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!


Shapoval Olga
Executive director

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.

Tap into Kharkiv Tech ecosystem!


Here selected links to dive into the Kharkiv startup ecosystem: Kharkov, NewsRoom,,  AIN, MC Today, NA ChasiBusiness Ukraine, DOU,Vector media.

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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:


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:  

Incubators and Accelerators

Here is a list of the most significant organizations which help Startups to grow in Kharkiv:  

Doing Business

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

Settling as a Founder

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.

Access to Capital

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.

Explore more reasons to invest in Kharkiv.

There are Ukrainian investment funds which deal with startups:

Check how to become an investor in Ukraine here.

Access to Talent


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.  

IT schools

Kharkiv State Universities with Tech programmes inside:

Job boards

 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:

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