ClimateLaunchpad is the world’s largest green business ideas competition. Their mission is to unlock the world’s cleantech potential that addresses climate change. The competition creates a stage for those ideas. ClimateLaunchpad is part of the Entrepreneurship offerings of EIT Climate-KIC.
The competition consists of 3 steps:
Step 1: Online Course & Boot Camp
Step 2: Intensive coaching and National Finals (and if applicable Regional Finals)
Step 3: Global Grand Final
The overall winner of the Global Grand Final receives € 10,000, the runner up gets € 5,000 and the idea that comes in third place wins € 2,500. The top 16 teams selected by the jury to perform in the Final Round of the Global Grand Fina, will automatically get direct access to the Climate-KIC ClimateLaunchpad Accelerator, the renowned business school where great ideas grow into great businesses.
ClimateLaunchpad looks for innovative ideas in renewable energy, a sustainable transition in the food chain, a mind shift in urban mobility or any other way to tackle climate change. As long as it’s in the cleantech domain: “a scientific innovation that uses existing technology to do more with fewer resources, and has a commercial driver.”
The local partner in Ukraine is Greencubator.
Enterprise Europe Network
Enterprise Europe Network is a global network covering 70 countries all over the world. It has over 600 business associations, about 20,000 business offers and innovation technology. Each year, EEN organizes about 700 business events and b2b meetings, where entrepreneurs are looking for business partners worldwide.
EEN offers a wide range of services:
- Search for business partners and buyers of their products;
- Place and track commercial offers;
- Promote their innovative technologies to the EU markets;
- Search and attract modern innovative technologies from abroad;
- Search for investors and partners in the EU to create joint enterprises.
Ukraine joined the Enterprise Europe Network in July 2017. For this purpose it created the consortium of the EEN-Ukraine, which included scientific organizations, representatives of business and government agencies. It became possible due to COSME program funded by the European Commission and contributes to the competitiveness and innovative development of small and medium-sized business and innovative organizations.
eō Business Incubators
Batch 6 application deadline: March 15, 2021
- Expert-led sessions covering all the fundamentals, from ideation to fundraising;
- Expert mentorship from Ukrainian and global entrepreneurs and investors who will provide hands-on support and introductions;
- Access to a global network of mentors, partners, and experts;
- Opportunities to meet angel and VC investors, including through a “demo day” that celebrates your achievements with investors, corporates, mentors, and press attendees; and
- Continued post-program support, after the 4-month program is completed, through alumni-only events and introductions.
GIST Innovates Ukraine
Application deadline: May 1, 2021
The U.S. State Department Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs GIST initiative offers the GIST program with a goal of providing science and technology innovators throughout Ukraine with the training, mentoring and resources they need to bring their ideas out of the laboratory and into the market.
GIST Innovates Ukraine is a ten-week pre-accelerator training program modeled after the Lean Startup methodology. Through an in-depth customer discovery process, early-stage entrepreneurs will identify and evaluate opportunities for their venture and make informed decisions on how best to move their idea forward. The program provides innovators with the training, mentoring, and resources they need to build their entrepreneurial skills and bring their ideas out of the university lab and into the market.
Global Cleantech Innovation Programme for SMEs in Ukraine
Applications deadline for 4th wave of GCIP Ukraine National Cleantech Competition: March 19, 2021
GCIP Ukraine is part of a global initiative aimed at promoting innovative technologies and creating an ecosystem to support innovative entrepreneurship. Since January 2019, UNIDO, with the support of the GEF, has started implementing the Project in Ukraine in cooperation with the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine, the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine and the State Innovative Financial Credit Facility. The project is in line with the national policy priorities of Ukraine and the GEF
The project aims to create low-carbon economic growth by promoting clean technology innovations and entrepreneurship through a cleantech innovation platform and accelerator programme from the GCIP Ukraine Business Academy.
Festival of Innovation
Application deadline: March 25, 2021
Date: May 2021
The Ukrainian Innovation Festival is a traditional annual event for ambitious representatives of the innovation sector. The event is devoted to the popularization of developments of Ukrainian scientists and innovators, as well as the attraction of investors to the development of promising projects. It is organized by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine.
Innovation Fest events:
- presentation of innovative developments
- IT_EUREKA competition
- pitches of YEP!Starter finalists
- competition of innovative projects
- educational trainings
- roundtable discussion "Development of innovation ecosystem in higher education institutions of Ukraine"
LvBS Center for Entrepreneurship
The Lviv Business School Center for Entrepreneurship is a newly established accelerator for startups and an educational platform for students and young entrepreneurs in Ukraine. Their goal is to give teams and students the tools and the knowledge to raise their startup literacy and as a result have a better chance to build a successful business as well as implement processes designed to develop new capabilities through a range of practical and inspirational training and support activities that will foster and realize tangible innovation outputs.
They offer an acceleration program for social entrepreneurs, pre-acceleration (June 2020 start) and acceleration (Ed Tech, Digital Marketing Tech, Food Tech) programs.
National Startup Competition Ukraine
Application deadline: April 13, 2021
The winner of the National Startup Competition Ukraine 2021 will represent the country at University Startup World Cup organized by Venture Cup Denmark and Venture Cup China
Startups can be in the early stages of implementation as well as in the growth stage. Teams consist of university students or recent graduate within 2 years.
Categories: Health, Greentech, Agro, Smart Cities, ICT, Product, Digital
Early Stage: All 4 category winners will receive 1000 USD each
Overall winner will receive 15,000 USD + 1,000 USD from winning the category.
