Seed Forum Lviv

About Seed Forum in Ukraine

The 1st Seed Forum in Kyiv was organised in the premises of the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (UCCI) on the 22nd of May 2008. Since then there has been a Seed Forum organised in Kyiv every 6th month.

A first local Seed Forum in Ukraine was organised in Kharkiv on the 7th of December 2010 and in Dnipropetrovsk on the 30st of June 2011 in cooperation with the Norwegian Embassy to Ukraine. 1st local Seed Forums was organised in Lviv and Odessa spring 2015 and in Vinnytsia and in Chernihiv autumn 2015.

Since 2014 all Seed Forums in Ukraine have been hosted in the event zones of Seed Forum iHUB Innovation Centres in Kyiv, Lviv, Vinnytsia and Chernihiv except in Odessa where Seed Forums has been hosted in the Admiralsky Business Centre.

Seed Forum activities was firstly organised by UCCI and from 2012 by the Seed Forum Ukraine Foundation. A grant was given by the Norwegian Ministry to a joint cooperation between SIVA (the Industrial corporation of Norway), the Seed Forum Norway Foundation and Seed Forum Ukraine Foundation in 2012 to establish key-functionality in the Ukrainian innovation system (UNINI1 – Ukrainian-Norwegian Network Initiative). This project included the establishment of the first Seed Forum iHUB Innovation Centre in the premises of UCCI. A new grant for a following project was given to a joint-cooperation of the Seed Forum Norway Foundation and the Seed Forum Ukraine Foundation in 2014 after the Maidan 2 revolution (UNINI2). The UNINI2-project provided the opportunity to strengthen the ongoing development in Ukraine to re-establish iHUB Kyiv to bigger facilities and to establish iHUBs also in Lviv, Vinnytsia and Chernihiv. All iHUBs are operated by the Seed Forum Ukraine Foundation in a gamechanging PPP (Private-Public Partnership) model with each respective city also enabling a 3rd re-establishing of iHUB Kyiv to 1700 m2 in Khresatic 10 from May 2017 as the current biggest innovation centre in Central Eastern Europe. More information here

A first pitch training for Ukrainian start-up companies was organised by Seed Forum Academy autumn 2008 also hosted in the Educational Centre of the UCCI. Since 2014 all Seed Forum pitch trainings in Kyiv has been hosted in iHUBs. During the last years many thousand Ukrainian entrepreneurs have attended Seed Forum pitch training, labs and other educational events in iHUBs in Ukraine. Many Ukrainian companies attending Seed Forum investor pitch trainings in Ukraine has been presenting in Seed Forums overseas in Oslo, Tallinn, London, New York, Singapore and San Francisco.

Seed Forum management in Ukraine:

2008 – 2012Olena Podolieva
2012+Dimitri Podoliev

iHUB management in Ukraine:

  • iHUB Kyiv: Vadim Petrunin (from 2012)
  • iHUB Lviv: Maksym Lysak (from 2014)
  • iHUB Vinnytsia: Ruslan Burlachenko (from 2015)
  • iHUB Chernihiv: Jaroslav Tsyganenko (from 2015)

Current board members of the Seed Forum Ukraine Foundation:

  • Dimitri Podoliev, Chairman of the board
  • Steinar Hoel Korsmo, board member

Seed Forum Ukraine office locations:

  • 2012 – 2014: UCCI office 4th floor, Kyiv
  • 2014 – 2017: Rybalska Street, Kyiv
  • 2017 + Khresatic 10, Kyiv

iHUB in Ukraine current office locations:

  • iHUB Kyiv, 10 Khresatic Street
  • iHUB Lviv, 9 Zamkmena Street
  • iHUB Vinnytsia, 11 Pushkina Street
  • iHUB Chernihiv, 50 Pyanitska Street

Various prominent representatives have given opening remarks and key-notes in Seed Forums in Ukraine as for instance:

  • Ambassador of Norway HE Olav Berstad (Kyiv, Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk)
  • Ambassador of Norway HE Jon E. Fredriksen (Kyiv)
  • Ambassador of Norway HE Ole T. Horpestad (Kyiv, Lviv)
  • Deputy Ambassador of Norway Richard Scharborough (Kyiv, Lviv, Vinnytsia)
  • Olena Podolieva, Vice-President International Chamber of Commerce, Ukraine (Kyiv)
  • Ambassador of Finland HE Juha Virtanen (Kyiv)
  • Member of the Norwegian Parliament, Jörund Rytman (Kyiv, Lviv & Vinnytsia)
  • Norwegian Minister for EU Affairs, Vidar Helgesen (Kyiv)
  • Chairman Academy of Science Ukraine, Mr. Sergeij Tsupko (Kyiv)
  • City Mayor of Vinnytsia, Mr. Sergei Morgonov (Vinnytsia)
  • City Mayor of Lviv, Mr. Andrei Sadovij (Lviv)
  • City Mayor of Kyiv. Mr. Vitali Klichko