Ukrainian startups are invited to Budapest to fight for €200,000 (deadline: October 30)

Ukrainian startups are invited to participate in the third edition of Get in the Ring!, a major international startup competition to be held on November 24 in Budapest, Hungary.

Eight pre-selected startups will fight for the Central and Eastern European title. The winner will get an investment offer of €200,000 and will participate in the Get in the Ring! Global Final. All the costs will be covered by the organizer. This year there is a great fight between New York and Singapore to organize the finals.

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Estonian startup launches “the Uber for parking” in Ukraine

Estonia’s Barking, an innovative app for finding free parking slots at the best price, launched in Kyiv (Kiev) earlier this month, as reported by Ukrainian tech blog AIN.UA.

Nicknamed “the Uber for parking,” this one-tap parking app offers access to “thousands of exclusive parking spots in both gated and open access areas.” Barking also allows its users to book parking spots in advance.

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International e-commerce conference outlines key market trends

On October 6, Kyiv hosted Ukrainian E-commerce Congress 2016, a leading industry event which brought together nearly 1000 industry professionals, including more than 60 foreign and local experts. Thirty six companies exhibited at the conference.

These experts outlined the main trends of the Ukrainian ecommerce market.

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Ukrainian citizen arrested while smuggling cigarettes by drone

Last week a resident of Chop, a town in Western Ukraine, was arrested while trying to smuggle 16 cartons of cigarettes Marlboro to Hungary by drone.

Another 16 cartons which were probably supposed to be “transported” too were confiscated along with the drone at the time of arrest.

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Uber Ukraine CEO talks about business after launch in Kyiv

A chain-smoking driver talks on the phone while driving a beat-up car. His passenger is sweating, both because of the erratic driving and the absence of air conditioning – it’s either broken or not there at all. Until just a couple years ago, that used to be what an average taxi ride in Ukraine was like.

But things are changing now. Seeing the huge gap in the market for proper taxi services, tech companies that position themselves as “Uber-like” have started coming to Ukraine. The real star of the market – Uber, the most expensive tech startup in the world in 2015 – launched its services in Kyiv on June 30.

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An egg-shaped gadget to help you cook

RND64, a US-based product company with Ukrainian roots, has introduced a new AI-powered gadget for a smart kitchen. Dubbed ‘Hello Egg,’ it is presented as a voice-operated kitchen speaker with a display and personality.

Your kitchen “eggspert” will “cue you in, cheer you up, and egg you on whatever you do in the kitchen. What’s more, you can literally talk to the “egg” and get emotional feedback, reports Ukrainian tech blog AIN.UA.

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Report: Three Ukrainians in four go online at least once a week

While the consumption of traditional media is diminishing, Internet use is on the increase in Ukraine, according to  “Media Consumption Survey. Ukraine 2016,” a report released last month by Internews Network in partnership with USAID.

Covering 2015 and 2016, the report features data from all the Ukrainian regions, except Crimea and the areas under rebellion in Eastern Ukraine.

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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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