Weekly TechUkraine Digest 2021

What has happened in the Ukrainian tech market on 11-17 of October 2021?

R&D, new offices in Ukraine

Solarisbank, Glovo, BlaBlaCar, Lyft, Revolut have recently opened the R&D centers in Ukraine. The article is about the case study of the Solarisbank R&D and why Ukrainian cities are attractive for international tech companies – read

Venture capital and startups: 

Founded by Ukrainian Dmytro Zaporozhets, the DevOps Platform GitLab is taking over Nasdaq and Times Square with a valuation of $12 billion read

Ukrainian Party.Space, a virtual event platform that is in between games and virtual events, has raised $1 million to scale up its metaverse-themed virtual events business. The round led by EQT Ventures, with participation TAVentures, Day one Capital, ICLUB – read

Facemoji, a plug-and-play tech platform to help game and app developers put avatar systems into their apps with the startup’s SDK, has raised a $3 million seed round led by Play Ventures, with participation from Twitter and Ukrainian Roosh Ventures, alongside some angel investors – read

The winners of the ІТ Arena 2021 Startup Competition: Mosqitter – $20000, Zeely – $18000, Caretech.human – $15000read

Kyivstar will possibly acquire a fixed-line operator, Datagroup. The deal may be worth about $100 million, it became known to UBR from informed sources – read

Ecosystem news:

Ukraine is joining the EU’s Horizon Europe research and innovation program, which has a budget of almost € 100 bln – read

Ukrainian biotech company A.D.A.M. will print human bones in the US. In 2018, Kwambio Ukrainian 3D printer manufacturer, together with WeFund Ventures presented their joint human bone and organ printing project ADAM. In August, 2020, FDA confirmed 510(k) eligibility for A.D.A.M. biopolymer and bioceramic bone implants. FDA clearance is expected in 2022 – read

Signing the memorandum of cooperation with key stakeholders which develop the Ukrainian tech ecosystem and push it forward via the project 360 Tech Ecosystem Overview: BRISE Capital, Center42, Ukrainian Startup Fund, Ministry of Digital transformation, SaaS Nation, TechUkraine, Ukrainian internet association – ІнАУ, LIFT99co, We Challenge, reactor.ua, Netpeak – read

On 11 October, representatives of business and government gathered at the EBA IT Conference by European Business Association to discuss the state of IT, tech education in Ukraine, prospects, and challenges of IT development – read

Key educational achievements in IT education for the 2015–2021 by IТ Ukraine Association: 12 systemic educational projects involving 72 companies and over 48,600 participants; educational conferences Synergy. IT Business & IT Education and IT Ukraine Education Summit – read

Kharkiv IT Cluster with the support of USAID Competitive economy program made the research of the labor market, softlanding for developers and tech specialists in Kharkiv – read 

During 7-9 of October in Lviv, ІТ Arena 2021 gathered global changemakers, the most inspiring thinkers, Ukrainian and international tech community, and key stakeholders of the sphere. TechUkraine visited 3rd day of the event and wrote the article with the reflections on it – read

The first-ever Ukrainian Pavilion at Web Summit 2021 unites domestic businesses, government institutions and tech-wired enthusiasts in order to present the booming Ukrainian tech ecosystem to the world – read

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution “On the Unified Ecological Platform EcoSystem” which defines EcoSystem as a national environmental automated information and analytical system integrated with the Diia portal. EcoSystem is designed to provide access to environmental information, as well as – effective electronic interaction between government, business and community to obtain administrative services in the field of environment protection – read

Within the 23rd Summit between Ukraine and the European Union, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen commended the significant development of Ukraine in the digital sphere and highlighted important aspects of joint activities in the future, including the introduction of 5G, which will help move closer to the EU internal market – read

Reports

CEE Software Development M&A report 2021 by AVentures Capital – read

Coming of age: Central and Eastern European startups by Google for Startups, Atomico, Dealroom – read

Via TechUkraine, VentureBit, TechCrunch, Forbes, KyivPost, dev.ua, AIN, Dealroom

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