You are invited to take part in the X Competition of Startups and present your innovative project on one of the most important annual events in the field of innovation in Ukraine.


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


The competition of startups is one of the most important annual events in the field of innovation in Ukraine. It usually involves project developers in many fields of science and technology as well as representatives of large investment business


The competition will be held from August 12 to 14, 2021



Benefits of the Competition


Official Status


The Ecosystem “Sikorsky Challenge” was created on the basis of the NTUU “Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute” and the Science Park “Kyivska Polytechnika” that ensures high results.


Training and Mentoring


Training by business trainers specializing in startups; advising and mentoring by mentors and investors.


 Real Investment


The prize-winners of the Competition sign Protocols of Intentions with investors and start preparing for the joint implementation of their projects.


Collaboration and Partnership

We have created a reliable and profit able ecosystem for investment andventure funds, private investors, business angels and international experts.


A special feature of the competition last year was that it was held online for the first time. First-ever, the selection of finalists, preparation for the Competition, 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.


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


Acceptance of applications has begun and will last until June 15, 2021.

Students, graduate students, entrepreneurs, scientists and employees of higher education institutions and research institutions, as well as other individuals from all regions of Ukraine can submit applications for participation in the Competition.


Preference is given to engineering projects in the following areas:

  • High-tech engineering
  • Medical engineering
  • Energy
  • Effective nature management
  • Information and telecommunication technologies
  • Aviation and space technologies
  • Robotics
  • Creation of new substances and materials, nanotechnology
  • Agricultural sector

During the applying process, the International Expert Council will promptly review the submitted applications and select projects that will reach the final of the Competition.


The International Expert Council includes specialists and mentors of the Innovation Holding “Sikorsky Challenge”, experts of the Igor Sikorsky KPI and investment funds, experts from Israel and the USA.


By June 15, the International Expert Council will determine the finalists of the Competition, and instructional guidelines on the preparation of video presentations will be sent to them.


The finalists will be trained online to prepare video presentations of their projects. They have to send their video presentations to the Organizing Committee by July 18.


All video presentations of the finalists' projects will be posted on the web resources of the Startup Competition and will be available for review.


The winners of the Competition will be selected in the following nominations:

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

The teams of these projects will receive money awards from the Innovation Holding “Sikorsky Challenge” and its partners.

Representatives of investment companies will choose interesting projects and will sign Protocols of Intent to invest in future startups with projects teams.


For all questions regarding the Startup Competition 2021, please mail to the coordinator of the Competition Tatiana Kresan

We invite you to become a Sponsor or a Partner of the Start-up Competition Sikorsky Challenge - 2021