Business support in wartime
Information section on government and donor programs, private initiatives to support entrepreneurs during the war, which will help to save business, jobs and support the economy of Ukraine.
The section is constantly updated with new initiatives. If you have an initiative to tell entrepreneurs about, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or in the feedback form at the bottom of the page.
Compensation for employment of IDPs
The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution amending the Procedure for providing compensation to employers for employment of internally displaced persons. According to the Government's order, the employer support program will continue to operate in 2023.
For each employed internally displaced person, the state pays the employer compensation in the amount of the minimum wage (6,700 UAH) for 2 months.
The only digital interaction platform to help in business relocation
The state-owned enterprise Prozorro.Sale, at the initiative of the Ministry of Economy, with the support of the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine and the national project for the development of entrepreneurship and exports Diia.Business, has launched a digital interaction platform to help with business relocation.
The government program eRobota
The official website of the eRobota program has been launched, where you can read the terms of participation for each grant competition and apply for a grant from the state.
This money allows anyone who has the desire, skills and plan to start their own business or expand their business.
You can receive a grant under one of the programs:
Own business — microgrants program up to UAH 250 thousand
New level — grant program for processing enterprises up to UAH 8 million
Your own garden — grant program up to 400 thousand UAH per hectare
Own greenhouse — grant program up to UAH 7 million per 2 hectares
IT startup (under development) — grants up to UAH 3.5 million
Start in IT (under development) — grants for training in the field of IT
Marketplace of financial opportunities for business on Diia.Business
Marketplace of financial opportunities for business is a place where entrepreneurs can choose the necessary financial program, read the detailed conditions for obtaining financing and apply directly to banking and other institutions.
Export during the war
The Entrepreneurship and Export Promotion Office has launched an online platform with up-to-date information for Ukrainian exporters who are ready to supply their products abroad in the conditions of war and give a worthy rebuff to all Russian and Belarusian products in the world.
Financing of Ukrainian exporters
Credit program for companies that need additional financing for the implementation of export contracts due to the aggression of the Russian Federation.
Interactive dashboard: Ukraine's exports in the conditions of full-scale war
An online tool containing data on exports of goods from Ukraine for 2022 and in comparison with 2021. Using the service you can:
• find out the volumes and dynamics of Ukrainian exports of goods;
• compare the export volumes of 2021-2022 in the context of: categories of goods, partner countries, regions of the world.
Checklist for business restart
The tool from the UA Anti-crisis initiative will help to gather information about resources, build a strategy and take concrete steps to launch a business in order to restore the economy of Ukraine as soon as possible.
UA Anti-crisis initiative was created by participants of educational programs developed and implemented by the Institute of Marketing (Estonia) in partnership with the Entrepreneurship and Export Promotion Office.
Business support initiatives
USAID Competitive Economy of Ukraine Grant Program for Business Continuity Support and Recovery
USAID Competitive Economy of Ukraine Program has announced a grant program to support business continuity and recovery, including business relocation or recovery, expansion into foreign markets, and maintaining and/or improving existing business capabilities.
The grant program focuses on the information technology, engineering, manufacturing, services and creative industries sectors. At the same time, the program is open to applications for support from other sectors that meet the criteria of this request. The activities of the grant recipient may be focused on the following needs:
- improvement of business processes and models;
- development of organizational potential;
- development of production, sales, as well as;
- digital and trade capabilities.
These needs may include: IT solutions, product development and innovation, building or rebuilding supply chains, strengthening staff training and staffing, improving online marketing and promotion in domestic and foreign markets, increasing business competitiveness, improving access to finance for small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as similar activities related to maintaining business continuity and recovery.
The program plans to provide approximately 36,000,000 UAH by providing up to 50 grants.
It is expected that the amount of each grant will be from 600,000 UAH to 1,200,000 UAH.
Terms of the project
You can apply for a grant within a year. Applications close on July 24, 2023.
How to participate?
You can fill out the application form by following link. The application process will consist of two stages:
- The applicant submits the concept, budget and registration documents of the applicant company.
- If the applicant meets the assessment criteria, they will be officially notified of passing Stage 1 and invited to submit a full application.
Questions about the application process can be emailed to Grants@cepukraine.org with "APS-2022-004" in the subject line of the email.
Київська школа економіки запустила грантову програму підтримки талантів та проєктів
Команда Київської школи економіки вірить, що секрет успішного майбутнього України — в її надзвичайно талановитих людях та ідеях, здатних змінити світ. Проте кожен проєкт потребує підтримки, тому KSE запустила конкурсу програму підтримки талантів та проєктів на 1 мільйон доларів.
