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Ukrainian company organizes electric car rally through 20 European cities to Monaco

Looking like a blend of high-tech car and an old fashioned horse-drawn carriage, the Ukrainian-developed Synchronous electric car could soon be a common sight in cities around Europe and beyond.

A prototype of the car, which has been designed to serve as an eco-friendly taxi or hotel shuttle in Monaco, was presented at the 11th international conference on ecological vehicles and renewable energy, EVER 2016, on April 6-8 in Monaco. This prototype was offered by Electric Marathon International, a Ukrainian company that promotes innovative and environmentally-friendly transport systems.

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‘California in Ukraine’ offers Y Combinator-inspired startup incubation program for just $2

A new center for startup entrepreneurship, christened ‘California in Ukraine,’ was launched last week by California-based business angel Igor Shoifot in Kyiv (Kiev).

The initiative will be run jointly with the Science Park of Kyiv Taras Shevchenko University and the Maksymovych Scientific Library.

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Luciding secures $20,000 from Odessa’s iQSpace to “fight to the bitter end”

Luciding, a Ukrainian startup whose headband device “provides lucid dreams every night,” has received $10,000 in investment from iQSpace, a business incubator based in Odessa, southern Ukraine, as reported earlier this month by AIN.UA.

Another $10,000 will be injected under the condition that the device obtain a European certification and get its first 100 clients.

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Russian Prosecutor General accuses ‘Right Sector’ of using social media to stage mass unrest in Russia

In a new report, Russian Prosecutor General, Yuri Chaika, has publicly accused Ukrainian nationalist group ‘Right Sector’ of attempts to use the Internet to stage mass unrest in Russia, in a bid to overthrow the Russian government.

The Prosecutor General claims that ‘Right Sector’ members used VKontakte, Russia’s leading social network, to create public pages and organize “mass riots and unsanctioned public events,” which eventually led to the blocking of these pages.

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Lustrated Ukrainian naval officer founds startup to equip army

Navy man Igor Kabanenko, 55, dedicated over 30 years to his military career. Now out of the military, he’s gone into business with a startup to produce military equipment.

His career had its ups and downs: in December 2013 former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych transferred Kabanenko to the reserves on medical grounds — right after the Security Service of Ukraine accused him of disclosing state secrets in October of that same year.

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Industry conference names top eight Ukrainian startups

Last week eight Ukrainian startups were distinguished in the 8th edition of the Ukrainian Startup Rating, a ranking presented by prominent industry figure Denis Dovgopoliy at the iForum conference in Kyiv (Kiev).

The ranking was open to IT startups with a Ukrainian founder or team member with less than three years of existence and an annual turnover not exceeding $1 million.

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New ranking reveals top figures of the Ukrainian venture and startup scene

Earlier this month, the six most influential figures of the Ukrainian venture and startup scene in 2015 were named at iForum, a major industry event held in Kyiv (Kiev). This ranking was made by a board of 30 experts.

While Yevgen Sysoyev, Andrey Kolodyuk, Nataliia Berezovska, Victor Shaburov and Illia Kenigshtein had already been featured in such rankings in the past, this year’s number one, Oleksii Vitchenko, is appearing there for the first time.

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New TV channel aims “to unite programmers, innovators and investors” from Ukraine and beyond

Earlier this week BrainTV, a non-profit media project that aims to cultivate IT specialists in Ukraine, launched in beta mode on multimedia OTT service Divan.TV in 200 countries around the world.

The channel has become the first Ukrainian one to provide access to educational content about IT. Already included in its free programs are Harvard’s CS50 course, computer programming courses from Ukrainian IT schools, interviews with Ukrainian startup entrepreneurs and investors, video reports from industry events, and other features.

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The best Ukrainian e-commerce startups showcased in Kyiv

The fourth edition of the Ukrainian E-commerce Awards 2016, the annual ceremony to honor top Ukrainian e-commerce startups, was held on April 14 in Kyiv (Kiev). The initiative brought together some 130 Internet projects.

The event showcased the best startups in each of five judging categories: the breakthrough of the year, the best e-commerce B2B solution, the e-commerce person of the year, the best marketing campaign of the year and the customers’ choice.

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Ukrainian startup matches up blood donors with potential recipients

For the last three years Iryna Slavinska has dedicated her life to one thing – boosting blood donation in Ukraine. The head of the non-profit Association of Young Blood Donors, Slavinska, says most people don’t understand how vital blood donors are to the health sector, and the Ukrainian government is doing nothing to help.

In fact, patients themselves often have to seek out suitable blood donors themselves, she told the Kyiv Post .

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