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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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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