Ukrainian startup Futo overreaches crowdfunding target to design “the world’s most ultimate air mattress”

Futo, a Kyiv (Kiev)-based startup offering a comfortable twin XL-size mattress, has reached its crowdfunding goal of $15,000 within the first 22 hours after the launch at Kickstarter.

As of October 11, the startup had attracted $39,435 from 564 backers.

The mattress claims to take only 20 seconds to inflate. All you need to do is to open the mattress and catch the air around you “with a few simple movements.”

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Estonian Taxify enters Ukrainian taxi market

Taxify, an Estonian copycat of Uber, started operating in Ukraine last month, reported Ukrainian high tech blog AIN.UA. The service has already enrolled 20 drivers to offer rides in Kyiv (Kiev) after training at Taxify’s office.

While Taxify’s user interface and pricing are identical to those of Uber, the Estonian service takes a 15% commission fee on rides, well below Uber’s 25%.

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Indoor positioning technologies to be discussed in Odessa (Nov. 1-2)

The first edition of Odessa Indoor Positioning Conference will be held in Odessa, Southern Ukraine on November 1-2. Some 150 attendees are expected.

The conference will highlight technical solutions for indoor navigation in such fields as retail, entertainment, healthcare and transport with a strong focus on SAS-systems (Safety at Sea).

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PrivatBank launches business incubator for first-time entrepreneurs

Last month PrivatBank, a major Ukrainian bank, launched a business incubator allowing entrepreneurs from all fields, including high tech, to jump start their business from scratch.

The incubator will operate as part of ‘Country of entrepreneurs,’ the bank’s national program for enterprise development and job creation. This program aims to create no less than one million jobs within two years.

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Telemedicine makes its first steps in Ukraine, which claims to be the first telemedicine service in Ukraine, started operating last month, as reported by Ukrainian tech blog AIN.UA.

The service offer includes online remote medical consultations by videoconferences with an online appointment booking system. It is now available on desktop computers and Android-powered devices. An iOS app will be launched by the end of the year.

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City of Krakow lends hand to Ukrainian startup entrepreneurs (application deadline: Oct. 15)

As municipal acceleration programs are getting more and more popular in Poland, Krakow’s KRK Road to Success is inviting young Ukrainian startups to join its program.

Together with Ad Ventures, the municipal authorities have opened a call for applications to their first batch of pre-acceleration program. These three days of intensive mentoring, meetings with investors and local startup community will take place in November.

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Ukrainian startups called to exhibit at CES 2017 Ukraine Tech Expo (deadline: Oct. 5)

The Ukrainian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (UVCA) and the Western NIS Enterprise Fund (WNISEF) are announcing the UVCA Startup Challenge: CES Edition, which will be held on October 12 in Kyiv (Kiev).

The selected eight best Ukrainian startups will receive the opportunity to exhibit for free at the Ukrainian Expo of the International Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas in early January 2017.

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TA Ventures injects $1 million in eTachki, Ukraine’s first online auction for used cars

TA Ventures, a major venture fund based in Ukraine but operating globally, has just announced a $1 million investment in local startup eTachki. TA Ventures was the sole investor in the round.

Based in Kyiv (Kiev), eTachki is the first online auction for used cars in Ukraine. After assessement in the company’s offices, cars can be sold “in just 30 minutes” through the auctions. eTachki takes care of the documents while the seller gets the money immediately.

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All iPhone 7 owners in Ukraine are criminals, says head of Ukraine’s fiscal service

Head of Ukraine’s Fiscal Service Roman Nasirov said on Sept. 27 that all the iPhones 7 that are found in Ukraine have been smuggled into the country.

“If you see someone with an iPhone 7, you can tell those people that they are criminals,” Nasirov said at the Cabinet of Ministers’ meeting.

According to him, for the last two weeks, the customs officers have focused on looking particularly for Apple electronics on the border, and especially iPhone 7, their latest smartphone released on Sept. 7.

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The online store of the future to be discussed in Kyiv (Oct. 6)

On October 6, the Ukrainian capital will host the E-commerce Congress 2016, with more than 30 Ukrainian and foreign experts expected to discuss industry trends and practices. The foreign guests will present the “agenda for tomorrow” while domestic speakers will share their experience and expertise in industry standards.

“In 2015 Ecommerce Europe called Ukraine the fastest growing e-commerce market in Europe. In order not to lose the leadership, our players need to move forward with greater speed,” says Irina Kholod, CEO of Ukrainian E-commerce Expert, which organizes the event.

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