Yesterday, on January 8, the largest consumer electronics exhibition CES 2019, and the Ukraine Tech Pavilion (Hall G # 52822 - # 52836), opened its doors in Las Vegas.
Ukraine is represented by its own technological pavilion within the framework of Consumer Electronics Show's International Consumer Electronics Show for the third time. This year Ukrainian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (UVCA), which initiated the UA Tech Zone in 2017 and Western NIS Enterprise Fund (WNISEF), were joined by Concepter, a company engaged in venture businesses development.
This is already a third Ukrainian pavilion at the Las Vegas exhibition, and with each passing year, the level of participants rises. The experience of previous years has shown that our startups are competitive and successful in the global market. I am certain that this year will not be an exception. In addition to the exhibition, startups have the opportunity to visit Silicon Valley and this means meeting with the most famous technology companies, pitching, useful contacts and, above all, the valuable experience.
Executive director UVCA
The top 8 Ukrainian startups, selected by a team of Ukrainian and foreign experts and investors, are presented there.
The Ukrainian pavilion has shown great results over the past two years and we are convinced that in 2019 Ukraine will hit the international community with its IT products! We keep investing in startups and believe that participation in such exhibitions is significant for the development of both individual companies and IT ecosystem as a whole.
President and CEO of the Western NIS Enterprise Fund
Ukraine Tech Pavilion unites 8 startups:
The current set has a wide range of project areas: there are those who are already selling their products for hundreds of thousands of dollars, those with a team of 15 people, and those who only enter the market, but with a strong technological idea. It’s the 3rd year when Ukraine is represented by its own pavilion at CES, and we really have something to show
Jollylook - vintage cardboard instant camera
Jollylook is a simple fold out camera for analog snapshots, made entirely from recycled paper and cardboard. It’s absolutely eco-friendly being as dangerous to the environment as a banana peel. Consisting of some paper, a pair of lenses and a cartridge for instant mini photos, Jolly look uses fewer materials than used in the packaging of a regular camera. Jollylook is a great teaching toy for children, retro with a little steampunk souvenir. Funded on Kickstarter for $377 429.
nuka - an eternal stationery
Nuka is the eternal stationery which could be used for centuries. A set consists of a notebook, that could be rewritten limitless times, and a pencil, that never runs out. Nuka is made of sterner materials which had never been used for stationery before, so no torn pages or broken leads. Pages are virtually indestructible and saved in the cloud by Nuka app.
Photon_LMS - the most advanced modular photo studio
Photon LMS is the most advanced modular photo studio. Photon incorporates blocks powered by 2700 LEDs and is fully manageable by a smartphone or PC. Photon LMS allows taking stunning product photos with total control of light distribution. The whole studio will cost way less than a set of ordinary flashes and accessories for them.
RAWR - extraordinary IoT technology for pets
RAWR is the smart IoT pet wearable that combines GPS location, health monitoring, activity tracking, training mode and a lot more in one sleek collar. With the latest LTE CAT M-1 connectivity, LED lights, ambient temperature sensors, and vet reminders you’ll be able to keep your pet safe under any circumstances. With its neat and lightweight design, RAWR is highly durable and waterproof.
FunLight - attraction for shopping malls & theme parks
FunLight provides the interactive immersive experiences for people groups at the shopping malls and theme parks. Unlike many other location-based VR entertainments, FunLight does not require players to wear any equipment like headsets, backpacks or controllers. In a 25 square meters room, FunLight uses kids-friendly interactive projections powered by 8 projectors and Kinect motion trackers. The pilot location was opened in Ukraine's biggest shopping mall in September 2018. Future plans include the creation of new content and selling the franchise worldwide.
Flasty - the 3D food printer with any type of chocolate and various food pastes printing
Flasty is a 3D food printer, which prints with any type of chocolate doughs, cheese, meat pate, vegetable and fruit pastes, desserts and other food materials. It’s aimed to become a highlight for all involved in the gourmet industry. The chocolatiers, bakers or cookers, who are interested in manufacturing creative decorations, accessories, and products, could create their own 3D design recipes or choose a ready one from the Flasty hub. Flasty is already used by real corporate customers in HoReCa industry.
Whooshi - wireless portable sound amplifier & smart music app
Whooshi is a Hi-Fi audio amplifier that changes your existing headphones from wired to wireless. Whooshi personalizes your sound with the help of a specially designed algorithm that adjusts for your unique hearing level and the attributes of your headphones. The music player App for iOS and Android tailors the sound to your ears so you can hear your music the way it's meant to be heard.
iGlam - The first intelligent jewelry set, that fits any look.
iGlam is the intelligent jewelry ring, that fits any look. It can adapt to colors by using a special app, that helps to pick up a color directly from the clothes. The high app experience and subtlety of the device were put together to make it worth everyday women life presence. iGlam is the best of both worlds: it’s a smart device and a gorgeous piece of jewelry. The ring is made of 925 Silver with semi-precious stones. It is worthy of the love of fashionistas and the tech-savvy people and perfectly blends in with any sense of style.
Ukrainian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (UVCA) has been established in mid-2014 by the example of the European Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (InvestEurope), and currently unites 50 members - private equity and venture funds, accelerators, incubators, educational institutions, and non-government organisations that make significant impact on the development of Ukrainian investment market. Association promotes investment opportunities in Ukraine for foreign investment funds, conducts market research, lobbies laws for improving investment and business climate, implements Invest in Ukraine activity.
Concepter - is a startup studio and venture building company working at the intersections of software and hardware. The company is known for its successful product launches on Kickstarter and Indiegogo crowdfunding platforms, where it raised more than $1.5 million for product development. Concepter is engaged in the invention of its own projects and helps entrepreneurs craft their ideas into design-driven businesses. Concepter is involved in the development of the Ukrainian business ecosystem, provides mentoring and investment assistance to innovative projects and supports startups within the framework of the accelerator program jointly with Biosphere Corporation.
Western NIS Enterprise Fund (WNISEF) is a $150 million regional fund, a pioneer in Ukraine and Moldova with more than two decades of successful experience in investing in small and medium-sized companies. WNISEF was funded by the U.S. government via the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Since its inception, WNISEF’s cumulative investments total over $185 million to 129 companies in Ukraine and Moldova. In 2015 WNISEF has launched a $35 million legacy program focused on export promotion, local economic development, impact investing and economic leadership. WNISEF is funding innovative, high-impact, reform focused programs and aims to support Ukraine and Moldova at this critical period by developing sound economic policy and leadership.