About incubator


1991 is Ukraine’s first non-commercial incubator, that helps to transform tons of open data into startups that serve citizens, businesses and governmental institutions.

In 1991, Ukraine started its fight for independence. And it still goes on. Now, for the first time in the country’s history, civil society, IT specialists and state bodies are in this struggle together. Fighting for better shared future.

Everyone knows Ukraine has got rich soil, well-developed agriculture and energy market, infrastructure. But none of these sectors are properly digitized. Same with public services. 

Thus, together with the most talented IT enthusiasts, we strive to create breakthrough ideas for digitalizing Ukraine’s economy.

Data gathered and stored for years is Ukraine’s greatest treasure. All we need is an API. 

In 1991 Open Data Incubator, civic IT initiatives get a chance to become real startups and to build lasting collaborations with IT companies, ministries and municipalities. 

WHAT IS 1991?

1991 incubation programs help startups find a common language with businesses and governmental institutions bodies to create joint projects.


infrastructure, agro, energy


for citizens


for state bodies and businesses


for municipalities


1991 Open Data Incubator is a portfolio project of civic tech NGO SocialBoost. 1991 operates with support from international donors, governmental institutions and businesses. SocialBoost story roots in 2012 with a series of hackathons, dedicated to creating digital services based on open government data. In the first three years, we held 10 nationwide hackathons and a series of regional events. More than 1,000 people joined SocialBoost activities. They generated 800 ideas, over 20 projects got funding.

The main challenge is the development of an open data ecosystem. SocialBoost launched this process in 2014. We have created the National Open Data Portal on the basis of dKAN data.gov.ua, conducted an advocacy campaign on open data law, created interagency groups on open data and organized a series of trainings for civil servants.

Here’s our change theory:


Digital decentralization. E-services should be created in synergy between state, civil society and IT market. The main thing the state should ensure is access to data through the API.


Key industries, such as the agricultural sector, infrastructure, and energy don’t perform well enough due to the lack of a comprehensive digital background. The emergence of new IT solutions and B2B/B2C projects will have a significant impact on GDP and the effectiveness of anti-corruption initiatives. This is the way for every city, every village, because local decisions have a global impact.


There are three questions that determine if a state is citizen- and developer- friendly. How is the data collected? How is the data stored? How is the data shared?

Our vision: Digitally. In cloud. Free via API.