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Bubuka and Appercode take top prizes at Web Ready 2013

0 3 December 2013

The final of the 5th Web Ready competition for internet and mobile startups was held in Skolkovo’s Hypercube on Friday. Over 700 guests attended the event, which doubled up as an investment forum, including 100 investors and 400 startupers. 

715 companies from 100 cities and 21 countries entered the international contest, which offered awards in 9 categories and a prize fund of $45,000.  

In the startup category first prize and $15,000 went to BUBUKA, a Tomsk-based company that provides quality, legal background music for shops, restaurants, cafes and other public spaces. Alytics (Zelenogorsk), a system for automating and optimizing contextual advertising took second place, and Red Helper (Moscow), a LETA Capital-funded project which allows clients to embed an online consultant into their site, was third.

In the seed category Appercode, which recently took first prize at Generation-S, was awarded first place and $7,500. The company, a resident of Academpark in Novosibirsk, develops and integrates apps for all major mobile platforms. Second place went to RoadAR from Kazan, an augmented reality mobile app for drivers, while St Petersburg-based GO+ won third prize for its cloud M2M platform which allows clients to link virtually any devices. These three projects also shared Intel’s Best Tech project award. 

In the growth category the jury chose four projects: YouScan, Jelastic, My Apps and "Doctor at Work", while the prize for best mobile solution went to Zang (Moscow), another LETA Capital funded project that offers voice recognition services. 

In the big data category, the EMC corporation singled out ArkStore (St Petersburg) while Minsk-based startup C.H.A.O.S won first prize in the Game Ready section.  

Life.SREDA, a fintech oriented fund, identified open source e-commerce software provider nopCommerce (Yaroslavl) as the best project in the Finance and e-Commerce solutions category, while the “Google’s choice” prize for app developers went to CoinKeeper (St Petersburg).  

The competition was supported the Russian Communications Ministry and Skolkovo. Deputy Communications minister Mark Shmulevich attended the final, and he told the audience that 

“Russia is one of the few countries in the world where startups can grow into genuinely valuable companies. Tech contests like Web Ready fulfil a number of roles - they identify the best companies, they provide entrepreneurs with opportunities to tell people about their projects and attract investors, and they also encourage young people to start their own IT projects.” 

Web Ready is an annual competition for IT and mobile projects. In the last five years more than 2700 projects from 150 cities and 30 countries have entered the contest. More than 30 former Web Ready finalists have gone on to raise investment totaling over $21 million. 

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