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New Initiative Aims to Get Ukrainians Investing in Startup Ecosystem

13/ 09/ 2021
  https://youtu.be/fUMKR8CfWB0 A new four-day masterclass designed with input from top venture capitalists and American academics aims to create a new crop of Ukrainian investors in order to increase the early-stage funding available for the country’s burgeoning startup ecosystem. Some of the world’s largest investors, including Andreessen Horowitz, 500 Startups, Techstars, and Y Combinator, have already made major investments in Ukraine. A strong talent pool and technical creativity have helped Ukraine emerge as a new center of innovation in Europe. But the tech sector remains undervalued, particularly by Ukranian investors. The lack of seed and early-stage investor capital is a constraint for founders. To address this problem, and to create a stronger community of founders and investors, London-based RA Capital, a research firm, has partnered with Kyiv-based eō Business Incubators and Silicon Valley Syndicate Club to hold a first-of-its-kind invitation only masterclass that will introduce potential investors in Ukraine to the funda­mentals of early-stage startup investing. “It will not surprise me if we see not just People.ai and Grammarly, but a whole host of unicorns coming out of Ukraine” said Charles Whitehead, Professor at Cornell University and Co-Founder of eō Business Incubators, who helped shape the programme. “What is needed is for more Ukrainian investors to back promising projects at the early stage.” The masterclass, which will take place from 11-14 October, will feature leading voices in the Ukrainian and international venture investing, including Marvin Liao, a former partner at 500 Startups, Andriy Fedoriv, CEO at FEDORIV GROUP, Victoria Tigipko, Managing Partner at TA Ventures, and Rick Rasmussen, Industry Fellow at UC Berkeley, among others. Over the course of four days, participants will be led through the key principles used by leading VCs in making investment decisions, structuring deals, working with founders, valuing startups, and successfully exiting. “We created this event for people who are interested in exploring the key principles of investing and maximizing returns while helping to grow Ukraine’s new economy” explained Vadim Kudruk, Founder at RA Capital. “We listened to Ukrainian startups and they made it clear that Ukraine’s ecosystem is missing ambitious investors ready to back projects in their initial stages. Great startups are remaining underfunded as a result.” The masterclass will be held in Kyiv, Ukraine and live-streamed around the world. The Series will run from Monday, 11 October, to Thursday, 14 October 2021, from 15:00 – 19:30 Kyiv time. Visit https://ukraine-one.com to register with 40% discount for in-person event. Code: EBA40

A new four-day masterclass designed with input from top venture capitalists and American academics aims to create a new crop of Ukrainian investors in order to increase the early-stage funding available for the country’s burgeoning startup ecosystem.

Some of the world’s largest investors, including Andreessen Horowitz, 500 Startups, Techstars, and Y Combinator, have already made major investments in Ukraine. A strong talent pool and technical creativity have helped Ukraine emerge as a new center of innovation in Europe. But the tech sector remains undervalued, particularly by Ukranian investors. The lack of seed and early-stage investor capital is a constraint for founders.

To address this problem, and to create a stronger community of founders and investors, London-based RA Capital, a research firm, has partnered with Kyiv-based eō Business Incubators and Silicon Valley Syndicate Club to hold a first-of-its-kind invitation only masterclass that will introduce potential investors in Ukraine to the funda­mentals of early-stage startup investing.

“It will not surprise me if we see not just People.ai and Grammarly, but a whole host of unicorns coming out of Ukraine” said Charles Whitehead, Professor at Cornell University and Co-Founder of eō Business Incubators, who helped shape the programme. “What is needed is for more Ukrainian investors to back promising projects at the early stage.”

The masterclass, which will take place from 11-14 October, will feature leading voices in the Ukrainian and international venture investing, including Marvin Liao, a former partner at 500 Startups, Andriy Fedoriv, CEO at FEDORIV GROUP, Victoria Tigipko, Managing Partner at TA Ventures, and Rick Rasmussen, Industry Fellow at UC Berkeley, among others.

Over the course of four days, participants will be led through the key principles used by leading VCs in making investment decisions, structuring deals, working with founders, valuing startups, and successfully exiting.

“We created this event for people who are interested in exploring the key principles of investing and maximizing returns while helping to grow Ukraine’s new economy” explained Vadim Kudruk, Founder at RA Capital“We listened to Ukrainian startups and they made it clear that Ukraine’s ecosystem is missing ambitious investors ready to back projects in their initial stages. Great startups are remaining underfunded as a result.”

The masterclass will be held in Kyiv, Ukraine and live-streamed around the world. The Series will run from Monday, 11 October, to Thursday, 14 October 2021, from 15:00 – 19:30 Kyiv time.

Visit https://ukraine-one.com to register with 40% discount for in-person event.

Code: EBA40

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