GIST Innovates Ukraine. Take your invention from lab to market!


GIST Innovates Ukraine is an accelerated eight-week training program modeled after the Lean Startup methodology. Through an intensive customer discovery process, participants quickly identify and evaluate opportunities and make informed decisions on how best to move their idea forward.

We aim to provide innovators with the training, mentoring, and resources they need to bring their ideas out of the university lab and into the market.

This program is Ideal for citizens of Ukraine who are graduate students, faculty, or researchers in science and technology.

We’re looking for 3-person Ukraine-based teams that have technology affiliated with a government agency, university, research lab, incubator, accelerator, or industry.

GIST Innovates Ukraine participants will be eligible to apply for a spot in the GIST Business Incubation program. Two Ukrainian teams will be selected to participate in this international entrepreneurship program that will take place in Fall 2020.

Teams must consist of a:

  • Technical Lead: Serves as expert of the venture's technology.
  • Entrepreneurial Lead: Serves as team spokesperson, leads efforts in business model development, and interfaces with potential customers.
  • Business Mentor: Helps teams develop IP strategy, connects with funders, and advises on customer discovery efforts.


Program Highlights

  • Experience hands-on learning through in-person training in Kyiv, Ukraine, and online training at in Spring 2020.
  • Spend a significant amount of time engaging with industry experts, talking to potential customers, and testing hypotheses.
  • Share experiences with other entrepreneurial teams engaged in similar work.


GIST Innovates Ukraine is a national-level program; Ukrainian citizens nationwide are encouraged to apply. Limited travel support will be available for participants located outside of Kyiv.


GIST Innovates Ukraine Information Sessions

GIST will hold five informational sessions to discuss the purpose and benefits of participating in GIST Innovates Ukraine. RSVP to one of the five sessions below.

Click the button to RSVP for one of the Information Sessions:

RSVP GIST Innovates Ukraine


Monday, 3 February
2:30 pm
Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine
Taras Shevchenko Blvd, 16, Kyiv, 02000
Hall 401

Tuesday, 4 February
7:00 pm
Khreschatyk St, 10, Kyiv, 01001

Wednesday, 5 February
6:00 pm
Dmytra Yavornytskoho Avenue, 58, Dnipro, Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, 49000

Thursday, 6 February
6:00 pm
Unit City Kharkiv
Akademika Pavlova St, 271, Kharkiv, Kharkiv Oblast, 61054

Friday, 7 February
3:00 pm
Tech Startup School
Vulytsya Akademika Kolessy, 2, Lviv, Lviv Oblast, 79000


Please note that all training will be held in English; unfortunately we are unable to provide translation for this event.

If you have questions related to the GIST Innovates Ukraine program or your application, please contact Marie Silver,

If you have technical issues with this application, please contact Genesis Lodise,