Key European tech founders and investors launch OneUkraine charity to help Ukraine –

A host of major European tech founders and investors are backing the launch of OneUkrainea new charity providing sustainable humanitarian aid to the Ukrainian people.

OneUkraine will support Ukrainians at home and abroad, provide humanitarian aid and strive to rebuild Ukraine’s technical and wider infrastructure by SMEs and startups on the ground. Because many of the organization’s founders are from Ukraine or have family ties to the country, the organization hopes to leverage direct access to local networks and real-world data about the country’s needs.

The organization says it has now evacuated more than 5,500 people, mostly women and children, and has already provided aid worth more than €4 million. It also built a Ukrainian school in Lithuania to provide education to refugees.

In a statement, Martin Reiter, CEO and co-founder of OneUkraine: “With many of our founders being born and raised in Ukraine, we felt compelled to help our friends, family and colleagues. All of our founders have a proven record of service when it comes to leading or founding tech unicorns, and we are now collectively doing what we do best: working quickly and efficiently on a large scale and providing immediate and much-needed humanitarian aid to the people of Ukraine. can best help by providing an entrepreneurial, data-driven and sustainable approach to the world of humanitarian aid, complementing other major relief efforts.”

The founding team of OneUkraine:

•   Martin Reiter: Martin ran Groupon Ukraine back in 2011 and still has many friends in Ukraine. 
Martin previously held leading positions at Airbnb and Wayfair Europe and co-founded to help evacuate Ukrainian women and children. 

•   Martina Kojic: Martina grew up in post-war Croatia, with the impact and trauma of the post- war situation shaping much of her childhood. Martina co-founded to 
help evacuate Ukrainian women and children. 

•   Markus Fuhrmann: Markus, whose wife and her family are from Mariupol, Ukraine, is CEO 
and co-founder at GROPYUS, and previously co-founder of and Delivery Hero. 

•   Wolfgang Heigl: Wolfgang, who lives in Lithuania, is the founder of NFQ and HomeToGo. 

•   Viktoriya Tigipko: Viktoriya, born and raised in Kyiv, Ukraine, is the founding partner of TA 
Ventures and founder of ICLUB Global, the network angel investors. She is the founder of WTECH, a 5k+ network of women in tech business, chairman of the Board of Ukrainian Startup Fund and founder and president of Odesa International Film Festival. 

•   Johannes Reck: Johannes, whose grandfather grew up in a small village which today is part of western Ukraine, is the co-founder and CEO of GetYourGuide. 

•   Dmitry Gorilovskiy: Dmitry, whose mother is from Rovno, Ukraine, has been organising adoptions of Russian orphans with disabilities since 2014, when the Russian government prohibited adoption by foreigners. He is a serial founder of product design, IoT and machine learning businesses such as Woodenshark and Moeco. 

•   Klaus Hommels: Klaus is the founder and chairman of Lakestar and one of Europe’s leading venture capitalists. 

•   Jens Hilgers: Jens, whose wife is Ukrainian, is a serial entrepreneur and has built and managed international games and tech companies in Central and Eastern Europe as well as in Asia. Among others, Jens is founding GP at BITKRAFT Ventures and is co-founder and chairman at G2 Esports. 

•   Alexa Sinyachova - Chief Executive Officer - Moeco. Alexa is Ukrainian. She is the Co-Founder & CEO at Moeco and WTech Berlin curator.