Empowering Women Ukraine ACCELERATION: Entrepreneurship Programme for business relocation

When 9-22 December 2023

Where Online across central Ukraine

  • Overview
  • Agenda
  • Develop your business idea and launch your microbusiness in Ukraine!

    Estonian Refugee Council and Garage48 invite women in Ukraine affected by the Russian war, to recover their livelihoods through entrepreneurship.


    Since 2019, Estonian Refugee Council and Garage48 have worked in collaboration, to support women in the East and central Ukraine in regaining their livelihoods through entrepreneurship. Over 4 years, the Empowering Women Entrepreneurship Programme has shown the strength and determination of Ukrainian women in defying the most difficult odds. By launching micro- and family businesses that support their own livelihood as well as others, and provide jobs and critical services, they fight for Ukraine’s freedom by supporting the resilience of the people and the economy on a grassroots level.

    🦸‍♀️ We are opening the programme for the fifth time, to meet the next Ukrainian superwomen. 🦸‍♀️

    Applications are open to existing businesses led by women in need of support to relocate and re-start from Poltava, Cherkasy, and Kirovohrad regions, who have lost the means to provide income for their families due to the ongoing war in Ukraine.

    During the entrepreneurship programme, you will have the opportunity to improve and get new entrepreneurial skills, learn from experienced entrepreneurs and specialists, build your business network, develop or redefine your business plan, and work on the design of your products and services. We’ll be working with design thinking, business model canvas, branding, creative marketing, financial planning, legal advice, online and social media, founder mental health, presentation skills, and pitching topics. Our experienced local and international mentors from the entrepreneurial and technology sectors will be sharing their best practices in building successful businesses.

    The most successful participants and teams of the entrepreneurship programme will receive support in the form of asset-based grants. The grants are given out in the form of equipment and tools necessary to start or develop their business. The entrepreneurship grants go hand in hand with a mentoring programme lasting 6 months with individual mentoring and workshops supporting further business development.

    🌱 A total of 25 already existing businesses will each receive up to 180 000 UAH (5 000 USD).


    13 NOVEMBER: Applications opens

    23 NOVEMBER: Pre-webinar for guidance on the application form and defining the business idea.

    5 DECEMBER: Applications deadline to the ACCELERATION PROGRAMME

    1-6 DECEMBER: Announcement of approved participants


    09–17 DECEMBER: ACCELERATION: Entrepreneurship programme for the relocation and re-starting of existing businesses

    22 DECEMBER: FINALS & Award ceremony


    JANUARY – JULY: MENTORING PROGRAMME & Implementation of entrepreneurship grants

    👩‍💻 MORE INFO & REGISTRATION 👉:  https://entrepreneur.pagulasabi.ee/ukraine/empowering-women-2023-2024

    Event updates in Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/858572655965983/

    The Empowering Women Entrepreneurship Programme is funded by USAID’s Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance (BHA/USAID).

    December 9, Saturday

    10.00-11.00 Program opening

    11.00-13.00 Checkpoint #1

    14.00-16.00 Workshops
    18.30-20.30 Checkpoint #1

    December 10, Sunday

    10.00-12.00 Workshops

    13.00-18.00 Workshops

    December 11, Monday

    10.00-14.00 Workshops

    17.00-21.00 Mentoring sessions

    December 12, Tuesday

    17.00-21.00 Mentoring sessions

    December 13, Wednesday

    17.00-22.00 Checkpoint #2           

    December 14, Thursday

    10.00-12.00 Workshop
    17.00-21.00 Workshop

    December 15, Friday

    17.00-20.00 Workshops

    December 16, Saturday

    10.00-12.00 Workshop

    December 17, Sunday

    9.00-17.00 Checkpoint #3 & Mentoring sessions

    December 18, Monday

    23.59 business plan submission deadline

    December 19-20

    Business plan evaluations

    December 22, Thursday
    14.00-18.00 FINALS & award ceremony, broadcasted online

    #g48empowher # UkraineResponseConsortium

    The Mentors 

    Maarika Truu
    Garage48 host & mentor, Head of partnerships at Single.Earth
    Maria Yarotska
    Co-founder of Belka&Strelka and Founder of Banka Zerowaste Shop
    Maryna Goncharenko
    America House Odessa Director
    Valeriia Holierova 
    Design Thinking & Customer Experience Expert, Ukrainian Startup Fund
    Liliia Holierova
    Founder at Освітній простір Міstечко
    Lucine Ayanian
    Marketing Expert and Creative Director with more than 10 years of experience in the industry
    Oleksii Tribusian
    Lawyer advisor of the National association of credit unions of Ukraine
    Yulia Kurkina
    Marketing Director at VetSnap
    Anastasia Sylenok
    Co-founder Digitizing.Space. WTECH Ambassador.
    Tatyana Gurskaya
    PhD of Psychology, Psychoterapist, Head of centre of clinical psychology "Sodeistvie"
    Yelena Zhovnikova
    Business and financial advisor | Mentor | Trainer | Promoter of Entrepreneurial Spirit


    Kadri Tiisvelt
    COO│ Project Manager at Garage48
    Kseniia Karpenkova
    Project Manager at Garage48

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