Абсолютно будь-хто без жодних обмежень може взяти участь у конкурсі. Основне завдання для учасника — описати, чому саме ваш проєкт потребує допомоги. Школа надасть грант для розвитку ідеї без жодної бюрократії та формальних бар'єрів.
Як взяти участь?
Перший етап відбору — це невелике опитування та мотиваційний лист. За результатами відбору, комітет Школи зв'яжеться з учасниками щодо подальших дій або повідомить, якщо заявка була відхилена. Надіслати заявку та пройти опитування можна за посиланням.
Chatbot with answers to questions about labor relations during the war from the Ministry of Economy of Ukraine
The Ministry of Economy of Ukraine has launched a chatbot @TrudEconomBot, with which users will be able to find information about the organization of labor relations during the war.
Answers to frequently asked questions regarding:
- peculiarities of granting vacations;
- record keeping, etc. during hostilities.
The service is available in Telegram. To start using it, you need to click "start" and select the required section.
Detailed answers to questions about labor relations during martial law are also available on the website of the Ministry of Economy of Ukraine by the link.
Chatbot to help businesses during the war from the State Regulatory Service of Ukraine
The team of the State Regulatory Service of Ukraine launched a chatbot @businessWar_bot, with which entrepreneurs can get a consultation.
How does it work?
- ask any question about your business and get advice orally or in writing;
- report your business problem and solve it;
- to submit their proposals for improving the legislation in any business-related matters.
Send a question to the chat and experts will contact you within 24 hours.
The service is available on Telegram. To start using it, you need to click "start" and select the required section.
Support during the war: virtual center Diia.Business 2.0 provides consultations to relocated businesses and IDPs
Ukrainians who, due to the full-scale war, left their homes or returned to the de-occupied regions, have the opportunity to receive consultations again through the hotline of the virtual center Diia.Business.
Specialists of the center provide consultations in three areas:
- business issues (establishment or relocation of a business);
- general legal issues of internally displaced persons (IDPs);
All citizens of Ukraine can use the services of the virtual center. In particular, forcibly displaced persons and representatives of relocated businesses.
Citizens will be provided with consultations on the legal status of persons who are forced to live outside their homes or who have returned to the de-occupied regions. You can also find out information about state financial support. Consultants will inform citizens about employment opportunities. What is especially relevant in the regions of temporary stay.
Consultants of the virtual center Diia.Business will provide advice to entrepreneurs on conducting business in a new region, best practices and business relocation algorithms, business renewal, tax reporting and simplified business registration.
You can get a free consultation from 08:00 to 18:00 by phone number: 0800 333 183
There will also be a chatbot that will help you get answers to any questions and create an individual road map. The chatbot is open from 08:00 to 20:00. The operating hours of the hotline and chatbot are indicated in Kyiv time.
If an air-raid alarm sounds during the consultation, the time and duration of the consultation may change.
The virtual center was initiated by the team of the national project Diia.Business, which is implemented by the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine and the Entrepreneurship and Export Promotion Office. The innovative hotline is implemented by the NGO "Consulting Center for the Support of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses" with the assistance of the "Diia Support Project", which is implemented by the UNDP in Ukraine with the financial support of Sweden.
Free consultations for entrepreneurs on the Diia.Business portal
Not sure how to start and complete wartime activities? How to pay taxes? How to build a workflow in a team in conditions of war? Get free online consultations from experienced experts and recommendations to solve your question: https://business.diia.gov.ua/consulting
Registration for consultations is carried out on the Diya.Business portal, Kyiv time. If you are signing up for free consultations on the portal for the first time, you must first visit the initial consultation. During the consultation, the helper will formulate a request together with you, prepare a road map of recommendations with useful recommendations, and also recommend further specialized consultations that will be relevant for solving your issue.
Please note: due to the announcement of air alerts in Ukraine, the time of some consultations and the duration of work of consultants may change.
Free online course "Quick start on UpWork" for those who want to start working on the freelance exchange
The free online express course "Quick Start on UpWork" will help those who want to start working and earn on the freelance exchange, to understand the philosophy of freelancing and the mechanics of working on the UpWork platform.
The course trainer is film director and editing director Serhiy Pudich, a TopRated exchange freelancer with a 100% customer satisfaction rating who has worked for UpWork since 2013.
The course covers the following topics:
- Who is freelancing suitable for?
- About UpWork
- Payment guarantee
- When you start earning
- UpWork commission
- Withdrawal of funds
- Types of contracts
- How much is your time worth?
