Microsoft launches Internet-of-Things laboratory in Kyiv

Microsoft Ukraine has launched an Internet of Things (IoT) laboratory, as reported earlier this month by Ukrainian tech blog AIN.UA. Ukrainian projects willing to work in this field will be selected to receive an equipped working space to study and work.

A six-month preparation cycle will include training, working on a product and its demonstration, supplier and manufacturer management. “As an output, we want each team to have a client to buy its product and a signed contract with a manufacturer to produce it,” said Sergey Poplavsky, the project supervisor and an IT professional, in an exchange with AIN.UA.

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How disruptive fintech and healthtech companies find industry and technology expertise in Ukraine

“The Rise of FinTech – New York’s Opportunity for Tech Leadership,” a report by Accenture and the Partnership Fund for New York City, has recently revealed that global investment in fintech endeavors tripled to nearly $3 billion in 2013 from approximately $1 billion in 2008. According to The Economist, in 2014 fintech firms attracted $12 billion in investment, while Goldman Sachs estimates revenues in the sector to have been worth $4.7 trillion.

Health technologies also have seen an astounding growth rate, with roughly $2.8 billion invested in healthcare technologies through the second quarter of 2015, according to a study from Startup Health.

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Digital Monkey 2015

Online marketing conference to gather key industry players in Kyiv

Online marketing conference Digital Monkey 2015 will be held on December 11 in Kyiv (Kiev) at the Fedoriv Hub to bring together representatives of top digital and advertising agencies, freelancers, PR managers and designers.

Dedicated to the present and future of online marketing in Ukraine, the program will feature reports, a hackathon, a discussion panel and a party.

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Flyer Center

Ukraino-Slovenian printing solution provider secures $1.2 million to launch in US market

Tisk na Spletu, a provider of online printing solutions, has secured $1.2 million from Konstantin Puppo, a Ukrainian businessman from the printing industry, and an unnamed American investor. As reported by Ukrainian tech blog AIN.UA, the two investors will receive a 60% stake in Flyer Center, an innovative printing project which Tisk na Spletu intends to launch in the US market.

Flyer Center will use a technology developed in 2013 by Tisk na Spletu. Christened, this technology automates all the stages of the online printing process, from ordering to delivering the printed material.

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Education ministry teams up with Google to launch platform for Ukrainian inventors

The Institute of Education Content Modernization, a branch of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, has joined forces with Google Ukraine to develop an online platform dedicated to Ukrainian inventors. Christened “Ideas that change the world,” the platform was presented earlier this month at Google Day Ukraine 2015.

Allowing anyone to suggest a bright idea and find like-minded people to implement it, the platform aims to create a community of Ukrainian inventors. It is available in Ukrainian language only.

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Balkan Venture Forum invites Ukrainian startups to participate in its 7th Edition

Balkan Venture Forum (BkVF), one of the most influential Balkan event on innovation and entrepreneurship, cordially invites Ukrainian startups to participate in its 7th edition which will take place in Zagreb, Croatia on December 3-4, 2015.

Aiming to showcase top innovation startups to regional and global investors, the event will feature pitching sessions and exceptional networking opportunities for all attendees. Over 100 active investors are expected to attend with the aim to meet startups.

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Ukrainian camera flash iBlazr lands in Apple Stores

iBlazr 2, a flash add-on for mobile devices, is now available in 108 official Apple retail outlets in Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the UK.

This technology has been developed by Concepter, a Ukrainian startup — a unique case so far in Apple’s retail network.

Manufactured in China, iBlazr 2 describes itself as “The World’s Most Ultimate Wireless Flash” for iPhone, iPad, Android devices and digital cameras (synced with native camera apps).

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Soros fund invests in software engineering company Ciklum to help Ukraine “break from the past”

The Ukrainian Redevelopment Fund, a private investment vehicle launched by US businessman and philanthropist George Soros earlier this year, has announced its acquisition of “a significant equity stake” in Ciklum, a major software engineering company operating globally from its main office in Kyiv (Kiev).

The Ukrainian Redevelopment Fund is set to acquire the entire stake held by Horizon Capital, a leading Ukrainian private equity fund manager, as well as an undisclosed portion of the stake held by Majgaard Holdings Ltd. No capital injection is taking place.

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Global Pioneers invites startups and investors to Kyiv conference on November 28

As part of Global Pioneers, a major European startup and investor conference series, PioneersKyiv will hold its second edition on November 28 in Kyiv (Kiev). Eight startups will pitch to a board of experts with a chance to get a ticket to the Pioneers Festival to be held in March 2016 in Vienna.

Among these experts will be Dimitri Podoliev, co-founder of the Seed Forum Eastern Europe Foundation and of the iHUB Network; Viktor Kompaneyets, Head of venture investments at Digital Future; Michael Ryabokon, COO at Noosphere Global; MagneticOne founder Ruslan Savchyshyn and UAngel Executive Director Regina Makhotina.

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Ukrainian-Polish startup valued at $5 million in deal with UK fund

Prof.Estate, a startup developing real estate solutions with its main office in Kyiv (Kiev), has raised a seed-stage financing round from Forum Capital, a London-based investment banking firm, and other unnamed investors. Although the amount of the transaction has not been disclosed, the startup’s CEO Andrzej Olejnik told Ukrainian tech blog AIN.UA that Prof.Estate has been valued at $5 million.

Prof.Estate defines itself as “a real estate promotion and technology company” aiming to “upgrade the industry.” Operating in seven countries, it provides digital-marketing services and technical solutions allowing brokers, home-sellers and real estate developers to lower customer acquisition costs.

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