From November 3 to 13, 2020 in the Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute,
the IX International Festival of Innovation Projects Sikorsky Challenge 2020 was held.
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The Festival was first held in 2012. Since the launch of the Startup School “Sikorsky Challenge” in 2014, this annual event has gained great popularity among students and entrepreneurs. Indeed, the Festival is not only contests of innovative projects, but also includes interesting exhibitions, master classes, lectures and networking.
People take part in the Festival not only in order to advance its invention or startup. Here you can talk with other innovative entrepreneurs, meet investors and business angels. Thanks to such communication new ideas are born and the philosophy of creative entrepreneurship is popularized. Each year the Festival attracts more and more attention of the society - the program becomes more intensive, the number of participants and guests grows.
This year, due to the global pandemic, the format of the IX Sikorsky Challenge 2020 Festival of Innovation Projects was changed. The Festival, including the Startup Competition, was held online. We were forced to abandon ceremonial events, exhibitions of scientific projects, poster presentations and pitches, panel discussions and round tables in person.
The new online format of the Festival provided many people from other regions, who previously could not join us, with the opportunity to participate in it. This also applies to foreign investors and members of the International Jury, who previously did not have enough time and possibility to participate in the Festival.
As part of this year's Sikorsky Challenge Online Festival, the Startup Competition (in asynchronous mode) and the Forum "Development of Innovative Economy in Regional, National and International Aspects" (in synchronous mode) were held.
The opening of the Sikorsky Challenge Festival and the Forum began on November 3 with a speech by the Rector of Igor Sikorsky KPI Mykhailo Zgurovsky. The Forum "Development of Innovative Economy in Regional, National and International Aspects" included several panel discussions.
The first one was devoted to the model of development of high-tech economy of Ukraine and the state support for the development of innovations in Ukraine.
The second panel discussion took place on November 5 and focused on the development of innovations in medical engineering.
During the third panel discussion on November 9, representatives of the Network of Startup Schools and Innovation Clusters of Ukrainian Cities met.
The fourth panel discussion took place on November 11 and focused on international aspects of the development of Ukrainian innovations.
Simultaneously with the Forum, the Competition of projects-finalists of the Festival took place where investors could select the most promising startups for investment and conclude preliminary cooperation agreements with startup teams.
The competition of startups is one of the most important annual events in the field of innovation in Ukraine. The peculiarity of this year's Competition was that it was also held online. First-ever, project presentations, evaluation and determination of winners took place asynchronously online. The International Jury did not evaluate the "live" presentations of the finalists, but their video presentations.
From November 3 to 13, members of the International Jury had the possibility to ask questions, evaluate projects and select winners in the nominations:
Based on the results of the online evaluation of the finalist projects, the most promising startups for investment were identified that will be assisted in commercialization, creation of successful startup companies and introduction of innovative products to national and international markets.
Traditional investors and sponsors of the Sikorsky Challenge include Golden Egg Technology and Boeing, V.S. Mykhalevych Foundation for Scientific and Technical Development of Ukraine, USP Capital Venture Fund, UkrEximBank, ProgressTechUkraine, Business Incubator "Eazi Start", and others.
Representatives of the investor companies choose projects of their interest; they will sign Protocols of Intent with the project teams to invest in the projects.
About the Festival of Innovation Project "Sikorsky Challenge 2020"
As part of the IX Festival of Innovative Projects “Sikorsky Challenge 2020” at Igor Sikorsky KPI, the Competition “Eco-Techno Ukraine 2021” for high school students was held from November 3 to 13, 2020.
As part of this year's Festival of Innovation Projects “Sikorsky Challenge 2020”, the National Ecological and Naturalistic Center for School Youth together with the National Technical University of Ukraine “Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute” held the All-Ukrainian competition "Eco-Techno Ukraine 2021" – the national stage of the international competition of scientific and technical creativity of school students ISEF-2021 (International Science and Engineering Fair).
This competition also was held online.
The Competition “Eco-Techno Ukraine 2021” was divided into two parts: Eco and Techno, according to the categories of research.
The program of the competition “Eco - Ukraine 2021” included projects of school students in the following categories: biology, human sciences, earth and environmental sciences, chemistry, biochemistry, etc.
The program of the competition “Techno - Ukraine 2021” included projects of school students in the following categories: engineering, computer science, physical and chemical energy, physics and astronomy, mathematics.
For more details on the Competition “Eco-Techno Ukraine 2021” please visit >>> https://www.ipt-isef-techno.com.ua
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