Top 10 Ukrainian startups in 2016

At the end of each year AIN.UA, the leading Ukrainian tech blog, offers its ranking of the country’s most successful startups. The ranking, based on a survey among local business angels and venture investors, features projects which were created or pivoted, over the past three years. Although they were created by Ukrainian teams, some of these companies have established their headquarters in another country.

This year’s ranking includes 10 startups, to which Ukraine Digital News is adding an additional list of companies which have drawn particular attention on the global high tech scene.

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Ukraine sues Booking.com for operating in Crimea

The Crimea prosecution office, whose role is to apply Ukrainian law in a territory which has been under Russian control since March 2014, has filed a lawsuit against Booking.com.

The company, which is incorporated in the Netherlands, is accused of “violating Ukrainian and international law, as well as sanctions, not only by cooperating with bandit self-constituted authorities, but also by advertising and letting book accommodation in Crimean hotels which were stolen from Ukraine.”

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Ukrainian startup Ecoisme to reduce energy consumption in Dubai households

Ecoisme, a Ukrainian startup which has developed a connected device for energy management, has agreed with the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) an eight-month pilot project to improve energy efficiency in the emirate. The agreement, signed in late November, came as a result of Ecoisme’s participation in a three-month acceleration program in Dubai Future Accelerators.

Supported by the Dubai Future Foundation and the Dubai government, the program aims to identify emergent technologies and businesses with the potential to “address the world’s most pressing challenges and opportunities,” and to support them in developing solutions and prototypes for rapid deployment across Dubai.

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Cats, kissing and nails: Google reveals what’s on Ukrainians’ minds

“Why are cats afraid of cucumbers?” “How do you kiss properly?” “What do people need nails for?”

These were among the most common questions on the minds of Ukrainians in 2016, according to the Ukrainian office of Google, which released last week lists of the most popular search questions in Ukraine.

The ranking reveals Ukrainians’ interest in a wide range of topics and personalities.

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Ukrainian startups invited to pitch to global investors at Riga’s TechChill (registration deadline: Jan 15)

Seed startups from Ukraine and other Eastern European countries are invited to apply for the TechChill Pitch Battle, an intensive one-day bootcamp for qualifying startups. The contest will be held as part of TechChill, a two-day startup conference taking place in Riga, Latvia in February 2017.

The event is presented as “one of the best opportunities for new companies to showcase their idea on the main stage in front of an audience of 1,000 people, including several global investors and international media representatives.”

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US-Ukrainian cloud computing startup secures $3.5 million from international investor consortium

Last week Sixa, a San Francisco-based startup which has developed developed a “personal computer in the cloud,” closed a $3.5 million round of seed funding.

According to the company’s press service, the round was led by Californian fund Tandem Capital with participation from Ukrainian funds Digital Future and Horizon Capital, Gagarin Capital, a fund with Russian roots, as well as Social Capital, Presence Capital, Rising Tide Fund, and other unnamed investors.

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Ukrainian startup secures $500,000 in the UK to combat pains from bad posture

Ukrainian startup Mevics has attracted $500,000 from UB Tower, a UK-based investment consulting company backing projects from Central and Eastern Europe.

Founded in 2015 by three students from Odessa, Southern Ukraine, Mevics has developed a wearable gadget to “control your posture and take care of your health” and ultimately open “the new age of healthcare.”

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Ukrainian-British startup helps parents control kids’ mobile device use in 140 countries

Kidslox, a Ukrainian-British startup which helps parents “control kids’ mobile device time,” won the Startup Battle held in late November in Cherkassy, a city in central Ukraine. The contest was organized by Startup.Network as part of a series of industry events.

The purpose of this app is to put parents in control of their children’s screen time by setting time limits and establishing boundaries for their mobile and tablet device use.

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Ukrainian e-design automation startup attracts €1.2 million from EU program

Ukrainian company Polyteda Cloud has attracted €1.2 million in funding from Horizon 2020, the EU’s biggest research and innovation program, which has nearly 80 billion euros of funding available over seven years until 2020.

Polyteda will use the funding to roll the product onto the European market and promote itself on it.

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Finnish-Ukrainian startup crashes Indiegogo’s payment system to make “first-ever crowd-developed computer”

Eve-Tech, a Finnish startup co-founded by a Ukrainian-born entrepreneur, has attracted more than $1.2 million on Indiegogo for its “first-ever crowd-developed computer,” far above its modest crowdfunding goal of $75,000.

The crowdfunding activity was so intense that it crashed the Indiegogo payment processing backend, said Eve-Tech to its thousands of backers: “That’s why some of you had troubles making payment.”

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