All-Ukrainian Innovation Ecosystem "Sikorsky Challenge Ukraine" (SCU) is an open innovation ecosystem that unites the country's institutions interested in the development of the Ukrainian innovation economy: universities, research institutions, state authorities, local authorities, business companies, foundations, and NGOs.
The organizer of the interaction of these participating institutions is the Innovative Ecosystem "Sikorsky Challenge" of Igor Sikorsky KPI (hereinafter – Sikorsky Challenge KPI), which is formally established by signing Memoranda / Agreements between SCU member institutions and legal entities of Sikorsky Challenge KPI: NTUU "Igor Sikorsky KPI" and/or Innovation Holding "Sikorsky Challenge" LLC and/or Science Park "Kyivska Polytechnika" Corporation.
Vision: the Innovation Ecosystem "Sikorsky Challenge Ukraine" is a model and driver of high-tech innovative development of Ukraine's economy.
Mission: to develop and maintain an environment where new ideas and innovative technologies are born, startup companies and small high-tech enterprises are created that bring new hightech products and services to local, national, and global markets.
Conceptual principles of SCU
- selection, training, and acceleration of startup project teams according to Sikorsky Challenge teaching techniques;
- prototyping of innovative products;
- protection of intellectual property rights;
- formation of proposals and solutions to solve technological problems identified by cities/regions and business companies in the form of R&D tasks for research groups, as well as by organizing competitions/hackathons.
- to train staff on the implementation of mechanisms of innovative development and provide consulting on these issues;
- to solve technical problems of these enterprises by executing their R&D orders in universities' Startup schools and/or by cooperation with relevant ready-made startups "grown" in the City Innovation Cluster;
- to organize communication and cooperation of enterprisesparticipants of the City/Region Innovation Cluster with the Startup schools of other cities.
You can learn more about the All-Ukrainian Innovation Ecosystem Sikorsky Challenge Ukraine (SCU), the features of the innovation projects it takes care of, the participants, the supervisory and coordination council of SCU and the main components of the ecosystem if you read the detailed concept of SCU.