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Startup events and IT-initiatives in Ukraine, useful for startups in 2017

In 2015, together with Forbes Ukraine we made our first research about Ukrainian IT-entrepreneurs. We tried to understand their needs and what can help them to grow faster and be more successful. A big part of responses became a basis for our special projects and this research of events also.

This initiative designed to help find useful events which can help startups to find investors faster, meet future co-founders, improve people network and train pitching skills. If you are just starting an internet business in Ukraine (but with a global focus) with the right approach this list could be very useful to you.

Changes from previous catalog:
+10 new events (78 in total)
   -4 events removed from the list


Notes:

  1. Dates, places and concepts of all events can change – see actual data on websites of organizers.
  2. Try to make every event useful for you – before visiting any new event create certain targets, learn the list of participants, try to plan your meetings before the beginning.
  3. If you are a startup – answer for such questions – Could I find my target audience at this event?, Could I meet potential investors there? Could I meet potential useful partners there? If not – Could I learn something new from this event or conference? Could this conference inspire me? Could I get new knowledge? If not – better skip this event and spend time for your business and product development.
  4. Pro Tip: To sort table by a few columns at the same time, please, hold "Shift" button when clicking the column header.

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List of startup events and IT-initiatives in Ukraine

Event Event format Short description Organizers Typical time of the year Base city Useful for networking Networking, partners search, co-founders search "Pitching" competition
1 IDCEE
The biggest startup conference in Eastern Europe.
Temporarly suspended
fb Conference For five years, Conference IDCEE has become one of the top 5 in Europe and the most important international IT conference in the region - an effective communication platform for investors from around the world and startups from the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, Ukraine and Russia. IDCEE collects more than 2.5 thousand participants from 45 countries Annually. TA Ventures 901Annually in October Kyiv + + +
2 Odessa Black Sea Summit fb Conference International Conference on Technology And IT-entrepreneurship, designed to promote development Innovative business in Odessa and Ukraine. 900Annually in September Odesa + + +
3 iForum fb Conference The largest in Ukraine conference on Internet business, Internet advertising and startup trends. More than 7000+ participants. Internet Invest Group, Olshansky and pertners, Imena.ua, GrowthUP and others. 4Annually in April Kyiv +/- + -
4 Lviv IT Arena Conference Conference for all who are interested in IT-business and Internet business - takes place in 3 streams: business, product, technology. Lviv IT Cluster, Eleks, Startup Depot, Lits, GDG Lviv 900Annually in September Lviv + + -
5 PioneersKyiv fb Conference The main goal of PioneersKyiv is to find new innovative projects, to help them find investors. Within the framework of the event, a competition for startups will take place. The winner receives a ticket to the next Pioneers festival in Vienna. Eltrino 4Annually in April Kyiv + + +
6 Pirate Summit Kyiv fb Conference The Pirate Summit Global brings the spirit of entrepreneurship to 50 cities across Europe and the Middle East with the goal of developing close ties between local entrepreneurs and international investors. GrowthUP Group 4Annually in April Kyiv +/- + +
7 Reverse Pitch Conference The event at which startups and investors are changing places - venture funds from Europe and the CIS appear before startups with presentations of their advantages. Startups, in turn, get an opportunity to understand what investors want, to delve deeper into the criteria for selecting projects, and to find an investor suitable for them. GrowthUP Group 4Annually in April Kyiv + + -
8 Investor Pitch Conference The event at which late-seed and Round A startups who are looking for investments are pitching for investors. The highlight of the event is that they are trying to select projects that were unknown to the open market before. GrowthUP Group 4Annually in April Kyiv + + +
9 SVOD Europe fb Conference SVOD Europe Conference provides a networking platform where startups and entrepreneurs from Eastern Europe get acquainted with investors, experts and business founders from Western Europe and the USA. GrowthUP Group 4Annually in April Kyiv + + -
10 SeedForum Kyiv fb Conference An event from the SeedForum World series. The program of the conference includes pitching competition of seven best startups selected by fund experts. IHub 0.23-4 times per year Kyiv + + +
11 InnoTech Ukraine fb Conference Forum of innovative technologies with startup competition, pitch-sessions for investors, exhibition of technologies and master classes. #hardware are also wellcome. Smile Expo 4Annually in April Kyiv + + +
