In Ukraine, for years at all levels, the need to develop the state in an innovative direction has been discussing. The necessary laws have been adopted, programs approved, technology transfer centers and business incubators established, regular trainings and roundtables, as well as competitions of innovative ideas, have been conducting.

 

Thanks to all these efforts, it sets the wheels in motion but a real innovative breakthrough did not happen. Why? Maybe it happens so that in our country there is no longer talented youth? On the contrary, in Ukraine, we have perhaps the most talented young people in the world. So why? Yes, because in our universities they are not still trained to work with innovative ideas and earn money.

 

Despite the fact that the term "Startup" has already entered our ordinary life, very few people can explain its meaning. The fact is that a startup is not simply a new business, as many people think. It is a creative work with a new idea; it is a search for a formerly unused business model for an innovative idea able to bring certain revenues in the future. A startup environment is a creative environment where inventors learn, communicate and work on their projects.

 

The way of startupers differs from a standard career. By the time of graduation, creative startupers can not only develop several projects, but also receive investment for their development.

 

The first Innovation Ecosystem in Ukraine “Sikorsky Challenge” has specifically been created to involve creative youth in innovative entrepreneurship. Here, technological ideas are grown, innovative startup companies are launched and developed. This is the environment where the full technological circle is carried out - from searching for new ideas and designing business models to attracting investments and creating new innovative businesses.

 

Created in NTUU “Igor Sikorsky KPI”, the Sikorsky Challenge Innovation Ecosystem is supported by NTUU “Igor Sikorsky KPI” and the Science Park “Kyivska Polytechnika”. Structurally, it looks like this:

  • Startup School “Sikorsky Challenge”
  • Festival of Innovation Projects “Sikorsky Challenge”
  • Business Incubator “Sikorsky Challenge”
  • Center for Intellectual Property;
  • Science Park “Kyivska Polytechnika”

The structural scheme of learning and incubation at the Innovation Ecosystem can be represented as follows:

 

 

The positive results of the Startup School inspired us to start in the fall of 2016 scaling our startup called "Startup School Sikorsky Challenge" throughout Ukraine. As a result, a network of Startup Schools in different regions of Ukraine has been created on the basis of the most innovative universities in the country.

 

As of December 2020, the following universities have joined the network: