Ukrainian business expands its representation at the world economic forum
Ukraine House in Davos 2019 reopens its doors to guests. This year the organizing Committee of the Ukraine House in Davos includes: Alexa Chopivsky, executive director, Ukraine House Davos; Jaroslawa Z. Johnson, president and CEO, Western NIS Enterprise Fund; Svitlana Grytsenko, director of the department of national programs, Victor Pinchuk Foundation; Olga Afanasyeva, PHD, executive director, Ukrainian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (UVCA); Lenna Koszarny, founding partner and CEO, Horizon Capital. The Ukraine House agenda includes various events, many of which are devoted to the future of Ukraine, including future jobs, future of the healthcare system, global values and social responsibility, gender equality and more.
The full-fledged multi-format space “Ukraine House” was first opened during the 2018 World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland last year. It was visited by more than 5000 guests in five days. A year before, the Ukrainian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (UVCA) successfully tested a smaller-scale format, Ukrainian Davos Nights. Its success gave impetus to the transition to a new level.
“Ukraine House” in Davos has become a platform for networking, investment agreements and development of technological partnership. The project organizers aimed to present Ukraine to forum guests as a new global partner in technology and investment. At the “Ukraine House”, ten panel discussions were held, focusing on topics of investment and potential of the Ukrainian technological sector, ranging from energy and agriculture to blockchain and cryptocurrency projects.
As the organizers of the “Ukraine House” say, the project already brings together leaders of business and civil society, giving them the opportunity to discuss global economic trends in the context of the development of new technologies. This is where Ukraine is closely linked to the global context. “Based on the current success, in January 2019, “Ukraine House” in Davos will continue its mission to promote business and investment opportunities in Ukraine,” — founder and the managing partner of Aventures Capital and chairman of the supervisory board of UVCA Andrii Kolodiuk said last year.
It should be emphasized that last year’s “Ukraine House” in Davos was organized and funded by private capital and sponsors. In addition to UVCA, which unites more than 50 most active participants of the Ukrainian investment market, the project was supported by Western NIS Enterprise Fund (WNISEF), Victor Pinchuk Foundation. The latter is traditionally involved in all projects related to Davos. More than 15 companies and organizations, including Ciklum, IT Association of Ukraine, Horizon Capital, Bitcoin Foundation Ukraine, AgroHub, UNIT.City, joined forces to create the “Ukraine House”.
“Partners and participants of the “Ukraine House” have the opportunity to find business partners and investors of the highest level, as the World Economic Forum traditionally gathers only the leaders of the world society, — Andrii Kolodiuk said. — We remain open to new partnerships and sponsors to introduce a diverse Ukraine to the world, and Ukraine is already becoming something much more than an “agricultural country” or “outsourcing country”.