UA Tech is a joint initiative of the Ukrainian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (UVCA), Western NIS Enterprise Fund (WNISEF) and Concepter. UA TECH was established to introduce the capability of Ukrainian Tech products to the global market.
For the first time, UVCA together with WNISEF organized the Ukrainian pavilion at CES in 2017 - little was known about Ukraine at that point. In 2018, startups who went to Las Vegas were able to sell their product or agreed on a partnership with representatives companies like Tesla, Lockheed Martin, Bosch, Samsung. We are sure that this year's winning startups will represent Ukraine at the highest level. We have chosen the very best and the most prepared for the exhibition.
Executive Director of UVCA
The exhibition will be held on January 8-11, 2019 in Las Vegas. The top 6 Ukrainian startups, selected by a team of Ukrainian and foreign experts and investors, will be presented there.
We continue to invest in startups and we are confident that participation in such exhibitions is a significant plus for the development of both individual companies and the IT ecosystem as a whole.
President and CEO of the Western NIS Enterprise Fund
Consumer Electronic Show (CES) is the largest tech show in the world, taking place each year in Las Vegas, gathering around 180 000 visitors from all over the world at the space equivalent to 35 football fields.
There are a lot of conversations about how difficult it is to create hardware startups. We prove the opposite. Thanks to the experience of Concepter, the support of WNISEF and the proximity to investors of UVCA, the Ukrainian pavilion at CES-2019 should be unusually powerful.
CEO of Concepter
Startups at UA TECH 2019:
Evgeniy Ivanov, CEO at Jollylook
Vintage instant cameras made from recyclable materials.
The simple fold out camera for analog snapshots, made entirely from recycled paper and cardboard. No electronics - some paper, a pair of lenses and a cartridge for instant mini photos. Environmentally friendly - it uses less material than traditional instant cameras. The camera body, the shutter and aperture are made of thick paper and laminated cardboard.
Using this camera is like being transported to another time, when bellows cameras were a common sight. Matching its vintage style with Fujifilm's modern, high-ISO Instax film technology gives this toy-like throwback some serious real-world capabilities.
Alina Zhoga, CEO at RAWR
Consumer IoT startup on a mission to strengthen the bond between humans and their best friends - pets.
The gadget has six devices at once: GPS and fitness trackers, health monitor, LED backlight, temperature sensor and vibration mode for training. All data is sent to the mobile application (iOS / Android). It allows you to integrate with various services, such as veterinary clinics and animal walkers. In the future, developers want to develop the functionality of the application, to join the service of the community of pet lovers.
Nikita Vladykin, CEO nuka
"Eternal" notebook and pencil. The notepad is made of special waterproof paper, and the pencil is made of an alloy of five metals.
The reusable notebook is neither afraid of time nor the environment.
In this notebook, made of synthetic paper, you can write not only with the original pencil, but also with an ordinary pen. All the inscriptions can then be wiped away with an antiseptic or a pencil eraser.
Yaroslav Kaplan, CEO FunLight
FunLight is an innovative attraction for shopping malls and theme parks.
Powerful projectors are used to broadcast images onto walls and the floor. Due to this, all players see the same image and can interact with the projections as a team. The game is controlled by body movements, which are tracked by special sensors inside the room.
In early October, the pilot launched in the Kiev shopping center Lavina Mall. The first game available to visitors is "The Citadel of Music". By genre it is close to a quest room. Players need to find tips and solve puzzles, while creating their own music. According to the project creators, its main advantage is that within a single physical space you can create a set of completely different games for each target audience: families with children, teenagers, adult players.
Vlad Artamonov, CEO Flasty
Flasty is an innovative 3D food printer for chocolate, dough and various food pastes.
It is able to print food products of various designs.
The target audience is cafeterias, restaurants, confectioneries, as well as people who decided to open their mini-business of producing pre-ordered souvenir sweets.
Flasty does not hide that there are analogues of their product in the world. But there are few of them, and they were created only for printing with chocolate without the possibility of using other food materials.
Yaroslav Nelyubov, CEO Photon_LMS
Featuring a modular design Photo Module X incorporates 3 main blocks powered by 2700 LEDs and are fully manageable by a smartphone or PC.
According to developers, the target audience of their product are start-up photographers and representatives of online stores. They face several problems. For a substantive photo shoot, the user needs a lot of equipment: four mini flashes, umbrellas, reflectors, a table for subject photography, screens, backgrounds, mounting systems and plenty of space to put it all.
These problems are solved by this photo studio. The box with 2700 LEDs and wi-fi transmitters simplifies the photo session: you do not need to buy expensive lighting equipment, pay a photographer for work, the result is immediately visible, and the modularity of the system makes it possible to shoot subjects and compositions of almost any size. The user quickly changes the light map and manages the photo studio using a program loaded on a tablet, notebook or a smartphone.
Denys Popov, CEO Whooshi
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.
Vlad Guristrimba, CEO iGlam
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 $168 million to 118 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.