X Festival of Innovation Projects 

"Sikorsky Challenge 2021: Ukraine and the World."   

From August 12 to 14, 2021 in the Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute, the X International Festival of Innovation Projects Sikorsky Challenge 2021 will be held.

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. 

In 2020, due to the global pandemic, the Festival, including the Startup Competition, was held online. We were forced to abandon in-person ceremonial events, exhibitions of scientific projects, poster presentations and pitches, panel discussions and round tables.


However, 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.

The Startup competition will be held from August 12 to 14, 2021 within the frameworks of the Festival of Innovative Projects "Sikorsky Challenge 2021: Ukraine and the World."


The purpose of this event is to identify the most interesting and relevant projects in various fields of technology and provide the authors of the best of them with assistance in commercialization, creating successful startup companies and bringing innovative products to national and international markets.


The peculiarity of the Competition in 2020 was the online format. Selection of finalists, preparation for the Competition, performances, evaluation and determination of winners took place in asynchronous online mode. The international jury evaluate not "live" performances, but the video presentations of the finalists.


The format of the 2021 Startup Competition will depend on the pandemic situation.


Applications may be submitted untill June 15, 2021.


Applications for participation in the Competition can be submitted by students, postgraduates, entrepreneurs, scientists and employees of higher educational and research institutions, as well as other individuals from all regions of Ukraine.


Priority areas of research, which will be taken to account while considering the applications:

  • Technologies for creating means of destruction and protection against them
  • Information technologies
  • Optical technologies
  • Chemical technologies
  • Materials science technologies
  • Radio Electronics Element Base Technologies
  • Positioning and navigation technologies
  • Tactical medicine technologies
  • Aviation and space technologies



About the Festival of Innovation Project "Sikorsky Challenge 2020"

(TV reports)


We plan to hold this year's jubilee tenth Sikorsky Challenge Festival in a blended format (in-person sessions and synchronous on-line mode)


Main events of the Festival:


1. International Forum “Sikorsky Challenge” as a model and driver of innovative high-tech development of Ukraine” – in the format of three thematic panel discussions:

  • All-Ukrainian Innovation Ecosystem "Sikorsky Challenge Ukraine": national and international aspects
  • Innovations in the field of defense and security
  • Opportunities for Ukraine's innovative breakthrough in the fields of industrial high-tech and space

2. Exhibition of startup projects, breakthrough scientific and technical developments, including the latest innovation developments in the defense industry.


3. The final of the Competition of Innovation Projects, which will take place in 6 sections:

  • Green energy, hydrogen economy, ecology
  • Biomedical engineering and human health
  • Defense and security
  •  Industrial high-tech and space
  • Agricultural engineering
  • Information Technology

Simultaneously with the Forum, the Competition of projects-finalists of the Festival will take place where investors will have the opportunity to 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. This year's competition is also planned to be held in a blended format.


From August 12 to 14, members of the International Jury will have the possibility to ask questions, evaluate projects and select winners in the nominations:

  • The best project idea
  • The best technological solution
  • The best solving problems of potential customers
  • The best business model

Based on the results of the online evaluation of the finalist projects, the most promising startups for investment will be 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 will choose the projects of their interest; they will sign Protocols of Intent with the project teams to invest in the projects.

 You can get acquainted with the projects that were submitted to the startup competition in 2017-2020

We invite you to become a Sponsor or Partner of the Startup School and the Festival of Innovative Projects “Sikorsky Challenge 2021” and gain various advertising options according to your requirements and wishes.


We look forward to seeing you as a Sponsor or Partner of our Event.









 Sponsors of the Festival of Innovation Projects


"Sikorsky Challenge 2021: Ukraine and the World."


Partners of the Festival of Innovation Projects


"Sikorsky Challenge 2021: Ukraine and the World."