Ukraine is one of the leading outsourcing destinations in Europe which constantly improves its positions in the IT market rivalry. Around 86% of IT workforce in Ukraine is concentrated in 5 biggest IT centers – Kyiv, Lviv, Kharkiv, Dnipro, and Odessa. Among them Lviv is not only known as a prominent cultural, historical and educational center featured on the UNESCO World Heritage List, but also as one of the major and fastest-growing IT hubs in Ukraine. The city has remarkable capacities to staff enterprise level projects and provide a wide range of services for reasonable prices.

According to IT Market Review in Ukraine 2016, Lviv is ranked the third biggest IT outsourcing center in Ukraine. It concentrates more than 15,000 specialists being one of the leading forces behind the country’s IT landscape development. In 2015, Lviv was distinguished as the most digitized city in Ukraine thanks to the successful implementation of e-Government and an active role of IT communities. In addition, over the past few years, the number of European and US companies cooperating with IT specialists from Lviv has increased dramatically. So let’s discover the key facts and reasons for setting up a software development center in Lviv.

Development center in Lviv

  • 15,000+ professionals work in IT in Lviv

One of the major goals of most companies that are looking for an outsourcing provider is to identify the location that will yield the maximum strategic benefits. They look for a software development center combining the best talents, cost structure and business environment at the minimum risk. In this respect, Lviv may offer ample opportunities to accomplish key business goals and provide access to a greater pool of talent. The city boasts more than 15,000 professionals which is 15% of Ukrainian IT resources in 192 IT companies. 88,4% of these software development companies work according to an outsourcing business model.

Moreover, the director of Lviv IT Cluster Stepan Veselovskiy forecasts that at the end of 2017 the number of IT specialists in Lviv will increase up to 20,000. Thanks to the powerful inflow of new IT professionals, the city experiences a rapid growth and development of its IT sphere. Lviv developers are delivering numerous options for responding to customers demands and providing innovative solutions. Thus cooperation with IT specialists from Lviv may not only save valuable time and costs but improve process efficiency and quality. As a result, companies main enhance their business operations and gain the competitive edge.

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Source: Lviv IT market Research by Lviv IT Cluster

  • 12000+ IT students in Lviv

Lviv provides unlimited opportunities for those who are interested in developing their potential in IT sphere. For instance, more than 12,000 IT specialists are currently studying and approximately 4,106 of them graduate from educational establishments in Lviv every year. Around 10 technical colleges are located in the city including Technical College of Lviv Polytechnic National University, Information and Computing Technologies College as well as 7 higher technical educational establishments such as Lviv Ivan Franko National University, National University Lviv Polytechnic, etc.

Additionally, the city offers various specialized educational opportunities in IT where specialists may master trendy programming languages and upgrade their tech skills such as SoftServe IT Academy, CyberBionic Systematics, LITS, STEP Computer Academy, Computer Education & Training Centre LOGOS, MS in Technology Management (LvBS), Quality Assurance School SQA, etc. Moreover, such educational initiatives as IT Expert and IT Future improve education at Lviv universities and inspire students to connect their future with software development. In such way, Lviv developers have an opportunity to share their experience, inspire the new generations and take part in huge projects. Such projects have already influenced more than 5000 students in more than 60 schools and changed the educational system for developing IT environment.

  • 2,500+ tech lovers attended a major IT event in Lviv

Thanks to the Association Agreement with the EU and a variety of tech communities, Lviv hosts various large-scale IT events. One of the major and most anticipated events in Ukraine is Lviv IT Arena. This event gathered more than 2,500 tech lovers from Ukraine and the world in 2016. Among the speakers were top-notch specialists from such global companies as Facebook, IBM, Fitbit, Microsoft, Clever Cloud, Deloitte Digital HP, SAP, Epson, and Amazon. Another major event Lviv Outsourcing Forum 2016 attracted more than 230 owners and top managers of outsourcing companies from Ukraine, Europe, and North America. At this event, 43 respected speakers discussed various topics related to outsourcing and its management.

What’s more, the city has a variety of tech communities such as Google developers group, Testers.Lviv.UA, PM Community, and WISC. However, the leading one is Lviv IT Cluster which networks more than 50 leading IT companies. The community together with universities and local authorities unites more than 7000 IT professionals aimed at improving and developing IT in Lviv.

Along with the development of local communities, Lviv developers organize and attend different meetups (IT Talk Lviv, Angular Meetup, Lviv DevOps Meetup, etc.) and hackathons (BEST Hackathon, AngelHack Lviv, Garage Mobile Lviv). At such events, they have a chance to network with other specialists, share experience, learn about new trends and latest updates on the IT market and strike up new acquaintances with their peers.  

IT environment in Lviv

Source: Lviv IT market Research by Lviv IT Cluster

  • 20% – projected annual growth of the IT sphere in Lviv

Lviv is a city with a huge IT potential and ever-developing businesses environment. The Financial Times has named Lviv as one of the top ten cities of the future as well as one of the most attractive investment IT centers in Europe. According to Lviv IT Cluster Research, the industry development shows positive dynamics as the projected annual growth of IT sphere is 20% and the size of the IT market has tripled in five years. Many experts predict further improvement of Lviv business environment and the accelerated pace of IT development. For instance, 90% of IT-companies’ CEOs believe that Lviv is a favorable place for business and more than 83% of them plan to continue investing in it. Furthermore, a significant number of Ukrainian IT specialists are moving to Lviv from other cities. This contributes to the growth and development of the city’s IT sector as well.

Since the IT environment in Lviv is extremely important for local authorities, they launched numerous initiatives and projects to support the growth and development of the industry. One of key projects is the IT-House which aims to provide comfortable and affordable residential buildings for employees of local tech companies. Moreover, due to the active development of the cluster of IT and business services, the city council named IT sphere’s development one of its priorities. In this respect, Lviv City Council developed a Complex Development Strategy by 2025 for increasing the competitiveness of the local economy and providing sustainable income to the city’s IT sector in the short term.

Wrap-up

All in all, the positive development dynamics and the continuous growth of IT sector in Lviv make it an attractive destination for setting up a software development center. A number of active communities and government initiatives stimulate the development of startups and companies as well as business environment overall. A large pool of skilled IT professionals, numerous educational opportunities, large-scale events and hackathons are some of driving forces behind the evolution of IT development center in Lviv. And even more is yet to come.