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Tunnelling Towards Hope

28 February - 6 March 2014

Ukraine History

A Stronghold of Rulers and Rebels

With the recent death toll jumping to nearly 100 and 1,000 injured, Hrushevskoho Street, one of the strongholds of EuroMaidans three-month-long protests, made headlines around the globe. It was here, on 19 January the countrys stand against government corruption, abuse of power, and the violation of human rights turned from peaceful protest to all-out revolution. Having witnessed much over the years, Hrushevskoho is a street with a history, and not only care of recent days.


Ukraine Today
Acelebrity using their status and intelligence to influence public views and opinion is rarely seen in modern society, even less so in Ukraine. Here, the majority of celebs use their time, effort, and money to enhance or further their career rather than put their name to something that can do good for others. However, as EuroMaidan intensifies, some are making themselves heard and they fall either side of the EuroMaidan divide.
It used to be that when rebellion and revolution occurred, the intellectual, creative, and spiritual elite would be front and centre.


Ukrainian Culture

When Walls Can Talk

People have been writing on walls since the dawn of civilisation, we call it graffiti, and ranges from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings. Sometimes it is merely the creator wanting to leave his or her mark; sometimes there is an underlying social or political reason. And it is due to the latter that graffiti has exploded across Kyiv in recent months. Anti dictator messages aside, we peel back a few layers of paint to look at graffiti in the city in general.


Ukraine Today

Young Kyiv Entrepreneurs Mean Business

The most stressful times in life include moving house, getting married, the first time in a marshrutka and starting your own business. Despite the latter though, many shrewd young people with new ideas are trying to establish themselves in Kyiv, hoping to produce the next big thing. Whats On meets three budding business people to discuss their inspirations, successes and challenges in business and looks at where you can turn for business mentoring and education.

In the modern world, success is usually associated with wealth, and the best way to gain it is to launch a profitable business. When the notion of business came to the previously collectivised Ukraine where everything was controlled at state (Soviet) level in the early 90s, it not only laid the foundations for overall development, but also provided people with the knowledge they could do something on their own. Private businesses were a complete innovation for what had been a dinosaur-like one party-controlled state and savvy people were quick to seize opportunities. Two decades on from independence a new business-minded generation is emerging, which, unlike the first business pioneers in Ukraine, are forced to think smarter to find a niche in a competitive market. Here they share their thoughts.

Vlad Tislenko
Im the CEO of a team project to develop a new LED Flash for smart phones and tablets called Iblazr. Im into photography and saw more and more friends using cameras on their phones. I realised after a birthday party there was no iPhone flash on the market and that inspired me to design one. A big challenge has been constantly adapting the product to make it the best. This takes a lot of work, sometimes 14 hours a day. Even my mum didnt like it at first! We raised money through Kickstarter, a website where people can fund creative projects. We easily surpassed our $58,000 aim and are now the biggest company of its kind in Ukraine. After we fulfil our initial orders, well start selling the product worldwide next year. My advice to entrepreneurs is to keep trying; if one approach fails, try another; eventually youll be successful.

Dmytro Afanasiev
Dmytro is in charge of a team developing travel website go2.ua, a new internet platform which brings together people who want to share their travel experiences with those who want ideas of where to go and what to do.
Im always travelling and one day I thought, why am I mixing business and travel? I did some research and found although the total travel industry generates trillions of dollars every year, its badly structured. Its difficult to find suitable information, talk to fellow travellers and make money from reviews, so I started the website. Were improving the site all the time my dream is for the site to become one where travellers go to first.

Tanya Logacheva
I studied marketing at university and worked for a brand consultancy. When doing some research, I noticed non-food items in Ukraine are expensive compared to Western Europe because stores here are not as efficient from the designing or buying process right through to selling and marketing. I want to change this process; it takes a lot of work as businesses are resistant to change. The biggest headache is Ukrainian legislation though! My dream is to open a sports retail business one day where people can buy stuff at a fair price.

