Developing Ukrainian-founded businesses in Estonia
A total of up to 30 Ukrainian founded small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) or individuals with prior entrepreneurial experience will be selected to the programme. At the end of the programme, 3 teams selected by an expert jury will be awarded with a grant in the amount of 1000 euros.
Online information session
22 August 2023, 18:00 - 19:30
Deadline for applications
4 September 2023, 12:00
Announcement of participants
8 September 2023
Programme kick-off event (in Tartu)
16 September 2023
16 September - 10 December 2023
Four study visits
October and November 2023
October and December 2023
First half of December 2023
Who can take part?
The programme is open to all war refugees from Ukraine living in Estonia, who have founded a small or medium-sized enterprise in Estonia or have prior entrepreneurial experience. You can either apply as an individual or as a team. The training sessions will be carried out in Russian language.
How does it work?
The business development programme lasts for 4 months (14 weeks) and consists of bi-weekly physical training sessions. Each training session is a 1-day workshop that includes presentations on the selected topics from experienced trainers, 1-on-1 mentoring and time for individual and peer learning sessions. The programme will have a total of 8 sessions. The initial indicative topical focus of the sessions is (subject to change):
- Management and strategic thinking
- Social impact and social business models
- Branding and marketing
- Digitalisation and IT tools
- Access to finance
- Pitching training and presentation skills
- Demo day
Two business development programmes will be held simultaneously, one in Tartu and the other in Jõhvi. The kick-off and demo days will be held jointly while other workshops will be held in their main locations. The programme is supported by study visits and cultural events.
To learn more about the programme, please register for the online information session held on 22nd of August.
During the programme, you will have the opportunity to acquire new skills and knowledge about the ways to implement and further develop your enterprise in Estonia and therefore increase your resilience, competitiveness and growth potential. The knowledge that you will receive will be a long-term asset that is helpful to making further steps on your entrepreneurship path as well as life in Estonia.
Once your application to the programme has been approved, you will receive all necessary guidelines. A kick-off event for the programme will take place on 16th of September and the programme will be concluded with a demo day in December.
How to apply
If you're interested in applying to take part in this programme, please submit your application through this platform by 4 September. Please note that you will need to create a user account.
Applications are evaluated on the basis of their business potential as well as social and economic vulnerability, by a jury of entrepreneurship and labor market experts.
If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Developing Ukrainian-founded businesses in Estonia is a part of the Estonian EU external border programme and is co-funded by the European Union.