How “green” startup received one million euros from EU

Innovative ideas, hard work and persistence – these are the steps a business prepared to compete for funding from the European Union would have to overcome. Speaking at the webinar “Micro business in Ukraine: European experience”, SolarGaps founder and director Yevhen Erik told the story of his company. Read more

EU supports winemaking in Zakarpattia

Climate of the Transcarpathian region is extremely favorable for winegrowing and winemaking. The Carpathian Mountains protect the region against cold Arctic air coming from north, and that’s why grapes have long been cultivated in the Transcarpathian region. Local families have been doing that for years: one can find as many as 40 wine cellars in one street. Despite the prohibition of private entrepreneurship by Soviet authorities and dry law, the locals were able to preserve their traditions, which are now being gradually restored. This story tells about Nota Bene, Chizay, Ursta and Paraska family wineries. Read more

EU4Youth grant helps entrepreneur from frontline Mariinka expand quail farm

Before the outbreak of the armed conflict, Yuri lived in Mariinka and worked in Donetsk, but after the fighting started, he had to quit the job and leave for a while. Yuri did not want to leave his native city for good, though, but finding a job was all but impossible, so the young man began to think about how to set up a business that could put food on the table for his family. Read more

How EU supports women in business: overview of opportunities

Starting a new business is always not easy, especially if you have to take care of your home, of your children and parents, if you get support from no-one and you often have no idea where to start. There are many international programs helping women launch a business, receive education or protect their economic rights. But it often becomes difficult to find the right information. That’s why analysts from EU Neighbors East gathered all EU projects in Ukraine which can help women succeed in their own business endeavor. Read more