Tech Funding News: This is how Ukrainian women in tech are helping defend the Russian invasion

For International Women’s Day, TFN spoke to Ukrainian women in tech, to find out how they are responding to the war, and how they would like the rest of the world to help. Wherever they were based, everyone we spoke to highlighted the immediacy of war.

  • Anastasiia Smyk, cofounder of Input Software — which supports airport operations — was participating in a Techstars acceleration programme in Turin and had returned to Ukraine for some meetings.
  • Kateryna Dobrynina, COO of virtual fitting solution AstraFit, apologised if the interview was a little chaotic, explaining, “I am in the basement because we expect them to start bombing us again at any moment.”
  • Anna Dziuba, VP of Delivery at tech outsourcing company Relevant Software, is based in western Ukraine, calling herself one of the ‘lucky ones’ because she is not waking to bombing. “If Putin’s goal is to destroy our economy, then it is our goal not to let that happen,” she says. “We urge foreign partners to stay and continue their cooperation with us.” She also praised those tech firms offering practical support to each other, for example Kyiv-based MacPaw Inc. 🇺🇦 which is providing free VPN to protect communication.

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  • Come Back Alive is one of the largest charitable foundations that supports Ukrainian soldiers, founded by the IT specialist Vitaliy Deynega. The organization collected more than 210 million UAH (more than $7M) in 2014. According to Na chasi, the Patreon page Come Back Alive is in the top ten projects by the number of financial donations.
  • Army SOS, which develops drones;
  • Everybody Can, an organization that supports internally displaced people;
  • Help on the Ministry of Defense website.