National Competitions

Ukraine National Competition Highlights

  • July 31, 2015
  • By: Kelly Burton

Quick Facts Results

  • National Champion:
    Kyiv National Economic
    University named after Vadym Hetman
  • Second Place:
    Odessa National Economic University
  • Third Place:
    V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University

On 9 July, over 200 Enactus Ukraine supporters met at the MIM Business School in Kyiv for the annual national competition. If you look at the pictures on their Facebook page, you will see image after image of smiling faces, students proud of their accomplishments and executives impressed by their work. Twelve teams from Zhytomyr, Kyiv, Lviv, Odessa and Kharkiv took part in this year’s competition with the goal of not only showcasing the impact they made through entrepreneurial action but also winning the chance to represent their country at the Enactus World Cup.

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In the first round, 65 judges evaluated their presentations and chose the top team from each of the three leagues, who then moved on to the final round. There, nine final round judges, top business leaders from Ukrainian and global companies, had the difficult decision of selecting a national champion. After the three presentations, questions and answer sessions and judge deliberations, the team from Kyiv National Economic University was awarded the beautiful national cup.

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The team presented three primary initiatives. In the first, Trypillya, the team taught elderly people with a desire to be social after retirement how to sculpt with clay. They then used the knowledge to conduct art therapy sessions targeted to workers who needed to reduce stress. The income received by the three session leaders improved their financial stability and doubled their monthly income. In their ForSocial project, the team built an accessible online platform to connect interested volunteers and organizations. Using a crowd-sourcing model, the platform is organized by projects that people can select to be involved in. In all, 12 projects were featured through the application, which attracted 700 new volunteers. Palmer, their third project, capitalized on one team member’s background in artificial neural networks to develop an affordable arm prosthetic to help individuals who had lost limbs. In partnership with a specialized research institute they have developed a prototype that costs EUR 500, significantly less than conventional models.

In addition to the national award, a series of individual and team awards were also presented. Anna V. Panchenko from Lviv Polytechnic National University was awarded the Faculty Advisor of the Year award, and the team from Odessa National Economic University won the Spirit of Enactus Award. Attendees also had the opportunity to hear directly from keynote speaker Oleksiy Malytskyy, a young entrepreneur with numerous successful businesses who shared his story of how he turned his dreams into reality.

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Translated by Google: “Let this picture even 100 times does not fit the profile , but I can not post it . Incredible day , my favorite people and a lot of emotions.”