Ukrainian tech entrepreneur Andriy Zinchuk, founder of venture capital firm ZAS Ventures, launched the coworking Ventures Space in Lutsk, Volyn region.
- The access to the coworking is available via andcards app and offers dedicated and hot spaces for tech specialists.
- Founded in 2021 and powered by fund-building accelerator in the Bay Area VC Lab, ZAS Ventures aims to boost outstanding entrepreneurs from Central and Eastern Europe building SaaS and cloud infrastructure startups.
- Until recently, Zinchuk served as Managing Director at the Ukrainian office of the Spanish startup incubator Demium Startups.
With the beginning of the war, I relocated from Kyiv to my native Lutsk. I needed a comfortable and flexible place to work on my projects and venture fund. I quickly realized that there was no such place. The city has no coworking. At the same time, there is a local IT community. Moreover, like myself, many entrepreneurs, IT professionals, and startup team members relocated to Lutsk. I am familiar with some teams. I have been introduced to several in recent weeks; many more have arrived, but we are not acquainted yet.
Therefore, I decided to create a gathering space for like-minded professionals. The space where we could meet, build collaborations, and volunteer to benefit Ukraine. Now the city has such a place. Moreover, it’s comfortable, flexible, and safe. At Ventures Space we offer the best specialty coffee in Lutsk, great food, and we have a bomb shelter with internet access.
- Come Back Alive is one of the largest charitable foundations that supports Ukrainian soldiers, founded by the IT specialist Vitaliy Deynega. The organization collected more than 210 million UAH (more than $7M) in 2014. According to Na chasi, the Patreon page Come Back Alive is in the top ten projects by the number of financial donations.
- Army SOS, which develops drones;
- Everybody Can, an organization that supports internally displaced people;
- Help on the Ministry of Defense website.