Ukrainian startup Himera raises $525k to manufacture EW-resistant radios

Himera, a Ukrainian developer of secure communication radio stations, has raised $525,000 from a new angel team. The fresh capital will be used to strengthen the products that the team supplies to the Defense Forces of Ukraine.

  • Himera is a defense tech startup developing and manufacturing EW-protected tactical military radio systems. Himera was founded by Mykhailo Rudominskyi at the start of russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. However, serial production only began in April 2023.
  • According to the startup, the russian military cannot block its radio signals or decipher it. The design allows to keep the device charged up to 4 days. Moreover, the radios can be integrated into the situational awareness system or used as a GPS beacon for searching and evacuating soldiers. Users can control the system of radio stations simply through the application on the phone.

The startup was backed by a group of angel investors comprising:

  • Ivan Dmytrasevych (United Angels Network), Oleksandr Reminnyi (СЕО and co-founder UAi Labs), Andriy Sambir (СЕО and co-founder Linkup Studio), Nataliya Sambir, Eugene Gusarov (Network VC, founder Gusarov Startup Studio), Oleksii Fomichov, Andriy Skoropad, Arnaud Dassier, Oleksandr Zhukov, Nadiia Vasylieva, Otto and Oleh from Freedom Fund VC.

The round was super founder-friendly and closed (from the first “yes”) in a month. More investors wanted to enter the round than we had room for. All investors are business angels. I hope that this is an example for similar companies who have been in this industry for the past two years. The investment market exists and is constantly growing,

Mykhailo Rudominskyi, co-founder of Himera, commented on the round.

In 2023, Himera won an award in the defense tech category at IT-Arena and received a grant in the amount of $10,000, which the team used for the scaling and development of its product. With the fresh funding, the startup plans to release the next version of the product and receive a government order in 2024.