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EUkraine 09:30 01 Nov 2021

Changing the country through innovation: stories of ambitious projects

Internews-Ukraine and UkraineWorld tell the stories of Ukrainians for whom key European values are a part of their life.

Ukrainian innovative projects and startups are not only gaining worldwide recognition but are increasingly the engine of change in the country. Whether it's an innovation center based on an old factory, a non-profit incubator, or even environmentally friendly toothbrushes, these examples demonstrate how innovative approaches and technologies can move Ukraine in a European direction. The following stories are about development through innovative thinking.

Turning an old factory into an innovation center 

Last year, Ivano-Frankivsk became the best city for doing business, according to Forbes. The driver of this process was, in particular, Promprylad. Renovation, an innovation center based on the former Soviet plant "Promprylad." It is a project of rethinking the old space and a unique example of combining business, public sector, and government.

 

Today, the plant area of 1.8 hectares of land is 38.6 thousand m2 occupied by various development infrastructures. In the restored area there are offices, coworking, workshops, a gallery of contemporary art, schools of non-formal education, and more. The office of the Project Activities Department of the Department of Investment Policy, Projects, International Relations, Tourism, and Promotions of the city is located here.

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