Global Shapers Kyiv Hub with the support of the Ukrainian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (UVCA) for the fourth time successfully held Ukraine Discovery Tour (UDT).
This year UDT took place from May 30 to June 03 and was held in the form of a series of business meetings with representatives of Ukrainian investment and innovation companies, civil society organizations, and state officials in order to show Ukraine as an innovative and progressive country to the guests of the capital.
There were 12 guests - leaders of innovation, investment and culture, residents of the USA, Israel, China, Georgia, India, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Lithuania and Poland.
Organizing events like Ukraine Discovery Tour is an important element in promoting Ukraine's investment opportunities to foreign partners. Thanks to the UDT, our guests were able to see the "new" Ukraine, where creative economy plays an important part in the creation of innovative technological products, social business, which are quite competitive on the world market
Executive Director of UVCA
Participants of the UDT visited the famous Ukrainian startup Grammarly, the innovative company MacPaw and the film company Film.UA. In addition to this, guests attended a prayer breakfast, which is popular in the Western countries, which is attended by the famous political and public figures of Ukraine.
For the fourth year in a row Ukraine Discovery Tour gives us an understanding that Ukraine really has great potential, which the foreigners are usually unable to explore independently or miss it during official or work visits. That is why we focus on creating quality networking, spreading interesting content and giving Ukrainians the opportunity to expand their horizons. And our first results are already starting to speak for themselves
Coordinator of the UDT Organizing Team
A discussion panel was held during the Tour for its participants at 1991 Civic Tech Center. The speakers included members of UVCA: Andrey Kolodyuk (Managing Partner of AVentures Capital), Jane Klepa (Executive Director of 1991 Open Data Incubator) and Andriy Dubetsky (co-founder of Bitcoin Foundation Ukraine), as well as Olga Afanasyeva - Executive Director of UVCA.
Participants of the panel discussion talked about Ukraine’s innovation sector investment potential. Andrey Kolodyuk noted that the volume of investments into Ukrainian startups over the previous year has tripled. They also discussed the importance of using public data in software development, novelties in the field of Civic Tech, and Ukrainian perspectives for the use of blockchain and ICO.
The idea of UDT is to open Ukraine to the progressive community of Global Shapers and Young Global Leaders from all corners of our planet. The Tour is aimed not only at providing a brief overview of Ukraine, but also at creating a clear picture of the dynamic and multicultural state of Eastern Europe. Currently, the only city to host UDT is Kyiv, but next year the project will be also implemented in Lviv and Odesa.
Ukraine Discovery Tour is not on the official program of the World Economic Forum. This is a private nonprofit initiative of Global Shapers Kyiv Hub and Young Global Leaders, supported by UVCA.
Ukrainian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (UVCA) has been established by the example of the European Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (InvestEurope), and currently unites almost 50 members – leaders of the international and Ukrainian investment market: Almaz Capital, AVentures Capital, Digital Future, Horizon Capital, HP Tech Ventures, Intel Capital, EBRD etc. The Association shapes the future direction of the private equity industry by promoting investment opportunities in Ukraine, representing the interests of private equity investors to policymakers and improving investment and business climate in Ukraine.
Global Shapers Community is a network of hubs founded by the World Economic Forum and led by young people who are exceptional in their potential, their achievements and their drive to make a contribution to their communities. Global Shapers are young extraordinary individuals with great potential for future leadership roles in society. Global Shapers Kyiv Hub was created almost 4 years ago and has already made a tremendous impact on the local and global levels.