Ukrainian startups present astounding resilience

March 5, 2023 by No Comments

At this time marks precisely one 12 months since Russia’s unlawful, unprovoked and brutal invasion of Ukraine. This week, a majority of the members of the United Nations reiterated its demand that Russia “instantly, utterly and unconditionally withdraw all of its navy forces from the territory of Ukraine and known as for a cessation of hostilities.”

It will be truthful to say that TechCrunch can solely concur with this sentiment. So, consistent with our mission, we current to you as we speak an inventory of Ukrainian tech corporations and initiatives you may assist, the merchandise you need to use and the startups which you — should you’re an investor — can take a look at funding.

Ukraine’s startup ecosystem was thriving earlier than the struggle and making nice progress, with Ukrainian startups elevating $832 million in VC funding in 2021. VC Funding was steadily rising earlier than the struggle and there are greater than 50 VC companies persevering with to working within the nation.

In accordance with analysis by the Ukrainian tech business itself, there are about 228,000 members of the tech business in Ukraine as we speak, with the primary tech hubs being positioned in Kyiv, Lviv, Kharkiv, Dnipro and Odesa. Over the last 12 months, as many as 57,000 have been pressured to relocate overseas, whereas round 7,000 joined the ranks of the Armed Forces or Territorial Protection, and as we speak struggle on the entrance traces in opposition to the aggressor.

As a mark of the Ukrainian’s astounding resilience each on and off the battlefield, within the first 10 months of 2022, Ukraine’s export of IT providers grew by 9.9% from a 12 months earlier, and introduced in additional than $6 billion in income, greater than $542 million the income generated in 2021.

TechUkraine and Rising Europe additionally revealed the outcomes of a survey wanting on the nation’s startup ecosystem. It discovered that regardless of the continued struggle, Ukrainian start-ups had demonstrated monumental fortitude. Whereas some Ukrainian startups have relocated, the overwhelming majority have saved no less than part of their operations or group in Ukraine. And greater than half proceed their operations completely from Ukraine.

However over 90% of Ukrainian startups say they want monetary assist to outlive the struggle.

Fortunately, the broader tech business has rallied round Ukraine within the final 12 months.

Google offered 25 startups with a grant to assist them proceed working and rising.

For the primary time, as a part of the Horizon Europe, the EU will embody focused assist for Ukraine out of the €13.5 billion in analysis and innovation it has to spend this 12 months.

Round 7,000 tech employees have joined the ranks of the Armed Forces or Territorial Protection

Solely final month, OneUkraine sprang up from a number of main European tech founders and buyers, who plan to supply sustainable humanitarian reduction for the Ukrainian folks.

The Ukrainian authorities additionally has a spread of non-repayable grants and different assist for its tech sector, regardless of additionally having to fund the struggle.

And two new unicorns with Ukrainian roots have been born within the final 12 months. Ukraine can now lay declare to no less than six startups with extra then $1 billion valuation: GitLab, Grammarly, Genesis, Bitfury, and Firefly Aerospace.

Beneath, we current an inventory of Ukrainian startups and tech corporations (roughly in A-Z order) that you may try.

Clearly, this listing will not be exhaustive. However the listing makes an attempt to extremely organizations which retain employees inside Ukraine or stay domiciled there, supporting the struggle effort. You probably have a tech firm or initiative you assume we must always embody, you may apply to be listed on this submit right here. Any questions on this itemizing may be directed to [email protected]

Slava Ukraini!


A retail tech startup behind the digital becoming room YourFit. Because the struggle started, the corporate relocated the group of 70 to safer areas in western Ukraine and EU. It has now moved to Poland and arrange the workplace there. Regardless of such situations, they rolled out a brand new product in March. It has raised $14.7 million, with the newest Sequence A spherical closed in November 2021. Important buyers embody TMT Investments, TLF Ventures, Flyer One and others.


Ajax Methods makes skilled safety techniques in Europe. Staff: 877 new folks (2,620 in complete). Markets: 39 new nations (169 in complete).


“Ahrefs is an search engine optimisation software program firm that helps optimize web sites of any scale — from giants like Netflix, Fb, Uber, and Forbes to small companies seeking to construct their presence on Google’s prime web page.” The corporate continued hiring builders and entrepreneurs and raised the group by round 10%. Ahrefs claims to have turn out to be a $100 million firm in annual income with out enterprise capital.


An internet instrument for digital promoting campaigns to assist improve shoppers’ income.