12 Conference StartupLab fb Conference Event for IT-entrepreneurs. A series of keynotes, panel discussions and pitching sessions. GeekLab 2Annually in February Odesa + + +
13 Mobile Beach Conference Conference The first of its kind "beach" conference for investors, startups and other people related to the field of mobile advertising and marketing. Clickky 0.3Twice a year (~in May and September) Odesa - + -
14 Fintech Ukraine‬ Conference Conference This event is for startups in the field of financial services and technologies, investors, banks and technology companies working in the field fintech. 5First event – 19 of May 2015 (stay tuned for announcements) Kyiv + + -
15 UA Mobile 2016 fb Conference All-Ukrainian conference for mobile applications developers, dedicated to the creation of mobile-solutions for business and researching actual trends and innovations in the field of software development for mobile devices. UA Mobile 4Annually in April Kyiv - + -
16 Founders Conference Kyiv fb Conference This is a 4-hour conference on Internet entrepreneurship, where experienced IT entrepreneurs, investors and ambitious young startup founders share their experiences and ideas. Meet Professionals 901First event – 15 of October 2015 (stay tuned for announcements) Kyiv + + -
17 Bitcoin Conference Kiev Conference A unique conference on crypto-currencies, which is designed to answer questions: what is Bitcoin, why it is needed and why Ukraine has every chance to become the ideological center of the world bitcoin community. Smile Expo 900Annually in September Kyiv + + -
18 Blockchain Conference Conference The platform where best experts in the field of crypto currency share their experience and knowledge about how Bitcoin works, explain the principles behind Blockchain technology, discuss world trends and the current state of the industry in Ukraine. Distributed Lab, Innovation and Development Foundation, Gesellberf Cryptofinance 3Annually in March Kyiv + + -
19 GIST Tech-I Competition 2016 Conference Tech-I, part of the GIST initiative is an annual international pitch-competition, the purpose of which is to find and help young scientists, engineers and active people create business with a global focus. GIST 93Annually (see the website) Kyiv + + -
20 Innovate Conference Kyiv fb Conference A platform for acquaintance of corporations and businesses with technologies and innovations that can improve their business. Meet Professionals 92Annually in December Kyiv + + -
21 IoT Conf UA 2016 fb Conference Event for those who are involved in the Internet of Things or are interested in modern technology, robotics, smart home. Reports from experts in the IoT sphere, presentations of startups and IoT solutions. #IoT, #hardware 2Annually in February Kyiv +/- + -
22 SeedForum Odessa Conference An event from the SeedForum World series. The program of the conference includes pitching competition of seven best startups selected by fund experts. IHub 0.23-4 times per year Odesa +/- + +
23 SeedForum Lviv fb Conference An event from the SeedForum World series. The program of the conference includes pitching competition of seven best startups selected by fund experts. IHub 0.23-4 times per year Lviv +/- + +
24 Lviv Startup Garden Conference Conference The event will take place in parallel on two streams - "Let's start" and "Where is the money?", Which will be spoken by more than 20 speakers who will share their experience and advices with you. Lemberg Tech Business School 3Annually in March Lviv + + +
25 Lviv Startup Day fb Conference Workshops, practical advices from best mentors and experts, brainstorming, testing ideas - one day that will allow young startups to find the right path to the success. Startup Depot 4Annually in April Lviv + + -
26 Lviv Game Dev Conference Conference Conference, which brings together the owners of gaming studios, indie developers, game designers, animators and everyone who is interested in the game industry from all over Ukraine. Lviv Startup Club 1Annually in Januar Lviv - + -
27 LifeHackDay Ukraine Conference This event is for high-tech startups, successful entrepreneurs, investors, developers, digital media and all those who is connected with the IT industry. FeelGoodLabs Startup 95 Lviv + + -
28 Business camp MADE IN UKRAINE fb Conference Week of training with the best businessmen of the country for those who just want to create their own business or for those who already have a business (mainly offline). StartupUkraine 0.31-2 times per year Bukovel Ski Resort - + -
29 SeedForum Vinnytsia fb Conference An event from the SeedForum World series. The program of the conference includes pitching competition of seven best startups selected by fund experts. IHub 0.32-3 times per year Vinnytsia +/- + +
30 #IT_Dnipro Conference The theme of the conference is a discussion of trends in the IT industry, presentations of startups and competition for the title of the best. Fison, InnovationBox, InVenture 900Annually in September Dnipro + + -
31 Startup Europe Week (SEW) Conference Educational and discussion event, which is the initiative of Startup Europe and the European Commission for Regional Development. I coworking hub 2First event – 1-5 of February 2016 (stay tuned for announcements) Dnipro - + -
