The program which will bring experienced international entrepreneurs to Ukraine and connect them with local startup ecosystem and top Ukrainian startups in tailor-made mentorship program and 1on1 sessions.

Powered by Max Gurvits (EIR Europe), UNIT.City and u.ventures
Why do we need
this program in Ukraine?
It's always great to learn from people who have an experience of creating successful international businesses, scaling their companies to other markets, experience of IPO or successful acquisition of their company to larger corporation.

But in Ukraine we still don't have enough founders with such experience.

Entepreneurs-In-Residents (EIR) program should solve this problem.

UNIT.City Innovation Park together with Max Gurvits (Founder of EIR Europe, Head of Cross Border Angels in the CEE, CIS and MENA countries), with the support of u.ventures, the Western NIS Enterprise Fund, is launching the Entrepreneur-In-Residence program to attract international expertise to Ukrainian startup community.

EiR program in Ukraine. Batch #1
1 mentor =
1 month
Each mentor will spend about 1 month in Ukraine with 20+ hours per week dedicated for support of local community
In our pilot program we are going to bring 3 first entrepreneurs to UNIT.City.
Our mentors will spend hundreds of hours with startups from local community and will share their best practices.
The aim of the project in Ukraine
To build world class entrepreneurship culture in Ukraine
To develop the business ecosystem of Ukraine
To help Ukrainian startups better scale on global markets
Learn more about EIR Europe goals: http://www.eir-europe.com/.
Learn about our
first Entrepreneur-In-Residence
EIR #1:
Edmundas 'Eddy' Balcikonis
Edmundas 'Eddy' Balcikonis is a ex-CEO and co-founder of TrackDuck startup, a visual feedback tool for web development.

In 2017 TrackDuck was acquired by InVision, a world's leading digital design platform. Currently Eddy continues to run TrackDuck under InVision, manages InVision's integration partnerships with partners like Atlassian, Slack, Microsoft and others.

Besides main work, Eddy mentors startups, mostly in the B2B SaaS field regarding product development, growth and fundraising. Also advice early stage funds regarding early stage startup product market fit and due diligence. Eddy also regularly speaks in events about building the 1st MVP, getting initial traction and sales, fundraising and pitching investors.

Program duration:
12 of March 2018 – 15 of April 2018.

Mentors for EIR #2 and EIR #3 will be announced soon.

How to apply for a mentorship program
and consultations
Application form
Fill in the application and share information about your company
Motivation letter
Write a motivation letter, specifying, how you can benefit from the EIR mentoring program
Pitch deck
Send a Pitch Deck for selected mentor
Selection process
EIR team in Ukraine, our partners and selected mentor will choose companies that will have an opportunity to have a mentorship sessions with selected expert
Meet the Jury
who will select startups for a program
Edmundas 'Eddy' Balcikonis
Product Manager at InVision
Co-Founder at TrackDuck
Max Yakover
CEO & Managing partner at UNIT.City
Managing partner at RadarTech

Kirill Mazur
Head of Ecosystem & Partnerships, UNIT.City
Venture partner at IG.VC
Andrii Sorokhan
Team Lead at u.ventures, Western NIS Enterprise Fund
Who will benefit from the mentoring program
Early stage startups
B2B SaaS startups
Companies that are focused on international markets
Companies that plan to attract investments
Companies that are thinking about their EXIT strategy
What activities will we
have during the program
1on1 mentorship sessions
(only for selected start-ups)
Consultations for startups
(4 hours per week)
Interview, meetings, other activities
Invite-only workshop
Deep dive to Kyiv business ecosystem
Timeline of EIR Ukraine, Batch #1
Start of application
Application deadline
Announcing of the results
12.03 - 13.04
Mentoring program
Project organizers in Ukraine
Max Gurvits, EIR Europe creator
Program Initiator
EIR Europe is a global program interested in helping to build and sustain business culture in emerging entrepreneurship hubs worldwide.

EIR co-organizer in Ukraine
First Ukrainian innovation park.
25 ha, 15 000 jobs, 500 000 sq.m. for innovations and businesses.

EiR partner in Ukraine
Established by Western NIS Enterprise Fund, u.ventures invests in early stage technology startups with world-class teams and a global potential for growth.

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