Despite the ongoing conflict in the region, international VCs are more interested than ever in CEE startups
- The war in Ukraine hasn’t dampened VCs’ interest in central and eastern Europe. Investment is up in the region in the first half of this year, compared to the first half of 2021 — up from $1.4bn to $3.2bn.
- Monte Davis, Demium’s CEO: “The war affected our plan, not our commitment.”
- Iryna Supruniuk, communication lead at TechUkraine: “It’s a really hard time for Ukrainian startups but founders and teams keep working, demonstrate resilience, strive to scale up and become better.”
- Cem Sertoglu, a partner at the Earlybird Venture Capital’s Digital East Fund: “The resilience of the Ukrainian tech industry was mind-blowing. This is a testament to the quality and the work ethic of the talent in the region.“
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