On December 7th, the first-ever European Startup Conference will be hosted live from Ukraine.
This non-profit online event has three main objectives:
- Fundraise for Charities in Ukraine.
- Gather 10,000 European Startup Founders and International Investors.
- Connect hundreds of Ukrainian Startups with Venture Capitalists and Angel Investors, to help the Ukrainian tech ecosystem in growth and development during these hard times.
The Conference has two components. Firstly, the Conference will feature a speaker programme with keynotes and panel discussions from European Startup Leaders, prominent International Entrepreneurs, Ukrainian Startup Ecosystem Leaders, and Ukrainian Scaleup Founders.
The European Startup Leaders speaking at the event include
- Cristobal Alonso (CEO of Startup Wise Guys),
- Lucien Burm (Chair of Dutch Startup Association),
- Roberta Rudokienė (Head of Startup Lithuania),
- Martina Fitzgerald (Chair of Scale Ireland),
- Tomek Snażyk (CEO of Startup Poland),
- Olga Barreto Goncalves, (CEO of startin.lv – The Latvian Startup Association)
- Hannah Wundsam (Managing Director of AustrianStartups).
Speakers from Ukraine’s tech sector include
- Nataly Veremeeva (Director at TechUkraine),
- Dmytro Kuzmenko (CEO of The Ukrainian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (UVCA),
- Evelina Komarnytska (Head of Grant Programmes at Ukrainian Startup Fund),
- Yaroslav Azhnyuk (Co-Founder of Ukrainian Scaleup Petcube),
- Dmytro Dvurechenskyi, CEO of openGeeksLab,
- Daniel Tonkopi, Founder & CEO of Delfast Bikes
Secondly, the Conference will feature a Ukrainian Startup Pitching & Matchmaking Programme. Selected Ukrainian startups will be able to pitch their businesses to the event’s international audiences during the webinar, in a session moderated by Startup Wise Guys, the biggest early-stage investor in Ukraine. In addition, starting from 2 weeks before the Conference date, Ukrainian startups and International attendees will be able to log in to a networking & matchmaking portal hosted on Brella, where interested parties can identify each other, schedule 1-to-1 meetings for December 7th, and start building valuable partnerships.
As a Ukrainian, my key message for our European colleagues is to keep doing business with Ukraine, and help Ukrainians thrive at tech events like this one. Having 42 investments in Ukrainian led startups we are proud to say that NONE closed their business, since the full scale invasion by Russia. Our founders either already recovered, or still take the time to build up from the loses. But not a single business has been closed. It shows you resilience, and it is literally all you need to know about our drive and will to win. Invest in Ukraine! – Mariia Tintul, a Ukrainian Moderator of the event.
Ukrainians have founded Startups including GitLab, Grammarly, PayPal, reface and WhatsApp, and they will make many more! Despite the war, Ukrainian startups airSlate and Unstoppable Domains achieved unicorn status in 2022. In Europe, we recognize many stakeholders from startup communities in every country, who are eager to support Ukraine in sustainable ways. We hope the first-ever European Startup Conference can be a focal point to connect this supportive energy with Ukraine’s startup ecosystem. – Adam Fulham, an Irish Moderator of the event.
The Conference will also include a fundraising element, raising money for Charities in Ukraine.
The European Startup Conference is co-hosted by Startup Network Europe, Startup Wise Guys, Brella, Ukrainian Tech Ecosystem, and Ukrainian PR Army.
For more information about the Conference, please visit.
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To apply for our Ukrainian Startup Pitch Competition, click here
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- 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.