Kharkiv is the second-largest and the most prosperous city in Ukraine. It is among the top 200 largest cities in the world, exceeding Munich in terms of population and just a little bit smaller than Barcelona. Explore and tap into Kharkiv!
About this city
The IT ecosystem of the city is formed by both IT business and educational institutions, coworking centres and the Kharkiv IT Cluster.
There are offices of more than 450 IT companies in Kharkiv, over 25 thousand specialists are employed in the IT sector; thus, the city is the second-largest IT centre in the country after Kyiv.
Kharkiv is a birthplace of the first Ukrainian unicorn GitLab.
The educational sector has here strong positions as well. Over 3,000 young IT specialists graduate annually from 18 technical universities and colleges, and the Kharkiv IT Cluster supports educational establishments, state and public ones.
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Coworking spaces and Hubs
The IT industry of Ukraine is snowballing, and this trend is particularly noticeable in Kharkiv. Besides working within IT companies, many people are working as freelancers. Therefore, the city opens more and more new coworking centres with excellent working conditions.
Kharkiv offers a wide variety of coworking spaces with comparable prices. Here are a few of them:
- Art Factory “MECHANICS”
- Coworking Club
- The Place Of
- Studio 42
- Karazin Student Hall
- Coworking Dollar
- Generator Space
In Kharkiv, there are many professional communities on various topics, driven by IT companies and Kharkiv IT Cluster. Here is a list of some of them:
- Junior Club
- Open IT
- Easy2Start IT Career
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- Development: Ciklum Speakers’ Corner, DevTime, IT Cloud Buzz, IT talk, IT webinars, OCF, Smart Club, TechTalk, Eat Dog; AI Club, Drupal Cafe, iThink, Java UG, Sync .NET, Python Community, ThinkJava, ThinkPHP, WordPress. QA: QAClub. Management: PM zone. HR, PR, Sales: Club IT HR-s Kharkiv, HR Party, Sales Club. Business: SoftSource, ValoStartup, CEO Club by Kharkiv IT Cluster (for Cluster members only)
Incubators and Accelerators
Here is a list of the most significant organizations which help Startups to grow in Kharkiv:
The Ministry of Justice of Ukraine has launched a website that helps to get information from the Unified State Register of Legal Entities, Individual Entrepreneurs and Public Associations entered by the state registrar.
The information about the state of entrepreneurship level, its role in the socio-economic development of the city, is available on the website.
Economic activities, which require an exclusive license, are conducted by the Law of Ukraine “On Licensing of Economic Activities.”
Permissions in the field of business
In addition to the legalization, licensing and patenting procedures for entrepreneurial activity, several regulatory permitting procedures for entrepreneurship is required by the current legislation of Ukraine. In the city of Kharkiv, all permissions are issued at the Administrative Services Center
To create a company in Kharkiv, you need a registration. To do this, you need to analyze the information, prepare the documentation and apply for it in the LLC. You can use IT professionals on the basis of an employment contract, or on the basis of a freelance agreement.
Kharkiv belongs to the cities with a stable level of development of entrepreneurial activity. Three years ago, the EBRD office began operating in Kharkiv with the aim at supporting small and medium-sized businesses.
Under Ukrainian legislation, Ukrainian residents pay taxes in Ukraine on their worldwide income, whereas non-residents are subject to taxation only in respect of their Ukrainian-source income. For a full overview of the Ukrainian Tax System check Tax Guide 2019.
Kharkiv has always been the most attractive place for investments in Ukraine.
The city is a leader among the regional centres of the country in terms of foreign direct investment due to international partners. The top ten investing countries include Poland and Germany, which account for 93.9% of the total investment funds.
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There are Ukrainian investment funds which deal with startups:
- Ukrainian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (UVCA)
- Ukrainian Startup Fund
- The Untitled Ventures
- UAngel Community of Ukrainian business angels
- AVentures Capital
- TA Ventures
- Western NIS Enterprise Fund
- Digital Future
- Wanna Biz
- Dragon Capital
- Horizon Capital
- Chernovetskyi Investment Group
- SMRK VC Fund
- Imperious Group
- TMT investments
- Almaz Capital
Check how to become an investor in Ukraine here.
Kharkiv is an exciting and most unique city. There are over 18 technical universities and colleges that train the best professionals in their field. A vast selection of specialities, which means that everyone can find a profession by vocation.
- NIX Solutions Education Department
- SoftServe IT Academy
- Telesens Academy
- Computer school Hillel
- A-Level Ukraine
- Beetroot Academy
- Computer Academy STEP
- Ukrainian IT School
- IT Cloud Academy
- QAClub Pioneer
- PM School
- EPAM University Program
- GL BaseCamp
- Oracle Academy
- Sigma Software University
- TeamDev Java Classes
- Source iT
- Regional IT Center
- Training Center “Planet of Knowledge”
- The educational center Quantor V
- Asset service
- Seo Education
- Golden Web
- Star Industry
- WizArt 3D School
- Oscar Design Academy
- Doctrina, IT
- Hello World
- Motion Design School
Kharkiv State Universities with Tech programmes inside:
- National Aerospace University. Me Zhukovsky “Kharkiv Aviation Institute”
- National Technical University “Kharkiv Polytechnical Institute”
- Kharkiv Educational And Scientific Institute Of Shei “Banking University
- Kharkiv National University Of Economics
- Kharkiv National University Of Construction And Architecture
- Kharkiv National University Of V.N. Karazin
- Kharkiv National University Of Municipality On The Name Of Om Beketova
- Kharkiv National University Of Radioelectronics
- Kharkiv National University Of The Air Force After Ivan Kozheduba
- Ukrainian State University Of Railway Transport
- Kharkiv National Technical University Of Agriculture In The Name Of Peter Vasylenko
- Kharkiv National University Of Internal Affairs
- “Private Higher Education Institute” Kharkiv Technological University “Step”
- Kharkiv State Academy Of Culture
- Kharkiv Trade And Economic Institute Of The Kiev National Trade And Economic University
- Kharkiv State Academy Of Design And Arts
- H.S. Skovoroda Kharkiv National Pedagogical University
- Kharkiv National Automobile Road University
- Ukrainian Engineering And Pedagogical Academy
In Kharkiv, there are more and more IT specialists, as well as new IT companies that need them. It is for this reason that individual platforms have been created on which you can leave your application for a job search, or the company can put up a specialist search for a specific vacancy. If you want to do so, welcome to the platform data:
Kharkiv supporting organizations
- Reform Office Kharkiv
- Management of innovative development and image projects Department of Family, Youth and Sports of Kharkiv City Council.
- Department of Economics and International Relations of Kharkiv Regional State Administration.
Country-level supporting organizations