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Investment in Ukrainian IT companies triple in 2017 — Aventures Capital
Total investment in Ukrainian IT companies reached $265 million in 2017, which is a 3.3-fold increase from 2016, according to a report of AVentures Capital after the publication of The Dealbook of Ukraine drafted in partnership with the Ukrainian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (UVCA), Ukrainian business angels network UAngels and Ukraine Digital News association.
How we built New Ukraine in Davos
2 years ago, Ukraine was excluded from the official program of the World Economic Forum in Davos. 2 years ago the world was tired of hearing about our war and corruption. But then I realized that we cannot lose our voice in Davos and it was time to act. I have been in Davos since 2008, when I was recognized by the Forum as the YGL (Young global leader) from Ukraine. That’s why I saw how other countries are representing themselves, what kind of events are carried out by them, including in an unofficial program. By my initiative, we in the UVCA (Ukrainian Ventures Capital & Private Equity Association) began to act — to prepare the Ukrainian House.
CoreValue Receives Minority Investment from AVentures Capital
CoreValue, an Ukraine-based IT outsourcing company, received a minority investment from AVentures Capital. The amount of the deal was not disclosed. In conjunction with the funding, Yevgen Sysoyev, managing partner of AVentures Capital, joined the BoD at CoreValue. The company intends to use the funds to continue its growth path.
The Ukraine House initiative at the 2018 World Economic Forum in Switzerland was an ambitious attempt to transform international perceptions of the country by placing the emphasis firmly on Ukrainian innovation and investment opportunities
Andrey Kolodyuk talks us through the development of the Ukraine House concept and explains why it was so important to present the best of the new Ukraine to the global elite as they gathered in the Swiss Alps this January.
First Ukraine House to open at World Economic Forum in Davos
Ukraine will increase its visibility at the World Economic Forum, an annual gathering of the global elite — politicians, activists and busines executives — in Davos, Switzerland, with the opening this year of the first Ukraine House Davos.
The organizer — the Ukrainian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (UVCA) — hopes that Ukraine House Davos, which will promote Ukraine as a technology partner, will lead to new projects and investments, according to the chairman of the Ukraine House Davos supervisory board, Andriy Kolodyuk.
PRIME MINISTER SUPPORTED UVCA FUND-OF-FUNDS INITIATIVE IN TERMS OF PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP
On July 21 Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman met with Ukrainian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (UVCA). Interests of investors at the meeting were presented by Olga Afanasyeva (Executive Director of UVCA), Lenna Koszarny (UVCA Supervisory Board member, Founder and CEO of Horizon Capital) and Andriy Kolodyuk (Chairman of UVCA Supervisory Board, Managing Partner of AVentures Capital). You can find main topics of the discussion and results by the link.
UVCA: AGGREGATE ESTIMATE OF UKRAINIAN PRODUCT IT COMPANIES EXCEEDS $2.5 BLN
The sector of Ukrainian product IT companies thanks to a rapid growth in recent years in terms of cost became comparable with the sector of outsourcing IT companies and has a significant potential of growth in the light of experience accumulated, the formation of an appropriate business environment and a high interest of investors
INVESTING IN UKRAINE IS PROFITABLE
I feel that it is important for the world to have a truthful opinion about Ukraine, primarily about investment opportunities and the prospects for their development.
Ukraine’s tech ecosystem equation: Product + Outsourcing = ?
“Creating an enterprise software startup with a team of 20 people working for at least two years requires at least $10 million in the US. In Ukraine, the same team for the same time span will cost 10 times less. Just think about it. It is possible to raise $1 million in the US, develop the product here and then return with the developed product to sell it in the US.”
Bootstrapping Ukraine’s tech revolution, one startup at a time
Ukraine has been searching for a national idea for many years. Now the national idea for everyone is to build a company, how to build something out of Ukraine. It’s not like it’s happening overnight, but tech is the bridge between the old Ukraine and the new Ukraine.
Divan.tv sees opportunity from Ukraine, no threat from Netflix
Changes in the Ukrainian legal framework for media could give a boost to OTT services, according to Andrey Kolodyuk, founder of OTT service Divan.TV.
Speaking to Digital TV Europe at Digital TV CEE, Kolodyuk also said that Netflix was unlikely to make much headway in Ukraine because of its lack of local content and high price.
