Ukrainian Hub, a Ukrainian non-profit organization, announced launching the initiative Tech Aid Portal in Portugal in partnership with Ukrainian Startup Fund, powered by Ukrainian American Coordinating Council.
The main objective is to help Ukrainian companies and startups, which are temporarily or permanently located in this country, to become the drivers of the future economic recovery of Ukraine due to access to global financial, intellectual, and technological resources.
Ukrainian Hub chose Portugal to launch its platform because of several significant factors. The country has been enormously helping the Ukrainian people, who were forced to flee the war, by providing necessary financial and psychological support. In addition, Lisbon is one of the technological centers of Europe, and in Portugal there are more than 100 accelerators and startup programs that are open to Ukrainian business people.
We are creating a place where entrepreneurs can gain everything they need to help them continue their development: relevant knowledge, expert advice, and funding that is vital at the initial steps. It’s crucial, especially now, when everyone is experiencing the consequences of the war. We know that Ukrainians are talented and hard-working. And with the necessary support, they will be able to contribute to the Ukrainian economic sector, – said Olesia Malovana, Co-founder of Ukrainian Hub.
The main focus of the platform will be on the following key areas:
- Accommodation — providing help in housing, supported by public authorities and municipalities.
- Money & Law — providing financial, legal, and tax advice.
- Education — organizing learning and networking events for entrepreneurs in the tech sector.
- Friends & Partners — offering the database from partners: coworking, performances, cafes, and restaurants as well as sports, etc.
The team are ready to conduct different events:
- Webinars — up-to-dates knowledges about business processes in tech companies and startups
- Programs — short-term training programs for early stage startups, mentoring and grant funding from donors
- Networking events — getting to know the local community, sharing impressions and experiences
- Meetups — meetings with local experts and consultants, answers to the most difficult questions
The Ukrainian Hub team has done a lot to launch the Tech Aid Portal initiative. They have created a network of professionals from various industries who can share their experience with Ukrainian entrepreneurs and gather experts with financial, tax, economic, soft-landing, and legal acumen to help them solve related issues.
Ukrainian Hub has done a lot to launch the Tech Aid Portal initiative. It has created a network of professionals from various industries who can share their experience with Ukrainian entrepreneurs and gather experts with financial, tax, economic, soft-landing, and legal acumen to help them solve related issues.
About the project
Tech Aid Portal is a platform aimed at supporting Ukrainian tech companies and startups in the international market. Tech Aid Portal’s team consists of Ukrainian drivers of the tech industry who have relevant experience developing innovative projects and launching accelerating programs for startups. Since 2020, more than two hundred companies and three hundred and fifty individuals have already taken advantage of the Ukrainian hub programs.
Ukrainian Hub is a non-governmental organization supporting Ukrainian entrepreneurship, created with the initiative of the Ukrainian American Coordinating Council with the purpose to support Ukrainian entrepreneurs through training, consulting, mentoring and communication with international startup ecosystems.
Ukrainian Startup Fund
Ukrainian Startup Fund was established in 2018 in Kyiv as a state-owned legal entity founded by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine that focuses on supporting Ukrainian startups offering non-refundable and non-equity grants of all programs up to $95k per startup. Initially set up to boost the development of the Ukrainian startup ecosystem, USF today is the largest local angel investor.
Now, USF is the main entry point into the Ukrainian startup ecosystem and the main governmental implementing agency aiming at startup grants and technical assistance. The Fund has become a leader among the Ukrainian and international organizations that help early-stage startups to raise needed equity-free funding in order to launch their projects in Ukraine and abroad.
- 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.
- MacPaw Development Fund
- Army SOS, which develops drones;
- Everybody Can, an organization that supports internally displaced people;
- Help on the Ministry of Defense website.