Ukraine’s Science and Technology Stars
Ukraine’s Science and Technology Stars Shine Bright Light on Value of GIST’s Business Incubation Program
In the summer of 2022, as the global pandemic began to wind down, a war continued to escalate in Eastern Europe. Earlier that winter in Ukraine, as people began to emerge from almost two years of isolating and the near non-existence of public gatherings, Russia invaded, plunging the entire region into a humanitarian crisis. As more than five million Ukrainians fled to neighboring countries and another seven million were displaced within Ukraine, local economies stalled or completely disintegrated.
Known for its strong IT industry and its cutting edge AI and cybersecurity work, Ukraine has been seen by some as a rising star in Eastern Europe. Even through the conflict, it has prioritized maintaining its tech sector.
Set against this backdrop, the Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) initiative saw an opportunity to leverage one of its entrepreneurship training programs to support Ukrainian science and technology innovators. And, in its own small way, work to help the besieged country and important U.S. ally.
Additionally, each innovator mentioned the value of being incubated at the 1871 Innovation Hub. Being included in a group of more than 400 other early-stage entrepreneurs, and having the chance to work from a location that hosts so many networking and learning events, the Ukrainian cohort had ample opportunity to meet U.S. innovators and share learnings.
Learn more about how GIST has worked to support science and technology innovators in Ukraine through programs like GIST Business Incubation Ukraine and others by visiting our dedicated GIST Ukraine series page.