ERA raises awareness of east Ukraine IT sector

Information Technology
20 September 2021

USAID Economic Resilience Activity (ERA) held the MRPL IT Weekend conference in Mariupol (Donetsk Oblast). The event brought together about 300 representatives of IT companies from eastern Ukraine, Kyiv, and Mykolaiv.

Speakers from international and Ukrainian IT companies discussed the prospects for the development of the IT industry in eastern Ukraine and challenges for the IT business, industry trends, lead generation, team building and corporate culture. They also shared their experience in creating startups and forming ecosystems.

Welcoming the forum participants, Timothy Madigan, DCOP of ERA, spoke about the changes taking place in the Mariupol IT sector today. Thanks to development of the IT ecosystem, the region’s economy is gradually changing from industrial to innovative.

Mariupol Deputy Mayor Serhii Orlov recalled the IT industry in the city five years ago, observing that the IT-sphere in Mariupol becomes stronger every year. Then, executive Director of 1991 Open Data Incubator Yevhenia Klepa reflected on the drivers of the future of IT and women’s leadership in IT, and trends towards 2025 – demand for mobile applications, personalization, security and privacy, new business needs, emerging markets, and no-code startups.

The second day of MRPL IT Weekend took place at Beetroot Academy Mariupol on September 19. Mariupol IT companies talked about themselves, IT development in the city, and invitations to work, study and cooperate.

Who can become a member of an IT cluster?

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Legal entities such as private company or an individual entrepreneur may be members of an IT cluster.

What should I do if there is no IT cluster in my city?

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You may apply to an IT cluster in a city where the cluster is registered. You don’t have to be the resident of the city where the cluster is located.

How can I find IT clusters collaborating (cooperating) with the ERA?

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Four IT clusters are situated in the cities of Mariupol, Sievierodonetsk and two IT clusters are in Kramatorsk.

Please, pay attention to IT clusters cooperating with ERA.

Can our IT company get assistance from the ERA?

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ERA cooperates with IT companies which are members of IT clusters. You may apply to an IT cluster for membership and then you may receive assistance.

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The development of the IT ecosystem in eastern Ukraine is a priority for USAID Economic Resilience Activity (ERA). The IT sector engages young, educated professionals and prevents brain drain from eastern Ukraine, while also enriching other sectors such as manufacturing and agriculture.

Eastern Ukraine faces a challenge because of the proximity of booming IT sectors in Kharkiv, Kyiv, Dnipro and other major metro areas. Keeping IT professionals in the east requires a holistic approach that addresses multiple factors simultaneously: modernizing IT education, developing the IT community through clusters and associations, making eastern cities more attractive for IT professionals, developing the technical ability of eastern firms while also focusing on their “front office” sales and client management skills.

The 1991 center in Mariupol was ERA’s pioneer engagement in the eastern IT sector. This dynamic hub has helped put Mariupol IT on the national map while supporting the development of IT professionals and firms throughout the city.

ERA has supported establishment of IT clusters and associations in Mariupol, Kramatorsk and Sievierodonetsk that unite IT firms and local educational institutions. The activities of the IT clusters will be aimed at solving common problems related to the availability of qualified personnel and the development of the IT industry in the region.

One cluster has the motto “You can be successful at home,” and was created in order to provide IT companies operating in Kramatorsk with personnel and young specialists. They plan to create and implement a network of educational programs for training IT specialists.

IT cluster plans to foster modern business processes, improve marketing and branding practices, attract investment for creation of incubators and research centers.

In Luhansk Oblast ERA will support establishment of a modern IT education and incubation platform to help jump-start the sector in Ukraine’s easternmost region. This platform will be based at Volodymyr Dahl East Ukrainian National University and will be developed in partnership with a leading organizations in Ukrainian IT innovation.

ERA is committed to the development of individual eastern IT at all levels: from individual professionals to firms and clusters and to the communities that the sector calls home.