Weekly TechUkraine Digest 2021

What has happened in the Ukrainian tech market on 9-20 August 2021?

R&D, new offices in Ukraine

Ukrainian ELEKS is launching its newest office in Zurich, Switzerland, continuing its global expansion and strengthening its presence within central Europe. Through the creation of this new Swiss hub, the company will boost its partnerships with new and existing Swiss clients – read

Ukrainian Lviv-based tech giant SoftServe SoftServe bought by 377,5 mln UAH a high-tech ‘campus’ on an extensive 13-hectare site of a former prison in a southern part of Lviv cityread

Venture capital and startups: 

People.ai joins the unicorn club after announcing the $100 million in Series D funding at a $1.1 billion post-money valuation. This series was co-led by Mike Dinsdale, CFA Dinsdale of Akkadian Ventures and Abdulla AlBanna of Mubadala Capital, with participation from existing investors including ICONIQ Capital and Lightspeed Venture Partners. – read, read

Ukrainian messenger for partners and family members Obimy has raised investments. The total amount is not disclosed, but the valuation reached $2 million – read

GIOS, a Ukrainian platform for blended learning of mathematics, has raised $400,00 from UVO Ventures, including smart investments. The smart investment means that the startup will receive 85 percent of the funds in cash and the rest — in the services of programmers, lawyers, and other professionals – read

The Ukrainian project VRpartments, which develops a VR solution for real estate, has received a $310,000 grant from the Poland-based incubator Unicorn Hub – read

AI startup Livee, which automates the sales of interior landscaping and measures its impact on employee productivity, has raised a $250,000 round of investment from the startup studio Greenpact Future Labs. – read

Ecosystem news:

DOU presented the ranking of the largest tech companies in Ukraine (summer 2021) – the top five leaders have remained unchanged: EPAM, SoftServe, GlobalLogic, Luxoft, and Ciklum – read

Ukrainian-made engines yesterday powered a European Vega rocket into space, allowing the launch of five satellites into orbits. Designed and manufactured in Dnipro by the SE “PA Yuzhmash”, the engines were transported to Kourou, French Guyana for launching the Italian-made rocket – read

Ukrainian e-bikes company Delfast has set an electric speed record at Bonneville Speed Week 2021, the USA. This feat was achieved with an electric version of a DNEPR motorcycle – Delfast Dnepr Electric – read

Ukrainian tech media ITC.UA became a part of the Creators Media Group founded by MC.today‘s owners Vera Chernysh and Timur Vorona. Now the Creators Media Group consists of 3 portals: MC.today, Highload, ITC.UA – read 

Ukrainian retail chain Fozzy Group (Silpo, Le Silpo, Fora, FOZZY Cash&Carry) is developing the neobank “Bank Own Account” (Банк Власний Рахунок) read

Ukrainian CleanMyMac X has received the Red Dot Award: Brands & Communication Design 2021. Back in 2017 Gemini 2, another MacPaw application, also got the Red Dot Award and our award-winning family of products keeps growing – read

Salto Advisory connects Ukrainian startups with advisors who have built and scaled successful tech companies such as Ragnar Sass, founder of unicorn Pipedrive, LIFT99co, and investor in 40+ startups, Markus Villig cofounder of Bolt, Kristel Kruustük founder of Testlio and others – read

Interview with Dominique Piotet, CEO of UNIT. City, about the U Tomorrow Summit that will be hold on September 3-4 in Kyivread

Interview with CEO and cofounder of Apostera Andrey Golubinskiy, by Michael Buryk for Made in Ukraine Tech Startup Edition – listen

The law of the “Diia City” regime that will create a special legal framework for the IT industry, was signed by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on August 11. IT companies receive a special taxation model, flexible employment conditions and a special procedure to interact with regulators – read

The Government has passed an order that will triple the mandatory list of services in centers of administrative service provision (CASPs). As a result, citizens will be able to receive the necessary services in a single office – read

The Unified State Electronic System for the Construction Sector (USESCS), on the Diia portal, can provide 11 services. These include obtaining a construction permit, a declaration of readiness for the operation of CC1 facilities and the issuance of a construction passport – read

Reports:

The top trends in tech by McKinsey – read

Tech Cities of the Future 2021 by fDi x TNW – read

Private Fund Strategies Report Q2 2021 by Pitchbook – read

Lazard T100 Index – read

Via TechUkraine, Fintech Global, AIN, DOU, dev.ua, McToday, Vector

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