The meeting took place on January 4, 2022 on the basis of Krolevets Town Council, which is also a project partner. The event was attended by more than 50 people – representatives of the Krolevets Town Council and the city branch of the Sumy Regional Employment Center, educational institutions, research institutions, representatives of the united territorial communities, public figures, media representatives.
Olena Melnyk began the meeting with a presentation of the project. The project manager acquainted the audience with the details of cooperation with the community, told about the conditions of financial support for those, who want to develop their own business and join the training, which will start in late January. The uniqueness of the project is that it is implemented for the first time by an academic institution, Sumy NAU, because the university fulfills its third mission – community service, so SNAU is not only a provider of educational services, but also a powerful community development center that helps this community implement ideas and support initiatives.
Oleksandr Kovalenko, the assistant project manager, spoke about successful startups that have already been implemented in Sumy Region and Ukraine, and also demonstrated interesting craft products that can be produced. In addition, he presented community opportunities to participate in the project: trainings “Create and Develop Your Own Business”, a retraining SNAU program, a startup competition.
After the presentation of the project, the organizers had the opportunity to visit the village of Vorgol, not far from Krolevets, where one of the potential participants of the project Maksym Koniukh lives, who spoke about his business idea. The man has been producing honey for more than 10 years and really wants to start and improve his own business, as well as distribute and sell his product. His is planning to create a green route in his region.
Similar information meetings are planned to be held in other communities. The next meetings will take place in Novoslobidska, Putyvlska and Esmanska communities.