From 11 to 20 March 2022 in Austin (Texas, USA) is the International Conference South by Southwest (SXSW), which includes many tracks on the most important achievements in technology, innovation, culture and other areas.
This year, the Ukrainian pavilion with the best startups of Ukraine was presented at the conference for the first time.
These startups were selected at the end of January by the Ukrainian Startup Fund together with the USAID Competitive Economy Program in Ukraine, Startup Grind Kyiv and Western NIS Enterprise Fund, with the assistance of the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine and the Council of Exporters and Investors of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, and with the support of the international technological holding TECHIIA.
Unfortunately, during the event it was not possible to get directly acquainted and communicate with the teams of startups (the Ukrainian delegation canceled the visit due to the Russian military aggression). But representatives of the Ukrainian community in Austin came to the rescue, presenting their projects to SXSW visitors on behalf of the startups.
Thus, 6 startups were presented at SXSW 2022:
Thus, despite the circumstances, Ukraine’s innovation potential was presented to the world and found support among conference attendees.
It is important to note that during the event, the Ukrainian pavilion raised funds to help Ukraine.
So far, the Ukrainian Startup Fund has accumulated its efforts to support Ukraine’s startup ecosystem during the war.
So expect new initiatives for startups ahead, and after the victory – even more opportunities to present Ukrainian startups in the international arena.