Luck Is Not Enough
Good fortune can take you a long way in the business world, but for long-term sustainability some good business-sense is essential to help people navigate the daunting journey to entrepreneurship. Help is at hand, heres a rundown of business mentors and schools in Kyiv.

Start-Up Ukraine (Moskovska 27), 280-3499
Start-Up Ukraine is a company which gives entrepreneurs knowledge, support and space to work within an office with a very modern warehouse feel, like the Google office. Think of it as a half-way house for young business to get on their feet before going it alone and setting up elsewhere. Co-Founder Anna Petrova explains that lots of young entrepreneurs have ideas but the combination of not knowing how to progress and fear of failure hinders them. However, with a change in mindset, some experience and the occasional kick up the backside, they can become successful, she says.

Kibit Business School (Frunze 1-3), 331-6190
Formed back in 2004 Kyiv Institute of Business and Technologies (KIBIT) is the result of a seven-year partnership between Consortium for Enhancement of Ukrainian Management Education and Business Management Education in Ukraine financed by USAID. For students the school offers the following programs MBA, mini MBA production, mini MBA marketing, mini MBA finance, mini MBA entrepreneurship, as well as masters in business and management and leadership development programmes. Since it started more than 30 groups of students have received their certificates and the knowledge they need for success.

Nikland International Business School (Baseina 1/2), 331-4483
According to Niklands propaganda, the School is offering innovative approach to the business education, providing students with MBA programmes including a double-degree programme between Ukraine and US and MBA for non-governmental organisations, mini-MBA programmes in financial management, business administration, consulting, HR management, marketing management and law as well as various certification, management and administration programmes and programmes on finance and risks. In addition to all these Nikland can help students to train in Europe.

KMBS Business School (Voloshska 8/5), 490-6635
Kyiv Mohyla Business School (KMBS) was formed in 1999 as part of one of the oldest academies in Europe. Today the school is working in following directions: presidents MBA (PMBA), executive MBA (EMBA), master in business leadership (MBL), master in banking and finance (MBF) as well as development and corporate programmes. Another interesting development is Innovations.com.ua aimed at preparing innovation managers.

International Institute Of Business (Brest-Lytovske Shose 8a), 585-0033
In 1993 the Ukrainian Government and Ukrainian Academy of Government as well as Central European University founded International Institute of Business (IIB) to prepare specialists for the market economy the country was moving to at that time. IIB was the first and stays the only establishment accredited by British Association of MBAs as well as being a member of European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and Central and East European Management Development Association (CEEMAN) having over 200 corporate clients at the moment.

International Management Academy (Prorizna 18/1g), 227-9027
The International Management Academy was opened back in 2000 focusing on practice and solutions regarding specific day-to-day business management rather than an overall review of international business. The Institute is the official representative of German Academy of Economics and Management, London International Academy of Business, and the Russian International Academy of Business offering students take up the following disciplines: MBA project management, general management, marketing manager, general marketing manager, executive MBA, HR-management, brand management, management and strategic management.

by Tom Bell and Vadym Mishkoriz

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    Rights We Didnt Know We Had

    Throughout EuroMaidan much has been made of Ukrainians making a stand for their rights. What exactly those rights are were never clearly defined. Ukraine ratified the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1952. The first article of the Declaration states all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights, they are endowed with reason and conscience, and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. The ousted and overthrown Ukrainian government showed to the world they dont understand the meaning of these words.

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    Pulling Strings
    Located on Hrushevskoho Street the epicentre of EuroMaidan violence, home to battles, blazes and barricades childrens favourite the Academic Puppet Theatre had to shut down in February. Nevertheless, it is getting ready to reopen this March with a renewed repertoire to bring some laughter back to a scene of tragedy. Operating (not manipulating) puppets is a subtle art that can make kids laugh and adults cry. Whats On meets Mykola Petrenko, art director of the Theatre, to learn more about those who pull the strings behind the show.


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