You are invited to take part in the VII 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


Submission of applications for the Startup Competition 2018 is already open!



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

Ми створили надійну і вигідну екосистему для інвестиційних і венчурних фондів, приватних інвесторів, бізнес-ангелів і міжнародних експертів.


This year, submission of applications is open from November 2017 to August 2018.


During this time, the Expert Council will promptly review submitted applications and invite participants to interviews which will be held once a month. Experts and mentors of the Innovation Holding “Sikorsky Challenge”, experts of investment funds and the Science Park “Kyivska Polytechnika” are involved in the Expert Council.


As the results of the interviews, the contestants will receive recommendations on updating their projects to meet the requirements of investment companies and the opportunity to take free training at the Startup School “Sikorsky Challenge” in the areas that were not sufficiently worked out in the project.

Applications for participation in the Competition may be submitted by students, postgraduates, entrepreneurs, scientists and staff of higher education institutions and research institutions, as well as by other individuals. Age restrictions – participants shall be aged between 16 and 70.


The advantage when considering applications is given to engineering projects in the following areas:


  • Agricultural sector
  • High-tech mechanical engineering
  • Military-industrial complex
  • Power engineering
  • Environmental management
  • Information and telecommunication technologies
  • Space technologies
  • Robotics
  • New substances and materials, nanotechnology

Before you apply for the Startup Competition please read the Regulations on the Startup Competition “Sikorsky Challenge”.