Last week I had the privilege of speaking at the PIRATE Summit about the Ukrainian startup ecosystem and how we all can (should) be involved.
My message to the investment community was simple – invest in Ukrainian founders today, do not wait until ‘after the war’. Some of the founders fled, and some stayed in the country, but all of them have something in common – they keep building and delivering incredible results regardless of what is happening in their home country.
This is a genuinely amazing opportunity for us, VCs, to full fill our purpose and back risky yet promising future winners from Ukraine.
Given the feedback I received from fellow #pirates who represent some of the leading European and global VCs, the message was heard.
At Blue Lake VC a portion of our funds is dedicated to founders from Ukraine whom we are helping to come and build the companies of the future here in the UK. I would like to invite all the VCs from my network to do the same or join us.
I am also grateful for the opportunity to share a bit of a personal story about how the war affected me and became the greatest motivator for me to keep building. Needless to say, the speech turned out to be quite emotional yet honest and open in the spirit of the PIRATE Summit values I fully share and support.