32 Startup Sauna in Kiev fb Startup competition Competition among startups - the opportunity to present the project, improve pitching skills, get coaching session 1 on 1 with famous mentors. Winners receive tickets to one of the conferences in Europe. StartupSauna in Kiev in cooperation with "Chasopys" 3Twice a year (see the global site) Kyiv + + +
33 Seedstars Kyiv fb Startup competition The local stage of the international competition for startups with the opportunity to present its project to the jury of investors and win participation in the final stage of the competition in Switzerland. Seedstars World 91Annually in November-Januar Kyiv + + +
34 iHUB Ring fb Startup competition Competition among startups with the opportunity to present the project, get acquainted with investors in the jury, and also win a trip to one of the SeedForum conferences abroad. iHUB 0.23-4 times per year Kyiv + + +
35 Startup Crash Test (Kyiv) fb Startup competition A regular event where startups present their project for the first time to others and gather feedback from guests of the event. GrowthUP 0.1Monthly Kyiv - + +
36 Startup Crash Test (Dnipro) fb Startup competition A regular event where startups present their project for the first time to others and gather feedback from guests of the event. GrowthUP 0.1Monthly Dnipro - + +
37 Startup Crash Test Lviv (by Startup Depot) fb Startup competition A regular event where startups present their project for the first time to others and gather feedback from guests of the event. Startup Depot 0.1Monthly Lviv - + +
37 Startup Crash Test (Odesa) Startup competition A regular event where startups present their project for the first time to others and gather feedback from guests of the event. 0.1Monthly Odesa - + +
37 Startup Crash Test (Kharkiv) Startup competition A regular event where startups present their project for the first time to others and gather feedback from guests of the event. 0.1Monthly Kharkiv - + +
37 Startup Crash Test (Ivano-Frankivsk) Startup competition A regular event where startups present their project for the first time to others and gather feedback from guests of the event. 0.1Monthly Ivano-Frankivsk - + +
38 Vernandsky Challenge fb Startup competition The event brings together professionals and innovators in the field of engineering and design. Teams with the most promising ideas will receive investments, professional expertise and access to the innovative scientific and technical base Noosphere Ventures in the equivalent of 1 million hryvnаs. Noosphere Ventures 3Annually in March Kyiv +/- + +
39 1776 Challenge Cup Kyiv fb Startup competition The local stage of the international competition for startups with the opportunity to present its project to the jury of investors, win participation in the final stage of the match in Washington and compete for prizes worth over $ 1 million. 1776 in cooperation with UAngel 1Annually (see site of global initiative) Kyiv + + +
40 International IT-championship "Golden Byte" fb Startup competition Golden Byte is the competition for students, programmers and young startups. Golden Byte is aimed at a young, progressive generation that seeks show and realize their potential in the field of IT-technologies, design, and communications. Step Academy (Академия Шаг) 2Annually in February-March Kyiv, All Ukraine - + +
41 RechargeIT Startup competition Recharge IT is a competition for modern entrepreneurs and companies ready to develop their business and their customers' business using advanced IT solutions. CISCO 2Annually in February Kyiv - + +
42 Startup Battle Startup competition The event is held every month to help startup entrepreneurs in assessing the readiness and investment attractiveness of their projects, and possibly get the earliest angel investments. Startup.Network (Startup.ua) 0.1Monthly Kyiv, Odesa + + +
43 UAngel Сoffee Morning fb Networking event Regular morning meetings with invited business speakers on topics that are relevant to their business. UAngel 0.1Monthly Kyiv - + -
44 UAngel Coffee Diligence fb Networking event Every month UAngel team selects applications from startups and invites the best of them in a closed presentation at a club angel investors. UAngel 0.1Monthly Kyiv + + +
45 TechNetworkingParty Networking event Semi-closed meeting of IT / startup community representatives, networking, discussion of trends. GrowthUP Group 0.3Twice a year (in April and November) Kyiv + + -
46 Kyiv Startup Week fb Networking event Series of events in April, which usually takes 5 days, which target is to bring the maximum number of foreign investors, experts and potential partners to the local startup ecosystem. GrowthUP Group 4Annually in April Kyiv + + -
47 Startup Safari Series of events Startup Safary is an open day for a startup ecosystem. Startups, accelerators, incubators, venture funds and coworking spaces open their doors and organize events in their offices throughout the city. This event is for all those who would like to work, build or invest in startups and offer a great way to immerse themselves in the Kyiv startup community. GrowthUP Group 4Annually in April Kyiv + + -
47 Fintech Week Kyiv Series of events Series of fintech events in May. Fintech cluster 517-22 of May 2016 (stay tuned for announcements) Kyiv + + +
