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Summary of GoAgriTech for Ukrainian pupils in Poland

The main objectives of the workshops were the attracting a new generation of future employees to start their careers in agrifood, to enhance their knowledge of the agrifood sector, and plant the seed among Ukrainian teenagers to consider agritech as a potential direction for their professional development.

01 Dec 2022
EIT Food North & East

In the first workshop in Mława took part 35 Ukrainian students from the upper-secondary school complex nr 3 named after Marshal J. Piłsudski. Students got inspired by dr. Michał Janiak’s speech, a food chemist at the Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research, PAS and had a chance to listen to the successful star-ups owners as Matylda Szyrle, CEO of Listny Cud start-up company, and Dmitriy Kukharev, CEO and co-founder of start-up company. On November 9, the participants went to Olsztynek to the MASPEX Tymbark Kubuś factory. Furthermore, the participants could use in practice newly acquired skills during the workshop in leadership, problem-solving, and critical thinking competencies towards challenges of the food system and try their hand at pitching their ideas.

The second 2-days workshops took place in Tychy, in Tichauer Art Gallery – a special local space that supports artistic, cultural, and educational initiatives like GoAgriTech. In that part of the project took part 32 Ukrainian teenagers. The program of the workshop had been carefully prepared by the subcontractor - Inobiotek Ltd. in cooperation with EIT Food CLC North-East. On the first day of the event (15.11.2022) the participants had a chance to ask the speakers – the experts in that field – Maciej Kluz from the University of Rzeszów and Dariusz Dziedzic from MASPEX Group about the academic and business paths in agri and food tech. The second day of the activity was very inspirational and developing for the future young professionals due to the guided tour of the local food production and processing plant Ekoland by MASPEX.

In the third and final part of the GoAgritech in Poland took part 21 Ukrainian youngsters who find their temporary shelter in Olsztyn city. The event took place in Olsztyn Scientific and Technological Park. During the meeting, students were introduced to the agricultural and food industry and had the opportunity to meet inspiring representatives of science, business, and Ukrainian and Polish start-up owners operating in the field of agritech and foodtech. (e.g. vertical farms). In the workshop part, in which, based on selected elements of the design thinking method, students jointly searched for and prototyped a solution that would meet the needs of the modern agri-food market. On November 9, the young participants went to Olsztynek town to the MASPEX Tymbark Kubuś factory. A Ukrainian translator was present during the guided trip to the factory and the workshop which made the communication and comprehension of the information by the participants more comfortable and easier.

During the series of those workshops (the program of workshops parts was quite similar in three cities/towns), the participants developed such competencies described by EIT Food Competency Framework:

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