10 World Famous Startups Made in Ukraine
Looksery - Selfie Beautification App
An Odessa project with its headquarters located in San-Francisco can be compared to today’s extremely popular Instagram (Looksery, however improves pictures and videos with a number of filters in real time and not only after a picture has been taken). The team from Odessa has already signed their first B2B license agreement for their exclusive technology with an Asian media holding. According to the agreement the latter will pay off 5 million US dollars in total.
A Ukrainian store called Kwambio has a very special range of products. After you buy a vase, kitchen utensils, decor items, shoes or bijouterie you will have to print it with your own 3D printer. Online platform for designers and owners of 3D printers is based in New York and announces official launching in April this year. Founders have already received their first investments in the amount of 500 thousand US dollars.
Petcube - a robot for pets
Invented by Ukrainian developers, Petcube - is a kind of robot for looking after your pets and playing with them remotely. It is extremely easy to operate it, all you need is to install an app on your smartphone. Right after that you are able to interact with pets and watch a small aluminum cube with integrated Wi-Fi, camera, microphone, speaker and a red certified and safe laser play with your pet while you are away.
Iblazr - LED-flash has been created by Ukrainians especially for those who enjoy taking selfies or just making pictures with a device in poor light. This is one of the three projects by a young Concepeter company: Ukrainians are also working on video shooting stabilizer for smartphones - Cinezis and Morzr messenger which does not require network connection to function.
LaMetric Smart WatchThis smart watch invented by guys from Lviv not only tells the time and outside temperature but can also provide important business analytics. At the moment this is the most successful crowdfunding project in Ukraine, which gathered $370 thousand with only $69 thousand requested. LaMetric is produced at one of the most famous Chinese factories Foxconn, same place where iPod and iPhone are born.
VOX Music Player
Simple and easy to use Ukrainian Player VOX by Coppertino Company has become an alternative way of listening to music in iTunes and has similar functions to once popular Winamp. VOX has been installed for over 600 000 times and is being successfully used in 135 countries across the world. A total amount of investments into this project comprised over 500 US dollars.
ZZ Photo - images organizer
This service puts a home photo library in order, sorting pictures by different parameters. For example, it tags your friends by name, recognizes photos from vacation and even spots cats on the pictures which not available in famous Picasa by Google. ZZ Photo has made the best interactive Ukrainian startup and has also been listed in top 150 best world startups at Pioneers conference in Austria.
Grammarly - quick grammar aid
Offices of Grammarly Company - English spellchecker service, which is already used by 5 million people worldwide - are located in Kyiv and California. Ukrainians hardly ever know about this project but according to experts it is worth at least 100 million dollars. This chargeable service in experts’ opinion gets about USD 20 million annual revenue and this is not even the full potential of the project.
Scanner Pro - mobile scanner
Scanner Pro Application which turns iPhone into scanner and any document captured by the device camera - into a good quality PDF file, has been estimated and tested by 7 million users from 150 countries. Apple Corporation has announced this application to be the best app of the week in the official Apple Store. Readdlе Company who have created the application have never accepted any investments and have no intentions to move from their native city - Odessa.
CleanMyMac - digital cleaner
A software for cleaning your PC from excessive files - CleanMyMac has been developed by a 27-year-old Ukrainian Oleksandr Kosovan. Success of this project has not only been proved by millions of users, but also the fact that Facebook has bought an official license for this program for 3500 Facebook employees. Oleksandr Kosovan has never accepted investments but now has become an investor himself establishing a VC SMRK fund together with a partner for USD 10 million.
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