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.
Founded in 2013, Jeapie is a mobile notification-delivery service aiming to increase the quality of interactions with clients or co-workers through the introduction of smart push notifications.
What’s more, thanks to user data collection and analysis, Jeapie’s customers receive the opportunity to more deeply understand the behavior of users after receiving messages. In the future, customers may personalize the text, supply, and time of delivery for different groups.
Last week Looksery, a startup originated from Odessa, Ukraine, with offices in San Francisco, released its first mobile app, which has already gained popularity in Mexico, Ukraine, Greece, Russia, Brazil, Chile and some other countries. Designed for iOS devices, the application enables users to simulate their appearance for a photo or video chat in real-time.
You can make the face thinner, change the form of the skull, eye color, or skin color, apply one of the filters, or choose a 3D avatar (as in the screenshot below). The app also has a built-in messenger, which allows users to share their “doctored” images with friends. Additionally, users can share photos and videos through Facebook, Instagram, and Vine.
Ukrainian developers have released VideoMap, a free mobile app that allows owners of Android smartphones and tablets to create their own maps and add photos and videos, reports tech blog AIN.UA. On the map, these photos and videos are identified with special icons, which will allow the user to see what was shot in a particular place.
Photos and videos can be shot directly in the app and downloaded to the map or users can download materials which have already been prepared.
Fidomobile, a virtual operator of mobile networks, has won a competition held by the Kyiv (Kiev) state administration for selecting an operator for a high-speed WiFi network in the city’s metro.
The company plans to invest approximately 100 million hryvnias (approximately $7.7 million) in the project and to provide WiFi coverage throughout the metro, from escalators and platforms to tunnels and metro cars.
China’s Xinwei Telecom Enterprise Group has made further inroads into the Ukrainian market with an agreement to invest about $400 million in the telecom and hi-tech projects of telecom operator Datagroup. Datagroup CEO Alexander Danchenko signed a memorandum of cooperation with his counterpart from Xinwei, Wang Jin.
A press release announcing the agreement was posted on Hi-tech.ua on September 19. The statement also noted the slow pace of development in Ukraine, citing a lack of transparency in licensing and the need for a unified development strategy.