Startup mentors in Kyiv

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Alex Grechanowski

Marketing Career Options / B2B SaaS, eComm / Startup Growth
🚀I combine creativity with analytics and speed to solve business challenges for my clients. 🚀I obsess over my work and enjoy working with driven entrepreneurs. 🚀16 years in growth marketing.

Daniil Kopilevych

Head of Growth @ Profi | SaaS Growth Consultant
I can give you my best growth marketing advice if you're running a 0-5 years young B2B SaaS product in a competitive niche. Specialties: Growth marketing strategy, Content marketing, Outbound sales.

Alex Barbarsky

Growth Marketing Manager: SaaS & Ecommerce
I am a Growth Marketing Manager with over 10 years of experience. T-shaped marketer with a focus on growth. It is a great feeling when the business is growing fast with the help of marketing. That is the reason why I am into it.
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Nataly Onkina

Product Management from 0 to 1 | Health-Tech, Edu-Tech | SAAS, Marketplace, Platform | B2C, B2B
Data-driven Product Leader with 10+ years of IT experience. Ukraine based 🇺🇦 Mental Health Enthusiast. Startup lover. Highly experienced with Marketplaces, Platforms, SAAS, B2C, B2B2C. I believe in the "give first" approach, that's why I am here ready to share the lessons I gained.

Alexander Furtak

Co-founder and CEO of Mighty Digital
Hi there, my name is Alexander Furtak, I am from Ukraine, Kyiv. I am the CEO of Mighty Digital, a growth engineering consultancy. Specialize in market-fit, retention, and activation puzzles and leveraging data to solve them.

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Kyiv Startup Ecosystem

It may not be Europe’s most renowned tech hub, but several factors contributed to Kyiv’s growing startup scene over the last few years. In 2020, Startup Blink reported the Ukrainian capital as emerging Europe’s number 1 startup city and the eighth-best in Europe. 

In 2021 Ukrainian startups received $832 million in investments. VC funding and accelerator programs also helped founders build the city’s burgeoning tech scene.  

The city’s high concentration of tech talent significantly contributes to the ecosystem – more than 130,000 engineering grads qualify each year. Many western tech companies rely on engineers and developers from Ukraine. 

Access to the highly qualified talent pool attracted several international companies to the city. In 2020 Google acquired Cloud Simple and turned its Ukraine offices into a research and development office in Kyiv. Snapchat, Lyft, BigCommerce, and Oracle all have a presence in the city. 

One of Kyiv’s most famous unicorns is the writing assistant Grammarly which received $200 million in funding. Founded in 2009 by ​​Max Lytvyn, Alex Shevchenko, and Dmytro Lider, they eventually moved their headquarters to Silicon Valley. Until the recent conflict, the company had over 200 staff still based in Kyiv; they supported them with relocation. 

Another unicorn from Kyiv is the well-known collaboration platform for developers, Github, which raised over $400 million. 

The ongoing conflict in Ukraine has irreversibly changed the capital’s vibrant startup scene. According to Crunch Base, investments in Ukrainian-founded companies were down by almost 50% after the beginning of the war.

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