Mobile Ukraine

Vietnamese mobile operator Viettel may invest in 3G network in Ukraine

Vietnamese company Viettel is interested in the development of the 3G network in Ukraine, said Alexey Shovkoplyas, Ukrainian ambassador to Vietnam, as reported by Ukrainian online publication Inventure.

Viettel is prepared to invest $1 billion towards the development of their own network and would like to obtain licenses for the GSM-1800 (10 MHz), GSM-900 (5 MHz), and UMTS-frequency (10 MHz) bands. The company would also like to offer Internet service, for which it wants to build a 60,000km cable network.

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IT Forum

Zaporizhia plays host to nationwide tech conference

Earlier this month Zaporizhia (Zaporozhye), a city of 770,000 inhabitants in southeastern Ukraine, hosted the first edition of the IT Forum tech conference. Despite being held only 300 kilometers from war-torn Donbass, the atmosphere at the event was peaceful and business-oriented.

The convention stood apart with its rich program and the youthful makeup of its attendees. However, other age groups were also represented at the event, attracting even elderly attendees.

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Oleksandr Olshanskiy

IT pioneer announces candidacy for parliament with holistic vision for army and economy

The prominent founder of a popular domain name registrar and website hosting company is running for a seat in parliament as an independent candidate. The information technology pioneer, Oleksandr Olshanskiy, didn’t specify in which of the 225 single-mandate races he would run. Initially, he said he expected to get elected under the UDAR party ticket led by Kyiv mayor and retired boxing champion Vitaliy Klitschko, according to a Sept. 11 interview with the Kyiv Post.

Olshanskiy’s announcement comes on the heels of other visible technology business professionals joining politics. Among them are the former head of Microsoft Ukraine Dmytro Shymkiv, who in July became the deputy head of President Petro Poroshenko’s administration, and Viktor Galasyuk, who recently became an economic adviser to Radical Party leader Oleh Lyashko after heading the Bionic Hill innovation park project.

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Online ad platform ClickGanic raises $300,000 and prepares itself for international expansion

Last month, ClickGanic, an online ad platform based in Kyiv (Kiev) and launched in February of this year, secured a $300,000 investment from business angel Evgeny Medvednikov and Clickky, an internationally oriented Ukrainian company offering a mobile app marketing platform.

The deal valued ClickGanic at $557,000 (pre-money), 24-year-old co-founder Evgeny Kukharchuk told Ukraine Digital News. The startup had previously raised $20,000 in smart money from Odessa-based startup incubator WannaBiz.

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New online map aims to provide Ukrainian tech players with international visibility

The past few months have seen the emergence of several initiatives aimed at raising Ukraine’s visibility on the global high-tech map – Ukraine Digital News not being the least. Another one is Mappedinua, an English-language, user-generated map of the Ukrainian digital and IT scene launched in mid-August.

Apparently inspired by Israeli start-up map MappedInIsrael, Mappedinua is the brainchild of Ilia Kenigshtein, a tech entrepreneur and investor splitting his life between Ukraine and Israel, and Ivan Pasichnik, the CEO of Ecois, an internationally-oriented Ukrainian startup.

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Ukrainian tech sector to showcase its emerging talent in San Francisco

In a case of East meets West, the most dynamic representatives of Ukraine’s emerging tech industry are set to gather in the USA at the breakthrough Ukraine Tech Gem conference. The event will be held in San Francisco this Thursday at the Hyatt Regency hotel in partnership with Ukraine Digital News.

Ukraine has become one of the most efficient and cost-effective IT outsourcing markets in Europe, with the local outsourcing sector set to reach $4 billion in value by 2016. A well-educated and innovative IT workforce has attracted some of the world’s leading tech companies. Samsung, Huawei, Siemens, NetCracker and others have developed R&D centers in Ukraine.

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Digital Future

Oleksii Vitchenko launches seed-stage startup investment fund

Ukrainian entrepreneur Oleksii Vitchenko has launched Digital Future, a new investment company which analyses the Ukrainian startup landscape, seeks out the best new projects and takes them to the global market.

Digital Future invests in startups at various stages of development, focusing on e-commerce, digital marketing and mobile technology. The company usually looks to invest from $25,000 for a 10-15% stake.

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IDCEE 2014

IDCEE launches Social Entrepreneurship Hackathon

IDCEE, the leading international tech event in Eastern Europe held in Kyiv (Kiev) each October, invites entrepreneurs from all countries to participate in IDCEE Social Entrepreneurship Hackathon, co-organized together with SocialBoost. 

In a changing world social responsibility has become a key issue not only for big corporations, more and more entrepreneurs strive to be socially responsible these days. This is why IDCEE launches, for the first time, its Social Entrepreneurship Hackathon with the aim to collaborate intensively, create and develop innovative solutions to the most pressing social problems.

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Andrew Pavliv

N-iX founder Andrew Pavliv: “The unrest in Eastern Ukraine has affected new potential clients’ attitude, even though we’re feeling safe one thousand miles away”

Launched in 2002 and enjoying a strong partnership with Novell since 2003, N-iX has developed into a sizable IT outsourcing company in Lviv (Lvov) in the quiet Western part of Ukraine. Its founder Andrew Pavliv told Ukraine Digital News how his international clients react to the current situation in Ukraine and about the threats and opportunities that these tensions entail for the local IT industry.

He also shared his vision of the country’s future – which will be made more prosperous and socially more mature, according to him, thanks to the development of an internationally connected high-tech industry.

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US startup with Ukrainian IT team acquired by Rakuten

Last week, investment firm Siguler Guff announced the sale of Slice, a company in its portfolio, to Japanese online retailer Rakuten. Slice has developed an app that allows online shoppers to track their orders, manage their purchase history and analyze their online spending.

The project maintains a direct connection to Ukraine, as the main part of the Slice engineering team works out of Odessa, as reported by Ukrainian tech blog AIN.UA.

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