Kiev

Ukraine Discovery Tour 3.0: the Way we see it

In recent years Ukraine has experienced painful but necessary to convert time by building a path to recovery and growth.

Revolution in turn, dramatically changed the minds and values of Ukrainian redirecting their human potential for the development of common interests, both economic and social.

As part of the events organized with the support of WEF Global Shapers Kyiv Hub and UVCA, this year it was conducted Ukraine Discovery Tour 3.0. Members of the World Economic Forum Initiatives - Global Shapers Community and Young Global Leaders once again visited and got inspired by the new Ukraine, constantly evolving. The purpose of the tour was to spread messages for various possibilities and obstacles in Ukraine, as well as a stable connection between representatives of the WEF initiatives Global Shapers and Young Global Leaders from around the world with the Ukrainian representatives.

Within 4 day tour, participants managed to visit and meet with leading companies in IT, Innovation and Technological Development (Unit City., Ciklum, 1991 Open Data Incubator) Agro tech business (Borsh Ventures Agro), exceptional and one of the biggest in eastern Europe coworking spaces (Lightfield studio and Chasopys), organizations ensuring sustainable development of Ukraine in various fields (greencubator, WNISEF, platfor.ma, creative mornings Kyiv, PGA, Urban space 500, Run for Peace) venture capitalists (UVCA and HP Ventures), companies with global values that help UA businesses become stronger (GoodWine) as well as got  personally acquainted with the opinion makers and leaders from Ukraine, this is our YGL Hanna Hopko and Mustafa Nayyem.

In addition to working points UDT participants were able to get more about the history and culture of Ukraine; enjoy the taste of Ukrainian cuisine in Chicken Kyiv, Ostannya Barikada, Bessarabia, visit cultural sights, as well as visit the largest airplane in the world "Antonov 225 Mriya". Besides, amazing time of the tour this year allowed participants to cheer for their singers and bands in the international Eurovision Song Contest, held in Kyiv. Join us at our next Tour and while thinking please see some comments from UDT 2017 participants.

"It's was simply a super inspiring, eye-opening and fantastic experience wherein you not only get to know Ukraine, its people, the culture but also businesses & social enterprises." Akilnathan Logeswaran (GS Munich Hub)

"I knew very little about Ukraine prior to the #UkraineDiscoveryTour, but after having spent little less than a week in Kyiv, my mind is literally blown away. You will find the most heartwarming and welcoming people, green parks, thriving IT scene, beautiful murals, and the ANTONOV!

We all know that a photo says more than 1000 words. A video says more than words ever could. Have a look for yourself - and consider a trip to one of the most beautiful cities in Europe! :) " Line Kolling (GS Copenhagen Hub)

"After an intense and insane 5 days in Kyiv, I would like to reach out once again to the organisers of #Ukrainediscoverytour and thank them for gathering some of the most inspirational people I have met so far. It has been an incredible learning experience in an amazing city. I feel grateful for being a part of the #GlobalShapers #BudapestHub . #udt2017"  Valeria Horvath (GS Budapest Hub)

"There is a lot of work do be done in Ukraine, for sure. There is also a lot of passion, determination, talent and vision. I am amazed by Kyiv's beauty and will surely return to get inspired but also to contribute to the rebirth of this country. A huge thank you to Olha Sto for her work in getting Global Shapers from 4 continents to work in and for Ukraine and Europe." Ciprian Stanescu (GS Bucharest Hub)