Hardware & Electronics

Ukrainian startup Ecoisme gets in Richard Branson’s accelerator, secures new investment from business angels

Earlier this month, Ukrainian energy-management startup Ecoisme was selected to participate in the Virgin Media Accelerator program, an initiative of Richard Branson in partnership with US incubator TechStars and Liberty Global Ventures. Ecoisme is the only startup from the region to be chosen among other applicants from 71 countries, as reported by Ukrainian tech blog …

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Ukrainian-American startup raises $2.6 million to “make lives better for pet parents and their pets”

Earlier this month Ukrainian-American startup Petcube, which has developed an interactive device to keep people connected with their pets, announced that it raised $2.6 million in its second round of funding. The round was led by Almaz Capital, an international venture fund with Russian origins, with the participation of AVentures Capital, a leading Ukrainian fund, and Y Combinator, …

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Ukrainian electronics producer aims to capitalize on patriotism

When Impression Electronics, a brand of Ukrainian-made gadgets, started selling computers in 1997, the must-have computing device was a bulky tower-style desktop with a CD-RW drive and an Intel Pentium II processor. Nineteen years later, Impression Electronics still makes hardware, devices that weren’t even a glint in an inventor’s eye back in the late 1990s …

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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 …

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Microlectronics developer teaches to overcome shortage of qualified HR

Ukraine has more than 50,000 software engineers in the information technology industry. Also, according to the Brainbench rating of 2013, the nation ranked third in the number of certified master-level IT specialists among 50 countries. But it’s not strong everywhere. The nation suffers a deficit of sufficiently qualified specialists in high-tech electronic engineering.

Ukrainian developers offer rival player to Apple’s iTunes

For most users of Apple gadgets, iTunes, the pre-installed Apple media player, is the obvious go-to application for listening to music. More discerning music lovers who want high-quality playback in all types of audio formats, might find the Ukrainian-developed VOX app a better solution. The audio player had been downloaded 1 million times worldwide, and …

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Mastercard contactless payments introduced in Kyiv’s subway

Kyiv (Kiev) became the fifth city in the world on June 19 to let MasterCard holders pay for subway rides with cards that have chips using the so-called PayPass technology. Kyivsky Metropoliten, the city-owned company that manages Kyiv’s subway system, installed 17 turnstiles with MasterCard payment terminals, according to a June 19 company news release. Only London, …

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EcoisMe launches smart energy-management device, over reaches crowdfunding target

Ecoisme, a Ukrainian startup which moved its headquarters last year to Poland, has launched its device to “track energy usage of any device, get tips to reduce it and alerts about devices left turned on.” Presented as “the world’s most intelligent home energy monitoring system,” the Ecoisme device is currently available on Indiegogo, where it …

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Two Ukrainian startups join TechStars in Boston, with Kwambio obtaining $650,000

Two Ukrainian startups, Kwambio and GVMachines, have entered the 3-month-long summer program at the TechStars accelerator in Boston, joining a class that includes 12 teams from various countries. Ukrainian tech blog AIN.UA has learned that Kwambio has also obtained $650,000 from TechStars and business angels. The amount of investment for GVMachines has not been reported.

Ukrainian smart home-security startup raises $1 million from local fund SMRK

After falling by nearly half last year, is the Ukrainian venture market showing some signs of recovery? Just weeks after Clickky, a mobile-marketing app service headquartered in Odessa, raised $2 million, here comes Ajax Systems, maker of smart devices for home security, announcing that they have raised $1 million from SMRK. This injection of capital …

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