Empowering Women Ukraine 2024 ACCELERATION: Entrepreneurship programme for business development

When 18-30 May 2024

Where Online across Poltava, Cherkasy and Kirovohrad oblasts in Ukraine

  • Overview
  • Despite the ongoing war in Ukraine and millions of destroyed lives, Ukrainians continue to fight for their country and freedom. Almost 5 million people, in search of a safe place for themselves and their families, have become internally displaced. Estonian Refugee Council and Garage48 invite women in Ukraine affected by the Russian war, to recover their livelihoods through entrepreneurship.


    Since 2019, Estonian Refugee Council and Garage48 have worked in collaboration, to support women in the Eastern and Central regions of Ukraine in regaining their livelihoods through entrepreneurship. Over 4 years, the Empowering Women Entrepreneurship Programme has shown the strength and determination of Ukrainian women in defying the most difficult odds. By launching micro- and family businesses that support their own livelihood as well as others, and provide jobs and critical services, they fight for Ukraine’s freedom by supporting the resilience of the people and the economy on a grassroots level.

    We have opened the programme for the fifth time, to meet the next Ukrainian superwomen. The Empowering Women Entrepreneurship Programme in Ukraine in 2023-2024 is open for next applications.

    The whole programme is happening online and you'll have the opportunity to improve and get new entrepreneurial skills, learn from experienced entrepreneurs and specialists, build your business network, develop or redefine your business plan, and work on the design of your products and services. Our experienced local and international mentors from the entrepreneurial and technology sectors will be sharing their best practices in building successful businesses.

    Applications are open to women from KIROVOHRAD, POLTAVA, and CHERKASY regions, who have lost the means to provide income for their families due to the ongoing war in Ukraine.

    We are welcoming female entrepreneurs located in Ukraine with existing businesses from various fields, apart from agriculture.

    As a result of the entrepreneurship programme, a total of 25 female entrepreneurs with existing businesses will each receive entrepreneurship grants up to 180 000 UAH and mentoring support for 6 months.

    🗓️ TIMELINE (UTC+2 / Kyiv time)

    29 February 2024, 18:00-20:00: Pre-webinar

    28 April 2024: Applications deadline

    3 May 2024: Announcement of selected participants

    18-27 May 2024: ACCELERATION: Entrepreneurship Programme for the relocation and re-starting of existing businesses

    30 May 2024, 14.00-17.00: ACCELERATION Finals & Award ceremony

    June – November 2024: Business grants & mentoring

    More info & REGISTRATION: 👉 https://entrepreneur.pagulasabi.ee/ukraine/empowering-women-spring-2024

    In case you have any questions about participation, please contact:

    ●     Estonian Refugee Council – livelihoods@pagulasabi.ee, +38067 508 0839,


    ●    Garage48 – kseniia@garage48.org.

    The Empowering Women Entrepreneurship Programme is undertaken with the financial support of the Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance USAID (BHA).

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    The Mentors 

    Maarika Truu
    Garage48 host & mentor, Head of partnerships at Single.Earth
    Maria Yarotska
    Co-founder of Belka&Strelka and Founder of Banka Zerowaste Shop
    Maryna Goncharenko
    America House Odessa Director
    Valeriia Holierova
    Design Thinking & Customer Experience Expert, Ukrainian Startup Fund
    Liliia Holierova
    Founder at Освітній простір Міstечко
    Olesya Malevanaya
    Chairwoman of the Board at Ukrainian Hub, Expert at Ukrainian Startup Fund
    Lucine Ayanian
    Marketing Expert and Creative Director with more than 10 years of experience in the industry
    Ilya Vasilyev
    UX/UI design at Aividev and Creatomus
    Yulia Kurkina
    Marketing Director at VetSnap
    Zoryana Bohdan
    CFO at Ibis Hotels chain in Ukraine
    Anastasia Sylenok
    Co-founder Digitizing.Space. WTECH Ambassador.
    Karina Lapina
    Sustainability Lead at Startup Wise Guys


    Kadri Tiisvelt
    COO│ Project Manager at Garage48
    Kseniia Karpenkova
    Project Manager at Garage48

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