From dignitaries to sporting heroes and start-ups, one country has certainly made an impact at this year’s Web Summit in Lisbon: Ukraine.
- The country may be in a state of conflict but its representatives have been determined to make their presence felt either remotely or in person at this year’s event. Close to 60 Ukrainian startups have made the journey to Lisbon to promote new products in the fields of lifestyle, recycling and Web.3.0.
- Companies like Victoria Repa’s lifestyle firm Better Me have focused on product development, with a view to expand their business internationally. It’s a sector they think will be crucial in the years ahead: “I think it’s one of the most important parts of the rebuilding, because if we talk about technology, there are 250,000 people today in the tech sector. And it’s estimated that it will double in the next two years. So it’s a really fast growing sector of the economy,” she tells CGTN Europe.
- Agricultural and metal exports have traditionally been some of the biggest industries in Ukraine, but recently released figures from Ukraine’s National Bank show that the tech industry generates over $3 billion a year – making it an emerging major player.
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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.
- MacPaw Development Fund
- Army SOS, which develops drones;
- Everybody Can, an organization that supports internally displaced people;
- Help on the Ministry of Defense website.