The BrainBasket Foundation ( www.brainbasketfoundation.com/)has been initiated by Ukraine's leading IT companies and has gained full support of the government, in particular from Mr Pavlo Sheremeta, Minister of Economic Development and Trade for Ukraine.
Last week's launch event also received heavyweight support, literally, with Ukrainian politician and former world boxing heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko in attendance.
The Foundation has already received great support from big national and international companies in Ukraine, such as Microsoft, Cisco, Ciklum and others, that are ready to provide their expertise, allocate funds, and help with organisational issues.
“This is an ambitious initiative to further develop Ukraine's IT industry, using the sector as a driving force for growth to help rapidly turn the economy from Europe's bread basket to brain basket,” said Torben Majgaard, CEO and founder of Ciklum, one of Ukraine’s largest IT services exporters.
The Foundation's main objectives are: to train an additional 100,000 IT professionals by 2020; generate more than $10 billion in export revenues; and to launch a number of strategic projects in the country, such as e-government.
Torben Majgaard added: "Ukraine is already recognised as one of the leading outsourcing locations in Eastern Europe The BrainBasket Foundation is looking for international companies and organizations to get involved with supporting Ukraine's drive. All support is appreciated, whether from existing customers spreading the word about the quality, or businesses investing expertise, resources or increasing the volume of services from Ukrainian specialists."
The BrainBasket Foundation will be managed by a President to be elected, and the members of its 19-person Advisory Board are listed on http://brainbasketfoundation.com/advisors.html
Photos of last week's launch in Kiev are available on DropBox from this link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/am79goj9birsgxs/rMCumbDICc
Facts about Ukraine's IT sector:
- According to the Central and Eastern European Outsourcing Association, in 2013 Ukraine ranked first in the region in terms of "best market value in IT-outsourcing" and for "the largest number of staff employed in IT.”
- Research company Sourcingline, which conducts international market research, considers Ukraine the 26th in the world in the country's attractiveness for outsourcing.
- Ukraine currently exports IT services of $1.5-£2 billion per year.