Heidi: How Ukraine become such a global IT hub in recent years?


No country in Europe produces as many technical high school graduates as Ukraine. Each year, 23,000 computer scientists and more than 130,000 general engineering specialists enter the job market. With no less than 240,000 talents in the IT sector, a figure which should rise to 450,000 by 2024. The country is home to 181 universities with faculties of technology, as well as 34 specialized schools.

How to explain that Ukraine has become in recent years such an IT hub at the global level? Heidi.news joined in Kyiv Nataly Veremeeva, director of TechUkraine, a platform which, as its name suggests, supports the country’s ecosystem. As the war rages on, she is first asked how she is doing. “It’s okay,” she answers on the phone. Right there, now, there is no explosion.”

Heidi.news talked to Nataly Veremeeva, Director of TechUkraine, to discover the tech industry development before war and how the innovation ecosystem is tackling the challenges in wartime.

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Support Ukraine!
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.


There are several other organizations to support:

  • Army SOS, which develops drones;
  • Everybody Can, an organization that supports internally displaced people;
  • Help on the Ministry of Defense website.