Russian tech startups set their sights on the New World
Next week the New York-based Starta Accelerator commences its second acceleration program for tech startups from Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus. Ten startups were selected from 209 applicants, and their founders will come to New York City on August 15 for a 14-week acceleration program. They will have the opportunity to develop their business in the U.S. and to attract another round of investment from American venture funds and business-angels.
Those selected for the program include Insense, a platform that makes it easy to run effective marketing campaigns through Instagram; Aerostate, an app which provides worldwide air quality forecasting, The Journey, which increases the gaming thrill with full immersion virtual reality; and Kidbee, a personalized education tool for those under seven years of age.
Six startups from Starta's first acceleration program secured investments totaling $10 million after Demo Day. For example, Navigine garnered $400,000 from American investors to prepare for А-round; GeoCV received an M&A offer from competitors in the last stage of closing a venture round that totaled $3.5 million; and C`Indicator closed a pre-seed round totaling $250,000.