Ukraine House Davos 2019. Summary

The final press conference by the Ukraine House Davos Organizing Committee (UHOC) was held on January 30, at the Interfax Information Agency. During the event, the members of UHOC discussed specific positive impact of Ukraine House on Ukraine’s international business reputation and investment attractiveness. The theme of the Ukraine House, just as last year, was Creativity. Innovations Opportunities.

The speakers of the event included Alexa Chopivsky, Executive Director of Ukraine House Davos, Olga Afanasyeva, Executive Director of UVCA, Jaroslawa Johnson, President & CEO at WNISEF, Svitlana Grytsenko, Director of national programs at Victor Pinchuk Foundation, and Lenna Koszarny, Founding Partner & CEO at Horizon Capital.

During the briefing, the UHOC expressed gratitude to companies and organizations who supported Ukraine House in Davos, and called on the Ukrainian business community to continue promoting country’s business potential to international investors, tech leaders and top officials.

We believe that we can draw three main conclusions from our experience in Davos. First: Ukraine House has created a powerful investment brand. Second: Ukraine House Davos has opened a window for our foreign sponsors. Third and, most important: Ukraine House Davos has created a positive image of Ukraine as a country of innovation, creativity and great opportunities.

Alexa Chopivsky
Executive Director of Ukraine House Davos

The success of the House is evidenced by figures as noted by Olga Afanasyeva, Executive Director of UVCA:

We managed to create the right atmosphere, which allowed us to show Ukraine as a participant of the global discussion, a reliable partner and an innovative country. More than eight thousand guests, 14 discussion panels and 64 speakers from 9 countries, over 100 hours of video content, 113 thousand online viewers and hundreds of tastiest cups of coffee on the Promenade served by a finalist of the World Cezve Championship (and he is Ukrainian!) and much more.
American writer Edith Wharton wrote: "There are two ways to distribute light: to be a candle or a mirror that reflects it." We were the candles that lit this light. And our "mirrors" (partners, sponsors, participants) supported this project, spreading success stories and opportunities of Ukraine.

Olga Afanasyeva
Executive Director of UVCA

The Victor Pinchuk Foundation has been organizing Ukrainian events in Davos for 15 years. We are happy that for the second year besides our traditional Ukrainian Breakfast in Davos we together with other partners are working on a new project – Ukraine House Davos – to promote Ukraine and demonstrate its potential to global leaders from business, political and civil societies who visit Davos. We presented Ukraine and its diversity: investments and tech opportunities, new generation of young leaders, Ukrainian contemporary art by Dmitry Starusiv, Zhanna Kadyrova and Lesia Khomenko. In addition, Ukraine House hosted the first fashion show in Davos by Yulia Magdych, evening performances by Ukrainian sensation Alina Pash and Lviv ethno-jazz band ShockolaD. Guests of the Ukraine House received wonderful scarves by the Ukrainian brand Rito as souvenirs. We showed the world our achievements in all areas.

Svitlana Grytsenko
Victor Pinchuk Foundation

At the Ukrainie House in Davos, we talked about leadership and the construction of a successful state, and for us, at WNISEF, this issue is extremely important. We are now paying a lot of attention to the training of young leaders, and the question of personal values is relevant both for Ukraine and for the world as a whole.

Jaroslawa Johnson
President and CEO WNISEF

Ukraine is known for “brains, hands and grains” and this year we truly showcased our intellectual capacities and investment attractiveness of Ukraine. We were sincerely glad that investors got a modern and innovative platform in Davos, where they were able to chat with influential leaders and officials from Europe and the United States as well as the Middle East, India and Asia. We can talk a lot about improving the investment climate in Ukraine, but when it comes from those who really invest and make a profit, this is much better. This is a signal for the market.

Lenna Koszarny
Founding Partner and CEO of Horizon Capital

It was extremely important for us to support a joint initiative. Such projects give foreigners a real picture of what is happening in Ukraine. Unfortunately, many investors do not know about us, or have heard bad things, and such projects destroy stereotypes, showing true success stories of Ukrainian business.

Danylo Bilak
Director of the Office for attracting and supporting investments UkraineInvest

During the press briefing, Ukraine House Organizing Committee made its Ukraine House Davos in Figures infographic public. Among the interesting facts highlighted, the infographic shows that during the Davos week, Ukraine House was operating for 82.5 hours. More than 10,000 people registered to attend discussion panels and special events at Ukraine House, and more than 7,000 people actually visited the venue in the course of five days. The total number of people who participated in direct live broadcasts of the Ukraine House on Facebook page and YouTube channel amounted to 112 thousand 699 people, and the video content of the House is 101 hour long. Speakers from 9 countries participated in the events of the Ukraine House. Thanks to the proactive digital campaign organized, the Facebook page of the Ukraine House was viewed over 110 thousand times.

About Ukraine House Davos

Ukraine House Davos is powered by co-organizers Ukrainian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (UVCA), Western NIS Enterprise Fund (WNISEF), Victor Pinchuk Foundation and Horizon Capital. Ukraine House Davos is proud of its all-female, five-member Organizing Committee of volunteers Svitlana Grytsenko (Victor Pinchuk Foundation), Jaroslawa Johnson (WNISEF), Lenna Koszarny (Horizon Capital), Olga Afanasyeva (UVCA) and Alexa Chopivsky (Ukraine House Davos).

In addition to the generous support of its Co-Organizers and Gold Sponsor Temerty Foundation, Panel Sponsors of Ukraine House Davos include BHFF, Business 100, EBS, Effective Investments LLC, First Generation Capital, Hillmont Partners, ICU, IT Ukraine Association, TA Ventures, TIU Canada and UFUTURE Investment Group.

Ukraine House Davos is supported by UkraineInvest, National Investment Council, Ukrainian World Congress, Aspen Institute, Aspen Institute Kyiv and the Atlantic Council.