Pitching competition and mentoring program

Empowering Future Entrepreneurial Ukraine

May - June 2022

We invite you to contribute for the bright future of Ukraine

Online pitching competition and mentoring program will be arranged to empower Ukrainian startup community and future leaders.  

Pitching competition offers a digital platform to scout, support and launch strategic innovations critical for Ukraine in war and for rebuilding the country. 

Lucrative Grant will attract high level StartUps, effective implementation and enhance positive outlooks despite the war.

Organized by established Ukrainian Future business incubator supported by team members in Finland.

Focus areas

Defence & Cybersecuruty
Food & Agriculture
Infrastructure & Energy
*other areas are also required if they share the same goal
Apply for 2,5 weeks mentoring program with the following online pitching competition
Get an opportunity to win grant*

What the StartUp teams RECEIVE when selected to the mentoring program (10-12 teams):

  • Individual mentoring sessions with experienced and highly connected mentors from Ukraine, Finland and Estonia (min 5) in the areas which are relevant to boost growth of the startup 
  • Opportunity to join group mentoring sessions with other startups
  • Selected services from co-operating companies pro bono ( such as IPR, law, consulting)  
  • Can use Ukrainian Future incubator services
  • Increase their network with Ukrainian originated startups
  • Increase their international network with companies, mentors
  • Hear inspirational key note speakers
  • Publicity, media coverage in Ukraine, Finland, Estonia
  • Visibility at Social media
  • Possibility to find companies to cooperate with international level
  • Access to global funding and investments

What Startup Winners of the Final Pitch receive:

  • € 10,000 money and € 5,000 services from Greenstep (accounting and taxes, transactions and finance, personnel and business management)
  • €10.000 funding from Ministry of Good Spirit (a community that brings together positive responsible people by supporting their growth through inspirational events and personal mentoring)
  • € 7,500 services from Liquido.vc (preparation for pre-seed and seed rounds of funding, strategy planning, advisory groups, startup brand and ecosystem building, investment in selected startups)
  • € 7,500 services from Miltton (business strategy, brand, design, marketing and PR advice)
  • € 5,000 services from Lexia (legal consulting, including ICT, Tech, Startups & Growth Companies)
  • Free access to Microsoft Azure platform from $1.000 to $150.000, depending on the startup stage
  • $ 10,000 credits from Amazon Web Services 
  • Opportunity to find companies for cooperation at the international level
  • Access to global financing and investment

StartUp Selection criteria: potential contribution to boost Ukrainian economy and rebuilding

Pitch Deck including:

  • сompany information
  • problem statement
  • solution/simple demo
  • market size
  • product and technology traction
  • team members. Prioritized: min. one of StartUp founders are citizens of Ukraine or have Ukrainian origins
  • competition
  • business model/plan
  • funding status
  • MVP
  • product testing results or cash flow
  • competitive advantages
  • how your product/ technology can help now to meet challenges caused by the war and rebuilding in Ukraine?
  • contact info

*Ready made innovative solutions and quick implementation time are prioritized

**Open call for all Ukrainian StartUps which are registered companies

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Important Dates

Application Open
Submission Deadline
Selection of the 10-12 startups
A mentoring program
The Final Pitching

Key Partners


Core team

Vitalii Lisovyi

CEO at Ukrainian Future incubator,

Head of Business Education and Innovations Department of the Junior Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Hannele Mennala

Member of the Advisory Board of Ukrainian Future Incubator,

Head of Innovation labs, Learning and Research Environments,  Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences,

StartUp co-founder

Mikko-Pekka Hanski

Chairman at Yleinen työttömyyskassa YTK, 

Board Professional, Advisor and Mentor at Hanskis Maskin Service

Program Mentors and Speakers

Elina Seppälä

Investor/ Board professional/ Circular Economy / Energy/ Digital  and Impact Investment

Aape Pohjavirta

CEO of Funzi

Pitching coaching (Slush Style), Venture investment

Mart Maasik

Investman Lead UniTartu

Innovation leader, Venture Capital, Ecosystem models

Jussi Muurikainen

Founder, chief evangelist of Liquido.vc, Founder of Finns for Ukraine F4U group

Jonas Lundberg

Co-founder, CEO Liquido.vc

Marko Moilanen

An experienced attorney at law at Lexia Attorneys │ ICT, Tech, Startups & Growth Companies

Juho Pietilänaho

An Experienced finance professional and Partner of CFO Services at Greenstep

Hannes Jesar

Helsinki XR Center and Turbiini Accelerator | Project Manager at Metropolia RDI Services Department

Mikko Leino

Partner @ M&M Growth Partners

Timo-Pekka Uotila

PhD | Entrepreneurial Leadership | Performance Through People | Project Manager | Entrepreneur | Senior Researcher

Vitaliy Yakushev

Cybersecurity evangelist / CEO at 10Guards

Yuriy Sereschenko

Managing Director at QPDigital Venture Capital Fund | finances / investments

Oleksandr Simonov

CEO and CTO at Amoniac OÜ, member of the Advisory Board of Ukrainian Future Incubator

Iryna Bystrova

Head of Coach Network and Program of Ukrainian Future Business Incubator

Tetiana Tverdushka

Certified REFA-Consultant, Member of REFA, Coach and Expert of Ukrainian Future Business Incubator

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