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PEOPLEMETER STARTUP BECOMES WINNER OF MHP ACCELERATOR

The PeopleMeter startup has become the winner of the MHP Accelerator agro-startup development program, organized by Radar Tech, Agrohub and Myronivsky Hliboproduct (MHP).
According to the Facebook page of Agrohub, the winner startup, co-founded by Serhiy Hlyvoi, will receive a prize of UAH 300,000 and commercial launch with MHP.
In addition, the MobiMill startup received a prize from Agrohub and Radar Tech – two jobs for six months at Agrohub Space, while AgroLactBio (the co-founder is Lidiya Babenko) was awarded a trip to the innovative park of Israel. AeroDrone and BIODrum will launch a pilot project with MHP.
AeroDrone will also take part in the international program Startup Haifa from the Israeli Embassy in Ukraine.
Profeed, Sovtes, Meteo Trek, MobiMill will carry out commercial launch with MHP.
The program lasted eight months, training lasted three months, a total of 184 applications were submitted, of which 34 semifinalists were identified, and then 13 startup finalists were selected.
As reported, in 2017 the team of the Radar Tech technological cluster announced the launch of the MHP Accelerator startup development program in the agro-industrial complex with one of the largest agricultural holdings of Ukraine, Myronivsky Hliboproduct.
Agrohub, which promotes innovation in the agricultural sector of Ukraine, in 2018 will conduct a study to identify the innovative priorities of individual agro-companies and the industry as a whole.

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UKRAINE PLANS TO CONVINCE ELON MUSK’S TESLA TO CREATE GIGAFACTORY

The Ministry of Infrastructure plans to persuade Elon Musk’s Tesla to create a Gigafactory for production of storage batteries in Ukraine.
“We believe that we will be able to convince Tesla, the world’s largest manufacturer of electric cars, to create its Gigafactory for production of storage batteries in Ukraine,” Minister of Infrastructure Volodymyr Omelyan said when presenting the Ukrainian Transport Strategy until 2030.
In his opinion, Ukraine’s integration into the world economy and a technological leap in the sphere of infrastructure are possible only by attracting the world companies to the country.
According to Omelyan, such companies as Hutchison Ports, DP World, General Electric, Bombardier, Tesla and Ryanair should remain in Ukraine.
Earlier the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine and Hyperloop Transportation Technologies signed a memorandum of understanding and cooperation in the work on the Hyperloop project.

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INFRASTRUCTURE MINISTRY SEEKS TO CREATE FIVE AVIATION HUBS, 20 INTL AIRPORTS IN UKRAINE BEFORE 2030

The Infrastructure Ministry of Ukraine plans to create 50 airports in Ukraine, five of which will be international aviation hubs, and 20 more will service international flights.
“In the aviation industry, we see the creation of 50 airports throughout Ukraine. We are not talking about 50 Boryspil airports. We talk at least about five international hubs, at least 20 airports that will provide international communication, as well as about 20 that will be service flights to the regions,” Minister of Infrastructure Volodymyr Omelyan said at the presentation of the Ukrainian transport strategy until 2030 on Thursday evening.
According to him, the average time, which should take to reach an airport from anywhere in the country, should be reduced to one hour.
As for the development of the aviation industry, it is planned to open 350 destinations for flights from all airports in Ukraine.
Earlier, Omelyan announced the creation of two new airlines in Ukraine.

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UKRZALIZNYTSIA, GENERAL ELECTRIC TO ANNOUNCE TENDER TO SERVICE LOCOMOTIVES

Public joint-stock company Ukrzaliznytsia and General Electric plan to announce an official tender to service locomotives under the cooperation contract.
According to a posting on the website of the Ukrainian company, acting Board Chairman of Ukrzaliznytsia Yevhen Kravtsov at a meeting with President and CEO General Electric Transportation Rafael Santana on Thursday discussed some urgent issues of cooperation in upgrade and modernization of the locomotive fleet of Ukrzaliznytsia under the partnership contract signed early this year.
Ukrzaliznytsia and General Electric are preparing for the announcement of an official tender to service TE33A Evolution Series locomotives that will be delivered to Ukrzaliznytsia under the cooperation contract, the company said.
Ukrzaliznytsia also said that during the negotiations General Electric presented options for financing of next phases for the successful implementation of the long-term cooperation contract.

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