TechUkraine

TechUkraine is a new platform focused on supporting Ukraine’s fast-growing tech ecosystem. It will be driving the cooperation of ecosystem leaders, government officials, business partners and donors to further support Tech and to spread the word.

TechUkraine grew from recommendations gathered under the IT Sector focus during the work on the Export Strategy for IT Sector 2019-2023, initiated by the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine.

TechUkraine’s program will focus on sharing knowledge about the startup ecosystem, creating new platforms in the ecosystem and connecting Ukrainian top startups with global cities, international investors and programs by numerous platform. Check the presentation of TechUkraine here.

About Ukrainian Tech Sector

Ukrainian IT sector is very promising for the country and is one of the priority directions for the economic development in the country.  It has grown significantly over the last few years and is now estimated as $4.5 bln in exports, approximately 160,000 IT professionals and more than 4000 companies.

Since 2013, Ukrainian IT companies have received over $1 billion in investments, making Ukraine one of the top funding destinations in CEE.

According to StartupBlink Ecosystem report 2019, Kyiv as a startup city has skyrocketed to 34th position (from 63rd in 2018) out of 1000 cities, outstripping the startup ecosystems of Helsinki, Munich, and Dublin.

TechUkraine will further enforce the Ukrainian ecosystem development by increasing cooperation and coordination among all ecosystem players.

Inspiration & Advisory

TechUkraine is inspired by the example of Startup Amsterdam and is fortunate to have the active participation of Mr Ruben Nieuwenhuis, whose approach is very concisely described in his book “The StartupCity”.

Ruben is an entrepreneur, former director of StartupAmsterdam and a driving force in the development of leading Dutch startup platforms & tech clusters via a catalyst program: StartupDelta. Now he is guiding tech ecosystems around the world to grow stronger and internationally connected. Ruben is an Advisor of TechUkraine project aimed to build the flourishing tech ecosystem in Ukraine.”

“Ukraine can be proud of its great Tech potential. With TechUkraine it proves that stakeholders country-wide can unite to collaborate in growing towards Ukraine being a leading global tech-hub”, said Ruben Nieuwenhuis, Advisor for TechUkraine.

About Talents

TechUkraine has attracted top talent to its team. Nataly Veremeeva is the Tech Ukraine Program Office Director and National Coordinator of Export Strategy for IT Sector; Olesya Zaluska is a Strategic Advisor and was Navigator of the Export Strategy of Ukraine in 2017-2019 and Ivan Pohrebniak, will be a Project Management Advisor.

International advisors include Ruben Nieuwenhuis, a Startup Amsterdam founder and Head of Dutch Basecamp, Isabel Brouwer. Ruben has launched over 40 platforms and helped make Amsterdam one of top 3 European tech hubs.

The leads of the platforms are highly experienced representatives of Ukrainian tech ecosystem: Deborah Fairlamb, Alissa Ban’kovska, Inna Stelmakh, Alexandra Govorukha. Project assistants: Stas Petriv and Anastasiia Kondratiuk. Advisors to Program office: Yegor Chernev, Ivan Pohrebniyak, Olesya Zaluska, Khrystyna Popovych.

“Ukrainian Tech Ecosystem already achieved significant results. But to achieve truly greatest ones, we need a strategic approach and cooperation of key ecosystem players. And this is exactly what we plan to initiate at TechUkraine”, said Nataly Veremeeva, Program Office Director of TechUkraine.

We believe we are creating a great story of Government and Business working together to achieve a truly significant goal – Ukraine: an innovation-driven, universally recognized tech destination that delivers high value for the global economy. Good luck to the new platform!

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What is the challenge?

Every ecosystem at every stage of its existence has its specific challenges. Despite the dramatic growth of Ukraine Tech Ecosystem, it has a lot of areas longing for improvement. So there is a demand for a strategic complex approach to problem-solving and increased cooperation and coordination among key ecosystem players.

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How does it start?

TechUkraine is a spin-off from the Export Strategy of Ukraine for ICT Sector, initiated by the MEDT (Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine), supported by the GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH) and realized according to the ITC methodology

It is inspired by the example of Startup Amsterdam with the active participation of Mr Ruben Nieuwenhuis. His approach is very concisely described in his The StartupCity book.

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Founding Partner

The first stage of the project is supported by the German government through Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

Benjamin Klinger Director of the GIZ Programme “Promotion of a Supportive Framework for Trade” said “We are happy to support the TechUkraine platform within our activities to support implementation of the Export Strategy of Ukraine: Strategic Trade Development Roadmap for 2017-2021 and hope that it will contribute to the strengthening of the IT Sector in Ukraine”.

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What will be the results?

TechUkraine will be a solid foundation which strengthens, embraces, supports, lifts and connects all ecosystem players by means of joint launching ecosystem initiatives, solving various tasks of further development of Ukraine Tech Ecosystem. Right now we started with 3 initiatives, with a couple in the pipeline and more to come.

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