Internships at Google, Microsoft, Twitter or Facebook made more accessible to Ukrainian students

A group of Silicon Valley-based engineers from Ukraine have launched UA Internships, a non-profit initiative to help Ukrainian students get an internship at US technology giants. The news was reported earlier this week by Ukrainian tech blog AIN.UA.

Internships may take place in either the European or the American offices of these companies.

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New law allows Ukrainian service exporters to deal with foreign companies by email or invoice

Earlier this week the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, approved amendments to the Ukrainian export legislation, which may facilitate the export of services. The new legislation will apply to all exporting companies, including service providers and freelancers from the IT industry.

The new legislation lifts the obligation to sign a paper contract, use a rubber stamp, provide a report of completion and translate documents from English to Ukrainian when delivering services to a client from outside the country.

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PrivatBank launches e-payments via iMessage and Telegram

The clients of PrivatBank, an innovation-friendly Ukrainian bank, can now transfer money and pay their mobile phone bills directly via iMessage, if they have an iOS 10-supported iPhone.

To perform a transaction, users just need to press the Privat24’s icon shown in iMessage’s menu, indicate the amount of money to be transferred, and choose the necessary operation.

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PrivatBank’s Corezoid wins 2nd prize in Las Vegas hackathon

Last week Corezoid, a cloud process engine that allows companies to create their own digital core, won the second prize and $5,000 at the Money20/20 hackathon in Las Vegas, for their application Share.CreditCard.

Corezoid is a California-based company which is owned by PrivatBank, a major Ukrainian bank, according to the bank’s press service.

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Busfor secures $20 million “to reinvent bus travel” across Europe and beyond

Busfor, an online bus ticketing and distribution platform based in Kyiv (Kiev) and Moscow, has just raised $20 million from private equity funds Baring Vostok Capital Partners and Elbrus Capital.

Launched in Ukraine in 2010, the company — previously known as Gillbus — had previoulsy received financial support from Intel Capital, InVenture Partners and FinSight in 2014, and from Ukraine’s Chernovetskyi Investment Group (CIG) in 2015.

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Ukrainian IT business targeted by indiscriminate secret service pressure

Since early 2010 the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) has been checking the legality of the work of IT companies. While some cases of large investigation program towards big IT-companies proved to be justified, law-abiding IT businesses have also been targeted. Among the latest examples are Adamant, Lucky Labs, KM Core, and V.O.K.S.

Sadly enough, the guilt of IT-companies has been proven in none of the cases, writes The Libertarian Republic.

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Ukrainian startups invited to pitch at Belgrade Venture Forum (deadline: Oct. 30)

Innovative companies from Ukraine and neighboring countries are invited to pitch their projects to the board of jury of international investors as part of Belgrade Venture Forum. The event claims to be the largest forum of innovations, entrepreneurship and investments in the South East Europe region. It will be held on December 5 – 7 in Belgrade, Serbia.

The Pitching Competition provides strong innovative startups with an opportunity to present themselves directly to a large group of international investors interested in the region.

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Ukrainian entrepreneurs sell smart clock globally via Amazon

Starting this fall LaMetric, a stylish and smart clock for smart home and business environments, is available on Amazon in a variety of countries.

Designed by Smart Atoms, a London-headquartered startup with Ukrainian roots, LaMetric presents itself as “an Internet-connected clock that makes your space unique with charming clock faces, controls smart home with a glance, tracks business metrics in real time, creates music atmosphere with the dance of pixels.”

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“Invisible innovation:” Tech entrepreneurs from emerging markets struggle for global visibility

In mid-October Colombia 4.0, an international event dedicated to digital content industries, highlighted the latest trends in animation, video games, web, mobile development, digital advertising, monetization, digital media, music and entrepreneurship.

During three days in Bogota, more than 190 national and international speakers were involved in lectures, panels and workshops. Among these speakers, Ukraine Digital News chief editor Adrien Henni highlighted the lack of coverage of innovative industries in emerging markets by international media and databases.

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Ukrainian companies ranked among world’s top Internet-of-Things developers

Earlier this month Clutch, a US-based company which aims to “identify leading software and professional services firms” across the world, released its ranking of world’s top 35 Internet-of-Things (IoT) developers in 2016.

Featured in the listing are three international companies with their R&D centers located in Ukraine, and two Ukrainian companies operating internationally.

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