Aspichi is engaged on an audio/visible teleportation platform permitting folks to seize experiences and let others be immersed into it. After 2 months in an underground shelter they’ve additionally used their expertise to register proof of struggle crimes and supply the flexibility to immerse oneself into Ukraine to expertise it, it’s now growing functions for psychological trauma therapy, VR medical coaching, fight surveillance techniques and making the de-mining course of safer. Included in Delaware, USA. Secured seed discovering from SMRK VC.


Blocksport builds web3-ready platform options for the skilled sports activities and leisure business to allow tokenization use instances for his or her fan neighborhood. It developed a SaaS-based white-label web3 platform that opens income streams and strengthens neighborhood engagement.


An condominium rental app to seek for one of the best gives in a person’s favourite neighborhoods.

E-book Field

A library service for firms to supply workers entry to books and studying materials.


“The fashionable, frictionless approach to arrange a renovation with a pre-designed kitchen fully on-line.”

Deus Robotics

Ukrainian startup Deus Robotics secured a $1.5 million seed spherical funding for its warehouse robotics options, led by SMRK VC, a Ukrainian enterprise fund. Deus Robotics makes a speciality of full-cycle tasks, together with {hardware} engineering, software program growth and integration, specializing in automating warehouse and logistics operations. Its robots are able to sorting by path and transferring cabinets, that are utilized in pre-sorting duties, consolidation, and order selecting. Deus Robots returned to Kyiv in Could final 12 months after the navy defeated the Russians close to the capital. Regardless of the continued struggle, it elevated the height velocity of parcel processing by 200%, in comparison with handbook warehouse operations.


A platform enabling musicians to promote songs’ royalty rights to generate funds for his or her profession.

Drug Playing cards

An economical software program for automated medical literature monitoring.


Offers full-cycle software program engineering outsourcing providers, from ideation to completed merchandise. Its 2,000 employees work on software program and product design for company giants together with BNY Mellon and Havas, and moved its places of work within the western a part of Ukraine.


An internet studying firm providing skilled programs within the U.S. Because the struggle started, a part of the group determined to relocate to the EU, whereas the remainder saved hustling from bomb shelters. Regardless of not having electrical energy or web entry half of the time, the corporate retains working and rising, saying it has sustainable 50% quarter-over-quarter development.


A money circulation administration service for companies. Just lately closed a brand new funding spherical of €1 million from SMOK Ventures, a U.S.-Polish enterprise capital fund. In April 2022, Ivan Kaunov, the corporate’s co-founder and head of Progress, was mobilized into the Armed Forces of Ukraine as a reserve officer.


Their pitch: “We do your spreadsheets, graphs, and automation. You get P&L, CF, Monetary Projections, Plan/Precise , Unit Economics, and at last, peace of thoughts”. It raised $1 million in seed funding and buyers embody Bolt’s Markus Villig, and SendBird’s John S. Kim, in addition to San Francisco-based Stratmind and Jap Europe-focused Dangerous Concepts funds. FuelFinance has created a “first help” useful resource package for Ukrainian entrepreneurs with data on the right way to reorganize and hold working in the course of the struggle. The corporate has created a platform to combination donations for small companies which might be preventing again.


An internet platform for gross sales specialists to construct their skilled abilities.


An AI-based platform to enhance shoppers’ e mail efficiency.

Esper Bionics

Listed as one in every of Time Journal’s finest innovations of 2022, this makes a prosthesis that “improves and features talents over time.”


“The IOT navigation discipline assistant for agricultural work that means that you can save assets and work extra precisely.”


“The progressive safety machine outfitted with a variety of distinctive technological options that may bodily cease or disorient an intruder.”

Joyful Monday

Matches workers with purpose-driven organizations.


Hacken, the blockchain cybersecurity agency, has additionally been engaged on instruments to assist Ukraine cyber warfare efforts and fight Russian propaganda. The corporate says it donated round $350,000 in help and Budorin, its CEO, mentioned he gave his personal Tesla to an area Territorial Protection unit.


“You select a class the place you want skilled recommendation and kind your query within the chat kind. On Howly, you achieve 24/7 entry to 1000’s of specialists in numerous areas — from finance to family home equipment restore.”


Headway is a Ukrainian edtech startup that claims 15-plus million customers from 140+ nations and 170 workers.

i3 Engineering

“The whole answer for Good Dwelling tasks and enterprise’s automation, which consists of controllers mounted on a DIN-rail, software program and cell software.”


Jooble is a job search web site that operates in 69 nations and says it is without doubt one of the prime 10 hottest employment assets by way of visitors within the Jobs and Employment section, in line with SimilarWeb. Jooble Enterprise Lab has additionally invested in JayJay, a startup within the discipline of on-line schooling.


