Global Startup Awards Comes to Ukraine
Start local, go global! This year Ukraine is taking part in the Global Startup Awards (GSA) competition for the first time. GSA is the largest independent international competition, encompassing more than 60 countries in 7 regions of Europe, Asia, and Africa. For more than 6 years it has been building bridges between startups, corporations, venture funds, investors, NGOs, incubators and accelerators.
The GSA competition consists of three levels: national, regional and global. Ukraine debuts as a part of the newly-formed EuroAsian Startup Awards (EASAwards), which also includes Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, the Russian Federation and Turkey. EASAwards' national partner and organizer in the territory of Ukraine is Major Key, strategic partner - 1991 Civic Tech Center, media partner – Obozrevatel (the largest local digital media).
“We’re excited to bring this excellent global competition and network to this amazing region! We deeply believe that it’s time for the world to take a closer look and discover more about its innovative potential and talents. We will play a key role in this by integrating the regional startup ecosystems, finding and connecting local startups to the global circulation and facilitating global collaborations.” - comments Attila Sándor, Founder and CEO of EuroAsian Startup Awards.
Nominations are open now until 21 July 2019. To participate in the contest a startup should operate in Ukraine, use software/hardware technologies for its products and services and be less than 5 years old. Startups can be nominated through the online platform by anyone, even by themselves http://euroasianstartupawards.com/nominate-here
This year the participants compete in 19 categories: Startup of the Year, Best Newcomer, Best Social Impact Startup, Best IoT Startup, Best Fintech Startup, Best AI/ Machine Learning Startup, Best FoodTech/ AgriTech Startup, Best Smart City Solution, Best e-Commerce Startup, Best EduTech Startup, Best Blockchain Startup, Best Logistic & Supply Chain Startup, Best Big Data Startup, Best Software Development Partner, Founder of the Year, Female Role Model of the Year, Investor of the Year, Best Accelerator or Incubator Program, Ecosystem Hero of the Year.
Nominated startups will be first shortlisted after nomination closes and the bests in each category selected by recognized ecosystem stakeholders. National winners will be announced at the national finals taking place in each country in September. They qualify themselves to the regional finale where the best startups of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, the Russian Federation, Turkey and Ukraine will compete in order to attend the global finale.
In each category, Top 5 finalists will be shortlisted then announced on the 13th of August. National winners will be chosen by the jury and public voting (the public vote equals 1 jury vote) and announced at the national finals taking place in each country in September. The organizers will invite many local and international guests, investors, media and other powerful startup ecosystem stakeholders. Additionally, a one-day acceleration program is being prepared for the finalists, with the participation of leading experts in investment, marketing, management, and law. After the national round, the winners will qualify themselves to the regional finale where the best startups of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, the Russian Federation, Turkey and Ukraine will compete in order to attend the global finale.
All competition news can be found on the Telegram channel and the EASAwards and Major Key websites.
Global and EuroAsian Startup Awards
EuroAsian Startup Awards is part of the world’s largest no-pitch, no-conference startup competition, Global Startup Awards that aims to find, recognize and connect the future shapers of the digital age from all around the world. The competition covers the Nordics, Central Europe, Southeast Asia, Southern Africa, South Asia and South Europe. EuroAsian Startup Awards is the newest region in the initiative including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russian Federation, Turkey and Ukraine.
Major Key (MK) is an international company with a wide spectrum of marketing services. MK's portfolio includes hundreds of promotional campaigns, marketing audits, strategies and consults for leading global and local companies as well as for public figures, including presidential candidates, spiritual leaders and world-known celebrities. For the last three years, MK has focused on marketing assistance for startups, successfully attracting funding, recognition and awards such as Horizon 2020, ERC grant, CESAwards, FutureNow, Webaward 2018, New Europe 100, JCI CYI, and Vodafone Idea of the Year. In 2019, Major Key became a national partner of Global Startup Awards in Ukraine, within the EuroAsian Startup Awards regional contest.
1991 Civic Tech Center
1991 Civic Tech Center is located in the heart of the Ukrainian capital. Its purpose is to inspire civic tech startups and community with location, space, connections, acceleration programs, events and each other.