The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), with the support of the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and ICC Ukraine, launched an ICC Centre of Entrepreneurship for Ukraine to strengthen the resilience of Ukrainian SMEs and support refugees, in response to Russia’s invasion of the country.
Leveraging the strength of ICC’s global network of businesses, chambers of commerce, academic institutions, and intergovernmental and governmental agencies, the Centre aims to support the survival of Ukrainian SMEs affected by the conflict, building durable opportunities and hope through entrepreneurship.
The launch of the Centre of Entrepreneurship for Ukraine builds on ICC’s commitment since the conflict’s onset, to mobilise private sector action, in line with ICC’s purpose to enable business worldwide to secure peace, prosperity and opportunity for all.
The Centre will focus on three key areas of work, “Restart – Jobs and Entrepreneurship”, “Connect – Resilience” and Growth and “Fund – Building the Future”.
Restart – Jobs and Entrepreneurship
Jobs for Ukraine
Through a partnership with Adecco, ICC is giving visibility to a platform that will help refugees apply for any position by providing us all possible details on your skills and career path so far. Business will also be able to offer any position by providing in the platform all details on the position.
Supporting Ukrainian Women-led business
ICC will work with its network of national committees, chambers and global and regional partners to highlight the programmes and opportunities that are available for women and particularly for women refugees to help them with the training and support needed to help them establish their businesses
Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Investing
Through a partnership with EBAN, ICC is giving visibility to the project “EBAN Stands with Ukraine” that gathers all initiatives across the European angel investing and entrepreneurship landscape as well as ways to help such as donations or hosting options. On this page you can also find job postings from the EU tech and start-up community for displaced Ukrainians.
Connect – Resilience
ICC will work with its worldwide network of chambers, national committees and partners to help connect and support SMEs still operating in the Ukraine and Ukrainian-owned SMEs who have been established outside of the country since the conflict.
SMEs in the Ukraine and globally will be able to connect through the platform and find opportunities their products and services.
Mentorship for Ukrainian SMEs
Through the ICC CoE match-making platform, your business will be able to provide mentorship for Ukrainian SMEs in different areas such as marketing, finance resilience and access to finance. Mentors and mentees will be able to meet online and share knowledge to support the resilience of marketing (“corporate mentorship” model)
Fund – Building the Future
Finance for SMEs
ICC and Finastra are ramping up preparations to launch ICC TradeComm, an open marketplace that matches accredited financiers with MSME buyers and sellers to unlock working capital by financing their invoices. Contingent on certain local parameters that the ICC TradeComm team is currently assessing, the ICC TradeComm marketplace can empower Ukrainian MSMEs by channelling the short term capital they need to trade both domestically and internationally.
Investing in Commodity Trade
ICC is working closely with TradeFlow Capital Management, an investment fund that takes a non-credit approach to enabling physical commodity to import/export transactions. TradeFlow Capital Management has a history of supporting commodity trade in Ukraine and is eager to collaborate with ICC to ensure that we provide the support Ukraine commodity traders need to continue trading internationally.
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