“The superior nurse name system for affected person care automation on hospital beds.”

The corporate’s co-founder was mobilized into the Armed Forces of Ukraine as a reserve officer.


A cell commerce platform for “sluggish” style manufacturers to assist them increase gross sales.


An internet id verification and compliance administration system.


MacPaw is a software program firm with headquarters in Kyiv, Ukraine, that develops and distributes software program for macOS and iOS. MacPaw is the maker behind CleanMyMac X, Setapp, ClearVPN and different merchandise. In 2017, MacPaw acquired The Unarchiver. MacPaw claims its merchandise have greater than 30 million customers worldwide.


Musemio makes use of immersive expertise and has partnerships with paid clients, such because the Disaster Charity and the Royal Museums of Greenwich. Educators (cultural establishments) and IP house owners (publishers and broadcasters) can use it to create immersive video games with a drag-and-drop interface that may be deployed in VR and on cell.

Soften Water Membership

“The technical answer for acquiring premium ingesting water, due to the progressive Freezing Course of expertise.”

Mama Plant a Tree

A digital service that permits customers to plant a tree in a single click on.

Mate Academy

Tailored pc science programs for individuals who need to begin a job in tech


An internet math college for college students from kindergarten to highschool.

Nanit Robotic

“The STEM Robotics schooling answer with a excessive engineering perspective and a artistic studying course of for teenagers and adults.”

An app for adults with ADHD that helps gamify each day duties and get assist. They launched within the midst of the struggle in Ukraine and declare to be rising 2-3x MoM in income and lively customers. Numo gives a social to-do listing that folks with ADHD use to finish each day duties. Different ADHDers can endorse them for added or accomplished duties.


A buyer relations administration system designed for gross sales groups and built-in with Gmail and LinkedIn.

OptySun filters

“The expertise of water purification and disinfection in any situations.”


Taking native companies from offline to on-line to enhance their competitiveness.


HR software program for corporations to handle worker efficiency.


A platform offering manufacturers, distributors and on-line shops with market analytics.


An AI platform enabling pharma and biotech corporations to design new medicine extra simply.

ReLeaf Paper

Turns fallen tree leaves into paper and sustainable packaging. It claims it will probably scale back CO2 emissions of delivery bag oproduction by 78%, utilizing 15 instances much less water and three instances extra power environment friendly than wooden papermaking. It raised €2.5 million from the European fee. They began in the course of the COVID pandemic and made a transfer to export sustainable packaging in Europe in the course of the struggle in Ukraine in 2022. Its essential manufacturing web site is positioned in Lutsk (Ukraine). is a B2B platform that automates chilly messaging by creating sequences which might be delivered on to the recipient’s inbox.


“The Ukrainian model of biodegradable merchandise constituted of reused espresso grounds. The startup’s merchandise embody rekava cups, rekava pots, and rekava candles.“


Respeecher, AI voice technology startup used to create the Darth Vader AI voice within the Star Struggle’s TV sequence — Obi-Wan Kenobi — and in the course of the struggle! This generative AI voice cloning startup claims to have grown 2.5 instances and doubled tasks from 65 in 2021 to 98 tasks in 2022 regardless of the struggle.


Reface applies AI/ML applied sciences for personalised content material creation. The Reface app hit No. 1 within the App Retailer quickly after launch and was listed among the many finest apps of 2020 by Google Play. Celebrities together with Elon Musk, Justin Bieber, Snoop Dogg and Miley Cyrus have shared refaced movies. Claims 250 million downloads (+70 million / 38% development). TQ Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz are the newest buyers.

Photo voltaic Plex

“The service for upgrading new and already put in typical photo voltaic (PV) panels into hybrid (PVT) ones.”


A full-cycle consulting and software program growth firm. 17+ years in Finance and Media & Leisure, with a particular emphasis on Ticketing.


Sustainable, low-cost and environmentally pleasant carbon battery producer.


A instrument serving to web site house owners and entrepreneurs to trace buyer habits.

Sign My Oligarch

“Do you need to assist in the struggle for Ukraine however are pissed off and don’t know the way? SMO is a nonprofit, community-driven cell app to sign the property of oligarchs on the earth. All you must do is to snap an image, geolocate the asset, and increase the asset can be despatched anonymously to the native authority to be frozen!”

Sigma Software program

Sigma Software program Group features a VC fund, enterprise incubator, College, and R&D facilities. It managed to relocate 2,800 workers to safer locations and have become totally operational in simply two weeks, after the outbreak of struggle. In 2022 they are saying they opened 17 new places of work in Europe and LATAM and 40+ new shoppers.

