Swedish IT staffing company opens website development training center in Poltava

Beetroot, a Swedish information technology staffing company, on Sept. 19 opened an academy in Poltava to train website developers on the WordPress platform. Twelve students will undergo a three-month course after which they will be fully employable within Ukraine’s expanding IT sector, reads the company news release.

Called Beetroot Academy, the frontend developer center is supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency through the Swedish embassy in Ukraine.

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The current turmoil will stimulate high tech investment from large Ukrainian groups

Many oligarchs as well as financial and industrial groups are beginning to understand that physical assets will be hard to preserve. Considering the demographic and cultural movements in Europe and the United States, we cannot consider our world stable in the long term. Looking at the dynamic political, economic, demographic, national and religious maps of the world, we cannot fail to see processes that lead to instability and perhaps war.

The majority of Ukrainian oligarchs and groups have faced the inability to preserve their assets to the current context of rebellion in Eastern Ukraine. They lost control of some of their enterprises and some were physically destroyed. That began to stimulate several processes.

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E-commerce site Zakaz.ua secures $2.5 million from giant investment firm CIG

Last week Zakaz.ua, a major Ukrainan e-commerce site, secured $2.5 million from Chernovetskyi Investment Group (CIG), an investment company backed by businessman and former Kiyv (Kiev) mayor Leonid Chernovetskyi.

A groceries delivery company serving the inhabitants of Kyiv (Kiev), Zakaz.ua was launched in 2010 by Yegor Anchishkin – whose first startup, Viewdle, was acquired by Google in 2012.

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PrivatBank launches offline e-commerce ordering and delivery network

PrivatBank, a leading Ukrainian bank, has launched a network of offline e-commerce access points. These points, christened “Magazin,” are equipped with computers which allow users to place orders at local and foreign e-commerce sites. The sites currently displayed are Comfy, Praktiker, 5ok, TopMall, Gold.ua, daily deal sites Pokupon and Groupon, as well as eBay, Amazon and Alibaba’s subsidiary Aliexpress.

Shoppers are assisted by employees of the bank to create orders, organize shipments from foreign stores, clear customs (if the sum of the order is in excess of 150 euros), or obtain credit for a purchase.

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Ukrainian entrepreneur Dmytro Kostyk brings his Interactive Restaurant Technology to US market

After testing its interactive surfaces in restaurants in Cyprus, Dubai and Abu-Dhabi, Ukrainian technology company Interactive Restaurant Technology is set to start working in the United States. The startup, which is a brainchild of another Ukrainian company, Kodisoft, is planning to build three “interactive venues” in San Antonio, Texas, and launch a manufacturing line in Nevada in 2015.

IRT’s product offering is an interactive surface that can be used in restaurants and other venues in all kinds of form factors, including tables, points of sale, bar counters, terminals, walls and even floor.

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Vietnamese mobile operator Viettel may invest in 3G network in Ukraine

Vietnamese company Viettel is interested in the development of the 3G network in Ukraine, said Alexey Shovkoplyas, Ukrainian ambassador to Vietnam, as reported by Ukrainian online publication Inventure.

Viettel is prepared to invest $1 billion towards the development of their own network and would like to obtain licenses for the GSM-1800 (10 MHz), GSM-900 (5 MHz), and UMTS-frequency (10 MHz) bands. The company would also like to offer Internet service, for which it wants to build a 60,000km cable network.

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Ciklum to launch a startup-in-residence program in Ukraine

The out-staffing software development company Ciklum with headquarters in Denmark and seven offices in Ukraine employing more than 2,400 people will soon launch a startup-in-residence program. The company’s CEO and founder Torben Majgaard announced the plan at the UTGem conference in San Francisco on Sept. 18.

“We’re going to be offering Ukrainian startups to move into our offices. We’re trying to create in Ciklum a big massive incubator, where we can help Ukrainian companies,” Majgaard said in an interview with the Kyiv Post.

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Zaporizhia plays host to nationwide tech conference

Earlier this month Zaporizhia (Zaporozhye), a city of 770,000 inhabitants in southeastern Ukraine, hosted the first edition of the IT Forum tech conference. Despite being held only 300 kilometers from war-torn Donbass, the atmosphere at the event was peaceful and business-oriented.

The convention stood apart with its rich program and the youthful makeup of its attendees. However, other age groups were also represented at the event, attracting even elderly attendees.

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IT pioneer announces candidacy for parliament with holistic vision for army and economy

The prominent founder of a popular domain name registrar and website hosting company is running for a seat in parliament as an independent candidate. The information technology pioneer, Oleksandr Olshanskiy, didn’t specify in which of the 225 single-mandate races he would run. Initially, he said he expected to get elected under the UDAR party ticket led by Kyiv mayor and retired boxing champion Vitaliy Klitschko, according to a Sept. 11 interview with the Kyiv Post.

Olshanskiy’s announcement comes on the heels of other visible technology business professionals joining politics. Among them are the former head of Microsoft Ukraine Dmytro Shymkiv, who in July became the deputy head of President Petro Poroshenko’s administration, and Viktor Galasyuk, who recently became an economic adviser to Radical Party leader Oleh Lyashko after heading the Bionic Hill innovation park project.

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Online ad platform ClickGanic raises $300,000 and prepares itself for international expansion

Last month, ClickGanic, an online ad platform based in Kyiv (Kiev) and launched in February of this year, secured a $300,000 investment from business angel Evgeny Medvednikov and Clickky, an internationally oriented Ukrainian company offering a mobile app marketing platform.

The deal valued ClickGanic at $557,000 (pre-money), 24-year-old co-founder Evgeny Kukharchuk told Ukraine Digital News. The startup had previously raised $20,000 in smart money from Odessa-based startup incubator WannaBiz.

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