Sifted: Candlelight, Starlink and power generators: how to run a startup with no electricity

For Ukrainian founders, access to investors or talent are a problem for another day — first they need to have running electricity and internet. Here’s how they’re coping

  • Stakh Vozniak, СЕО of Cargofy: “Everyone has already adapted to the constant blackouts. The team hasn’t lost its fighting spirit — people try to face the current challenges with a sense of humour.”
  • It’s perhaps this attitude that’s made Ukraine’s startup ecosystem so resilient this year. The country’s IT sector was the only industry in Ukraine to grow in 2022.
  • Ukraine has even minted two new unicorns since February, when the war began — airSlate and Unstoppable Domains (both are headquarters in the US) — while Preply, a language learning platform, raised $50m to scale up globally.

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