- Client filters
- How to calculate a client contract
- Talent badges
- General overview of the platform
- Core Skills Tags
- Video business card
- Finalization of the profile
- Vacancies and projects
- Order search
- Customer filter
- Communication with the client
- How the customer sees the offers
- Cover letter
By the end of the course, you will have the skills to fill out your profile, understand the mechanics of working on UpWork from both a freelancer and client perspective, the ability to write proposals for clients, and the general philosophy of freelancing.
You can view the course by the link.
The course was created with the support of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Ukraine — the UN Migration Agency, with the aim of helping Ukrainians who lost their source of income due to military operations.
Services for checking the company owner for connection with russia and belarus
Services for checking the owner of the company for connection with russia and belarus:
You can track the connection of Ukrainian business with the occupiers using a legal entity card and the Express Analysis tool. The service will automatically highlight this data as a risk factor.
Telegram chatbot “OpenDataUABot”
- Open OpenDataUABot.
- Send the bot the company name or its code.
- If there are Russian/Belarusian citizens among the owners of the company, this will be indicated in the company card.
Register of companies related to russia and belarus on the big data platform Vkursi
The register of companies associated with russia and belarus consists of a list of companies, among the shareholders, owners and founders of which there is at least one citizen or resident of the aggressor state and its supporter, and which can be used by entrepreneurs, specialists of specialized departments of compliance, risk analysis and finance. In addition — journalists and activists.
The service is based on the analysis of the Unified State Register data, information from the National Securities and Stock Market Commission and sets of open financial reporting data (the latest published) from the Unified State Open Data Portal.
Access to the "Register of Companies Related to russia and belarus" is provided free of charge upon registration on the big data platform for business Vkursi.
In addition, the platform provides an annual license on a free basis to journalists and representatives of think tanks, NGOs. The license provides access to professional dossiers for each company for in-depth analysis of financial analytics, history of changes in registration data, activity of companies with Russian and Belarusian connections in tenders.
We would like to inform you that Ukrainian and international sanctions on prohibition and restriction of functioning are also automatically applied to those who cooperate with companies under sanctions.
We call on all Ukrainian companies to terminate any cooperation with the aggressor and co-aggressor country. As cooperation with such companies means direct support and direct financing of military aggression against Ukraine.
Business during the war — information page from LIGA360 and LIGA ZAKON
LIGA360 and LIGA ZAKON provide important information for business during the war on a separate page “Business during the war”.
The list of materials is updated daily.
The Buy Ukrainian platform for the promotion of Ukrainian brands on the markets of Europe and the USA
Buy Ukrainian is a non-profit platform created to help Ukrainian brands promote their products abroad. The platform was created by Maria Dovbna, a talent development manager at Danone, and Anastasia Ismailova, an IT specialist at WIX, at the beginning of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
The platform gathers Ukrainian brands in one place and promotes them abroad: in Europe and the USA. Joining brands to the platform is free, and brands do not pay Buy Ukrainian anything from their sales, as products are not sold directly from the platform, but only from brand websites directly.
The idea is that many people around the world shop online every day for clothes, shoes, underwear, cosmetics and more. So those people who want to support Ukraine can buy all these high-quality items from talented Ukrainian entrepreneurs who have joined the Buy Ukrainian platform.
To support Ukraine, the buyer needs to visit the Buy Ukrainian website, familiarize with the brands, go to the online store page and make a purchase.
Keep Going project to provide first aid to small business owners
The Keep Going platform was created by IT entrepreneurs to provide first aid to micro and small business owners, as well as people of creative professions who stayed in Ukraine and continue to work.
The project provides media, information, financial support and launches crowdfunding campaigns. Teams of up to 50 people or family businesses affected by the war can apply for help on KeepGoing.com.ua.
- website: keepgoing.com.ua
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/keepgoingua
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/keepgoingua/
- twitter: https://twitter.com/keepgoing_ua
- telegram: https://www.instagram.com/keepgoingua/
To get support from the fund, entrepreneurs working in Ukraine need to send an application: https://form.keepgoing.com.ua/
Details are here.
Platform to meet the urgent needs of the state and restore Ukrainian business in times of war Prozorro+
Prozorro+ was created for mass search of companies that can supply the most necessary goods during martial law.
Details are here.
Made with bravery is a marketplace for promoting Ukrainian exports
Made with bravery — marketplace of goods made in Ukraine. The goal is to unite the best Ukrainian manufacturers into a community, popularize Ukrainian products abroad and promote the export of Ukrainian goods. And thus contribute to the development of Ukrainian business and the reconstruction of Ukraine. Goods are delivered by Ukrposhta.
