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Rambler is starting to invest into startups.

The joint company "Afishi" and Rambler creates his own venture capital fund, promising to invest up to $ 100 thousand into projects at an early stage of development. Preference will be given to developments in electronic commerce, personal and mass communications. A similar venture project has been launched in the spring by "Yandex".

"Rambler-Fund" will be initiated in the capital at a start-up stage when a project starts or only exists on a level of ideas. The fund volumes are not disclosed but the company intends to spend at least $ 1 million into startups as investment means annually.  A project investment input range from $ 50000 to $ 100000 for a period of 6 - 12 months but it's not the limit and may be increased in case of a very promising project. It is planned to invest about ten projects per a year.

Anna Lepetukhina an analyst from "Troika Dialogue" company believes that 3 million of rubles is a small sum for the Internet market.

It is may be provided only fund ideas and support of different kinds like "financial, legal, etc." with these amounts of the fund.

It should be noted that the "Rambler-fund" really promises to invest into selected startups like "technological and marketing resources" and share experience by means of "mentor". However the company is very interested in projects that already have at least a business plan or a prototype.

22 June 2011
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