February 13, 2023

The Sifted Podcast — Ukraine special: Founders on the front line

Ukraine has been upended by war — Sifted meets founders in the country to find out how their lives have changed

Zosia Wanat

1 min read

In this special episode of Startup Europe — The Sifted Podcast, our central and eastern Europe correspondent Zosia Wanat meets the leaders of some of the continent’s most resilient startups.

Based on extensive interviews with Ukrainian founders, this special episode reveals how people working in the tech sector — which is vital to the country’s economy — have battled to keep their businesses alive amid bombs, blackouts and evacuations.

The podcast tells the stories of Ukrainian entrepreneurs in their own words, from colleagues trapped in basements with Russian troops on the streets, to investors pulling funding and big business pivots to stay afloat.


Presenter: Zosia Wanat
Producer: Tim Smith

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Zosia Wanat

Zosia Wanat is a senior reporter at Sifted. She covers the CEE region and policy. Follow her on X and LinkedIn