International Category: International

Ukrainian NGO launches programming courses in Moldova and Slovakia, more countries to join

BrainBasket Foundation, a Ukrainian NGO dedicated to IT education, has announced the expansion of its Technology Nation education program to two Slovakian cities — Bratislava and Kosice.

“Allowing people to learn basics of programming for free while getting a certificate from Harvard University is a great initiative, and I am happy to support BrainBasket Foundation in this initiative,” commented Dusan Duffek, partner and co-founder at 0100 Ventures.

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Why Ukraine said ‘Nyet’ to Russian social networks

When Ukrainian government took the decision to ban the use of Russian internet services such as the Yandex search engine and the social network Vkontakte, it looked like another example of the country’s propensity to ape Russia’s own worst practices even while it talks about joining the European fold.

But the ban is part of a broader debate in the West about whether such platforms are media companies or impartial middlemen, writes Leonid Bershidsky of Bloomberg.

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Auchan launches online sales in Ukraine

French retailer Auchan has started selling non-food goods via its Ukrainian online store launched last month. These include household, garden and pets goods, as well as apparel.

So far, delivery service is available in Kyiv (Kiev) and Kyiv region for 59 and 69 hryvnias ($2.2 and $2.6 respectively at the current exchange rate). Both cash and bank card payments are accepted.

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Ukraine bans leading Russian Internet sites

Confirming that the relations between Ukraine and Russia are currently at their lowest, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko yesterday signed a decree applying sanctions to 468 legal entities and 1,228 individuals from Russia.

Among the targeted organizations are the two leading Russian Internet groups — Yandex and Mail.Ru Group — the services of which will be made inaccessible from Ukraine.

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US-Ukrainian Grammarly secures $110 million from top international investors

Grammarly, a San Francisco-based startup with Ukrainian roots,  has just raised $110 million in growth equity funding at an undisclosed valuation. The round was led by General Catalyst with participation from Breyer Capital, IVP, SignalFire, and Spark Capital.

The company was founded in 2009 by Kyiv natives Aleksey Shevchenko and Maksim Litvin. Its AI-powered software helps people improve writing, monitoring errors in grammar and syntax, as well as incorrect speech constructions in real time.

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New public-private agency to incubate defense technologies in Ukraine

Last month saw the launch of the Innovations Development Platform (IDP),  Ukraine’s first agency dedicated to the incubation and development of innovative defense projects.

Inspired by Israel’s Chief Scientist’s Office, this public-private partnership initiative aims to bring together developers, experts and investors “to develop innovations for the Ukrainian army and foreign partners in transparent commercial conditions.”

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International conference to discuss key IT outsourcing topics in Kyiv (May 26-27)

Later this month Kyiv (Kiev) will play host to the tenth edition of Kyiv Outsourcing Forum 2017, one of the largest IT outsourcing business event in Ukraine. The forum gathers owners and top managers of outsourcing companies as well as freelancers from all over Ukraine.

Over 70 local and international speakers will participate in the conference.

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App Solutions acquires Ukrainian IT outsourcing company Grossum

In a deal announced yesterday Grossum, a Kyiv (Kiev)-based IT company specializing in e-commerce and e-health solutions, has been acquired by software development company App Solutions for an undisclosed amount.

App Solutions expects the deal to result in “higher efficiency” for its business, “strengthening expertise in web and mobile development and improving the company’s positions in the IT outsourcing market.”

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US government fund supports kids programming courses in Ukraine

Western NIS Enterprise Fund (WNISEF), a $150 million regional private equity fund backed by USAID to invest in Ukraine and Moldova, has supported the Technology Nation Kids program.

Launched by BrainBasket Foundation, a Ukrainian NGO dedicated to IT education, the initiative aims to provide free programming training for nine to eleven-year-old children in Ukraine.

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Ukrainian startup aims to revolutionize sport facility booking across the world

A team from Dnipro, a city of Central Ukraine formerly known as Dnipropetrovsk, has created “first global booking platform for sport facilities and sport teams.”

Dubbed Smartsport, the platform covers a variety of disciplines (including swimming, water polo, weightlifting, gymnastics, martial arts, tennis, and football), with 500 sport facilities made available in almost 20 countries, mostly in Europe.

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