48 Lviv Startup Club Meetings fb Networking event This organization is created to support high-tech entrepreneurship in Lviv and develop an innovative ecosystem of western Ukraine. If you have a product idea or you are building your project and you need investments - you can submit them at the monthly meeting of the club and get advices from experts or investments from interested investors. Lviv Startup Club 0.1Monthly Lviv +/- + -
49 Startup Grind Kiev fb Networking event Lectures, discussions with entrepreneurs and experts of IT/startup community. by Katherina Degtyar 0.1Monthly Kyiv - + -
50 Kyiv Maker Faire fb Networking event Kyiv Maker Faire is part of the international Maker Faire movement. It is a festival of technology, ingenuity and creativity. It is a mix of science, IT, crafts, a meeting of technical enthusiasts of all ages, crafters, hobbyists, engineers, scientific clubs, authors, artists, students. Those who do it for fun, as well as those who make their own inventions. #hardware friendly Maker Hub 0.32-3 times per year Kyiv - + -
51 Lviv Robo Cafe fb Networking event Club for fans of robotics. The club invites inventors and developers who are engaged in programming microcontrollers, transistors and electronic designers. #hardware friendly Lviv Mobile Development Day 0.1Monthly Lviv - + -
52 Business.People Party fb Networking event About 100 participants of the Business People Party will strengthen existing contacts and establish new useful business contacts, communicate with business friends and get acquainted with new interesting people during organized business-dating sessions. Business. People 0.1Monthly Kyiv, Dnipro, Kharkiv - + -
53 Business breakfast Startup Ukraine Networking event Informal conversations at breakfast with successful entrepreneurs of the country. StartupUkraine 0.1Monthly Kyiv - +/- -
54 #ITeaTalks Networking event Meetings with IT-entrepreneurs, investors and other successful representatives of startup and IT-sphere. IQSpace 0.1Monthly Odesa - + -
58 IoT Demo Day Networking event Final demo day of residents of IoT acceleration programm from IoT Hub Laboratory before investors (business angels) demonstrating the evolution of their products and achievements over 4 months of acceleration. #IoT, #hardware IoT Hub 0.32-3 times per year Kyiv + + +
59 Media Hack Weekend fb Hackathon Media Hack Weekend is the largest Hackathon in Ukraine, organized by 1+1 media, during which talented inventors, leading experts, media market professionals, successful entrepreneurs and potential investors gather in one place. And all this in order to find new ideas in the field of media, to implement them and make a successful commercial product. 1+1 media 901Annually in October Kyiv - + +
60 DOU Hackathon Hackathon DOU Hackathon is quite famous within Ukraine. Its goal is to get to know those who "get things done", have a good time and learn something new, and maybe create a useful project. DOU.UA 2Annually in February Kyiv - + +
63 OShack Hackathon The 24-hour monthly Hackathon with the ability to join online, which people from all over the world can join and contribute to open source projects. Hackraft 0.1Monthly Kyiv - + +
61 Hackathon Kyiv Smart City fb Hackathon Hackathon solutions for the "smart" city Kyiv Smart City 5First event – 17-18 of May 2015 (stay tuned for announcements) Kyiv - + +
62 Mockuthon fb Hackathon Hackathon without code. Mokuton is organized to show the ideological people without the skills of writing code that they can create something amazing with their own hands and test their ideas directly at the event. THE 54 900First event – 26 of September 2015 (stay tuned for announcements) Kyiv - + +
65 AI Hackaton Hackathon 48-hour Hackathon in the field of artificial intelligence. Digital Future 4First event – 15-17 of April 2016 - + +
66 STEM Hardware Hackathon fb Hackathon Hackathon of ideas and projects based on the synthesis of natural sciences, innovative technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The purpose of the festival is the accumulation of knowledge of Ukrainian IT professionals, the identification of talented young people. Go ITeens 3First event was hold 5-6 of March 2016 (stay tuned for announcements) Kyiv - + +
67 Hackathon: Bring Brains and Blockchain fb Hackathon Hackathon for projects based on blockchain technology. 3First event – 12 of March 2016 (stay tuned for announcements) Lviv - + +
68 Fintech Hackathon Hackathon 48-hour marathon of the creation of working prototypes and API, focused on the financial sector. 5First event – 21-22 of May 2016 Kyiv - + +
68 Falling Walls Lab Kyiv 2017 Conference Falling Walls Lab is a new interdisciplinary format of conferences for young scientists. It gives them the opportunity to present their ideas the scientific, social, industrial and business field to the whole world! 5Annually in September Kyiv - + +
68 Aequo Legal Tech Challenge Competition The winner will receive $20,000, access to the leading legal and IT professionals, opportunities to attract investment for project development and much more. 5Annually in September Kyiv - + +
68 Open Data Challenge Competition Open Data Challenge - is a national competition for innovative and self-sustaining projects and IT-solutions based on open data.

