ESET, an international antivirus company, will support small businesses around the world by expanding its competition for start-up companies, the U.S.-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce announced on Monday.
New and small businesses from all countries within the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) are invited to participate in the ESET — For Start-ups competition.
Previously, the competition was only open to Russian start-up companies.
The competition, which was launched in August, encourages young companies in technological fields such as Internet, social media and information technology.
Candidates wishing to enter must do so through the We-ESET Web portal.
The winner will receive a grant and training in Silicon Valley, California. The winning company will be announced in February 2015.
Start-up companies are gaining traction in Azerbaijan, where a state fund has been set up to help support and sponsor technological companies. The fund will finance more than 30 projects within technological fields and Internet projects.