Start-up stripped of prize money over Russia ties

Start-up stripped of prize money over Russia ties

Slush 100 finalist ‘Immigram’ has win revoked after critics point to founders’ citizenship

The organizers of the annual Helsinki-based Slush start-up and tech conference have disqualified this year’s competition winner, ‘Immigram’, from the contest after it was revealed that the founders had ties to Russian investors and held Russian passports.

‘Immigram’ is a London-based talent immigration platform founded in 2019 by Anastasia Mirolyubova and Mikhail Sharonov. The start-up focuses on relocating IT specialists from countries like India, Nigeria, Brazil, Ukraine, and Russia to the UK. 

Last week, ‘Immigram’ was announced the winner of the Slush 100 Pitching Competition and set to receive…

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