Web Summit 2023: A Gateway for Ukrainian Innovation – Serhii Tokarev

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The Ukrainian investor and Roosh co-founder, Serhii Tokarev, recently highlighted Ukraine's remarkable tech prowess at Web Summit 2023. The event, which gathered over 70,000 attendees and fostering 750,000 connections, solidified Ukraine's standing as a tech frontrunner. However, the true standout was the charity auction, that allowed to raise over 1.5 million Ukrainian hryvnia (approximately 40,000 euros), surpassing all expectations.

Tokarev emphasized the critical support extended to the Ukrainian military and the nation's demonstration of solidarity during trying times. Additionally, Ukrainian IT specialists showcased groundbreaking innovations, capturing global investor attention and forging promising partnerships for the future of Ukraine's tech landscape.

Web Summit 2023 transcended being solely a tech platform, evolving into a global solidarity forum. It underscored the world's reverence for innovation, humanitarianism, and mutual aid.

Artificial intelligence emerged as a central theme, says Serhii Tokarev. He underscored its future societal impact, directly tied to human potential development. As an IT entrepreneur and Roosh's co-founder, Tokarev views AI not merely as technology but as augmented intelligence, capable of enhancing human efficiency through collaboration.

The event spotlighted discussions on women's leadership in tech and strategies for fostering a supportive ecosystem. Tara Chklowski, founder of Technovation, highlighted the industry's gender imbalance, sparking vital conversations on creating an inclusive environment for female leadership.

Ukraine's Impact at the Summit

Ukraine's debut at the Web Summit  2021 showcased innovations like Diia and Diia.City, alongside the E-Residency project. This year, the nation stunned the global community by unveiling a portfolio of 25 startups and scale-ups across diverse sectors, from AI to environmental and psychological industries.

Pioneering projects by KPI students, including a bionic prosthetic arm and innovative drone technologies, captured attention. Notably, S.Lab, specializing in eco-friendly packaging, secured a spot in the top 10 pitches, presenting their project on the summit's main stage.

Key Takeaways

The pinnacle of the summit for the Ukrainian delegation was the Free People Gathering on November 15th. This gathering, doubling as a charity auction, not only drew over 150 representatives from Germany, Portugal, the UK, and the USA but also yielded substantial support for Ukrainian military personnel.

Serhii Tokarev highlighted Ukraine's newfound openness to international collaboration, evident in their active participation at Web Summit 2023. The Ukrainian delegation's presence was made possible through joint efforts from the Ministry of Digital Transformation, the Ukrainian Startup Fund, and the Ukrainian Hub, with support from the USAID Program "Competitive Economy of Ukraine" as well as the Ukrainian Embassy in Portugal.

In conclusion, Web Summit 2023 served as a pivotal platform for Ukraine, showcasing its tech prowess, fostering global partnerships, and underlining its commitment to innovation and solidarity on the world stage.

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