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.
Ukraine was represented by 20 startups at the CES this year, which was held Jan. 5 – Jan. 8 in Las Vegas.
“Ukrainian startups are very competitive,” Olga Afanasyeva, the UVCA executive director, told the Kyiv Post. “We weren’t anyhow ashamed by their level.”
However, the fact that there were 20 projects from Ukraine and 200 from France shows the difference in scale, a startup enterpreneur present in Las Vegas told the Kyiv Post.
Founded in 2015 by three students from Odessa, Southern Ukraine, Mevics has developed a wearable gadget to “control your posture and take care of your health” and ultimately open “the new age of healthcare.”
Ukrainian company Polyteda Cloud has attracted €1.2 million in funding from Horizon 2020, the EU’s biggest research and innovation program, which has nearly 80 billion euros of funding available over seven years until 2020.
Polyteda will use the funding to roll the product onto the European market and promote itself on it.
Finnish-Ukrainian startup crashes Indiegogo’s payment system to make “first-ever crowd-developed computer”
Eve-Tech, a Finnish startup co-founded by a Ukrainian-born entrepreneur, has attracted more than $1.2 million on Indiegogo for its “first-ever crowd-developed computer,” far above its modest crowdfunding goal of $75,000.
The crowdfunding activity was so intense that it crashed the Indiegogo payment processing backend, said Eve-Tech to its thousands of backers: “That’s why some of you had troubles making payment.”
This morning Sence, “the first wearable technology capable of accurately tracking and logging emotional states so you can take action”, had attracted $126,261 from 716 Kickstarter backers – far above its crowdfunding goal of $100,000.
Developed by Planexta, a startup with Ukrainian roots, Sence reflects “the evolution of mindfulness and productivity,” tracking emotions with ECG signals.
In a huge Soviet-style building of a former clothing factory in the north-west part of Kyiv, about hundred workers develop an alarm system, which, according to its inventor Aleksandr Konotopskyi, is “the first step to the automatization” of Ukrainian households.
It has taken Konotopskyi four years to build his wireless security system startup, which has since attracted $1 million in funding from venture capital firm SMRK, hired more than 100 people, and conquered about 30 percent of the Ukrainian market for wireless alarms.
Starting this fall LaMetric, a stylish and smart clock for smart home and business environments, is available on Amazon in a variety of countries.
Designed by Smart Atoms, a London-headquartered startup with Ukrainian roots, LaMetric presents itself as “an Internet-connected clock that makes your space unique with charming clock faces, controls smart home with a glance, tracks business metrics in real time, creates music atmosphere with the dance of pixels.”
Earlier this month Clutch, a US-based company which aims to “identify leading software and professional services firms” across the world, released its ranking of world’s top 35 Internet-of-Things (IoT) developers in 2016.
Featured in the listing are three international companies with their R&D centers located in Ukraine, and two Ukrainian companies operating internationally.
RND64, a US-based product company with Ukrainian roots, has introduced a new AI-powered gadget for a smart kitchen. Dubbed ‘Hello Egg,’ it is presented as a voice-operated kitchen speaker with a display and personality.
Your kitchen “eggspert” will “cue you in, cheer you up, and egg you on whatever you do in the kitchen. What’s more, you can literally talk to the “egg” and get emotional feedback, reports Ukrainian tech blog AIN.UA.