Kyivstar displays its “innovative DNA” with 2nd startup acceleration program
Telecom-accelerator 2.0, a joint project by Ukrainian technological cluster Radar Tech and major telco Kyivstar, announced the start of its second acceleration program for Ukrainian startups earlier this month.
Eleven startups have been selected out of 34 applications to participate in the project.
These participants are:
- Hideez Technology, Inc , a hardware startup offering a smart bracelet SafeBand and “a single digital key” Hideez Key;
- SIMO – an AR service to make advertising more powerful;
- mBill – a payment solution for small business and individuals;
- Fora.One – an Internet-of-Things (IoT) platform for a smart home;
- WInfoSpot – an interactive customer service;
- Win Dim 24 – a one stop shop for payment for utility services in Ukraine;
- Greenbee – an IoT solution to monitor agricultural areas;
- Shop Assistant – a shop-bot which allows making purchases while watching TV shows;
- UnexploredCity – an online city tours platform covering 14 Ukrainian cities;
- HexWix – cybersports online platform;
- Any Service – an app used to solve a majority of household tasks by using geolocation data.
Kicked off on July 17, the acceleration program will last until October 4 and will wrap up with a Demo Day to be held on October 5.
The startups will benefit from 200 hours of training provided by over 20 local and international mentors, including Kyivstar’s top managers.
The best projects will benefit from Kyivstar’s support for commercial launch.
“Innovations are in the Kyivstar’s DNA,” claims Kyivstar President Peter Chernyshov.
“We’ve managed to bring together a significant number of interesting, talented and creative people thanks to the Telecom-accelerator,” he added.
Aimed at “transforming technologies into business,” the accelerator launched last year. Of the 11 startups of the first batch, four have become partners of Kyivstar.
These include Nravo Kids, which claims to be “Ukraine’s largest mobile games developer with offices in Ukraine and Canada,” Virbox, a Ukrainian VR/AR startup, Gravitec, a Kyiv (Kiev)-based startup offering a push notification service for browsers and mobile devices, and inCust, a US-based company offering a “customer friendship system.”