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ABOUT TechExchange

Connects ecosystems
for the technology exchange between the UK and Ukraine
Unlocks
growth
for startups in AgriTech and DefenseTech industries
Supports
Ukraine
contributing to the rebuild of Ukraine's economy post-war
TechExchange is a non-profit privately-funded startup support programme which helps British and Ukrainian AgriTech and DefenceTech startups raise the investment they require, to keep contributing to the Ukraine’s war effort and future reconstruction.

We do this by connecting cutting edge startups from the UK and Ukraine to a network that can help to accelerate innovation and commercial growth in support of Ukraine now and also post-war. Ukrainian startups will be able to raise their international profile and access investment and networking opportunities through the UK's ecosystem, while UK companies can conduct in-field testing of new technologies in Ukraine.
As a Ukrainian I am laser-focused on contributing to the Ukraine's war effort in any way that I can.

I believe that supporting innovative tech is one of the key factors bringing Ukraine's victory closer. While DefenseTech is ultra important today, AgriTech will play a crucial role in rebuilding our country post-war. I am committing the work of UK-Ukraine TechExchange to supporting those companies whose technology has a real potential to save lives.
Andriy Dovbenko
Founder of UK-Ukraine TechExchange

STARTUPS WE ARE SUPPORTING

RIGHT NOW

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Ukraine)
Network and Portable Acoustic Sensors (Ukraine)
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Ukraine)
Humanitarian demining and ammunition disposal (Ukraine)

CONSIDER APPLYING IF

  • You need investment, international PR or legal support
    and you understand how you will benefit from it
  • You are thinking about exponential growth
    and are interested in accessing global markets
  • You are ready for investment
    which means that you are ready to offer equity in exchange for funding
  • You have a well-thought-out commercial strategy
    but need additional investment or professional support to implement it
  • You are ready for in-field testing
    or have already tested your technology in Ukraine

WHO WE ARE LOOKING FOR

  • Essential DefenceTech or AgriTech startups
    air mobility, drones, SpaceTech with potential Defence or Agri application, Security/Cyber, software
  • Necessary qualities
    to deliver game-changing technologies and impactful innovation
  • 1-2 years
    since incorporation
  • UK or Ukraine-based
    European companies with a UK office or employee will also be considered
  • Funded
    to at least Pre-Seed, Seed
  • 5+ employees

Preferable


  • Beyond MVP to product market fit / or product in the market

  • Commercially viable (i.e. sufficient funding to develop their product; clear monetisation model and market; generating revenue)

  • Tech will have the potential to save lives

HOW IT WORKS

  • Apply for the programme
    Founders can apply for the programme by sending their pitch deck and any other key information about their startup (in English) here.
    01
  • Selection process
    The TechExchange team will assess each startup’s application internally and recommend startups for inclusion in the cohort.
    02
  • Gain access to experts & networking
    TechExchange team will reach out to the successful applicants to confirm their place and the next steps. Once onboarded, startups will start receiving tailored support and gaining access to experts and opportunities within the TechExchange network.
    03

BENEFITS FOR STARTUPS

UK STARTUPS
UKRANIAN STARTUPS
  • in-field testing in Ukraine
  • early-stage investors and wider ecosystems
  • mentors and experts to help each business, including pitch deck feedback
  • key networking and deep-tech events, including the sponsorship to attend 1x event per quarter (to a maximum value of £1,000 for a ticket)
  • Assistance/consultancy around any news you want to announce;
  • Newsjacking opportunities
Quarterly office hours sessions
  • Assistance/consultancy around any news you want to announce;
  • Newsjacking opportunities
  • logistical, legal and financial assistance in supplying technology across the Ukrainian border
  • facilitation of communication with the parties on the ground (including military batalions)
Media relations support
Quarterly office hours sessions
Media relations support
Access to:
Access to:
Support in organising in-field testing
  • the UK market: potential customers, industry contacts
  • introductions to international investors
  • mentors and experts to help each business, including pitch deck feedback
  • key networking and deep tech events, including the sponsorship to attend 1x event per quarter (to a maximum value of £1,000 for a ticket)

ABOUT THE FOUNDER

As a UK-based investor of Ukrainian origin,
I am interested in identifying targets for equity investment.

While UK-Ukraine TechExchange was initially created with the view of supporting the most innovative British and Ukrainian tech companies helping Ukraine win, it has also become a vehicle to find the most exciting investment assets. The time companies spend with us receiving exclusive access to VCs, deep tech events, hyper relevant media opportunities and legal support where needed, allows me and other investors to get to know them better and make investment decisions.
Andriy Dovbenko, Founder of UK-Ukraine TechExchange
ANDRIY DOVBENKO

Andriy Dovbenko is a Ukrainian-born and UK-based early-stage investor focused on helping tech startups in defense and agriculture - two sectors crucial to Ukraine - accelerate their commercial potential. He hopes to help Ukrainian startups achieve global impact, initially through access to the UK market while also discovering UK tech startups offering solutions that may benefit Ukraine.

Andriy began his career as a lawyer following a degree in jurisprudence from the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. He eventually became a managing partner at an international law firm, later starting his own practice, Evris Law. He has also led technology investments in verticals such as fintech and agriculture. The combination of his technology investments and previous experience in the agricultural sector, has enabled Andriy to develop a particular understanding of how digital tools can be used to transform this industry.

LinkedIn
andriydovbenko.co.uk

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