Ukranian Students to Show Startup Idea in London
An eye massager, a smart pillow and all sorts of mobile applications were projects that Ukrainian students presented at the "Creative Spark" startup competition in Kyiv
“This is a smart pillow that allows you to optimize your quality of sleep. Like listening to music or audiobooks. It will be comfortable while using this pillow. It improves your sleep,” said Andriy Zhydenko, a member of the winning team.
The winners received almost $4,000 from the British Council for the implementation of their project. This competition was founded last year – its main goal being to attract the younger generation to business.
“Twelve universities and organizations are now taking part in the contest. Students take part in different events organized by British universities. They include workshops and training sessions, educational trips, and student exchanges. One of the activities is the Big Idea Challenge contest, in which we participate,” British Council Creative Economy Department Project Leader Anna Karnaukh said.
The other goal of the contest is to help the younger generation to implement their ideas in the government.
“It is very important to find and create the opportunities that are needed by young people. This could be youth centers, informal education programs, and entrepreneur support programs. It is not a coincidence, probably, that a few days ago the government presented a project – a national startup fund,” Deputy Minister of Sports and Youth Oleksandr Yarema said.
The winners of the national competition will represent their start-up in London this September. There, they will compete for the title of the best idea with representatives of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Armenia.