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.
TechUkraine has attracted top talent to its team. Nataly Veremeeva is the Tech Ukraine 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.
Supervisory Board includes Ruben Nieuwenhuis, a Startup Amsterdam founder, has launched over 40 platforms and helped make Amsterdam one of the top 3 European tech hubs, and Nataliya Mykolska, former Trade Representative of Ukraine – Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade, Co-founder at SheExports Platform and Trade+ Center.
Strategic advisors: Emilie Verbunt, Head of Dutch Basecamp, and Olesya Zaluska, Deputy Chief of Party at USAID Competitive Economy Program.
The leads of the platforms are highly experienced representatives of the Ukrainian tech ecosystem: Inna Stelmakh, Alissa Ban’kovska, Stas Petriv, Iryna Supruniuk, Mykola Slobodyan, Maksym Grant. Advisory Board: Yegor Chernev, Olga Afanasyeva, Olga Shapoval, Ivan Pohrebniyak, Alexandra Govorukha, Evgenia Shalenko.
“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, 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!