Ukrainian companies showcase their innovations at CES 2023
Participants at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 7, 2023
Around the world, the past few years have not been easy for innovative companies. But in Ukraine, especially, successfully launching a new business – or keeping your fledgling business alive – in recent months has been a miracle.
The Russian invasion, which has been going on for more than 10 months, however, did not stop clinical psychologist Ivan Osadchy from bringing his new medical device, called Knopka, to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, which is slated to take place in Las Vegas. is open Thursday.
Mr. Osadchy hopes that showcasing his product at the premier technology innovation show will help bring it to American hospitals.
He invented the device in question after spending a year with his own grandmother in the hospital and discovering that he had to spend a lot of time looking for nurses when she needed something.
His new system therefore works by alerting nurses when a patient has an abnormal heart rate, needs treatment or needs help. The nurse cannot turn off the alarm until she fixes the problem.
For Mr. Osadchy, the ;Russian invasion demonstrated how important his work is.
“I continue to work because the hospitals are still open and I want to do my part to support them. Operational efficiency and patient safety must be ensured. ”
— Ivan Osadchy, creator of the Knopka medical device
Two of the hospitals where the clinical psychologist worked were hit by Russian strikes, Mr. Osadchy pointed out, while& #x27;another is still occupied by enemy forces.
The challenge is even greater for our teams, especially when we know that the Russians are bombing our electrical system and people are struggling to work without light and without heating.
Mr. Osadchy is one of about ten emerging Ukrainian companies that are present at CES this year, thanks to a government fund set up to allow them to present their innovations to the rest of the world.
Karina Kudriavtseva, from the Ukrainian Startup Fund, recalled that the Russian-led war has not dampened the enthusiasm of young entrepreneurs in the country.
“Of course, times have changed and their conditions have changed, but all of this can only make them stronger. All companies want to ensure their survival, protect their team and save their lives, of course.
—Karina Kudriavtseva, Ukrainian Startup Fund
Due to the Russian invasion, Valentyn Frechka had to move to France, but he confirmed that his paper company, Releaf, never stopped production.
At the age of 16, Mr. Frechka decided to study alternative sources of cellulose in order to reduce deforestation. He has now developed a technology that uses dead leaves and recycled fibers to make paper.
His company's most important product is paper bags, but he also makes food packaging, egg cartons and corrugated boxes.
Mr. Frechka believes the conflict forced his business to become more flexible and open to opportunity.
When this war came and we moved our business to France, we found many new partners and we raised funds, he said.
So it really made us more open to the world.