Wojciech Bajda of Ericsson Ukraine: “Ukrainians use smartphones in the same way as consumers from EU countries”
Sweden’s Ericsson was one of the first telecommunications equipment providers to enter Ukraine, opening an office in 1995. The move paid off as it turned into a core supplier to Ukrainian mobile network operators and Internet vendors.
Now, as Ukraine makes the transition to third generation Internet, Ericsson sees more opportunities.
Moscow-based venture fund iTech Capital announced today it has invested $2 million in Clickky. Operating globally from its headquarters in Odessa, Ukraine, Clickky has developed a comprehensive mobile app marketing platform with in-house proprietary technology for user acquisition, traffic monetization and performance analysis.
The investment will support Clickky’s expansion into the United States, South-East Asia and other emerging markets, as well as the launch of new analytics and media buying features and products. Clickky also plans to launch its own mobile advertising sales agency, MobiLimes.
Settle, a mobile booking and payment service for restaurants developed by Kyiv(Kiev)-based startup Advice Wallet, has secured an undisclosed amount from the SMRK VC fund, as tech blog Siliconrus.com reported last week. The funds will be used to launch Settle in the American market.
“In the United States, there is a severe problem with wait-times at restaurants, as guests are waiting suffer through lengthy waits for tables and their food. Thus, local restaurants are interested in mobile pre-orders. We have reached agreements with 15 institutions regarding the launch of Settle. By the end of March, we will launch a new product oriented at the American market,” says Stas Matvienko, founder of the service.
Life.Sreda, which looked just a few months ago as one of the most successful Russian funds, is now seeking buyers for the greater part of its portfolio companies, Russian business daily Vedomosti reported last week.
The fund also cancelled its investment in Advice Wallet, a Kyiv (Kiev)-based startup which develops mobile payment service Settle. In July last year, Life.Sreda committed itself to inject $1.5 million in the startup, but actually disbursed just 10% of this amount, reported the Ukrainian media.
Here’s a timely innovation for Ukraine at war: applications that help people facing life-threatening injuries. Win Interactive, a Ukrainian game developer, created a mobile application that provides first medical aid instructions – Domedychna Dopomoha (pre-medical aid).
The app has six tabs that provide brief explanations on how to correctly transport wounded persons, stop bleeding, apply bandages, restart a heartbeat and other first aid instructions. The application offers guidance both in Russian and Ukrainian.
Eatsmart, a web and mobile service for reserving tables at restaurants throughout Ukraine, secured $110,000 last month from a business angel. Neither the identity of the investor, nor the terms of the deal have been disclosed. The funds will be directed towards a marketing campaign, as well as hiring sales managers.
Eatsmart was launched in 2012 by Kyiv (Kiev)-based entrepreneurs Sergey Lysyuk and Roman Mulyavka, who were later joined by Dmitri Bykovets and Oleg Prilutskiy. However, the creators of the project were only able to develop it during their free time.
For those so busy that they don’t have time for leisurely lunches during workdays, the Ukrainian startup Settle offers a solution: ordering food ahead of time so it’s ready when you are ready to eat.
What started only as idea last summer is now a free application used in 20 restaurants in Kyiv. It reached almost 10,000 downloads on iOS and Android devices and 4+ rating in the Apple App Store.
Earlier this week Readdle, an Odessa, Ukraine-based startup operating globally, released the app “PDF Office,” a new flagship product, in the AppStore. This app is a mobile PDF editor that enables users to create and edit PDF directly on an iPad. Users can also make annotations, convert files from different formats to PDFs, and to scan documents and pages. The startup claims that this is “the best instrument on iOS for working with PDFs.”
Only the demo version is available for free, as users of the full version will need to spend $5 monthly or $40 annually for a subscription. The potential user base, in the company’s estimation, may amount to hundreds of thousands of people globally.
Last month, Ukrainian startup QROK, which has developed a mobile app for navigation within buildings and malls, received a capital injection of half a million US dollars from an unnamed Estonian investment company.
“The investor will launch its activities officially across the CIS in a few weeks, and it might be a big surprise for Ukraine,” QROK founder Igor Snizhko told Ukraine Digital News.
GBKSOFT, a team of mobile app developers from Zaporizhia (Zaporozhye), has released a game for iOS devices called Defend Ukraine. The app, which is available i Ukrainian, Russian and English languages, can be purchased in AppStore for $0.99. All money from sales will be sent to Wings Phoenix, a volunteer organization that supports the Ukrainian army.
The point of the game is to click very quickly on regions on a map where a donkey appears against the background of the Russian flag. The donkey bears a strong resemblance to the president of the country neighboring Ukraine. As the game proceeds, the Russian flag appears more and more often on Ukrainian territory, so the player must have a fast reaction time to win.