VimpelCom announces 24 Eurasia Mobile Challenge finalists

VimpelCom Group has announced the 24 country winners that will compete in the Eurasia Mobile Challenge final in Yerevan, Armenia on January 24 and 25, 2017.

Eurasia Mobile Challenge is an initiative of Make Your Mark, VimpelCom’s flagship corporate responsibility program. The aim of Make Your Mark is to help young entrepreneurs find innovative and technology driven solutions to developmental problems. Under Eurasia Mobile Challenge, teams are coached and assessed by successful local and international entrepreneurs for innovation, originality, scalability, relevance to the local community, and business model feasibility.

This year’s finalists were chosen from almost 1,000 registered teams, which is double the number registered in 2015, and nearly 300 project submissions, up by 76 percent from last year. Judges selected three teams from each of the eight participating countries. The 24 winning teams will present their digital ideas to a panel of 10 judges comprising international and regional digital entrepreneurs from world leading organizations, global investors, and senior VimpelCom executives.

Following the regional final, three winning teams will represent Eurasia in the Global Mobile Challenge final at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from 27 February to 2 March 2017.

Mikhail Gerchuk, Chief Executive Officer for Eurasia at VimpelCom, said: “We are delighted to announce the country winners of Eurasia Mobile Challenge 2016. Make Your Mark is a very important program for VimpelCom, so we are extremely pleased to see such an increase in the number of submissions to Eurasia Mobile Challenge in only its second year.

“Digital entrepreneurism is the lifeblood of our business and through this competition, we are proud to be able to support young entrepreneurs across Eurasia. We wish all the winners the best of luck in the regional final in January.”

To enter Eurasia Mobile Challenge, young entrepreneurs are tasked with developing the industry’s next big mobile solution in one of four categories: Entertainment and Culture, Environmental Benefit, Social Benefit, and Other. The category receiving the highest number of submissions this year was Social Benefit, with 143 submissions, while the Entertainment and Culture category came second with 58.

The 24 country winners are:

  • Armenia: Earlyone
  • Armenia: Terreva
  • Armenia: Certifire
  • Georgia: Augep
  • Georgia: Treepex
  • Georgia: Persomedic
  • Kazakhstan: AgroShield
  • Kazakhstan: 20tonn
  • Kazakhstan: Torgai
  • Kyrgyzstan: Kamp
  • Kyrgyzstan:
  • Kyrgyzstan: CharbaKG
  • Russia: Simple Invest
  • Russia: Smart Parking
  • Russia: ConfBot
  • Tajikistan: Repetitor
  • Tajikistan: Народный мониторинг (People’s Monitor)
  • Tajikistan: Doverto
  • Ukraine: Photofact
  • Ukraine: Online Бюро находок (Online Lost & Found
  • Ukraine: inCust
  • Uzbekistan: Fixit
  • Uzbekistan: MyApteka
  • Uzbekistan: Smartup
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