The purpose of the contest - to give developers, entrepreneurs, designers, researchers and community activists to use open data to develop services and products that contribute to solving the problems of Ukrainian society.

The prize fund - 1,500,000 UAH.
5Annually in September Kyiv - + +
68 UAngel Office hours fb Meetup Mentorship hours by UAngel members. 5Weekly (Every friday) Kyiv - + +
68 Product Tank Kyiv fb Meetup Kyiv Meetups for Product People, by Product People. 5Every 2 months. Kyiv - + +
68 Creative Mornings Kyiv fb Meetup CreativeMornings is a free, monthly breakfast lecture series for creative types. Each event is free of charge, and includes a 20 minute talk, plus coffee! 5Monthly Kyiv - + +
68 Silicon Drinkabout Bar Kyiv fb Networking event Silicon Drinkabout is a regular meet-up for startups and techies to meet like-minded people, have some fun and relax at the end of the working week. 5Weekly (Every friday) Kyiv - + +
68 Product Hunt Kyiv Meetup fb Meetup Demos&Drinks event as we bring together an amazing community of product hunters and launchers in Kiev.

We'll talk about launching products on Product Hunt, share some awesome tips and hottest learnings, and chat about digital products and services.
5First event – 3 of June 2017 Kyiv - + +
68 CoreTeka Automotive Hackathon Hackathon Automotive Hackathon is an event where developers with different competencies will work on a variety of automotive / transportation projects and within 48 hours they will develop a prototype project and submit it to the jury's vote. CoreTeka 5First event – 7-9 of April 2017 Kyiv - + +
68 LOGIN Startup Fair & Lithuanian Startup Visa. Kyiv fb Meetup Pitch and win flight tickets and conference passes to LOGIN Startup Fair 2017 show in Vilnius, Lithuania, EU, in the end of May. Learn about Lithuania’s Startup Visa, startup ecosystem and expansion opportunities. Meet people. Free event. Startup Lithuania and Go Vilnius 5First event – 19 of April 2017 Kyiv - + +
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