The Revolution of Dignity transformed the minds and values of Ukrainians. Still, Ukraine’s challenge is to turn the vast human and intellectual potential into economic and social value. Over the past few years, Ukraine has gone through painful, although necessary transformations, building its path to recovery and economic growth. In this critical time for Ukraine and whole Eastern Europe, catch the momentum to discover Ukraine, its potential, opportunities and fellow leaders.
Kyiv Hub together with Ukrainian YGLs prepared a very special and unique tour to Ukraine. This is not an official WEF program, it is a privately organized YGLs and GSs Trip. Ukraine Discovery Tour is open to YGLs with a small number of places available to selected group of the Global Shapers members. The event took place on 2 - 6 of June 2016 in Kyiv.
The agenda included meetings with the business leaders, investors, social activist, media, IT guru and other extraordinary and unique people in different spheres and industries, as well as Workshops and Session on doing business in Ukraine. We were willing to show a private side of the country ordinarily missed by visiting delegations as well as we continue the work the WEF started with the Geneva Ukraine Initiative.
Among the participants of Ukraine Discovery Tour we had guests from Switzerland, Turkey, Italy, Germany, Belarus, Cyprus and Ukrainian delegates of Global Shapers Kyiv Hub, Global Shapers Odesa Hub and Global Shapers Kharkiv Hub.
During the Tour we had time to run through the Botanical garden with the team of UVCA, attended the session four:
Session I: Fourth Industrial Revolution (meeting Adtena, AgroMonitor, Myhelix, Agri Eye, OPEN ADV, Digital Police, CARDIOLYSE.ME, Apeilon, Leantegra and Moderator: Oksana Borysenko, Managing Director at CEE Angel Investments, Executive Director and President at Digital Ukraine at 1991 Open Data Incubator);
Session II: Meeting Investors in IT and Agro sectors (meeting Andrey Kolodyuk, Co-Founder, Managing Partner at AVentures Capital; Sergey Tikhonov, COO at eFarmer, Serhiy Shepanskiy, CEO at AP Bank. Moderator: Bohdan Kupych, Vice President Business Development at KM Core, President KM Core USA, Member of the Advisory Board, (acting) Board Secretary at De Novo, Member of the Supervisory Board UVCA at UVCA Office);
Session III: Emerging Civil Society as a key to economic growth in Ukraine (at Fedoriv Hub. we had the following speakers - EasyBusiness, Professional Government Initiative and Start2go. Moderator - Taras Byk, Program Officer та Research Specialist в International Republican Institute);
Session IV: Innovation - we tried to show Ukrainian innovations in the field of defense and security, where together with a team UA.PRA we were able to evaluate and test the latest inventions and developments used by our military force in the area of ATO.
Besides, we had a chance to chat with the famous restaurateur Dmitry Borisov, MP Hanna Hopko, visit unique institution - Ukrainian Leadership Academy, as well as discover Ukrainian jazz together with Alexey Kogan.
Our four days program was super busy, and each of its components were unique in terms of messages. We hope that after the Tour the international community will not only change their attitude towards Ukraine as a whole, considering success stories and exciting products we create, but also more and more people will be witness of Ukrainian transformations.