The main focus of the event will be to establish a discussion between startups in Ukraine and the EU on the pros and cons of managing projects on the edge between business and science. Focus of today’s European politics and media is directed towards Eastern Partnership region and countries. Ukraine has happened to be at the epicenter of significant changes over the recent decade. The country is torn by a political game and young talented students suffer because of it. However, it has a fast-growing startup scene and favorable environment.
Although the quality of Bachelor and Master-level graduates in Ukraine is highly rated, there exists a huge gap in cooperation between academia and business. There is a shortage of Institutes for commercialization of research results at universities. This slows down industrial development and fosters brain drain of highly qualified specialists to other destinations.
Meanwhile, Ukraine is one of the leading countries when ranked based on the number of successful applications for Erasmus Mundus Master’s programmes. Almost 56,000 Ukrainians study abroad, being able to gain top-class experience from post-industrial, knowledge-based and digital economies. It is of the highest priority to share their insights with local colleagues and discuss how Ukraine and other countries in the region can bring those skills and knowledge back home and boost innovation through academia-business cooperation.
At the same time, not many applicants from Ukraine are successful in receiving grants from innovative excellence programmes like the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, Erasmus Mundus PhD programs and Horizon 2020 platform due to a lack of awareness. Therefore, there is a need to promote top-European programmes and upgrade proposal writing skills for receiving support to foster cooperation between science and business. The best startups of Ukraine will be invited to conduct workshops and join the discussion on bridging science and business in the country. The suggested venue is National University of "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy" or NaUKMA, the top-ranked 400 years old university in the centre of Kyiv.
Friday 19 April 2019
09:00-09:30: Larysa Chovnyuk (NaUKMA): Science/business cooperation at Kyiv-Mohyla Academy
09:30 - 10:00: Pavlo Bazilinskyy (TU Delft and SD-Insights): Introduction to Bridging science and business working group of MCAA and EMA
10:00 - 10:30: Yevheniya Kuzminskaya (DTEK): Experience of DTEK academy
10:30 - 11:00: Coffee break
11:00 - 11:30: Volodymyr Nochvai (Institute of mathematical machines and systems of NAS of Ukraine): Technology transfer in Ukraine
11:30 - 12:00: Sergiy Milman (Youcontrol): Creation of business plan (in Ukrainian with English slides)
12:00 - 12:30: Roman Vydro (Garagehub): Academic asceticism or how to save yourself from higher education in Ukraine
12:30 - 14:00: Lunch
14:00 - 14:30: Victoria Peshkova (Institute of molecular biology and genetics of NAS of Ukraine): How to pitch an idea and create a business model canvas
14:30 - 15:00: Dmytro Yablonovsky: experience with German industry and its translation on to Ukraine
15:00 - 15:30: Yaroslav Petrakov (Ministry of Culture): Penta Helix approach for innovative solutions
15:30 - 16:00: Deborah Fairlamb (Ukrainian National Startup Fund): Startup ecosystem in Ukraine
16:00 - 16:30: Coffee break
16:30 - 17:30: Round table discussion on the future of business/science collaboration (сhair: Mostafa Shawra, participants: Garagehub, Deborah Fairlamb, Murat Gunes)
19:00 - 22:00: Networking dinner
Saturday 20 April 2019
09:00 - 09:30: Mostafa Shawrav (TU Wien and MCAA): Science/business collaboration in Austria
09:30 - 10:00: Murat Gunes (EBY University and MCAA): Networking on the edge between business and academia
10:00 - 10:30: Oleksiy Kolchanov (StudyDive): Education for a new age: conditions for innovations
10:30 - 11:00: Coffee break
11:00 - 13:00: Workshop by Oleg Lebedev (process and project manager): Introduction to esoteric project management
13:00 - 14:00: Lunch
14:00 - 14:30: Olena Lazorenko (NAS of Ukraine and League of Professional Women): Mentoring scheme in the league of professional women
14:30 - 15:00: Iryna Pulvas (Zirity): Why startups cannot work with universities?
15:00 - 15:30: Inga Kordynovska (Siren’s Net, ARbot): History of failures: how not to start a startup
15:30 - 16:00: Coffee Break
16:00 - 16:30: Pavlo Bazilinskyy: YES!Delft incubator and science/business collaboration in The Netherlands
16:30 - 17:30: Round table discussion 'How not to get stuck on the startup level and develop' (сhair: Murat Gunes, participants: Inga Kordynovska, Andrii Karpiuk, Iryna Pulvas, Andrii Sorokna)
DUE TO THE LIMITED NUMBER OF SEATS AVAILABLE, APPLICANTS WILL BE SELECTED ACCORDING TO THEIR MOTIVATION. THE ORGANIZERS WILL CONTACT THE ACCEPTED PARTICIPANTS FEW WEEKS BEFORE THE EVENT.
THE LANGUAGE FOR THE EVENT WILL BE ENGLISH
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS 31 MARCH 2019