International Investment Forum for Innovation

On November 25, 2023, our unique investment forum was held in the conference hall of the Intercontinental Kyiv hotel, which served as a platform for meeting and exchanging ideas between innovative entrepreneurs, investors, government representatives, and donor organizations and other interested parties. The forum promotes attracting investments in innovative projects in Ukraine, supporting startups, as well as sharing experience and knowledge for the further development of our country.

Speakers of the forum:

Emmanuel Lowe

Swiss family office investing in SportTech, Ai, CyberTech

Maria Shevchuk

CEO IT Ukraine Association

Taras Kyrychenko

General partner Toloka VC

Andrew Zinchuk

Experienced Ukrainian entrepreneur, investor, ecosystem builder, and startup advisor. Founding Partner at ZAS Venture

Andreas Lymberis

European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (EISMEA)

Maxim Prokhorov

CEO & Co-Founder at PLATMA, Founder Platma.Academy

Andriy Dubas

President of the Association of Ukrainian Banks

Leon Eisen

Ph.D., an inventor, serial entrepreneur, and keynote speaker, chairs Oxitone Medical and WBAF Senator.

Daria Yanieva

Investment director of Sigma Software Labs

Serhiy Tsivkach

СЕО UkraineInvest

Taras Holub

Advisor to the Vice Prime Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic integration of Ukraine

Andriy Dligach

Founder of the Advanter Group of companies and the international Board business community, co-founder of the Center for Economic Recovery.

Olena Orlyuk

Head of the Ukrainian National Intellectual Property and Innovation Office

Lukasz Wawak

Polish Ukrainian Startup Bridge, Poland

Andriy Nosok

Managing Director of Dragon Capital, Direct Investments

Oksana Krukevych

Head of the Expert Group on Innovation Development of the Science and Innovation Directorate of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine

Gennadiy Chyzhikov

President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Ukraine.

Dan Pasko

Founding Partner of Diligent Capital Partners. Diligent Capital Partners

Vitaly Laptenok

СEO в Flyer One Ventures

Anna Gladstein

Head of International Trade and European Integration of the USAID Competitive Economy of Ukraine program

Ihor Taranov

Head of the Department “Horizon Europe Office in Ukraine”

Jaco Cilliers

UNDP Resident Representative to Ukraine

Expected results:

This forum aims to strengthen the innovation ecosystem in Ukraine, promote investment in important industries and support the growth of young startups. After the forum, it is expected that agreements will be signed, partnerships will be concluded, and the implementation of specific projects will begin, which will contribute to the innovative development of Ukraine and strengthen its position on the world market.

Presentation of the investment program for the recovery of Ukraine

Serhii Tsivkach, Executive Director of UkraineInvest Government Office for Investment Attraction and Support, presented investment attractiveness, opportunities and incentives, why it is worth investing in Ukraine.

Financing of Ukrainian innovations

Review of available financial opportunities for Ukrainian SMEs from the European Commission, USAID, UNDP, GIZ and other support programs of donor organizations.

International speakers

Leading international experts, investors and representatives of successful companies from more than 30 countries shared their insights and experience in the field of innovation.

Speeches of honored guests

The INVESTinUA forum was solemnly opened by Heorhiy Dubynskyi, Deputy Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine, heads of donor organizations in Ukraine: Jako Silje, Permanent Representative of UNDP in Ukraine and Hagen Ettner, Co-Director of the international cooperation program “EU4Business: recovery, competitiveness and internationalization of SMEs”, the German federal company Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Panel discussions

Experts from various fields discussed the following topics: “Investment climate”, “Exchange of investment experience, new ideas”, “Dynamics and trends of startups 2024: the view of investors”.

Startup case

Some of the best Ukrainian startups were able to demonstrate their projects at a pitch to international investors.

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Startup case

MELT WATER CLUB – The world’s most advanced water purification technology and device for home and business.

Pharmaceutical AI for updating R&D databases in real time with high-quality structured data

Numo is an AI-powered support and productivity platform for 350M adults with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). 550k ARR, 4,5k paying users (US, СA, UK, AU, EU)

Drill is an exclusive educational app for training in secure weapon handling, survival tactics, and first aid. Guided by the expertise of Ukrainian military professionals we aimed at promoting a culture of responsible firearm usage

The winners

S. Lab – An ecological packaging solution that consists of only two plant components: agricultural waste and mycelium.

The GIOS platform ( contains online mathematics courses for students in grades 5-9. The courses are developed in accordance with the Ukrainian curriculum by the best methodologists of Ukraine.

Zeeon is a toolkit infrastructure as a service for game developers to help them create immersive experiences faster and within smaller budget.

Partners and Sponsors

Official media support is included in the price of tickets and is covered by informational membership for participation in the Forum

Accommodation of guests

Organizers of the forum:

The event will be held within the framework of the international cooperation project ReACT4UA (“Application and implementation of the Association Agreement between the EU and Ukraine in the sphere of trade”), funded by the German government. The project is implemented by the German federal company Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH together with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Ukraine.