News: Winner Project of Polish-Ukrainian Startup Bridge Determined in Vinnytsia
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Winner Project of Polish-Ukrainian Startup Bridge Determined in Vinnytsia

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Recently, 15th regional meeting was held in Vinnytsia with the support of Mayor Serhii Morhunov within the framework of the Polish-Ukrainian Startup Bridge project. It took place online. During the event, the authors of startups presented their projects to a jury, which included representatives of Polish investment funds and VC venture funds. This is not only an opportunity to gain experience in transforming innovative ideas into existing business, but also professional consulting support. The winner of the regional meeting was the project of Vinnytsia residents Harmix, which will be presented in the fall in Kyiv in the final competition of startups KYIV TECH HUB 2020.

For the third year in a row, Vinnytsia City Council and Vinnytsia Municipal Center of Innovations are co-organizers of meetings within the framework of the Polish-Ukrainian Startup Bridge project in Vinnytsia. During such events, Vinnytsia authors of startups learn more about the opportunities offered by cooperation with the EU, venture funds and corporations. Also, the authors of startups gain experience in effectively transforming innovative ideas into a working business.

This time the online event was attended by 52 people, including 43 from Ukraine, 8 from Poland and one from the United States. Welcoming remarks were made by the Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Vinnytsia Damian Ciarciński and the Deputy Mayor of Vinnytsia Andrii Ocheretnyi.

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“Polish-Ukrainian Startup Bridge is exactly the project that opens Ukrainian startups to the general public. It is very important that the authors of startups have the opportunity to work with Polish partners who help the most interesting startup ideas to get professional advice and access to European markets. We believe that the joint Polish-Ukrainian activity will bring new chances and opportunities to both countries,” said Damian Ciarciński, Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Vinnytsia.

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Deputy Mayor of Vinnytsia Andrii Ocheretnyi said in his welcoming speech: “Vinnytsia City Council and the Mayor are making every effort to make the city of Vinnytsia a comfortable place to live and do business. It is projects such as the Startup Bridge that give creative and talented people the opportunity to express themselves, hear the advice of experts with world experience, get inspiration for further research and projects and serious experience in presenting startups.”

Special guest Lukasz Kowalik, a representative of the venture fund Simpact VC, made a report on the topic: “Secrets of the presentation that help to conclude deals”. He told the participants how to attract the attention of corporate clients and what to focus on startup development teams during meetings and presentations.

The authors of innovative projects spoke. According to the jury members, they all showed a high level of innovation. Also, a higher than average level of ability to present their idea to the public and the jury, which included representatives of two Polish investment funds, and a representative of the project Polish-Ukrainian Startup Bridge.

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The topics of startups were very broad in terms of both developers and business models approaches: from ultra-fast music creation for videos on various topics to full-fledged engineering projects for many sectors of the economy that can be implemented, for example, for high-quality food waste processing.

The winner of the regional meeting was the Harmix project (previously it was presented in the Sikorskyi Challenge). The project team has developed algorithms that allow you to almost instantly (in seconds) select the music to the video track.

Under the terms of the Polish-Ukrainian Bridge of Startups project, the winners of regional meetings will have the opportunity to participate in the final competition of startups KYIV TECH HUB 2020, which is scheduled for September 2020 in Kiev with a prize fund of 30,000 Polish zlotys (about 200,000 UAH).

The event is co-financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland and was held as part of the Polish Assistance for Development project “Increasing the competitiveness of Ukrainian regions and the development of Polish-Ukrainian economic cooperation”, which is implemented in Ukraine in 2018-2020 by the Ministry of Funds and Regional Policy of the Republic of Poland.