VimpelCom announces country winners of Eurasia Mobile Challenge

Amsterdam-based telecom services provider VimpelCom Ltd. (NASDAQ: VIP) has announced the country winners of its Eurasia Mobile Challenge, the company said.

Out of over 550 teams of young entrepreneurs who signed up to participate in the competition, national juries selected the top three winners from each participating country.

The winners are: Armenia DailyDoc — Armenia; Localz — Armenia
Medlee — Armenia; Georgia Cherrytea — Georgia; iTraineeCoach — Georgia; Treepex — Georgia; Kazakhstan mDirect — Kazakhstan; Once — Kazakhstan; Я Волонтер (I am a volunteer) — Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan Artasian — Kyrgyzstan; Easy Taxi — Kyrgyzstan; Multilingual Social Network — Kyrgyzstan; Russia Tim the Fox — Russia; #cube — Russia; Beauty Up — Russia; Tajikistan RegTra — Tajikistan; HouseShare — Tajikistan; Mobile Order — Tajikistan; Uzbekistan — Uzbekistan; Stolik — Uzbekistan; Идеальные услуги (Ideal Services) — Uzbekistan.

The Eurasia Mobile Challenge, launched in September, is an initiative of VimpelCom´s Make Your Mark program and is run in partnership with Huawei Technologies Co, Ltd. As part of the competition, young entrepreneurs were tasked to come up with the industry´s next big mobile solution in one of the following categories: “entertainment and culture,” “environmental benefit,” “social benefit” or “other.”

The teams were coached and judged on innovativeness, relevance to the local community, scalability, originality, and business model feasibility by successful local and international entrepreneurs, as well as VimpelCom leaders.

All 21 winning country teams are invited to take part in the regional Eurasia Mobile Challenge final in Moscow, on 27-28 January 2016 where they will deliver presentations. Following the regional final, three winners from the Eurasia region will participate in the Global Mobile Challenge final in Barcelona at the Mobile World Congress, 22-26 February 2016.

VimpelCom, an international telecoms company operating in 14 countries and headquartered in Amsterdam, is one of the world´s largest integrated telecommunications services operators providing voice and data services through a range of traditional and broadband mobile and fixed technologies in Russia, Italy, Algeria, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Bangladesh, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Armenia, Georgia, Laos, and Zimbabwe. VimpelCom´s operations around the globe cover territory with a total population of approximately 740 million people.