The marketplace offers items of various categories for different ages and genders: clothes, shoes, accessories, household goods. As well as food and drinks that have a long shelf life and can be delivered.
Ukrainian manufacturers who meet certain requirements can sell their goods. These requirements are verified upon registration. In particular, only a business entity that has proven itself on the Ukrainian market as a producer of high-quality goods can trade on the marketplace. First of all, we are talking about brands that are presented in social networks, have good photos and a description of the product. Authors of unique authentic things are also a priority. You can join the Made with bravery maker community by following link.
5% of the cost of each purchased item is transferred by the marketplace to the United24 fundraising platform. The special commission of the platform directs these funds to the currently relevant programs for the reconstruction of Ukraine. In addition, when paying with a Visa card, an additional 5% of the purchase price is also transferred to United24 to support the reconstruction of the state.
The delivery of purchased goods is carried out by the national postal operator Ukrposhta. The terms of delivery to a specific country of the world are determined by the rules of the postal operator. More details can be found on the website of Ukrposhta.
Made with bravery delivers orders to many countries around the world. Their full list can be found by the link. You can view the marketplace site by following link, and learn more details about the purchase and payment rules in the appropriate section of the site by following link.
The initiative to unify the business "Generator for mobile communication" so that Ukrainians can be connected even without electricity
Business unites so that Ukrainians can stay in touch even without electricity. For example, the agricultural company Eridon and the mobile operator Vodafone have joined forces to ensure that residents of Kyiv region have a stable connection. During blackouts, one of Vodafone's base stations receives power from the Eridon industrial generator. So the company's employees and nearby residents can communicate even without electricity.
There are tens of thousands of such base stations in Ukraine. It is through them that communication reaches Ukrainians. However, there are not enough generators to keep them all running despite the blackout.
We encourage businesses to share a generator with a nearby base station if possible.
If you have a shopping or office center, plant or factory that uses a stationary industrial generator — support mobile operators. Write to email@example.com
The project "Business unites for victory" of Kyivstar
The national mobile operator Kyivstar initiated the project "Business unites for victory" and invites the cooperation of generator owners who are ready to connect telecom equipment to them.
The large-scale destruction of Ukraine's energy infrastructure as a result of Russian aggression directly affects the work of mobile operators, since the base stations are connected to the power grid — they cannot work in the event of a long-term power outage. When the power goes out, the equipment continues to run on batteries for several hours. Further, where possible, the company continues to support the operation of certain critical elements of the network with generators in order to provide communication services to its customers for as long as possible.
However, it is impossible to provide power to all 13.5 thousand objects throughout Ukraine, because it depends on many factors: the availability of a large number of generators and the possibility of their maintenance and protection, fuel purchases and logistics, the peculiarities of the placement of equipment and sanitary restrictions, the involvement of personnel, etc.
To ensure the operation of telecom equipment during a power outage, Kyivstar can power it from the generators of other companies, local businesses or individuals. Such connections are already taking place in various settlements of Ukraine.
To join the project "Business unites for victory", you need to have a generator with a capacity of 6 kW or more and fill out the feedback form on the website or write to the e-mail RAZOM@kyivstar.net
Free legal aid for Ukrainians during the war
Free legal aid to Ukrainians during the war from the organization “JurStab”
Lawyers of Ukraine have united and created an initiative called “Legal Headquarters of Ukraine” to provide free legal aid to Ukrainians.
For convenience, volunteers have developed a chatbot with wide functionality @ua_law_help_bot.
The service is available in Telegram. To start using it, you need to click “start” and select the necessary section.
In the chatbot, citizens can communicate with lawyers in real time and in the format of live correspondence and get advice on issues:
- mobilization: status, rights, obligations, guarantees of persons participating in hostilities or TOT;
- border crossing: entry-exit of people, export of property, money;
- internally displaced persons: obtaining status, payments, other assistance;
- business under martial law: contractual relations, taxes, registration, relocation;
- labour relations: rights and obligations of employees and employers, guarantees, opportunities under martial law;
- immigration to the UK;
- other: family issues, charitable assistance, humanitarian aid, etc.
Manifesto of Ukrainian entrepreneurs during the war
After the war, we will have a lot of work together with you! And we are ready for it.
The manifesto was prepared by the team of the national project for entrepreneurship and export development Diia.Business.
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This page was developed by the teams of the Entrepreneurship and Export Promotion Office and the national project Diia.Business together with the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine and the Ministry of Economy of Ukraine.