Yandex starts to accept applications for participation in the Tolstoy Startup Camp. This is an accelerator for managers, designers and developers from the whole world, who are eager to create and establish their own startup and to present it to Russian and foreign investors. The only requirement is knowledge of Russian. That’s actually it!:)
During two months of a hard work, brainstorming and collaboration you are able to create your own team, business plan and prototype of your genius idea. During the whole period you get the professional mentoring from the experienced industry specialists. Moreover all participants will visit lectures in business creation and management, customer acquisition and marketing mechanisms.
Among mentors and speakers there are specialists from Yandex, CEO of Opera Software Lars Boilesen, Seedcamp co-manager and partner Reshna Sohoni, the grounder of EDventure Holdings Esther Dyson, Vice President Global Business Development of Artec Group Leonid Volkov.
“Our accelerator is a new kind of collaboration with startup teams, where we support them during the whole time – from idea generation till the project launch” – comments Kseniya Yolkina, project lead Yandex.Start. “In Summer 2013 Yandex already organized the first experimental accelerator project Tolstoy Summer Camp. It was a real success, as far as 12 prototypes were created during two months. In the future we will organize such events on a regular basis.”
Tolstoy Startup Camp will take place from the 3rd of March till the 25th of April in Yandex office in Moscow. Every ambitious “creative head” can apply till the 2nd of February. After the application phase 50 participants will be invited to the Startup Camp and accept the challenge. If you don’t come from Moscow, Yandex will cover all your costs.
In general it is not the first Yandex project, which aim is to generate and support new promising startups. The company cooperates with perspective entrepreneurs since 2010. During the last three years Yandex bought some projects and made several significant investments. Now the company collaborates with startups in different ways. One of them is Tolstoy Startup Camp, moreover there are one-day seedcamps and other investment programs. All of them are covered by the brand Yandex. Start.