an innovation centre of excellence 

Ivan Petrenko, Center for Entrepreneurship, Lviv Business School (LvBS), Ukrainian Catholic University, Ukraine.

This article was first published in 2019 in the Entrepreneurial Mindset Network eZINE Volume 2 no 1

The Center for Entrepreneurship is an important source of growing support for entrepreneurship in the Ukraine. It is based in the Lviv Business School (LvBS) at the Ukrainian Catholic University. UCU is an open academic community living the Eastern Christian tradition and forming leaders to serve with professional excellence in Ukraine and internationally – “for the glory of God, the common good, and the dignity of the human person”.  The Business School aims to be an Innovation Centre of Excellence with a global presence and has a mission to put Ukraine on the world’s business map.

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The goals of the Center for Entrepreneurship are to create an education environment where brave projects receive inputs from leading experts from both the Ukraine and abroad. The Centre’s first acceleration program finished in December 2018 and was a big success. Two of the winning teams will be participating in a 10-day Case Study Trip to Israel in March 2019, when they will be introduced to the Israeli startup ecosystem, accelerators, venture foundations and companies from their sector of business.

Ivan Petrenko is the Executive Director of the Centre.  He is busy negotiating a partnership with the Credit Agricole bank with a view to a collaboration that will support the AgroTech ecosystem in the Ukraine.  

We asked him what he most enjoys about his job and what other exciting projects he has coming up in 2019…

“It is a fantastic, innovative environment with a huge amount of passionate, bright young entrepreneurs and students who share the same values. We all want to help the Ukrainian startup ecosystem to grow and develop. There is a great deal of talent here which still has to be discovered by strong educational programs, professional mentorship and expertise and a global scale mindset. And that is exactly what we do here at the Center for Entrepreneurship of the Ukrainian Catholic University.” ◼️