Yesterday in Warsaw Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Alphabet Inc., announced several steps for support Ukraine and Ukrainian tech in wartime:
- To help the humanitarian aid efforts on the ground in Central and Eastern Europe, Google.org and Googlers have committed over $35 million in funding and in-kind support. This includes support for organizations focused on people in Ukraine, like Nova Ukraine and Fight for Right, as well as nonprofits supporting refugees in bordering countries, such as The Polish Center for International Aid, Hungarian Interchurch Aid, Romanian Red Cross, and People in Need in Slovakia.
- Today we’re also announcing a new grant for refugees with disabilities, as well as a grant and Google.org Fellowship to Tech To The Rescue, a young Polish nonprofit that connects tech companies and expert volunteers with humanitarian aid organizations to help solve technical needs.
- Today we’re committing an additional $10 million for this effort, including new partnerships with think tanks and civil society organizations to conduct region-specific research into misinformation and disinformation, as well as cash grants to support fact-checking networks and nonprofits.
- Just last year we opened our new office in Warsaw, hired over 350 people and launched a Google Cloud region in Poland. And earlier this month we announced a $700 million investment in the purchase and development of The Warsaw HUB, a modern office complex in the heart of Poland’s capital city.
Google for Startups launched the non-dilutive $5 million Ukraine Support Fund that will be allocated across approximately 50 Ukrainian-founded companies throughout 2022, coupled with Cloud credits and support from Google mentors.
This equity-free financial investment and hands-on support are designed to help Ukrainian entrepreneurs maintain and grow their startups, strengthen their community and build a foundation for post-war economic recovery. The fund will be operated by HugeThing.vc
Who is eligible to apply:
- Startups must be founded and based in Ukraine before February 24th 2022
- Must be post-MVP stage with proven traction (product in market/ pilots/ early revenue)
- Companies with a social impact mission will be prioritized
- Founders that will use the non-dilutive cash award to:
- Continue growth/resume business operations impacted due to war
- Pivot product to address new challenges and current crisis
- 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.