High-tech mentor-led business acceleration programme targeting Russia, CIS and Eastern Europe. Located in Moscow, Russia.First in CIS & Eastern Europe member of Techstars Network, largest accelerator network in the world.
We are building the next Yandex, IPG Photonics and Skype - all large success stories originated in the region.
|Some of TexDrive mentors
Anatoly Karachinsky, founder of IBS, largest B2B IT-integration company in CIS (“Russian Accenture”) , >$1Bbn market cap
Igor Matsanyuk, member of Mail.ru Group IPO team (>$6bn market cap); founder of Alawar and other startups
Andrey Romanenko, founder and President of Qiwi LTD, CIS largest offline payment system, >$12B annual turnover
Ivan Nechaev, CEO of Russian Navigation Technologies, first Russian “idea to IPO” in high tech
Mikhail Ukolov, Founder of Utinet.ru, first Russian e-commerce IPO
Yury Virovets, founder of №1 CIS Internet recruitment site acquired by DST (FB & Twitter investor)
Natalya Kaspersky, co-founder of Kaspersky Lab, >$1B market cap
Eileen Tanghal, Investment Director of Applied Ventures, LLC (venture fund of Applied Materials)
Conrad Poulson, Head of Start Up Business Development of Orange
Richard Dellabarca, ex-Chief Financial Officer and Co-Founder of Staccato Communications Inc
Manel Sarasa, Vice Chairman Openbravo, advisor and founder of several startups
Jerry Loraine, CEO of Veebeam Corp, CTO at SiGe Semiconductor, experienced tech executive - startup to NASDAQ
Alexander (Sasha) Galistsky, co-founder and Managing Partner of Almaz Capital ($80m VC fund), serial entrepreneur
Igor Taber, Managing Director of Intel Capital in CIS
Michael Tsygankov, CEO of Microsoft Russian Seed fund
Egor Yakovlev, co-founder and CEO of TVIGLE Media (#1 online TV in Russia)
David Yang, co-founder of ABBYY (Fine Reader), global №1 in OCR technology
Gleb Davidyuk, Managing Partner at iTech Capital ($60M VC fund)
Alexander Aivazov: co-founder of Nord Capital, $250M under management
Max Bautin, Managing Partner, Co-founder, IQ Capital Partners
See all (partly in Russian)
TexDrive works with any technology projects, not only IT/Internet, and offers a very unique proposition for hi-tech entrepreneurs of the region:
- the best international experience (creating multi-billion global companies, technological expertise, business building, successful investments at idea stage in more than 1000 companies);
- fast investment in 3 stages: $25К + >$100К + >$1M (including best angels, venture funds and companies in the world);
- access to global markets (via networks of the team, partners and mentors);
- real connections around the world (>250 thousand senior level contacts in CIS, Europe and USA);
- infrastructure: discounts, support, office, etc. (texdrive.com/partners, partly in Russian).
The programme boasts an impressive list of over 100 known entrepreneurs and venture capitalists from 12 countries (texdrive.com/mentors, partly in Russian), including Russia, Europe and USA, who have built successful Russian and global high-tech companies as its mentors. This list features, to name just a few, people behind such companies as IBS Group Holding (the largest Russian system integrator), Mail.ru Group (largest mail portal in Russia, IPO on LSE in 2010), Qiwi (a widely spread payments operator service), Headhunter (the №1 CIS Internet recruitment site acquired by DST), Tobii (leader in eye tracking), Forward Internet Group (the company behind uSwitch), Openbravo (the leading open source ERP provider), Techhub, practitioners from Skolkovo Foundation (Russian Silicon Valley) and others.
TexDrive is the first in Eastern Europe and CIS member of TechStars Network, and is supported by Springboard, both well known acceleration programmes and networks.
TexDrive founded in 2011 by Alexander Zhurba, Max Shekhovtsov, Andrey Kessel and Jon Bradford.
Hugh Campbell, a partner with GP Bullhound, a leading investment banking firm for emerging growth companies comments “We find the Russian/CIS market very interesting with big potential. We think TexDrive is a strong and unique partner, which will produce interesting projects to present to European and US investors for international expansion."
Jon Bradford, Managing Director of Springboard added “I am excited that TexDrive has decided to work with Springboard. TexDrive shows an explosive combination of very strong experience of the team, amazing mentors and truly international approach from the very start.”
Yuri Virovets, founder and President of HeadHunter.ru (one of the largest recent Russian high-tech exits): "I haven’t seen anything similar to this on the Russian market. TexDrive marks a step to the new level for our venture market"