EBRD allocates €1 million to help Ukrainian businesses adopt climate technologies

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has announced that it will allocate €1 million to Ukrainian businesses developing or adopting eco-friendly technologies in 2017 and 2018.

The funding will be provided in the framework of the Finance and Technology Transfer Centre for Climate Change” (FINTECC), a technology transfer program which the EBRD is launching in Ukraine.

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Ukrainian smart blinds track the sun to generate electricity

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.

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Petcube launches livestream on Facebook, wins Emma Watson’s heart

The US-Ukrainian startup Petcube, which offers an interactive device to keep people connected with their pets, has just announced a new feature in the latest version of its app.

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.

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Uber and Russia’s Yandex.Taxi compete across Ukraine

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.

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CallPage secures €1 million from Polish fund

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.

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13 companies operating in Ukraine ranked among world’s top IT service providers

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.

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Four Ukrainian universities team up to launch student business incubation network

YEP Incubators, which is presented as the first Ukrainian network of academic business incubators, will launch its first incubation program in April. Startups are invited to apply till March 26. A Demo Day is scheduled for June 10, 2017.

Four Ukrainian universities — Kyiv National Economic University, National Aviation University, Taras Shevchenko University and Donetsk National Technical University — are involved in the project.

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Ukrainian app to flirt for you on social networks

If you’re too shy or busy to make the first step and chat with a lady you like on a social network, Ukrainian dating app Likeapp can do this for you.

Designed by a team from Dnipro (Dnepr), the application will help you “find a girl you like and invite her for a cup of coffee” via VKontakte, the largest social network in Russian-speaking countries.

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Ukrainian smart voice-recording pendant overreaches its crowdfunding goal in just 36 hours

Senstone, a Ukrainian-designed AI-powered wearable voice recorder, reached its fundraising goal of $50,000 just 36 hours after the launch of its campaign on Kickstarter. It has even been listed among the top 20 most popular projects in all categories.

As of today, Senstone has attracted nearly $63,000 from 677 backers.

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Uber competes with Russia’s Yandex.Taxi in Southern Ukraine

Almost simultaneously earlier this month, Uber and its Russian competitor Yandex.Taxi announced their expansion to Odessa, a major city in southern Ukraine.

Both companies offer their services at the same minimum price of 14 hryvnias (roughly 50 cents at the current exchange rate). However, unlike Uber, which supports both cash and cashless payments, Yandex.Taxi accepts only cash payments.

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