This year, for the first time, Ukrainian had its booth at Web Summit. This huge tech conference took place in an offline format for the first time this year since before the pandemic.
The Ukrainian pavilion turned out to be “a huge success,” according to its organizers. Some 15,000 people visited it, which accounts from 40% of Web Summit’s participants.
More than 60 Ukrainian startups were showcased at the booth or featured otherwise at Web Summit. Among them were:
- Effa, which claims to be the first world’s 100% renewable and recyclable toothbrush made of paper, and took the main stage of the event;
- Reface, which also had its moment of glory as its CEO Dima Shvets gave a speech on how AI is changing the face of fashion, entertainment and music;
- Fondy, whose team said they took away 300+ contacts of potential clients and partners.
A presentation of the local tech ecosystem was attended by more than 200 people from over 20 countries.
UNIT.City CEO Dominique Piotet commented: “During the entire event, the Ukrainian pavilion was one of the most desirable places to attend. It’s so cool to see the Ukrainian community really coming together, empowering each other, and attracting reliable partners and talented people from all over the world”.
“We have the unique Diia ecosystem, the special legal regime for IT development called Diia City, e-Residency and other digital projects being developed and implemented in Ukraine. Ukraine’s first pavilion at Web Summit was extremely popular among the visitors, and there were no empty seats at events organized by the Ukrainian delegation. This confirms and shows that Ukraine can be trusted and should be here to start and develop business,” stated Oleksandr Bornyakov, Deputy Minister of Digital Transformation for IT Development.
- The Ukrainian booth and associated features were co-organized by the Ukrainian Startup Fund, the ministries of Digital Transformation and of Foreign Affairs, the Ukrainian embassy in Portugal, as well as Sigma Software Group, Ukrainian Hub, Еuropean Business Association and the iplace digital agency. The operation was supported by Avenga, Concord Fintech Solutions, Digital Future, Fondy, ISSP, IT Education Development, IT Ukraine, JKR Investment Group, Kyivstar, Parimatch Tech, Rocket, Softserve and UNIT.City.