Eugene Kaspersky made a name for himself in cybersecurity as CEO of Kaspersky Labs, however the Russian security expert has a new enthusiasm task: he’s moneying an online accelerator that intends to support entrepreneurs who are developing travel and tourism start-ups. Companies that apply must have a concentrate on Russia, though the accelerator is open to startups based anywhere. There are 4 categories of focus: travel tech, facilities, social impact and sustainability. Kaspersky isn’t taking equity in picked teams, which means founders who enter into the program will benefit from totally free assistance.

10 start-ups will be chosen for a two-week online bootcamp, with a virtual demo day prepared for June 25. The deadline for

applications is May 29, 2020. We talked to Kaspersky about establishing the program and why he’s so keen to support a sector that’s being hit specifically hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

TechCrunch: What is Kaspersky Exploring Russia!.?. !? Explain the key information of how the program will work and what sort of support will be offered to picked entrepreneurs/startups?

Eugene Kaspersky: The program is a tourist accelerator targeting young travel start-ups. We decided to assist the tourism market as an industry that has actually been struck so significantly by the pandemic. I believe now is the time to … turn life’s lemons into lemonade by using this self-isolation period for personal advancement and improvement of organisation tasks. We’ll be accepting applications from various industry streams– tech startups, tasks that make severe and leisure tourist more available, company jobs that are socially significant in the travel and tourist fields and tasks that have a positive impact on sustainable development. We’ll pick the 10 most intriguing and promising projects to get in the online educational program with lectures, one-to-one training sessions and discussions from market experts. At the end of the program, we’ll picked three finalists on the demonstration day, where all 10 participants will be able to pitch their startups to the jury.

You have actually made your name in cybersecurity. Some people might wonder why you’re investing your own resource in travel/tourism start-ups when lots of kinds of companies are facing substantial obstacles as a result of the pandemic– so what’s your individual interest in the sector? And what made you pick an accelerator as your way to help?

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