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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Ukrainian MacPaw makes best Mac apps available on a subscription basis

MacPaw, a Kyiv (Kiev)-based Mac software development company with more than five million customers worldwide, just announced the launch of a flat-fee subscription offer for Setapp, its service designed for macOS app users and developers.

Presented as an “unstore alternative to Apple’s Mac App Store,” the new service aims to save your time and money when working with the ocean of more than 30,000 Mac applications.

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BrainBasket Foundation launches crowdfunding campaign for educational program

BrainBasket Foundation, a Ukrainian NGO dedicated to IT education, has launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign with a flexible goal to raise $50,000 for its national education program Technology Nation in two months.

“We want to demonstrate that Ukraine and its potential in IT is a global matter, as the future developments created by our graduates can benefit anyone in the world,” BrainBasket’s PR manager Andrii Petrunia told Ukraine Digital News.

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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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E-commerce players from across Europe invited to major industry event in Berlin (Feb. 2)

On February 2, Station Berlin will host the second edition of E-Commerce Berlin Expo, one of the largest e-commerce events in the world. This year, the organizers expect 3,000 visitors and 90 exhibitors. These include the representatives of Deutsche Post, Rakuten Deutschland, Idealo, Semrush, Freshdesk, PrestaShop and Händlerbund.

Participation in the event is free of charge, but requires preliminary online registration. (The number of tickets available is limited, so hurry up 🙂 )

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Nova Poshta ships from China to Ukraine in two weeks

Nova Poshta, Ukraine’s leading e-commerce shipping company, has teamed up with SF Express, a major Chinese logistics provider, to ship goods from Chinese online stores to Ukrainian customers.

The service was launched last month after a successful test period. In November, as part of the test, Nova Poshta had delivered more than half a million parcels and small packages from China, the company announced.

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Twenty Ukrainian startups in Las Vegas to compete at CES 2017

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.

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