International Category: International

Ukrainian outsourcing firms invited to learn, network and present in Berlin (April 6)

On April 4, the independent German Outsourcing Association and the Outsourcing Journal will hold the 4th ITO&BPO Germany Forum in Berlin, in partnership with UADN.NET. Ukrainian companies are cordially invited to learn about with the latest industryt trends, and network with potential clients and partners through this major event.

ITO&BPO Germany Forum is the only international, non-commercial and independent business conference focusing on ITO, BPO and SSC in and for the D-A-CH markets.

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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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Luxoft acquires Ukrainian software development company IntroPro

Earlier this week Luxoft, a NYSE-listed provider of software development services and innovative solutions and a part of Russia’s IBS Group, announced the acquisition of IntroPro. The details of the transaction have not been disclosed.

Established in 2008, IntroPro is an engineering consultancy that employs development teams in Ukraine to serve essentially clients in North America. Its expertise covers consulting, architectural design, development as well as quality assurance services for enterprise systems and embedded systems (devices) software development.

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Ukrainian information ministry asks Facebook for help to combat fake news

Last week Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine Yurii Stets appealed to Facebook to develop a verification mechanism to filter out fake news.

The Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine also promised to cooperate with Facebook – which is used by around 3 million Ukrainians on a daily basis – in tackling the problem of fake news.

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Ukraine’s first eSports business conference to be held in Kyiv (Feb. 22)

eSPORTconf UAH, which presents itself as Ukraine’s first eSports business conference, will be held on February 22 in Kyiv (Kiev). The event will bring together entrepreneurs and investors, as well as representatives of the gaming and gambling industry in Ukraine and other Russian-speaking countries.

Ukraine is among the top six countries with the most developed eSports industry. This market grows by 50% every year, according to Smile Expo, the organizer of the event.

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How Ukrainian startups attracted global attention at CES 2017

Earlier this month, the International Consumer Electronic Show (СES-2017) attracted more than 200,000 visitors to Las Vegas. This year, for the first time, Ukraine had organized a dedicated exhibition area to show eight of its brightest startups and products.

This ‘UaTech Expo Zone’ was The Ukrainian Expo was organized  jointly by the Ukrainian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (UVCA) and Western NIS Enterprise Fund (WNISEF), a USAID-funded organization. It was located in the Eureka Park among seven national exhibition areas, including those of  France, Holland, Israel and the Czech Republic.

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Amazon Prime Video acquires rights for Ukrainian movie

Amazon Prime Video has acquired rights to Ukrainian comedy #Selfieparty produced by the Sonce (“the Sun” in Ukrainian) channel. The news was reported by Sonce on its Facebook page earlier this month.

The acquisition took place a month after US tech giant made its video offer available in Ukraine along with other 200 countries and territories around the globe.

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Ukrainian SoftServe acquires Polish IT company

Earlier this month SoftServe, a major IT outsourcing company headquartered in Lviv (Lvov), Western Ukraine, announced that it has acquired Coders Center, a privately-held enterprise technology firm headquartered in Poland. The terms of the deal remain undisclosed.

“Coders Center brings valuable experience in the implementation of enterprise content management systems, and this acquisition supports SoftServe’s strategy to strengthen our platform and cross-vertical industry expertise,” said Brian Borack, SoftServe’s COO.

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Ukrainian teams invited to apply to leading European B2B startup acclerator and receive €20,000 (deadline: Jan 31)

Early stage B2B startups from Ukraine and other Eastern European countries are invited to apply for a three-month Startup Wise Guys acceleration program, which will take place this spring in Tallinn.

Twenty-five pre-selected teams will participate in three-day finals on February 20-22 in Tallinn. The program will include more than 20 one-on-one mentor and investor meetings, as well as business training.

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MP asks Elon Musk to build Tesla plant in Ukraine

A Ukrainian lawmaker has written to Elon Musk, the CEO of U.S. electric car producer Tesla Motors, asking that the tech entrepreneur consider building a Tesla car factory in Ukraine.

The letter, from People’s Front party lawmaker Viktor Romaniuk, comes after Musk announced his company was to make a “significant investment” in expanding its European operations. However,  Tesla has neither confirmed the timescale for building its research center in Europe, nor specified a location so far.

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