RFI: Ukraine startups at CES strive to help the nation triumph

 A dozen Ukrainian startups proudly showed off innovations at CES on Jan 6, striving to help their nation triumph economically as well as on the battlefield.

  • Gary Shapiro, President of the Consumer Technology Association, which runs CES: “I think it takes a lot of courage for our Ukrainian friends to be here. They have proven how they are protecting themselves against Russia; but they’re also very entrepreneurial.”
  • Karina Kudriavtseva, a project manager at the Ukrainian Startup Fund: “This is a chance to represent the Ukrainian ecosystem with pride and dignity. We are trying to save the startup ecosystem, to make it grow, even during the war.”
  • Vladyslav Konovets, CEO of a small robot and device company Nanit Robot: “When we created the startup, we were trying to focus on kids. But in the worst case situation, we cannot teach children locally because of the missile attacks and all that stuff.» While still developing educational toys, Nanit has been teaching programming to soldiers on the front. Skills learned will also be able to help soldiers find jobs after the war is ended.

Read more via Radio France Internationale 

Organization of the Ukrainian delegation at CES 2023 became possible due to the joint work of Ukrainian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (UVCA), Ukrainian Startup Fund with USAID Competitive Economy Program in Ukraine (USAID CEP), Western NIS Enterprise Fund, Global Innovation through Science and Technology and Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine. Information partner: TechUkraine.
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