“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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
On December 16, Kyiv (Kiev) will host Digital Monkey, an event dedicated to business promotion methods using digital tools.
The event will combine a conference and a party for international and local professionals and enthusiasts from the digital industry, SMM, SEO, PR, design, blogging, advertising, journalism and content marketing.
Although many countries across the world strive to build a Silicon Valley of their own, regional technology business ecosystems are all very different, and are likely to remain so. It’s very interesting to observe how each country’s history affects the way startups and bigger companies grow and coexist on the market.
In Ukraine, a country of great technological talent that has historically been linked with outsourced software development, the startup movement only gained momentum around seven years ago.
This morning Sence, “the first wearable technology capable of accurately tracking and logging emotional states so you can take action”, had attracted $126,261 from 716 Kickstarter backers – far above its crowdfunding goal of $100,000.
Developed by Planexta, a startup with Ukrainian roots, Sence reflects “the evolution of mindfulness and productivity,” tracking emotions with ECG signals.