Lviv holds a prominent position in multiple ratings of Central European IT hubs based on number of IT specialists. Radio Liberty recently interviewed the city’s top IT experts and government officials to outline industry developments and make an educated guess about the industry’s future in Lviv. In his interview with Radio Liberty, Intellias co-founder and CEO Vitaly Sedler discusses the evolution of IT in Lviv and its present challenges.
According to IT Outsourcing News, Ukraine’s IT community is one of the largest in Europe, with Lviv alone holding a 15% share of city GRP. The 192 IT companies operating in Lviv employ 15,000 specialists and generate hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes and consumer value.
Back in 2002, when Vitaly and his colleague Michael founded Intellias, very few understood the opportunities in IT.
IT experts from Lviv sought more promising careers in Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine. But soon the situation changed dramatically, and Lviv nowadays has evolved into a top tech hub and one of the geekiest cities in Ukraine, attracting IT talent from Kyiv. Through its mature corporate and local culture, Lviv offers IT companies and their employees’ stability, transparent policies, an open business environment, and competitive opportunities for business and professional growth.
Vitaly underscores the significance of the IT industry for Lviv and explains why he finds the present Ukrainian business environment both easier and harder than before.
It’s easier because Ukraine is now known worldwide, and the number of domestic IT experts and prospects has grown. But it’s harder because the market conditions have changed, requiring more effort to start a successful business. Under these circumstances, Lviv’s situation is unique. As there are no industrial giants driving the economy, IT is a priority, and the city authorities are helping to coin a new brand – Lviv, an IT-friendly city.
Vitaly also draws a portrait of the average Ukrainian IT specialist.
A young person in their mid-twenties who’s proactive, travels a lot, and promotes a conscious lifestyle. Over the past 15 to 20 years, Ukrainian society has seen a dramatic increase in the number of smart people ready to rebuild Ukraine for a better future.
Vitaly also defines a portrait of an average Ukrainian IT specialist. “A young person in mid 20’s, with a proactive mindset, who travels a lot and promotes a more conscious lifestyle to the Ukrainian society. For the past 15–20 years, this society has seen a dramatic increase in the number of smart people ready to rebuild Ukraine for a better future.”
You can find the entire interview (in Ukrainian) here: link