Web Ready is an international contest and investment forum for Internet & Mobile projects. In 2013 it is to be held for the fifth time, supported by the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation and Skolkovo Foundation.
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.
For projects being launched
projects already monetizing
For success stories
Areas of operation
- Cloud Infrastructure
- Data Storage
- Data Analysis
- Social Networking Solutions
- e-Commerce Solutions
- Everyday Services
- Mobile Solutions
- Recognition Services
- Semantic Web
To apply, click here.
The contest jury and expert council
Among the members of the contest expert council and jury are representatives of venture capital funds, investors with practical experience in investment in Internet&Mobile, successful entrepreneurs, founders and managers of largest IT companies.
Contest Final will take place in the investment forum format at the Skolkovo Hypercube in Moscow on November 29, 2013. During the Final, the VC Corner venue for projects and investors will operate, a Mentorship Session as well as Talent Track recruitment session, an exhibition and pitches of projects, a Panel discussion with specially invited guests and other useful events. Registration for the Final is already open.
Who and why should participate?
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
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
Among the projects that, at one time or another, successfully made a statement at the contest are:
See other Web Ready success stories here .
- Phase I: 1.06 - 13.10
Acceptance of applications
- Phase II: 14.10 - 31.10
Applications considered by the Expert Council and the Jury: selection of 40 semifinalists in the Seed and Startup categories, 3 winners in the Growth category, 3 semifinalists in the Game Ready category
- Phase III: 05.11 - 19.11
Training program for the Seed, Startup, Game Ready categories semifinalists
- Phase IV: 29.11.2013
Final and investment forum; determination of winners in the Seed, Startup, Game Ready categories, awarding winners in all the categories
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 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.
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.
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