Seeds of Bravery is a €20 million project funded by the European Union under the European Innovation Council (EIC) to support Ukrainian tech startups bringing them closer to the EU.

Our mission is to foster diversity, promote the deep tech industry and stimulate hundreds of UA-based innovations benefiting end-users in Europe, Ukraine and beyond, connecting corporates and governments to the benefit of SMEs and individual customers.

Who we are?

Seeds of Bravery (UASEEDs) is powered by a network of 17 partners and 2 associated partners, integrating Ukrainian tech innovators in European markets. We aim to strengthen Ukraine's tech landscape, supporting local entrepreneurs for global success.

What do we offer?

Non-refundable grants (up to 60,000 EUR)

Access to additional financing

Female entrepreneurship & leadership programs

Support the application of Ukrainian start-ups in EIC and other European funding calls

Market Discovery and Fast track programmes and regular DemoDays with international investors and business angels

Deep Tech business creation & acceleration, entrepreneurial education for scientists and innovators

Matchmaking with investors, accelerators, innovation ecosystem stakeholders

How do we support? Our Programs

Seeds of Bravery will allocate €12 million in non-refundable grants. We will accept applications  to the following five different programs that could lead up to €60,000 in total grant:

Cut-off date:
20 May 2024

Innovation Services

up to 10k€ each

Cut-off date:
25 March 2024

Entrepreneurship

up to 25k€

Cut-off date:
25 March 2024

Deep tech incubation

up to 25k€

Cut-off date:
25 March 2024

Rebuilding Ukraine

up to 25k€

Cut-off date:
25 March 2024

DeepTech Scale-Up

up to 50k€

Who can apply?

We are looking for Ukrainian innovative tech companies, (startups and scale ups) developing innovative solutions services or products.

Companies must:
  • be registered in Ukraine or be relocated from Ukraine to one of the Member States of the European Union and its Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT) or Horizon Europe Associated Countries after 24.02.2022
  • be registered in one of the Member States of the European Union and its Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT) or Horizon Europe Associated Countries after 24.02.2022
  • have at least one founder or co-founder working full time for the company
  • have at least one founder or co-founder, or top manager (CEO, CTO, COO or equivalent key position) holding Ukrainian citizenship
To qualify for funding, projects must solely focus on civil applications, without any intent for military use or serving military purposes.
To be eligible, ensure that your project has a European dimension, showing the capacity to increase the footprint of Ukrainian startups in the European Innovation Ecosystem and their future participation in EIC calls.

How to Apply?

The application process consists of two steps:

Step 1

Sign up as a User at FundingBox OnePass Platform and complete the short application  form for Seeds of Bravery (UASEEDs).

We will check your admissibility automatically (this step should prevent you from completing a long full proposal).This step is unique, and you will have to complete it just once per company for all UASEEDs support programs.

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Step 2

Full Proposal Submission

If your short application is admissible, you will receive an invitation link to access the USF management system and submit your full and complete proposal.

After completing these two steps, your full proposal will be considered for evaluation.

Our evaluation process

01

Short Application

02

Automatic Admissibility Check

03

Full Proposal Submission

04

In/Out Scope Screening (optional)

05

Independent Evaluation

06

Consensus Meeting

07

Formal Check/Ethics

08

SGA signature

For more details on each step of our evaluation process, please check our Guide for Applicants.

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