In October 2014 during the IDCEE conference, Publisher of Focus magazine Boris Kaufman granted UAH 100k to startup The web site has just launched, and you may read what the Founder Irina Slavinskaya tells about the grant and how has the project developed since then. 



  • During the Investor Day Central and Eastern Europe conference, 19 Ukrainian startups were awarded top honours 

  • Startups include Petcube, Looksery and booking service GoodHotels 

  • Ukraine exports $2 billion (£1.27 billion) in software service each year

  • This figure us expected to grow by 85 per cent by 2020


Ukrainian tech companies Kwambio and Petcube received the highest recognition at Investor Day Central and Eastern Europe, a conference for startups that took place in Kyiv on Oct.9-10. Overall, as many as 19 startups took home prizes that range from mentorships to up to $19,000 in cash winnings.


An astounding number of American technology companies employ engineers in Ukraine, but you might never know it. The Ukrainian tech industry is responsible for Ford’s in-car infotainment systems, Reuter’s award-winning photography app, Nokia’s customer retail experience, and Deutsche Bank’s Risk Management System, among many others.


Lifting any possible doubt about the resilience of Ukraine’s high-tech sector in these troubled times, the IDCEE conference was held brilliantly last week at the Olympic stadium of Kiev. Some 2,000 local and foreign startup entrepreneurs, venture investors, representative of small and large high tech and financial companies, industry experts and other IT people gathered in the gigantic venue.


That is right – the 5th edition of IDCEE will take place on October 9-10 in Kiev. Traditionally, it will host the biggest Startup Alley in the region (150 startups) and hold Startup Competition with €30,000 total cash prize. The line-up of the anniversary conference will focus on e-health, charity, media, robotics, e-commerce and mobile applications. Social Entrepreneurship Hackathon and Tech Area will be introduced. And Netocratic will be there – moderating a panel discussion on sharing economy and reporting from the scene.


The program will give us the opportunity for heavy work in India (Delhi, Bangalore), Canada (Toronto), USA (San Francisco, Boston, New York) & Singapore. It lasts for almost three months and will give us access to mentorship and advising from the best GSF members and partners.



When it comes to testing mobile apps, most developers today rely on Testflight or HockeyApp to get their betas in the hands of testers. Ubertesters, a relatively new player in this business, challenges these incumbents with a more comprehensive testing solution that offers a wider range of tools for distributing new builds and reporting bugs.


Online zooming presentation software maker Prezi – based in Budapest and San Francisco – recently announced important new numbers: 29 million users, and is projected to have 36 million by December 2013. A month later, the company’s cofounder and CEO Peter Arvai came to Kiev, Ukraine to take part in the IDCEE conference. Amid hundreds of startups, participants, investors and mentors roaming between the three conference stages, tech journalist Andrii Degeler met Arvai to find out the story and motivations behind the popular presentation tool…


It is a beautiful Indian summer in Kiev, Ukraine, where the IDCEE 2013 conference concluded just a few days ago. This year’s event saw about 2,500 participants from 45 countries attend for a program that included more than 60 keynotes, talks and panels spread over three simultaneously working stages. Among other things, IDCEE has hosted allegedly the biggest in the Eastern Europe Startup Alley, where 150 aspiring projects spent two days showcasing their products to participants. 


When people plan a vacation in a new country, they usually check at least the country’s Wikipedia page to learn some basic stuff about it, like population, languages, major cities, currency exchange rates and so on. If you’re not Ukrainian and attending IDCEE 2013 this week, I’d advise you do the same; but what also makes sense to know when going to a conference is what does the tech business and startup ecosystem of the host country look like.


As in the previous years, the 2013 IDCEE conference attracted to Kiev, Ukraine earlier this month an impressive number of investors, startup entrepreneurs and IT professionals from over 45 countries.


IDCEE is a leading, well-known, international conference where the best startups in IT, mobile and Internet ecosystem are presented to Venture Capital firms and angel investors, leading IT companies and press representatives from all over the world.


Ukranian startup conference IDCEE is now over, many attending investors and bloggers have moved on to Israel for DLD, but there are news that remain to be told.


Not only is Mrs Tigipko one of these exquisitely educated and beautiful ladies one can meet in Kiev, she also is an inexhaustible source of ideas and energy when it comes to innovation and venture activity. In a mere three years, she has transformed a Kiev event, IDCEE, into the international face of the East-European startup and venture scene. Meanwhile, her fund TA Venture has invested in dozens of startups in Europe and as far away as Brazil and India.


Since its inception in 2010, Kiev’s IDCEE has asserted itself as the leading tech event for Central and Eastern Europe’s investors and startups. A rare phenomenon in such events, investors – coming from all parts of Europe and from as far away as the USA and India – come even more numerous than startup entrepreneurs. This year, the organizers expect some 2,500 participants to attend the event, including representatives from 150 startups and 300 investors with a total of $30 billion under management.



Once again this year, the annual IDCEE conference held in Kiev on October 18th and 19th attracted an impressive array of Internet oriented investors, startup entrepreneurs, and professionals of all kinds from far beyond Ukraine and the neighboring countries. A rare phenomenon in such events, investors – coming from all parts of Europe and as far away as the USA and India – were even more numerous than startup entrepreneurs.


Tech entrepreneurship in Central and Eastern Europe is booming, leveraging its great tech talent pool. CEE countries that are well known as major software outsourcing destinations, are transitioning to a product development model.



The rich conference program covered a number of major issues percolating in today’s Internet and mobile industries. In a discussion on the future of e-commerce, moderated by East-West Digital News, prominent Russian and Ukrainian speakers said that their markets lacked maturity for social commerce or other novelties. So much remains to be built in the infrastructure for e-commerce in these countries, they noted, and many segments are still open to new players aiming to build classic e-commerce companies.


«The conference organizers proved to have what it takes to challenge Startup Week Vienna and How to Web to become the leading eastern European startup conference.»



…Kiev is now making its play to be the place to bring Central Europe, Russian and Western players together with IDCEE. The advantage over Russia is obvious: no visa required.


It may have its challenges but judging by my visit to IDCEE, the Central and Eastern European region is definitely a part of the world to keep an eye on.


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