The Feasibility Study for Setting up and Developing iHUBs in Ukraine is finalised. Desk study and consultation process with main stakeholders and partners in Ukraine has been conducted during summer and autumn of 2014. The Study provides an assessment of the economic, political and security environment for the establishment and growth of iHUBs in pre-selected cities in Ukraine.
The iHUB Manual has been designed to enable the iHUB managers and staff to prepare for, set up and successfully operate an iHUB in their regions. It captures the iHUB concept, the iHUB business model and the set up and implementation including day to day operations. It also addresses the issue of sustainability beyond the life-time of the externally donor funded project.
On 26 June 2014 a Memorandum of Cooperation with the Odessa Regional State Administration was signed under patronage of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Ukraine. The goal was to combine efforts and use all available opportunities to develop small innovative businesses and the creation of modern innovation infrastructure, improvement of the investment attractiveness and realisation of the full innovation potential of economy of Ukraine.
It was a real pleasure to meet with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway, Mr. Børge Brende, at Opera Hotel on Saturday 24th May 2014. On this occasion a Memorandum of Cooperation between the Parliament of Ukraine, Seed Forum Norway Foundation, and Seed Forum Ukraine Foundation was signed, with an aim to work together in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship in Ukraine.