Explore Ukrainian IT: B2B-trip for startups

  • Kyiv, Ukraine
  • 15.04.2018
  • 12:00

The Norwegian-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce (NUCC) is together with the Norwegian Embassy in Kyiv, organising a business trip for Norwegian startups to Ukraine April 15th-18th. The trips is an opportunity to explore the opportunities in Ukrainian IT and get to know potential IT-partners.

At the trip you will:

  • Get insights into Ukrainian politics, economy and opportunities in IT
  • Learn how to successfully outsource and do business with Ukrainian IT-providers
  • Have B2B-meetings with Ukrainian IT-companies

Ukraine is about to become an attractive IT and outsourcing destination in Europe. The Global Sourcing Association (GSA) UK nominated Ukraine as the offshoring destination of the year  in 2017. Many Scandinavian, including Norwegian startups, are using Ukrainian IT-specialists. The reason is the access to high IT-competence to a reasonable price. Ukraine has the largest pool of IT-specialists in Central and Eastern Europe. Most of them develop products or work for international clients. Four years after the Maidan revolution, Ukrainian businesses are looking towards Europe. Norway is one of the most popular markets. This creates substantial opportunities for Norwegian companies looking for a good IT-partner.

Below you can find the program. Small changes in time might occur. Topics and dates are fixed.

The trip is partly funded. Travel and accomodation is covered. You only need to pay a small fee on 1500 NOK (egenandel). 

We recommend those who are interested to register as soon as possible. There are limited places. The principle is first come first served. Last chance to register is April 8th.

If you have any questions regarding the trip, please contact Linda Skjold Oksnes, responsible for IT-relations in NUCC.


Day 1: Travel and dinner in Kyiv April 15th

Introduction to Ukraine, get to know each other and dinner

Day 2: Introduction to Ukraine, opportunities in IT and how to do business

Introduction to Ukraine as an IT-destination and opportunities for Norwegian companies

  • Ukraine as an IT-destination – Yaroslav Kutovoy, head of PR in IT Ukraine
  • Kyiv as an IT-destination - Nataly Veremeeva, ceo of Kyiv IT Cluster
  • Opportunities for Norwegian companies. Presentation of a new market study – Kostyantyn Yakovchuk-Besarab, ceo of uSupport.

Place: Coworking Platforma.

Address: Leonardo Business Center, 17/52 Bogdana Khmelnitskogo Street, Kyiv

Lunch at Leonardo Business Center

Workshop with KPMG: How to outsource and do business with an Ukrainian IT-partner?

  • Legal aspects of doing business with an Ukrainian IT-partner: What should you do? - KPMG Ukraine
  • How to deal with cultural differences? - Karin Ellis, ceo Ellis Culture.
  • Competence and culture - pros and cons of using Ukrainian engineers - Artem Vilihura, engagement manager in Itera

Place: KPMG Ukraine

Address: Business Center Senator, Moskovska St, 32/2, Kyiv, Ukraina, 01010


Introduction to Ukrainian politics, economy and Norwegian-Ukrainian relations – Fredrik Arthur, Counsellor/Deputy Head of Mission, The Norwegian Embassy in Kyiv

Place: The Norwegian Embassy in Kyiv. Address: Strilets'ka St, 15, Kyiv.


Day 3: Meetings with Ukrainian IT-companies 09:30-10:00

Introduction to Coworking Platforma

B2B-meetings with Ukrainian IT-companies

10:00-13:00 - B2B-meetings

13-14:00 - Lunch at Leonardo Business Center

13:00-17:00 - B2B-meetings

Place: Coworking Platforma

Address: Leonardo Business Center, 17/52 Bogdana Khmelnitskogo Street, Kyiv

Reception at the Norwegian Embassy in Kyiv

AddressStrilets'ka St, 15, Kyiv, Ukraina, 01901

Practical information

Time: April 15th-18th 

Place: Kyiv, Ukraine

Payment: The trip is partly funded for one person per organisation.  There will be small fee on 1500 NOK (egenandel). Travel and accomodation is then covered. Please note that the 1500 NOK  must be paid by latest Thu 12th of April.

Your organisation is welcome to have more than one participant. You then have to cover travel and accomodation for the second person.

Registration: Please use the blue button below to register. After registration you will receive an email with more information and asked to confirm your participation. Please note that the registraton is binding one week after submitting the form and/or after confirming the follow-up email. In case of cancellation, the fee on 1500 NOK will still apply (excepttions are made for documentet illness or other similar causes).

Deadline: April 8th. There are limited places, so first come first served.


Kyiv IT Cluster

Kyiv IT Cluster is a social organization established in 2016. It's aimed to develop ICT sector in Kyiv region.