Become a Startup Scout

We warmly invite all Kyiv residents to explore the enriching opportunity of becoming a VC startup scout. Benefit from exclusive access to innovative startups while expanding your professional network in a dynamic global landscape.


Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, serves as a booming hub for startup and venture capital (VC) ecosystem. The city offers a vibrant tech scene backed by a strong educational system, mature IT outsourcing industry, and young, tech-savvy English-speaking professionals.

In the past few years, Kyiv-based startups have garnered global attention and raised significant capital. The city has been home to successful startups like GitLab, a web-based DevOps lifecycle tool, founded by Dmitriy Zaporozhets, which has raised over $145.5 million and achieved a $1.1 billion valuation. Another success story is Ajax Systems, a developer of smart security systems, which, since its foundation in 2011, has been recognized as one of the most innovative startups in Europe.

The city's VC ecosystem is also thriving. There are numerous funds actively investing in Kyiv startups, including TA Ventures, which is focused primarily on global tech companies with research and development centers in Ukraine and Eastern Europe. Digital Future, which focuses on e-commerce, digital marketing, mobile and software solutions, is another key player in the landscape. In addition to these, several city-supported initiatives are helping nourish this growing ecosystem. One of them is UNIT.City, which is Ukraineโ€™s first innovation park that provides a strong environment for businesses and startups.

Moreover, Kyiv hosts various events like IT Arena and iForum, attracting international venture capital firms, angel investors, tech professionals, and entrepreneurs from all over the world. This city is known for its cost-effective manpower which attracts many international companies to set up their research and development centers.

In conclusion, the startup and VC ecosystem in Kyiv shows promising potential due to its robust tech talent pool, successful unicorns, availability of venture capital and strong support from government initiatives. It is, without a doubt, set to emerge as a major tech hub in Eastern Europe.

As a Scout, You Can...


Kickstart Your Venture Capital Career

Showing your skills in picking successful startups and advising founders is the surest way to build your reputation and secure a venture capital role.

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Help Your Ecosystem Thrive

Your community, region, or group thrives when its founders are given the chance to succeed before going back and reinvesting in their comunities.

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Earn a Share in Startups Without Investing in Them

Earn a share in startups you scout without the funds to invest directly just like a VC partner.

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Monetise Your Content & Community

As a podcaster, community manager, or event organiser you have a front-row seat to interesting startups which you can monetise by helping them fundraise.

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Create a Fairer Society

By identifying under-represented founders you're level the playing field for anyone to success based on merit independent from their social or ethnic background.

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Help Friends Get Funded

Help your friends who are neck-deep in their startups get the funding they need to succeed.

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Grow Your Personal Brand

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Join as a Scout at Your University

Available Programs

Startup Investor?

Connect with Kyiv's startup scene by joining our dealflow network and receive exclusive access to new individuals, startups, and innovations. Get ahead of the game and make the most of your investments.

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Do you interview founders &ย startups? Take your conversation insights to the next level by scouting your favourite podcast guests.

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Co-Working Space Organiser

Do you help run a co-working space as an organiser or a greeter? Do you come across interesting entrepreneurs and startups?

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Event Organiser

Do you organise an event, conference, or trade show? Help your founder attendees get discovered.

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Are you active in the entrepreneurship club at your college? Doing an MBA? Or are you a PHDย student at a technical university? Help your fellow students get funded.

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