PARTICIPANTS OF UKRAINIAN TECH EXPO IN FRAMES OF CES 2017 HAVE BEEN CHOSEN
The first time at the International Consumer Electronic Show (CES), that takes place every year in Las Vegas, Ukraine will exhibit its national Tech Expo. The participants of Ukrainian Expo zone were chosen on October 12th via conducting the UVCA Startup Challenge: CES Edition, that was organized by Ukrainian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (UVCA) jointly with Western NIS Enterprise Fund (WNISEF).
25 trailblazing business leaders in Ukraine
The Kyiv Post has drawn up a list of 25 top businesspeople who are running, or who have successfully run a business in Ukraine. The newspaper excluded the nation’s richest people from this list, preferring to emphasize people who created new wealth and ideas rather than those who made their fortunes simply by acquiring Soviet assets in non-competitive and non-transparent–some would simply say rigged – privatizations. The list also attempts to reward those who have shown commitment to a high degree of business ethics and community involvement.
As it is known, in January of this year the development of high-tech sector in Ukraine was declared to have the priority place.
Ukrainian Private Equity and Venture Capital overview 2015 was presented
It is important to show to global community Ukrainian investment market’s achievements as well as ambitions regarding development. Thanks to the outlook, Ukrainian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (UVCA) continues to build strong relationships with recipients, this is an essential factor that proves that the industry does not just exist, but also developing. Read more…
SVOD 2016 INTERVIEW ANDRIY KOLODYUK
During this SVOD 2016 were many meetings, pitches, interviews, conferences e.t.c. While we`re working on the full report about this trip you can watch one of the interview. To watch...
THE BEST UKRAINIAN STARTUP WAS CHOSEN TO PRESENT IN SILLICON VALLEY
On April 21, UVCA (Ukrainian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association) with the support of WNISEF Fund hosted the final of start-ups competition. The winner will represent Ukraine at the international competition SVOD (Silicon Valley Open Doors) — one of the largest start-up world conference that will take place in May 25-26 in Mountain View. Read more…
BrainBasket launches the first Ukrainian TV channel about IT — BrainTV
As an expert in the telecommunications market, Divan.TV sees demand in the educational content. Its main audience used to be students and their parents, but now such service as ‘education through TV’ is planned to feed the demand of the new market segment — IT audience. I’m not afraid to say that the establishment of the specialized IT channel — BrainTV — will result in the growth of the entire IT market.»
CAN UKRAINE BE THE NEXT START-UP NATION?
In the past year, Ukraine has been laying the groundwork to become the world’s next start-up nation. We have more than 2,000 start-ups, about 100 global research-and-development centres, more than 500 outsourcing companies and 100 e-commerce outfits. Together they add more than $5 billion to the economy. Read more…
UKRAINE UNREST DOES NOT DETER TECHNOLOGY START-UPS IN EFFORTS TO REFORM ECONOMY
More than $100m of private equity was pumped into Ukraine start-ups in 2015 alone, says Mr Kolodyuk. Read more…
SHYMKIV ON UKRAINE IT FUTURE: ‘NEXT YEAR WE NEED TO CONTINUE DESTROYING SOVIET STANDARDS’
The investment from Soros is a sign for the entire world that “you can and should invest in Ukraine’s tech industry.” “The investment in Ciklum by Soros is undoubtedly the main deal of the year,” “I think this is a turning point for Ukraine: new investors will come and people will look at us not only in the context of political scandals and military actions.” KyivPost. 23.12.15
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. Read more…
“Importantly, the Soros’ team will be not only investors, but also strategic partners,” Kolodyuk told the Kyiv Post. “With such a financial partner, the company has all the chances to build a large global company.” Read more…
STARTUPS IN UKRAINE: MORE THAN JUST A WAR ZONE OR OUTSOURCING HUB
Pavel Curda: I spent a few weeks in Ukraine this summer, attending tech conferences, visiting cool software houses, and outsourcing firms. Along the way, I was lucky enough to meet with great business people and investors. Ukraine is a great country full of amazing and talented people. Read more…
4 DAMN GOOD REASONS TO STARTUP IN UKRAINE
Although you might know Ukraine as the country that Putin invaded last year, locals see something else: a growing startup scene. Ukraine is the home country of Viewdle, which sold to Google in October 2012 for a rumored $30-45 million. Jooble started in Ukraine and is now one of the three largest job search engines in the world, operating in 64 countries. PetCube is a recent Kickstarter success story, raising over $250,000 for a device to play with your pets when you’re not at home. Read more…
Sincere thank you for being with us and supporting us in 2014.
This is the final newsletter of 2014, summarizing the year and planning for 2015. Read more…