UVCA is opening the new round of UVCA Challenge choosing 10 participants of UATECH expo zone on CES-2018.


UATECH is a joint initiative of the Ukrainian Venture Capital and Private Equity (UVCA) Association and Western NIS Enterprise Fund (WNISEF), which was established to introduce the capability of Ukrainian Tech products to the global market.

CES – is the biggest tech show in the world, taking place each year in Las Vegas, gathering around 180 000 visitors from all the world at the space equivalent of 35 football fields.


In 2017 to choose 10 best companies that are worthwhile to be exhibited in frames of the UATECH expo, “UVCA Challenge: CES Edition” is organized, which will be conducted in three stages.

  • Collection of applications sent to official mailbox.UVCA and a investors jury commission votes for startups to present at the pitching session.
  • 20 companies, selected by jury, will pitch this September in the Challenge final (current date and jury will be announced soon).
  • Jury will choose 10 best startups to present Ukraine and their products at CES-2018.

TO ENTER a competition, the projects must meet the following criteria:

  • to develop IoT or hardware project
  • to have a desire and opportunity to attend the CES-2018 in the USA on January 9-12, 2018 (international passport and valid US visa is desirable)
  • to have an English-speaking founder of the start-up and / or its representative
  • to have financial means to cover flight, accommodation and other expenses, associated with stay in the US during the conference
  • to plan growth to at least 5 people (excluding founders and existing staff) in 3 years
  • to have the intention to increase export earnings (income from sales abroad)


To apply for the first stage of election you have to:

  • Fill in the form.
  • Submit your pitch deck in PDF format.
  • Describe your motivation in a cover letter.

All materials to be sent at uvca.challenge@uvca.eu. Deadline for the application is 31st August (including date).



In preparing the Ukrainian Expo, UVCA and WNISEF took main organizational and financial responsibilities to let startups have more time for finishing products, pitches and presentation materials. Elected startups are awarded with:

  • Free space at CES 2018
  • Free branding of the booth
  • Organizational support
  • Mentorship and training
  • Additional media coverage
  • Participation in UVCA Startup Silicon Valley Tour

Please mind that UVCA Challenge winners’ flight and accommodation are not covered by organizers.

It is important to note that the winners of the UVCA Challenge: CES - 2017 can not take part in this year's contest.

If one of the winner refuses to participate in the UATECH expo zone, this opportunity is transferred to the next start-up by voting results of the jury.


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Please contact us at uvca.challenge@uvca.eu in case of any questions.

About Organizers
Ukrainian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (UVCA) has been established in mid-2014 by the example of the European Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (InvestEurope), and currently unites 40 members - private equity and venture funds, accelerators, incubators, educational institutions, and non-government organisations that make significant impact on the development of Ukrainian investment market. Association promotes investment opportunities in Ukraine for foreign investment funds, conducts market research, lobbies laws for improving investment and business climate, implements Invest in Ukraine activity.

Western NIS Enterprise Fund (WNISEF) is a $150 million regional fund, a pioneer in Ukraine and Moldova with more than two decades of successful experience in investing in small and medium-sized companies. WNISEF was funded by the U.S. government via the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Since its inception, WNISEF’s cumulative investments total over $168 million to 118 companies in Ukraine and Moldova. In 2015 WNISEF has launched a $35 million legacy program focused on export promotion, local economic development, impact investing and economic leadership. WNISEF is funding innovative, high-impact, reform focused programs and aims to support Ukraine and Moldova at this critical period by developing sound economic policy and leadership.