Press Conference Invitation “Ukraine’s High-Tech Scene in 2014: From Domestic Crisis to an International Reset”

Ciklum, one of Europe’s leading providers of software development outsourcing and IT/Agile consulting services, is cordially inviting you to meet a panel of prominent Ukrainian and international high-tech personalities.

The 2014 political crisis and international turbulence did hit the Ukrainian high-tech industry – but in a paradoxical and partially positive way. This press conference provides a rare opportunity to receive first-hand information from insiders and discover the unexpected aspects of the industry within an international perspective. The paradoxical consequences of the crisis:<ul> <li>How Ukraine’s turmoil is repelling some investors – and attracting some others</li> <li>Why Russian VCs continue investing in Ukrainian startups – and vice-versa</li> <li>How the crisis has triggered the emergence of a new generation of startups</li> <li>The first steps of crowd funding in Ukraine (example of a fund: Fison, and of a startup: Ritot)</li> <li>From Donbass to Western Ukraine: A wave of IT migrants</li></ul> Industry rebirth:<ul> <li>UAngel, UVCA, UAID: How industry associations are emerging to reshape the industry and connect it to the global market</li> <li>The BrainBasket foundation: Why and how Sir Richard Branson and other prominent figures decided to support IT education in Ukraine</li> <li>Ukraine Digital News: High-tech news brought to international audiences</li></ul> Discussion:<ul> <li>High-tech development amid international turmoil: Could Ukraine follow Israel’s high-tech development path</li></ul> You will be able to meet:<ul> <li>Torben Majgaard (Denmark), founder of Ciklum, a major Ukrainian IT service provider, and initiator of the BrainBasket Foundation</li> <li>Eveline Buchatskiy (Brazil), GM of Kyiv startup incubator EastLabs and mentor at US incubator TechStars</li> <li>Bas Godska (Dutch business angel)</li> <li>Adrien Henni (France), chief editor of Ukraine Digital News</li> <li>Jaanika Merilo (Estonia), initiator of the Ukrainian Venture Capital Association, Chairman of the Board of the BrainBasket Foundation</li> <li>Andrew Pavliv, co-founder of Lviv IT service provider N-IX</li> <li>Florian Schweitzer, partner of Swiss-based venture fund B-to-V</li> <li>Yevgen Sysoyev, managing partner of Ukrainian fund AVentures Capital</li> <li>Viktoriya Tigipko, founder of Ukrainian fund TA Venture and IDCEE organizer</li> <li>Dmitry Vishnyov, co-founder of Dnipropetrovsk-based crowd funded high-tech fund Fison</li></p> For any individual interviews, please send your requests to




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