YEP “Entrepreneurial University” initiative is implemented together with the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine, EEPO, Diia.Business, the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ukrainian Startup Fund, Genesis with the support of USAID Competitive Economy Program in Ukraine.
About the program
Universities play one of the most important roles in any developed startup ecosystem in the world. Ukraine should not be an exception. Innovation and entrepreneurship should become the main driver of growth and take universities to a new level. The program is divided into 2 modules:
Innovative entrepreneurship and startup ecosystem. Problem-solving and business model search. Customer Discovery phase
Design thinking. Empathy
Design thinking. Ideation
Validation of the idea
Business model canvas
Portrait of the client
Validation of the business model. Customer Validation phase. Introduction to startup management tools
Dynamics of the startup team
Minimum viable product (MVP)
Marketing basics in a startup
Pitchdeck. The final pitch
Example of materials
from topic 1. "Startup ecosystem"
Features of innovative entrepreneurship, the definition of a startup.
The role of startups in the global economy.
Components of the startup ecosystem.
Stages of startup development.
Overview of the startup ecosystem of Ukraine.
Field trip to a startup coworking space, startup office, or other elements of the Ukrainian startup ecosystem or communication with an invited guest - a representative of the startup ecosystem.
You can watch and discuss a film about startups or analyze the story of a successful global startup. The first practical lesson should inspire and motivate you to study the discipline.
An essay on the history of the development of a startup chosen by the student, indicating the interaction of this startup with various elements of the ecosystem.
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Benefits for universities
The best results are achieved by teams that include managers, technical specialists, and representatives of creative specialties. Therefore, we recommend introducing the discipline at different faculties and departments of the university.
The program has already been developed and adapted for implementation in educational institutions
The teacher can read the course materials on their own and integrate them into their work immediately
The content of the program is regularly updated by YEP together with the initiative's partners
We integrate the experience of the most successful Ukrainian and international companies into the syllabus, listen to the feedback of course teachers
Continuous professional development of teachers
Semesterly webinars, meetings and programs with our partners from the USA, Estonia, Israel, Ukraine
The teacher of the discipline becomes part of a community that unites 90+ universities
We are creating an all-Ukrainian innovative community of entrepreneurship teachers to share experiences
Student Startup Battle
A national competition for student startups is held twice a year as part of the Entrepreneurial University initiative. Each student can submit their idea for the competition and receive additional training after studying the course "Innovative Entrepreneurship and Startup Project Management."
The best teams will present their startups to a professional jury. The competition winners will pass incubation by YEP, receive marketing mentoring from the Genesis product company, and prizes from other partners of the initiative.