European IT Hub: Kyiv’s new role to be discussed in Davos
Kyiv, January 23, 2018 – A panel on innovative cities will be held within the walls of the first Ukraine House Davos at the World Economic Forum in Davos (Switzerland). The participants of the meeting will discuss the role of Kyiv as a new IT hub in Central and Eastern Europe. The discussion will be supported by Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko, CEO of UFuture Investment Group Nicholas Tymoshchuk, head of Leading Strategic Communications at Web Summit Mike Harvey, CEO of Israel Advanced Technology Industries Karin Rubinstein. The meeting will begin at 15:00 on January 24 with the support of the innovation park UNIT.City.
Participants in the discussion will pay special attention to the development of the IT infrastructure of Kyiv and its important element – UNIT.City. This is the first project of this scale in Ukraine. The goal of the project in the international arena is to become a point of entry info Ukraine for foreign investors, partners, customers and new technologies.
“The mission of the IT industry has long been global and the opening of Ukraine House by the joint efforts of many companies and organizations is a logical step in advancing the country and the industry. Our IT industry grew by more than 20% in 2017 and the construction by us of an innovation city is a logical step. This is a signal to Western partners that, in addition to talented specialists, Ukraine has large infrastructure facilities which one can work with to open R&D centers of international corporations.” says Max Yakover, Managing Partner and CEO at UNIT.City
The World Economic Forum in Davos is a concentration of political and business elite, leading thinkers of the present, representatives of the top media and the most influential communities. At different venues of the forum, they determine the direction of the world economy for the next few years.
The Ukrainian House will operate in Davos from January 22 to January 26, 2018. The slogan of Ukraine House Davos is “Ukraine: Creativity. Innovation. Opportunity.” The organizer of the project is the Ukrainian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (UVCA) in partnership with the Western NIS Enterprise Fund and the Victor Pinchuk Foundation. Ciklum and the IT Ukraine Association are also partners of Ukraine House Davos.
UNIT.City is the first innovation park in Ukraine. This is where infrastructure and ecosystems are created for the development of businesses in the field of high technologies and creative industries. The mission of UNIT.City is to build a unique innovation center where corporations, start-ups and professionals will be able to cooperate with each other and grow rapidly and qualitatively. UNIT.City is part of UFuture Investment Group.
UNIT.City’s plans for the next five years:
- 500,000 square meters designed for business, education and innovation
- An area of 25 hectares
- 1,500 places in coworking
- 10 labs
- $200 mln in investment
About UFuture Investment Group
UFuture Investment Group is a conglomerate and an investment company founded by Ukrainian entrepreneur Vasyl Khmelnytsky. UFuture represents his companies and projects in Ukraine and abroad, as well as coordinates their activities in the international arena.
The group includes such companies as UDP, UDP Renewables, Biofarma, Kyiv International Airport, Bila Tserkva Industrial Park, LvivTech.City Innovation Park, RTM Ukraine.
The Interfax-Ukraine News Agency is a media partner of the event.