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From Farm to Future: 10 Ukrainian Women Selected for EWA Programme 2024

The Empowering Women in Agrifood (EWA) programme, implemented by Radar Tech in Ukraine, has officially launched its 2024 edition. This initiative aims to support women innovators in the agrifood sector, providing them with education, mentorship, and financial assistance for the best solutions to develop innovation ideas.

01 Jul 2024
EIT Food North & East

Out of an impressive 123 applications, 10 finalists were selected to participate in the six-month programme. The highly competitive selection process reflects the strong potential and innovation within Ukraine's agricultural sector.

Running from June to November 2024, the programme includes three offline events and culminates in a final Demo Day in November. The most promising projects eligible for grants of €5000 and €10000 to further develop their businesses.

Meet the 10 women entrepreneurs selected for the EWA programme in Ukraine:

  1. Alona Baliuk: Production and sale of PLA raw materials and eco-friendly products.
  2. Tetiana Sinchuk: Manufacturing and selling organic fertilizer using beekeeping by-products to restore war-damaged soils in Ukraine.
  3. Anastasiia Dmytriv: Production and sale of VitalisLacto probiotic starter culture to promote human health.
  4. Tetiana Kulahina: Development and sale of a biological product to enhance the efficacy of plant protection products.
  5. Marharyta Kuprytsiuk: Development and sale of a CRM system tailored for the agrifood sector.
  6. Liudmyla Popivniak: Production and sale of cold-pressed flaxseed oil.
  7. Uliana Khomiak: Establishment of an agricultural career guidance and education center for children.
  8. Iryna Podsmashna: Production and sale of functional teas with freeze-dried berries, fruits, and aromatic herbs.
  9. Andriana Kolotylo: Production of eco-friendly fuel from agricultural waste.
  10. Yuliia Lohvinovska: Cultivating products on a vertical farm.

The programme kicked off with an introductory meeting where participants learned about the training format, programme goals, and the timeline for the next six months. A workshop on SMART goal-setting methodology provided practical skills for the entrepreneurs.

A Matchmaking & Networking event began with a tour of the facilities at UNIT.City, Eastern Europe's largest innovation park. Following the tour, participants were hosted by America House Kyiv, where they attended a training session on intellectual property rights in Ukraine and had the opportunity to connect with mentors to discuss future collaboration.

The 10 mentors in the program are:

  • Natalia Bolshova – Business Development Consultant at INNOFOOD LLC. 15 years in business development, key roles in FMCG and CEP markets, expertise in international marketing and exports.
  • Oleg Prykhodko – Coordinator at Farmet a.s. Expert in sales, agricultural machinery development, marketing, PR, and modern agriculture.
  • Anna Hustova – Business consultant, expert in AgriFood with experience in commercial management for agribusinesses, production companies, supermarket chains, traders, distributors, importers, and exporters.
  • Denys Hlushko – ARS LLC, 17 years in agriculture, expert in business model creation and agricultural practices.
  • Olga Melnyk – Co-owner of Dinatex Alpha LLC. Developed successful business and financial models, increasing sales by 1.5 times in 2023. Experienced in export strategy, negotiations, and international exhibitions.
  • Iryna Tytarchuk – Executive Director at ITFC, founder of Women IN. 22 years of professional experience, specializing in education, mentorship, economic research, project management, SME support, and gender equality initiatives.
  • Natalia Maievska – Marketing consultant in AgriFood, agri-entrepreneur, scientist. Founder of the asparagus startup TM BerdychivSky, Executive Director of Ukrainian Food Valley, expert in USAID ERA's AGRI project.
  • Viktor Shuleshko – Owner and CEO at Green Future Engineering LLC. Owner of a vertical farm-laboratory specializing in the effects of LED lighting on plant growth. Expert in sales strategies for eco-products.
  • Katerina Vodolazhska – Co-founder of Faina Bee. Family business producing craft honey desserts. Provides financial and accounting services, business planning, and financial modelling.
  • Pavlo Bulhakov – AgriFood Innovator. Expert in product development, greenhouse cultivation, B2B and B2C sales, community building, and implementing innovations in the agri-food sector.

Throughout the programme, participants will work closely with mentors, developing their ideas and business strategies. The EWA programme represents a significant step towards empowering women entrepreneurs in Ukraine's agricultural sector, fostering innovation, and contributing to the country's economic growth and sustainable future in agriculture.

About Radar Tech

Radar Tech, established in 2016 as Ukraine's first corporate accelerator, has led innovation programmes across diverse sectors including telecom, agriculture, fintech, energy, retail, metallurgy, healthcare, and logistics. With over 1000 applications and 250+ alumni, including 35% women, their programmes facilitate partnerships between startups and corporations. They organize diverse initiatives like acceleration programmes, hackathons, and workshops, engaging 50+ experts and 10+ mentors per program. With a strong network and marketing team, they've achieved a media reach of 10 million, all while bolstering the local startup ecosystem and reshaping corporate mindsets.

Learn more about LLC "Corporate Accelerators" (Radar Tech) on their webpage.

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