The first ever joint Russian-American accelerator, which started at the end of 2018, accepted 30 strongest startups from 840 applications from all over Russia! i-Brain team got into this 30 startups as a result of 2-step expert selection.
The Russian stage of “Sberbank-500” accelerator lasted 10 weeks and took place in Moscow. Startup teams were trained and accelerated by “500” mentors from the Valley, London, Europe and the United Arab Emirates. We listened to more than 200 hours of lectures and workshops from 25 international guest speakers.
The result of the acceleration was the Demo day, on which each startup had to pitch its project for 2 minutes in front of the authoritative jury:
- German Gref (President of Sberbank),
- Christine Tsai (CEO 500 Startups),
- Alexander Mamut (managing shareholder of Rambler Co),
- Vladislav Filev (Head of S7 Group of Companies),
- Elena Brusilova (President of Medsi – group of clinics).
In the final event, the jury selected 7 most promising startups for international development. i-Brain is among top 7!
Moreover, Christine Tsai highlighted our project as one of the most promising for the US and EU markets.
The 7 startups will go to San Francisco for a month, where they will undergo intensive acceleration under the Silicon Valley Exchange Program. For i-Brain it is a beginning of the way to global market!