Startup Ecosystem

Founder Stories: Yuriy Zaremba, AXDRAFT

Founder Stories: Yuriy Zaremba, AXDRAFT

Yuriy Zaremba, the founder and CEO of AXDRAFT, strongly believes that if you don't have some kind of high level professional experience, you can’t build a great company – unless you are a true prodigy. The idea for AXDRAFT is based on some real struggles he was facing as one of the top lawyers in Ukraine, the same unnecessary hassle that all lawyers experience daily. The idea took off and today, as a YC graduate, Yuriy is sharing his story and practical tips with others in this interview, and more personally, on our F2F Skillsharing Platform. Together with his team he is also a member of our LIFT99 Kyiv Hub community supporting us building the next generation startup ecosystem in Ukraine.

LIFT99 Kyiv Hub TAKEOFF

LIFT99 Kyiv Hub TAKEOFF

The morning after the LIFT99 Kyiv Hub TAKEOFF – the grand opening party of our Kyiv hub – a message popped up on our team’s Slack channel: “Guys, did anyone go on the roof last night?”. After long silence another message popped up: “Well, there might have been around 20 people on the roof... including some famous journalist, some hot shot investors, and startup founders. Oopsy daisy!”

Yes, Houston, we had a party!

Announcing: Startup Wall of Fame Ukraine

Announcing: Startup Wall of Fame Ukraine

When putting together the Startup Wall of Fame Ukraine, growth was an especially important indicator. Essentially, these are the local tech companies with a unique solution that have already proven they can grow 80% - 100%. And that doesn’t mean once. That means year over year.

My 5 Lessons as an Angel Investor

My 5 Lessons as an Angel Investor

Investing is my side project & I am still mostly a startup entrepreneur, with sleepless nights & 23-hour work days. But there a few things I have learned from the privilege of seeing things from both sides of the table - the point of view of an investor, as well as a founder.

Ukraine – From a Pool of Developers to an International Tech Hub

Ukraine – From a Pool of Developers to an International Tech Hub

The country that is currently a pool of tech talent for many huge American and Western European IT companies will soon become an ocean of successful startups. The writings are already on the wall.

Forming Meaningful Partnerships and Making an Impact

Forming Meaningful Partnerships and Making an Impact

Our community is something we value above everything else at LIFT99. This naturally includes our partners, without whom we couldn’t do the crazy and awesome things we are doing. Here’s a virtual high five and deep bow of gratitude to the #EstonianMafia startups who are lifting LIFT99 higher.

Record-Breaking Year for Estonian Startup Investments

Record-Breaking Year for Estonian Startup Investments

We are thrilled to announce that 2018 is going to be a record year for Estonian startups! 6 months in, we're just €30M short of swooshing by last year's results.

The Practice and Philosophy of Building Winning Teams - Ahti Heinla, Startup Grind with LIFT99

The Practice and Philosophy of Building Winning Teams - Ahti Heinla, Startup Grind with LIFT99

Ahti Heinla is considered to be the grandfather of #EstonianMafia. In the last 15 years, he has co-founded several startups, amongst others Starship Technologies and Skype. We refer to him as a great example of a humble leader. In May 2018, he was the special guest of Startup Grind organized by LIFT99.

Have an upLIFTing 2018!

Have an upLIFTing 2018!

LIFT99 co-growing space rocketed in full speed in 2017 - we have built a community that shares the founders to founders mentality and is constantly growing. Moreover, last year was filled with 100+ events and 10 000+ guests visiting us.