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Re:Start UA

Become a founder.
Create lasting impact.
Help rebuilding Ukraine.

Project finished: June 29, 2023

What the program is about

Re:Start UA is a hybrid education program, that enables displaced people from Ukraine to start social businesses in Germany and help rebuilding their home country. Participants get hands-on knowledge about entrepreneurship, sustainability, and funding. The program provides access to a digital learning platform, offline workshops, and personal mentoring.

The program focuses on creating business models with high Public Value. This means, the core business idea tackles a problem for society or prevent one from appearing in the future. This includes sectors such as education, mental health, social integration, art, and infrastructure. Through the program participants receive a toolbox of skills as well as a tangible plan how to create added value for the public.

How it works

Our digital education platform Public Value Academy provides participants with 12 in-depth learning modules. They are covering the basics of entrepreneurship, such as prototyping, business modeling, and marketing. Three of the modules will deep dive into specific aspects of Public Value such as, sustainability, impact, and social innovation. The self-learning will be accompanied by weekly group-meetings with international experts from these fields.

Five additional full-day workshops in different locations provide the participants with opportunities to put their knowledge to work. With the support of external mentors, they build their business models, set up websites and create pitch decks. The workshops also foster social and networking events with companies, administrations, research facilities, and investors. The program ends with a public pitch event at Mach'n Festival 2023 in Leipzig.

This project is co-funded by the L-Gruppe and private donations.

What is the timeline
· Application Deadline: March 2, 2023
· Program Start: April 3, 2023
· Program End: June 29, 2023

Who can apply
· Ukrainian nationals
· 18 or older
· Living in Leipzig
· Registered after 24.02.2022

What you should bring
· High motivation to develop yourself
· 8 to 10 available hours per week
· A problem you see in the world and want to solve
· Access to a laptop
· Good English skill

What you do not need to bring
· Prior experience in entrepreneurship
· Financial resources
· A business idea

What we need from you
· Your CV
· A short motivation letter (max 1 page) or video (max 3 minutes)
· two to three topics you are interested to work on

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Content on demand through digital education platform. Offline-events for hands-on training, mentoring, and networking.


Tailor-made content from international mentors with experiences in business, academia and public administration.


Content module can be combined, expanded and added to fit individual learning styles and goals.


The program will be evaluated and extended to other underrepresented target groups.

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