4-5.10.2021
Challenge
TECH
$40000 from CRDF Global
Open
Innovation
Become a partner of the intensive training program OPEN INNOVATION TECH CHALLENGE!
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Open Innovation Tech Challenge
Is a training bootcamp for Ukrainian technology startups. The program aims to support young businesses that address and solve important social and environmental issues.

Bootcamp opens its doors to 20 experienced teams that develop innovative technology business in agriculture, environment, education, and health.

Each sector will be represented by 5 teams. The final pitch competition will define a winner in each of the mentioned above areas. They will be awarded a grant for business development of $10 000.

Bootcamp participants will be able to receive recommendations from the best Ukrainian and American mentors who will be present at the location.

$40 000
Grant Funding

Mentors

12
Startups
20
Travel Grants
$10 000
*In the event of restrictions on public events due to the spread of Covid-19, the training process will take place online.

The Open Innovation Tech Challenge will be held in a hybrid mode - online and offline*.

Participants will work at the location, however, mentoring sessions, as well as some expert and mentor classes will be launched via online platforms.
Sessions with American and Ukrainian experts (online + at the venue): lectures, seminars, workshops, and group discussions. The following topics will be conveyed: research of and market identification for startups, entering new markets, marketing in startups and technologies, fundraising.

Participants will also join individual mentoring sessions with experts to receive recommendations.
4.10.2021
During the first part of the working day, the mentoring sessions will take place. Our experts and mentors will deliver lectures and consultations.

In the afternoon, there will be presentations of projects - Pitch Competition, which will define four holders of grants for business development from our partner CRDF Global.
5.10.2021

OPEN INNOVATION TECH CHALLENGE

4-5.10.2021
2.10
Bootcamp Preparation
4.10
OITC DAY 1
Olesia Malovana, Christopher Addisson, Nina Cairns, Anastasia Nosulenko
Alexander Romanishin
Marco Rubin/Warren Haber
Warren Haber
Dr Ye Liu, Oksana Dybkina, Frank Petry, Steve Woodward
Oleg Oksuk, Dr Justin Ma, Laimonas Noreika, Ksenia Belkina
5.10
OITC DAY 2
Olesia Malovana, Christopher Addisson, Nina Cairns
AWARDS
*Female Leadership Program, archive photo from the Ukrainian Hub library
Pitch Competition will finish with the announcement of winners in every of the four categories.
Teams in every category will receive a grant for business development
$10 000
1 PLACE
Teams in every category will receive a grant to travel to
Web Summit 2021
2 PLACE
Teams in every category will receive a grant for the AWS
$5 000
3 PLACE
Mentors
Marco Rubin
Managing Director & Founder of Exoventure Associates
Snizhana Sukhoroslova
Managing partner at Finance PM
Warren Habber
Managing Director of Exoventure Associates
Dmytro Mindra
Engineering Manager at Grammarly
Dr Ye Liu
Senior Lecturer in International Development, King's College London
Oleg Oksyuk
Serial entrepreneur, Allright
Oksana Dybkina
Innovation manager at DTEK
Roman Girshfeld
CEO at HF Agro
Kseniya Belkina
Сo-founder and CEO of Cardiomo
Justin Ma
Orange Power
Laimonas Noreika
Fintech entrepreneur, Heavy Finance
Steve Woodward
Deputy Head of Data Engineering for AstraZeneca IT
Yair Reem
Extantia
Alexander Romanishyn
Adviser of the Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine; Mentor at ISE Corporate Accelerator
Jane Klepa
Executive Director at 1991 Open Data Incubator
Mariia Romanova
CEO Radar Tech
Андрій Зінчук
Startup Expert at Ukrainian Startup Fund, Advisor at Antler
Roman Zinchenko
Chairment, co-founder Greencubator
CONSULTATIONS FROM INTERNATIONAL EXPERTS
EXPANSION OF BUSINESS NETWORKING

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STARTUP BOOSTING
FUNDING FOR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
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VIDEO
WHAT IS PLANNED > WHAT IS PLANNED
APPLICATIONS
~ The process of submitting applications for participation by startups
by 20.09.2021
SELECTION OF THE PARTICIPANTS
by 30.09.2021
~ Selection process of relevant projects by the expert commission
ENROLLMENT OF PARTICIPANTS
~ Webinar regarding the details on participation in the program
2.10.2021
BOOTCAMP
~ Intensive training and competition program in a hybrid mode (at the venue in Kyiv, UNIT.City + online)
4-5.10.2021
PITCH COMPETITION
~ Pitch competition and awarding of winners (hybrid mode: online + offline)
5.10.2021
SELECTION CRITERIA
Less than $1M investment
The projects’ founders to be Ukrainians
Sales presence (traction)
Ability to scale
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The program is designed for startup representatives in 4 areas: Agri Tech, Ed Tech, Renewable Energy та Health Tech
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READY TO BOOST YOUR PROJECT AND COMPETE FOR A GRANT?
Deadline: 20 September 2021
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who is eligible to apply?
Our program is designed for working technology startups, operating in the following areas:
  • Agricultural technologies
  • Renewable energy
  • Education technologies
  • Innovations in the healthcare sector

We are looking for candidates whose startup investment experience does not exceed $1 000 000.

What is the selection process be like?
Through the registration form, we will receive applications and presentations of ideas/projects. Independent experts from the Ukrainian Hub and CRDF Global will work on their assessment.
What type of learning is that?
The program will be conducted in a hybrid model. It means that most of the participants and mentors will be present at the venue. However, there will be some exceptions, according to which participants or mentors will join the boot camp online.

Dissemination of information and communication will take place through online platforms. All lectures and seminars, mentoring sessions, as well as pitches will be held live. Participants who will not be able to come to the venue will have the opportunity to join the activities using online tools.
What about personal data?
We care about your data protection. Therefore, all the information that users enter while registering on the site is accessible only for the organizers of the event and is not subject to disclosure or transfer to third parties.
What is the language for project presentation during the pitch competition?
It is compulsory to present your startup/idea/project in English. Because we are getting ready to enter the global arena, aren't we?
If I win the pitch competition, when can I get funds?
Grant implementation work will be carried out under the guidance of the CRDF Global fund managers within 3 months after the end of the Open Innovation Tech Challenge.
PROGRAM ORGANIZERS
Ukrainian Hub — the organization aimed to support the national businesses by establishing cooperation and relationships with world leaders in startup ecosystems.
CRDF Global — American independent non-profit organization that promotes security, reliability, and sustainability through science and innovation.
PROGRAM PARTNER
Blue Lake - a venture company aimed to discover and strengthen the potential of unique startups at an early stage. The company also works with big corporate partners, overcoming different business challenges with the help of innovative technology solutions.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the world's most widespread cloud platform with extensive capabilities, providing more than 200 full-featured services for data centers around the world.
UNIT.City is the first innovation park in Ukraine. This is a place where an ecosystem and infrastructure for business in the field of high technologies and startups is created.

INFO PARTNERS
If you would like to support this important initiative, please email us at: partners@ukrainianhub.org
If you would like to support this important initiative, please email us at: partners@ukrainianhub.org