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.

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International tech investor lists 199 top Ukrainian industry figures

Kirill Mazur, managing partner at Imperious Group, a venture capital company operating in the US, Israel and Eastern Europe, has recently released the second edition of his personal list of the most active supporters of Ukraine’s startup ecosystem in 2017.

The listing includes 199 venture investors, tech entrepreneurs, event organizers and journalists (up from 110 last year) who reside both in Ukraine and beyond.

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Ukrainian-American Kitcast raises $500,000 to create “the data-driven future
 of digital signage”

Kitcast, a US-based startup with Ukrainian roots, has just secured $500,000 from Ukrainian investment fund SMRK, as confirmed to Ukraine Digital News by the company’s CEO Egor Belenkov.

Kitcast’s digital signage application for AppleTV uses machine learning algorithms to help its users “create and deliver smart content to any screen” with no need to use bulky and expensive hardware. The app makes sure that the right content is shown to the right people, which “increases your sales, brand awareness, and customer engagement,” the startup claims on its website.

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NATO allocates €1 million to support Ukraine’s cyber security

Last week the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) announced the completion of the first phase of the NATO Trust Fund’s project on cyber defense for Ukraine.

As a result of the first phase, specially-equipped centers have been created at SBU and the State Service of Special Communication and Information Protection of Ukraine to counter cyber threats.

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Ukrainian Eda.ua merges with Baltic Foodout: The Eastern-European food delivery leader consolidates

Last week Chernovetskyi Investment Group (CIG), a Ukrainian investment company, announced that its portfolio company Eda.ua has merged with Foodout, a major food delivery player operating in Baltics.

The deal between CIG and Foodout’s investor, the Gold Fish fund, has resulted in the creation of Foodout Group.

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SendPulse acquires Turkish email marketing service provider

SendPulse, an AI-powered email marketing service provider, announced it had acquired its Turkish counterpart Mailto in late May. Although the amount of the transaction has not been disclosed, SendPulse’s co-founder and CEO Constantine Makarov told Ukraine Digital News that Mailto has been valued at $300,000.

“As we are focused on the emerging and fast-growing markets, Turkey is a key market for SendPulse. We are planning to enter Mexico and China soon,” commented Makarov.

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International investors back Ukrainian drone maker to modernize agriculture

Earlier this month DroneUA, a Ukrainian integrator of unmanned technologies, attracted an undisclosed amount of funding from several individual investors from the UK, Poland and Moldova. The investment went through Agricultural Systems Studio, a Kiev-based agritech software integrator which represented the investor pool.

The funding will be used to create what the investors hope will become the largest provider of unmanned technology services for agriculture in the country.

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From Manhattan with love: Mac computer museum opens in Kyiv

Last month MacPaw, a Kyiv (Kiev)-based company that develop software products for Mac users, announced the launch of a one-of-a-kind exhibition of Apple hardware at its office last month.

The collection features 40 Mac computers from each generation which not so long ago belonged to a legendary Manhattan-based repair shop Tekserve. The shop used to be so famous that it was even featured in the series “Sex and the City” as an illustration of the Manhattan lifestyle.

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Ukrainians love to buy mobile phones online

More than one in four Ukrainian online shoppers bought smartphones and mobiles phones in the first quarter of this year, the Ukrainian Retail Association reported, citing a research released by local e-commerce platform Price.ua.

With nearly 5% of online consumers buying them, car tyres were the second most popular category. TV sets (4%), tablets (2%) and laptops (2%) completed the list.

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Smart garbage bins and pedestrian crossings to empower Kyiv

Earlier this month the Ukrainian capital Kyiv (Kiev) saw its central part equipped with 50 high-tech underground garbage containers for solid urban waste, reported Kiev City State Administration (KCSA).

Another 250 containers will appear in the city by the end of the year, with the total number reaching one thousand next year.

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