Lithuania’s recently launched Startup Visa program is an opportunity for startups from neighboring countries, including Ukraine, to open the door to the European Union and broader Western markets.
SolarGaps, which has designed “the world’s first solar smart blinds,” is among CB Insights’ list of 92 renewable energy companies outside the US that have raised equity funds since 2015. It is the only startup from Central and Eastern Europe featured in the listing.
The review covers residential, commercial, and utility-scale renewable projects, as well as renewable-powered consumer products. Only equity deals and convertible notes are included.
Seedstars Summit, the annual entrepreneurship forum for emerging markets, will hold its 2017 edition on April 6 at the SwissTech Center in Lausanne, Switzerland.
The event will bring together startups, investors, government officials, corporate innovators and CEOs from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe and the MENA region.
Thanks to this app, iPhone users can now broadcast their pets live on Facebook. Petcube is the first HD pet camera to do so, says the company. The Android-powered app will be upgraded soon.
Ukrainian companies and R&D organizations looking for technological, research and business cooperation and investment are invited to meet potential clients and partners in Vienna at the Ukrainian IT Platform.
The event will take place as part of the International B2B Software Days on April 25-26. Some 600 IT professionals from 20 countries are expected to attend.
Bilateral 30-min meetings for Ukrainian and Austrian B2B players, as well as the Ukrainian exhibition stand are featured in the agenda.
On March 29, Kyiv (Kiev) will play host to the first edition of ChatBot Conference UA, an international conference dedicated to chatbots. The event will bring together major local and foreign industry experts. Entrepreneurs, officials, investors and other professionals are also invited.
Live chat is claimed to increase conversion by 5-10 times. Chatbots, which are considered the main e-commerce trend in 2017, will replace applications and become a regular channel for interaction between companies and clients soon, believe the organizers of the conference.
Uber and its Russian competitor Yandex.Taxi keep enhancing their presence in Ukraine. After their almost simultaneous launch in southern Ukraine last month, the taxi-hailing services are now competing in Lviv (Lvov), a major city in western Ukraine.
Lviv is the fifth Ukrainian city after Kyiv (Kiev), Kharkiv (Kharkov), Dnipro (Dnepr) and Odessa for Yandex.Taxi and the third one for Uber to cover so far.
CallPage, a Polish startup with Ukrainian roots, has attracted €1 million in yet another round of investment from Polish venture fund bValue. The news was reported by Ukrainian tech blog AIN.UA last week.
The investment will be used primarily to develop services in Poland and Western Europe, says the fund in its press release.
Ukraine’s export IT segment showed an increase of 15 per cent in 2016, and continued to occupy the third place, by volume of total country exports, after agriculture and metallurgy. While we are speaking about the rates of growth, there are very solid grounds to expect that this positive tendency will be maintained and will grow to an optimistic 20 per cent in 2017.
As for today, an efficient IT ecosystem has been already been created in Ukraine and the exporting IT companies are operating on a global market, which continues to grow, so interest in our IT products and services will also increase in the future.
Earlier this week, the US industry association IAOP released the 12th edition of its annual Global Outsourcing 100 ranking to identify the best outsourcing service providers in the world.
The ranking is based on what the IAOP believes to be the best companies in each of five judging categories: size and growth, customer references, awards and certifications, programs for innovation, and corporate social responsibility.