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Ukraine: Tech Sector Looks to Move Beyond Outsourcing

Andrey Sevryukov, founder of AgriEye, at the Black Sea IT Summit on September 13, 2016. Ukraine has long been known as an outsourcing center because of its abundance of skilled programmers. Now, some IT analysts believe the country is ready to take the next step and establish itself as a tech start-up hub. (Photo: Natalie Gryvnyak)

Ukraine has long been known as an outsourcing center because of its abundance of skilled programmers. Now, some IT analysts believe the country is ready to take the next step – establishing itself as a tech start-up hub.
 
The idea du jour at the recent Black Sea IT Summit – a two-day conclave of tech experts and entrepreneurs, held in Odessa – was that Ukraine had great potential to become an incubator for entrepreneurs, especially those in the IT sector.
 
Mark Turrell – a featured speaker at the early September summit and CEO of Orcasci, a web strategy consultancy – said Ukraine possessed all the elements for a fertile IT ecosystem. “It’s an attractive market, a mature outsourcing country, yet [it has] a new understanding of product development possibilities,” Turrell said. “A Ukrainian tech company can start with low investment, and [have] global perspectives.”
 

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Natalie Gryvnyak is a freelance writer based in Ukraine who specializes in writing about the IT sector.

Ukraine: Tech Sector Looks to Move Beyond Outsourcing

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