Six years and counting: Ukraine still waiting for mobile number portability

If Ukrainian mobile phone users are tired of their tariff plans or fed up with poor service, they face a tough choice: either they stay with their current provider and suffer on, or change networks and be forced to change their number as well.

Such a dilemma doesn’t exist in the more than 70 countries where mobile number portability is available. Portability allows customers to move freely among networks, taking their number with them wherever they go.

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Industry experts and end consumers to elect Ukraine’s best e-commerce companies (April 7)

The best Ukrainian players of the domestic e-commerce market will be awarded at the Ukrainian E-Commerce Awards ceremony this Friday, April 7 in Kyiv (Kiev).

While industry experts will select the winners in such categories as “Breakthrough of the Year” and “Man of the Year in e-commerce,” Ukrainian online consumers will vote online for a series of other nominations.

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US machine learning startup with Ukrainian R&D raises $54 million

DataRobot, a machine learning platform that helps enterprises build predictive models at speed, has raised $54 million in a Series C funding round led by existing investor New Enterprise Associates (NEA), reports VentureBeat.

The company has an R&D office in Kyiv (Kiev), with up to 200 employees working there, according to DOU.UA, an authoritative local industry resource.

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Venture Day Minsk features top players from Eastern Europe and Western countries (April 12)

Venture Day Minsk, a major event on the Eastern European innovation scene, will be held on April 12 in Minsk, Belarus.

In partnership with Ukraine Digital News, the event will bring together over 500 startups, investors, business angels, media representatives, top managers of large companies, engineers and developers.

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International and Ukrainian experts to discuss tech innovation in Kyiv (April 7-9)

InnoTech Ukraine, which presents itself as Ukraine’s largest exhibition and conference on innovation, will hold its third edition on April 7-9 in Kyiv (Kiev). The three-day forum aims to demonstrate how innovative technologies can be applied in everyday life and business.

The agenda will cover the present and future of innovation in robotics, 3D printing, healthcare, smart technologies and education both in Ukraine and worldwide.

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EBRD allocates €1 million to help Ukrainian businesses adopt climate technologies

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has announced that it will allocate €1 million to Ukrainian businesses developing or adopting eco-friendly technologies in 2017 and 2018.

The funding will be provided in the framework of the Finance and Technology Transfer Centre for Climate Change” (FINTECC), a technology transfer program which the EBRD is launching in Ukraine.

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Ukrainian startup Ugears sells eco-toys in 80 countries

When the first wooden mechanical models created by Ukrainian startup Ugears went on sale, they were an immediate hit with adult model-makers all over the world, while their “little helpers” could only watch.

But now kids from the age of five can take up the absorbing hobby of modeling, with a range of Ugears’ wooden models designed for kids now available.

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Ukrainian smart blinds track the sun to generate electricity

SolarGaps, which has designed “the world’s first solar smart blinds,” is among CB Insights’ list of 92 renewable energy companies outside the US that have raised equity funds since 2015. It is the only startup from Central and Eastern Europe featured in the listing.

The review covers residential, commercial, and utility-scale renewable projects, as well as renewable-powered consumer products. Only equity deals and convertible notes are included.

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Seedstars Summit to showcase the best startups from emerging markets (Lausanne, April 6)

Seedstars Summit, the annual entrepreneurship forum for emerging markets, will hold its 2017 edition on April 6 at the SwissTech Center in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The event will bring together startups, investors, government officials, corporate innovators and CEOs from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe and the MENA region.

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