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.

Yaroslav Stepanenko

Growth PM
Ph.D., creative, entrepreneurial and customer-centric product marketing professional with 12 years experience in managing products that improve customer experience and grow the commercial success. Globals speaker on growth and product marketing strategies.

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Step 3. Get on 1:1 call

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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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