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IDCEE 2014: Ukraine - The Next Startup Nation - Aviram Eisenberg (CEO @ Ignite)


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Being a software architect, successful manager and acclaimed speaker. Aviram Eisenberg combines deep technical expertise with managerial grid. He is looking to turn into a serial entrepreneur and an angel investor. On his successful entrepreneurial road he became a founder and CEO of Ignite – a global software development company with headquarters in Israel that specializes in Mobile, Web and Gaming Development.

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IDCEE 2014: Ukraine - The Next Startup Nation - Aviram Eisenberg (CEO @ Ignite)

  1. 1. Ukraine – the next startup nation Aviram Eisenberg Investor Day Central and Eastern Europe, Kyiv 2014
  2. 2. The First Time I Came to Ukraine… 8 Years ago I came to Ukraine for the first time… I put on a nice suit (so I thought) and shopped for a good development partner Everybody was talking with me about the IT Industry (and I thought this “High-Tech” with Russian accent IT = Selling Development Services High-Tech = Selling Developed Products How do we turn the IT industry to High-Tech (and not just by changing the accent)
  3. 3. About Me Father of 3 wonderful children High-Tech professional for the last 30 years - Computer geek in my teenage days - Platoon commander in the Army Intelligence (computer related) - Computer Science Graduate from the Technion - Chief Architect at Mind CTI - Founder and CEO Of Ignite – a global IT company - Chairman of the Israeli R&D Managers forum Lives in Kiev (Ukraine is my second home!)
  4. 4. 4 Country History 66 years 22,072 km2 23 years 603,628 km2 Age Territory Population 8,14 mln 44,29 mln
  5. 5. Israel - Silicon Valley in the East spend the highest percentage of GDP on scientific R&D: 4.4% compared to 2.7% for the United States R&D centers of Intel, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, IBM, etc. 19 companies listed on London Stock Exchange combined market capitalization on LSEG $6.9 billion 62 companies are traded on NASDAQ, totaling $ 36 billion
  6. 6. Israel is the Startup Nation Tel-Aviv comes is #2 in the top startup ecosystems in the world 450-500 startups are established every year each month 10 companies move to New York distributed and powerful angel investors network most venture capital per capita: 2.5 times more than the U.S. and 30 times more than Europe
  7. 7. How Did it Start? But, it was not always like that! 30 years ago Israel’s was very much like Ukraine – selling IT services to the USA The Israeli Army produced excellent developers International companies came to shop for good (and cheap) developers and established branches (Motorola, then Intel, them Microsoft…) With time, developers left the big companies and started small innovative product companies in the same vertical Investor-friendly government policy brought more big companies
  8. 8. How Did it Start? Few startups were sold to international companies Then came the VCs and the private investors And the rest is history…
  9. 9. 9 Startup ecosystem 70 2000 7 50 500 + VC funds Angel investors Active startups 5000 +
  10. 10. 10 High motivation for High Education Israel 2nd most educated country “Technion” took 7th place in the ranking of the best universities in the world Jewish Mom factor (you can do better, sonny!) Ukraine 16K IT graduates annually 4-5K (25%) of new comers are employed in the specialty 4th of certified IT professionals in the global rank
  11. 11. 11 Individualistic and entrepreneurial spirit Wars 10 wars (every 5-10 years) 1947-1949, 1956, 1967, 1967-1970, 1973, 1982-2000, 2008-2009, 2010, 2012, 2014 Daily living under possible terrorist attacks now WWaarrss High level of risk tolerance!
  12. 12. 12 Hunger to Succeed Absence of own state 2000 years 1000 years Each individual has a great desire to determine own destiny!
  13. 13. 13 Areas of IT Expertise Israel Homeland Security - military software - airport and objects - personal surveillance control Cyber security Medical Devices industry Scientific researches Ukraine Programming instruments and platforms Computer games anything else you heard of?
  14. 14. 14 Conclusion - Ukraine’s Strengths High motivation for High Education Individualistic and entrepreneurial spirit Hunger to Succeed It's rebirth time for Ukraine. Let's help her to overcome the challenges and make the new startup-hub!
  15. 15. 15 Thank you for attention! Questions? +38 0412 46-61-79