The Breakfast

The Breakfast is a social app for contemporary people that introduces two folks to fulfill and discuss over breakfast. It has closed its first spherical of $300,000 from buyers within the U.S. and Ukraine to totally launch The Breakfast in New York and Los Angeles.


A bootstrapped cybersecurity firm from Ukraine acknowledged by Gartner, Clutch and Splunk. Earlier than the struggle, UnderDefense had a group of 60 in Ukraine, opened places of work in Malta and Poland, and elevated its presence within the USA to ensure the continuity of its operations. Because the struggle started, UnderDefense group has grown x2 and donated $500,000 on to artillery models of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

UA Drone Faculty

UA Drone Faculty gives a four-day coaching drone programs in Kyiv and the area. Free for the navy. You may assist the college by buying its course for civilians or by donating. It now plans to make use of Ukrainian navy drone veterans on an edtech platform and is fundraising from buyers now to develop its personal UAV techniques, growth of software program and OSINT intelligence in reference to drone intelligence information.


An AI-powered platform to measure viewers engagement and check video content material in any respect phases of manufacturing and distribution.


A easy private web site builder designed for personal tutors and freelancers.


WEEDAR created a loyalty and distribution platform for hashish manufacturers. They relocated the group to Europe because the struggle started, although some have chosen to come back again to Ukraine already. Regardless of the struggle, WEEDAR lately closed its seed spherical of $1.5 million, rolled out its new product, partnered with the leaders within the hashish business, together with The Treatment Firm and Kushstock Pageant, and says it reveals sustainable month-over-month development of 30%.


“The invisible safety system that helps biking fans to guard their bikes from thefts and benefit from the freedom of on a regular basis biking. It features a sensible {hardware} machine and a cell software.”


On-line service for compliance, market evaluation, enterprise intelligence and investigation of authorized entities.



WeDoSolar, launched in February 2022 (the month Russia invaded Ukraine) says it has thus far obtained “thousand of orders” for its “vertical solar energy” panels, that are particularly designed to be mounted, with weatherproof straps, onto to balconies by non-tech-savvy customers.


Delfast is an electrical bike manufacturing firm with app integration and safety.

nect WORLD Inc.

The final word 4g lte modem for quick web anyplace on the earth.

Caretech Human

Empowering folks with an progressive, totally automated, painless, and inexpensive toilet-integrated answer for each day well being checks and early illness detection.


An answer for wi-fi charging of EV and LEV electrical transport machines.


A straightforward approach to inform somebody in regards to the emotions you’re having about them.


Co-creating unbelievable lifelike avatar media like video games, quests, cinema, reveals, webcasts, social and enterprise occasions in a 3D/AR/VR ecosystem.

Different assist initiatives

Make investments In Ukrainian Founders

Eamonn Carey, a associate at Tera Ventures, is matching buyers with Ukrainian founders.

Spend with Ukraine

The Spend with Ukraine marketing campaign goals to assist Ukrainian made services and products within the time of struggle. For example, get pet cameras by Petcube, use Grammarly, improve work productiveness with Readdle apps, defend your houses with the skilled Ajax sensible alarm, and many others.

Ukrainian Tech Ventures

This can be a nonprofit enterprise fund that may spend money on tech startups based by Ukrainian immigrants in Europe and the U.S. The fund is listed on AngelList.

Free Ukraine Basis

This NGO was created by Ukrainian and Belgian tech founders.


The European Affiliation of Software program Engineering has launched a service for serving to Ukrainian tech folks get jobs. It lists tech skilled CVs.

1k Challenge

Ship $1,000 to instantly sponsor a household from Ukraine.

United Supply Mission

United Supply Mission is a nonprofit initiative that helps Ukrainian Navy Forces with numerous provides.

Vranishna Kava

“Order a UAV to ship ‘morning espresso’ to the enemy within the trench. Made in line with a particular recipe of the Ukraine Armed Forces, it’ll cheer up the occupiers and provides them the energy to flee from Ukrainian land as quickly as doable. $5.44 to ship an Espresso” (4 Drones).


Kyiv Unbiased

This iconic Ukrainian on-line information outlet reporting from Kyiv. It has launched the Tech part the place you may monitor Ukrainian tech business information. You may assist it on Patreon right here.

“Voices of Ukraine”

“Voices of Ukraine” presents multilingual readings of Ukrainian poetry and drama by artists and performers affected by the Russian invasion.

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