Earlier this month, the state-backed Ukrainian Startup Fund (USF) announced the winners of the 21th and 22th editions of its Pitch Day. The jury selected 11 startups among 22 applicants. Winners received $25,000 and $50,000 grants totaling $350,000.
Eight startups at the pre-seed stage received $25,000 grants:
- VR Inn., a full-body, free-roam VR content marketplace for location based entertainment;
- V-Art, which delivers high-quality lighting projects, architectural 3D visualization, and CAD plans using cutting-edge technologies;
- HoldYou, an online psychological help service;
- Symptomatical, a platform that helps organizations monitor team’s health;
- Checki, a smart electronic check service;
- Biobetter, a virtual biohacking assistant;
- My1stJob, a platform designed for youth employment;
- Mobiform, a platform that connects buyers, sellers and manufacturers of furniture.
Three other startups at the seed stage received $50,000 grants:
- Tradomatic, an agro-marketplace
- GIOS Mobile, an AI mobile application for learning math and critical thinking;
- Dots Platform, an IT platform for food delivery.
A few days later, the USF announced the results of the 23rd edition of the Pitch day. The winners were:
- Effa, a startup that makes 100% renewable and recyclable toothbrush made of paper;
- Caretech.human, an innovative IoT solution for continuous automatic health screening and early-stages disease detection from home;
- Smart Reader, whose gamified online platform teaches children to read fast;
- Fiway, a startup that creates Wi-Fi routers for vehicles.
Launched in 2019 and funded by the government, the Ukrainian Startup Fund aims to provide smart money to Ukrainian startups in the form of grants.