The Kyiv School of Economics, with the support of international philanthropists, has created the Talents for Ukraine program to support a new generation of leaders who can think outside the box, are talented and unconventional, and act brightly and non-trivially. The Ukraine of the future is impossible without the development of creative potential. Our goal is to help talents grow and develop here.
Talented, charismatic, and enthusiastic people are the basis for our country’s reconstruction and further development. Right now, we want to help everyone to reach their full potential!
The program budget is USD 1,000,000. We offer each winner USD 5,000 for support and reserve the right to individually determine the amount of support.
We are looking for people who are already influencing or will soon be able to influence the development of Ukraine or the world. If you want to change the world around you and act in a talented and innovative way, we await your application to participate in the Talents for Ukraine program!
- are full of creative energy
- are curious and inventive
- have a unique and innovative perspective
- realize a big dream or idea of yours
- know how to achieve results
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Submit an application
Click the “Apply” button, fill in all the required fields, and wait for the KSE Foundation team to contact you.
Applications are accepted until we exhaust the entire budget of the Talents for Ukraine program
Review of applications by the jury
All applications are carefully reviewed by expert jury members. At each stage, we select the best applications and choose the winners. Each stage lasts from one to three weeks.
We will let you know the result. Our team will contact the winners to discuss the details.
Announcement of winners
You can find out about the new winners of each stage of the competition in the Winners section of the KSE Foundation website and from our other official sources.
- The first is creative energy: you can't sit still; you are looking for and finding ways to realize your creative potential.
- The second is curiosity and ingenuity: You think independently and creatively about where you are best at.
- The third is uniqueness and creativity: You are working on something that no one else is doing and choosing non-standard solutions.
- The fourth is a goal or a big idea: You dream of changing Ukraine or even the whole world for the better.
- The fifth is achieving results: You have a history of victories and defeats and continue striving for success.
Ihor LutsenkoEditor and journalist, public activist.
Ihor successfully utilizes his skills in the Ukrainian army and has received the Order for Courage. Mr. Lutsenko dreams of establishing an air bridge from South America to the Vernadsky station in Antarctica.
Viktoriia ZadorskaStoryteller, writer, director, and screenwriter.
Viktoriia has an idea for a great project to reveal a forgotten but exciting part of Ukrainian culture – the Lviv hippie movement in the 70s. The TV show she has in mind will help to create a positive image of Ukrainians as a nation that strives for democracy and freedom of speech.
Ihor SerdiukHistorian, master of sports in orienteering (rogaining), climber, and instructor.
Currently, Ihor works with the military and teaches practical topography, the basics of orienteering, and piloting civilian drones. He also has extensive experience using hiking equipment and clothing and knows their pros and cons. He plans to spend the grant funds on technical support for the training and the creation of expert training and advisory content.
Marta KondrynEntrepreneur and co-founder of a workshop for producing handmade goods.
Together with the team, she works on the Mycelia Tech startup. They are exploring the possibility of creating leather from mushroom mycelium. This material does not contain animal products and is biodegradable, and its production does not harm the environment. Hyundai uses this practice. Marta will use the grant funds to equip the laboratory and create samples.