The goal of the start-up is to facilitate the immigration process for knowledge workers who want to enter the United Kingdom. The critics stated that its operations focused exclusively on assisting experts leaving Russia. According to Helsingin Sanomat, both Mirolyubova and Sharonov are Russian nationals but long-time residents of the United Kingdom.
According to YLE, the start-up continues to have a staff of Russians, some of whom are still in Russia, according to Yaroslav Krempovych, a Ukrainian venture capital investor. Jaanika Merilo, an advisor to the Ukrainian minister of digital transformation, said the selection was disappointing and shameful.
The jury of Slush decides to award one million dollars to an app that helps Russians get visas to the west, while hundreds of Russian missiles are hitting Ukraine.
Slush has decided to revoke the win after receiving new information on the scope of Russian operations of Immigram.
A spokesman for the start-up conference said that we should have reviewed all participants operations more closely before letting them enter the competition.
The winner of the pitching competition was selected by the same five investment firms that were to make the one million euro investment: Accel, General Catalyst, Lightspeed, NEA and Northzone. The investment firms have been asked by Slush to pull the investment.