The Ukraine tech sector is showing incredible resilience in the face of the Russian invasion. Director of TechUkraine Nataly Veremeeva explains to Silicon Luxembourg how individuals are harnessing this tech knowhow to fight back.
Tell us about Tech Ukraine. What is it and when was it founded?
Tech Ukraine is an NGO whose objective is to develop the Tech Ukraine ecosystem. It started as a result of the export strategy for the Ukraine IT sector established by the ministry for economic development and trade. We did this in 2018-19 with support from the GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH), the German government fund. We gathered ideas from stakeholders about what was missing and what needs to be done and about 150 stakeholders joined. Ruben Nieuwenhuis, the ecosystem builder and architect from the Netherlands, who developed Startup Amsterdam and the Techleap.nl platform, helped us to shape 12 initiatives to help the ecosystem grow. We adopted three: the portal techukraine.org, our startup in residence initiative and internationalisation readiness programmes.
On the news we see people leaving Ukraine en masse. How is the tech sector coping with the current situation?
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.