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10 January 2013

Call for Applications for 2013 Russian Tech Tour: Deadline is February 15

Geneva, December 11, 2012 – The European Tech Tour Association today announced the 2013 Russian Tech Tour will be held April 23-26, 2013. The Tech Tour will pair the most promising early and later stage growth companies with representatives from leading cross-border venture capital and global corporate firms. The Funds that will be present at the Tour represent over €10 billion worth of investment capital.

The 25 best high growth companies

Companies from across the technology spectrum based in Russia can apply to compete to become one of 25 finalists. Finalists will be chosen from a pool of over 250 applicants. Selected companies will not be charged to apply or present. The deadline for applications is February 15.

Some of our past presenters have become success stories: Yandex, Parallels, Acronis, ABBYY, Evernote, InfoWatch, and Alawar Entertainment.

Aynur Aydeldinov of IVFRT will serve as President of the Russian Tech Tour and said “The Tech Tour is, first of all, a unique chance for top Russian companies to introduce themselves, to build new contacts with the best teams of the world technological corporations, representatives of venture capital funds and successful entrepreneurs in view of innovative projects realization on the territory of Russia and global markets in general.”

Dmitry Chikhachev of Runa Capital will serve as the VP of the Selection Committee and said “As a technology-oriented international VC fund, we are glad to support the Tech Tour as one of the best European competition for IT startups. A unique selection process with a very high level of expertise on the selection committee allows the Tech Tour to identify market leaders and producers of the best tech products. The Russian TT 2013 will identify and find the new stars of the Russian technology scene”.

The Selection Committee includes top VCs from Russia, Business Angels and Corporates. For a full list of members and their biographies, visit: http://www.techtour.com/Russian-Tech-Tour-2013/Selection-committee.htm

Applying for the Russian Tech Tour:

  • No charge to apply
  • No charge for selected companies to attend the event – selection is merit only based
  • Companies are selected by an expert selection committee, according to their potential market impact, and can be at any funding stage from start-up to pre-IPO.
  • Selected companies will be presenting to a group of pre-qualified 60 global investment professionals, advisors and corporates.
  • Tech companies with operations in Russia – are invited to apply by February 15 at http://www.techtour.com/Registration.htm.


Applicants can register for the Tour at http://www.techtour.com/Registration.htm. As part of the process applicants must submit a company profile, business plan and draft presentation together with the registration form.

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be assessed on the uniqueness of their technology, the strength of their business model, vision, and capability to execute on the business plan and the quality and track record of their management. Submissions will be reviewed by the selection committee, which is comprised of 20 senior business leaders from various backgrounds including venture capital, technology, research and economic promotion.

Rewards for Finalists

The selected 25 finalists will each have a twenty minute slot to present their business plans to senior partners, vice presidents and CEO`s from the global venture capital and technology industry, as well as service providers and academics. In addition, they will benefit from networking opportunities, local and international media exposure and potential opportunities to secure funding. The Tech Tour does not charge selected companies to present.

About the European Tech Tour Association

The European Tech Tour Association was founded in Geneva in 1998 in response to the growing interest in emerging technology companies in various European regions. Tech Tour is an independent, not-for-profit organization composed of key contributors to the high technology industry.

The Association recognizes that continued prosperity in Europe lies in its ability to transform today's innovative projects into tomorrow's global technology leaders. For further information, please visit www.techtour.com