New Boutique Consulting Firm, Firebird International, to Launch Novel Speed-Funding Site for Russian Tech, New Media Start-Ups, Investors

Wed Jan 30, 2013 1:36am EST

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  NEW YORK, NY, Jan 30 (Marketwire) -- 
New Boston and New-Yorked Based Consulting firm, Firebird International,
Specializing in Market Entry, Investment, Licensing, and Branding
Services for US, Russia, and C.I.S. tech and media companies, announced
today the planned February launch of a B2B Speed-funding Program, labeled
Firebird Speed, that will give qualified US investors a means to
interact, via on-line scheduled events, with Russian and C.I.S.-based
startups and established companies seeking expansion and a platform to
interact personally with one another. The forum for investors looking to
source companies to invest in Russia and the surrounding regions, will
provide 5 minute "dating"-like sessions, rotating between entrepreneurs
and investors, giving investors, in between pitches, the means to rate
the companies and pursue additional communication confidentially and
securely via a separate "conferencing" room on the site. Firebird will
provide investors all necessary information on the companies and help
them to pursue the necessary due diligence needed to make investment
decisions. Both investors and companies, before being allowed to
participate, will need to go through a thorough registration process
including extensive background checks. The site will also allow investors
to see, attached to projects, commentary and advice from experts and
analysts at Goldman Sachs, VTB, Troika Dialog, McKinsey, PwC, Bain, and
other companies known for their local expertise. 

    The companies and investors will communicate based on assigned ID
numbers, in place of direct phones and emails, although generalized info
on the companies and investors, when they enter the process of
negotiating deals, will be fully accessible. Once an investor has
received enough information that it feels ready to invest, it may assure
itself exclusivity by placing monies in a secure escrow account that will
only be released upon its official approval. Firebird will take a
percentage of the monies placed into escrow, regardless of the final
decision, and open up all contact information, as well as helping the
companies to perform the final due diligence required by the investors.
Several on-line contracts, via software integrated through
RightSignature.com, will also be signed between Firebird and the
Investor, and the Russian/C.I.S. company or project developer throughout
the process so as to increase the comfort level of the investor and
company. Finally, Firebird will help the investor receive all proper
documentation needed to assure its legal status as a shareholder in the
company.

    Says Firebird Business Development Director Thomas Hanson, "On-line
speed-dating itself is a new concept. On-line speed-funding is even more
monumental. However, we feel investors, even very high worth investors,
have long wanted to be able to participate, with certain confidentiality,
in the exciting, booming Russia and C.I.S. tech markets, in a manner that
provides maximum security, without having to deal with long and
complicated processes. They want to personally know whom they are
investing in and be able to invest when the valuation is at its lowest,
have certain control over the company's future development without
exceeding their bandwith, and receive a type of access to the markets and
the smaller and mid-sized players that even many local accelerators and
incubators have issues in obtaining."

    Speed-funding sessions will take place several times a month, with
investors and companies allowed, after full verification and payment of
symbolic registrations costs, to apply to participate. Both investors and
companies will be given additional opportunity to received added-value
services and request more intensive, targeted searches through becoming
clients of Firebird and its permanent investors' network. For member
investors, Firebird will continue to follow the development of their
investments over the course of elongated periods and translate all
pertinent materials they will need along the way, as well as providing
advice to both parties and facilitating face-to-face off-line meeting
when the time is right.

    If you are interested in getting email notifications or beginning the
registration process for Firebird Speed, please write us at
speed@firebiredinternational.com 

    ABOUT FIREBIRD INTERNATIONAL

    Firebird employs a host of ambitious, energetic specialists, with
experience across fields and most notably for their expertise in on-line
banking systems, Internet security systems and anti-virus software, NFC
and navigation and location-based technologies, telecommunications,
WiMax, IP, broadcast and satellite communications systems, digital
content provisioning, aggregation, and distribution systems, VoIP,
energy, nano, and bio technologies, consumer electronics, design and
publishing software, social networking platforms, iOS and Android
applications, localized brand development, marketing, and PR services,
governmental relationship building, and HR and corporate training. Due to
the extensive work of co-founder Matthew Goldstein in opening and selling
content for entertainment and media outlets in the region Firebird caters
to many clients in the entertainment industry in terms of adaptation and
sales of digital content as well as acquisition of regionally produced
content.

    The following represents the full list of services provided by the firm,
targeted at startup and mid-sized level technology and media companies,
or hybrids thereof, in the US and Europe seeking to expand to Russia and
the C.I.S., Russia and regional companies seeking to grow locally and
internationally, and investors seeking to gain footing in the region:

    Political and Risk Analysis, Qualitative and quantitative market
analysis, patenting, trademark and intellectual property registration,
customs' registration and facilitation, marketing adaptation, localized
PR and marketing services, localized HR and corporate training,
technology conversion, implementation, support, and development, digital
and traditional translation services, dubbing and closed-captioning
services, relationship building with local governments, facilitation of
government subsidies and tax cuts in the US and Russia, creation of local
partner networks, implantation of traditional and electronic banking
systems, real estate location and evaluation, development of company
branding, business plans, and financials for investment procurement,
direct investment and investment facilitation, direct traditional and
digital content licensing sales, direct technology licensing and sales,
and added-value localized co-branding, event planning, and merchandising
via licensing agreements.

    

Contact:
Firebird International
US 1-800-593-4346
Boston Direct: 1-508-955-2135
New York Direct: 1-646-383-3700
UK +44208588068
info@firebirdinternational.com 

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