profit greatly from participation in the contest.

    Sergey Troshkov, Program Manager of the Kotka-Hamina Regional Development Company (Finland)

  • The contest has grown up, having become the largest one in Russia, and gained standing. The winning projects demonstrate top world level development.

    Mikhail Oseyevsky

  • The level of Web Ready rises every year. Such contests are critical for the development of the innovative ecosystem of Russia

    Lyubov Simonova, Almaz Capital Partners

  • To attract an investor’s attention at VC Corner, a project needs to present its current status, development dynamics and team and relate the problem it strives to solve within just one minute.

    Sergey Belousov, Runa Capital

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