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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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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