Kyiv Tech Hub 2018

On the 6th of December 2018 the second edition of Kyiv Tech Hub Conference was held. The top 30 Ukrainian startups were selected to present their ideas and solutions to the tight circle of Polish and Ukrainian investors.

This year, the event was more complex than in 2017 – it consisted of two parts: firstly, the official pitching session and one-to-one meetings with the investors and secondly, the awarding ceremony, panel discussion and networking.

The opening ceremony was commenced with the speech of Jerzy Kwieciński, Polish Minister of Investments and Development. Following his suit, the summarising speeches were given by the representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland, Polish Agency of Investments and Trade, Cooperation Fund Foundation and a number of Ukrainian partners, including 1991 Open Data Incubator, UNIT.City and iHUB.

The official part was followed by pitching session, where the representatives of 30 startup teams were able to present their solutions to the interested parties. This year we were able to see innovations in various sectors of the economy, ranging from medical devices to new energy solutions. Two of the best projects – Technovator and AirEnergy  – were awarded during the evening part of the conference, organized by Polish-Ukrainian Startup Bridge team & RE:ACTOR.

About the projects

Technovatorcame up with a system for wireless charging of smartphones that does not require a plug-in connection, or placing the device on an inductive coupling. Technovator XE (product name) won first place in the Vernadsky Challenge engineering startup competition held in April 2016 in Dnipro, Ukraine. The EU Horizon 2020 fund awarded a grant of 50,000 Euros to Technovator XE in December 2017. AirEnergyhas developed a Dynamic Air Cooling (DAC) system, which  is new and 100% environment friendly air conditioning and refrigeration technology. DAC does not use synthetic HFC coolants and has no thermal emissions.