Growth Stage: All 4 category winners will receive 1000 USD each
Overall winner will receive 15,000 USD + 1,000 USD from winning the category
Polish-Ukrainian Startup Bridge
Application deadline for Kyiv Tech Hub contest for startups and scientific projects: September 30, 2020
Contest date: August 2
Polish-Ukrainian Startup Bridge offers a cycle of meetups & conferences in different regions of Ukraine that are organized as part of the wider project “Support for Ukrainian SME’s, particularly for the startup projects” by the Polish Cooperation Fund Foundation.
- Regional meetups - learn more about private & quasi-private investment opportunities, grants available from the EU as well as how to build successful partnerships in Poland
- Acceleration - meet representatives of over 30 VC funds, accelerators & companies from Poland
- Ukrainian Startup Support Center - access to knowledge and support
- Tech Tour in Poland
- Kyiv Tech Hub - 20 startups are selected to present their ideas, solutions, and business in front of investors, corporations, and other attendees.
Polish-Ukrainian Startup Bridge is financed from the Polish Aid Ukraine program by the Ministry of Investments and Development of Poland.
Sikorsky Challenge Startup School / Business Incubator / Festival of Innovative Projects
Sikorsky Challenge Festival of Innovative Projects: August 2021
The Sikorsky Challenge Innovative Ecosystem at National Technical University Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute includes the following components:
- Startup School “Sikorsky Challenge”
- Festival of Innovative Projects “Sikorsky Challenge”
- Business Incubator “Sikorsky Challenge”
- Innovative Technological Environment “Sikorsky Lab”
- Center for Intellectual Property
- Venture Fund “Sikorsky Challenge” and other funds
Spark Startup Center - Kharkiv
SPARK is an innovation and entrepreneurship center at Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute.
Its aim is to support students and young scientists in commercializing their ideas. SPARK will help creative youth implement their business projects and also create an ecosystem that promotes interaction between incubators, investors, mentors, companies and startups.
Activities include: startup school, Innovation Bootcamp pre-incubation program, mentoring, couching, expert support, consulting, training, seminars, master classes, business games, co-working, event space.
Startup Grind Kyiv
Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. It is powered by Google for Entrepreneurs. They host monthly events in more than 100 cities and 42 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies.
The Kyiv chapter connects and promotes the Kyiv entrepreneurial ecosystem nationally and internationally. They organize the national competition where the winners are selected to represent Ukraine at the Startup Grind Global Conference.
Startup.Network - Ukraine
A professional global network for Venture Capital market participants: Investors, Entrepreneurs, Experts, Startups, with activities in Ukraine.
During the battle, 7 selected business projects will pitch to a jury of investors and successful entrepreneurs.
Startup.Network Business Project Battle - November 12, 2020 (Online)
Application deadline: November 4
3 minutes - business project presentation
3 minutes - Q&A
Applicants must have a functioning business
Startup World Cup Competition
Application deadline: December 6, 2020
12 finalists announced: December 11
Regional final: December 22
Organized by UF Incubator, the winner of the Startup World Cup Competition Ukraine regional final will have an opportunity to pitch their project at the annual global conference and competition organized by Pegasus Tech Ventures in San Francisco.
Startup school business incubator program application deadline: October 30, 2020
Program start: November 2
UF Incubator (Ukrainian Future Incubator), an initiative of the Junior Academy of Sciences of Ukraine under the auspices of UNESCO, is a business incubator that helps turn an idea into a commercially successful startup. They offer participants modern educational business programs; help with the creation of a startup team, search for investments and technical support of the project; provide mentoring from successful and experienced entrepreneurs, as well as access to coworking and prototyping labs, where inventors will be able to create layouts and working models of their projects.
UF Incubator is open to students and graduates of the Junior Academy of Sciences, participants of the "Future of Ukraine" competition and other competitions of innovative projects, and on a competitive basis anyone who has an innovative idea and wants to turn it into a profitable business.
Priority areas: mechanical engineering; electronics and instruments; materials science; information and telecommunication systems and technologies; ecology and resource conservation; robotics; biotechnology; technical creativity and invention.
Ukrainian Startup Fund
USF was launched by the Ukrainian Government to promote the creation and development of technology startups in the early stages of development in order to increase their global competitiveness. They provide grants of $25,000 and $50,000.
2020 Vernadsky Challenge finals: May 2021
Vernadsky Challenge is an engineering startup contest that searches for innovative hardware in:
- space technologies: rockets, launch mechanics, satellites, space engineering, AI for aerospace and anything that can bring us closer to space
- active bioelectronics: medical devices that make the human body plugged into it improved and healthier. This device can restore lost functions, replace lost organs or limbs, or it can be any specialized technology.
Examples of active bioelectronics projects:
-bioelectronics that cures
The 2020 Vernadsky Challenge finals will be held in May 2021, as part of the XII International Aviation and Space Salon “AVIASVIT-XXI”. Ten finalists will compete for the grant funding equivalent to 2M UAH (≈70K USD).
YEP is a network of academic business-incubators that provide a business-related education for youth, contributing to the development of the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Ukraine. They offer the following programs:
YEP! Starter (3 months) application deadline: October 5, 2020
YEP! Pre-Acceleration (10 weeks): summer
YEP! Accelerator: no deadlines
Ukraine Innovation Awards 2020
The first Ukrainian awards for corporate and startup innovation cases, investors, entrepreneurs who provide innovative solutions that can help businesses from Ukraine and around the world to grow through innovation.
- The Best Corporate-Startup Collaboration 2020
- Best In-House Innovation 2020
- Best Startup Innovation Cases in Ukraine 2020
- Best Early Stage Startups in Ukraine 2020
- The Most Valuable Investor in Ukraine's Startups 2020
- The Most Active Accelerator Investing in Ukrainian Startups 2020
- The Most Active VC Investor in Ukraine's Startups 2020 (by the number of deals)
- Top-20 Women Tech Entrepreneurs in Ukraine 2020