The third cohort of the Ukrainian Business Leaders: Promoting Innovation and Entrepreneurship (UBL PIE) program successfully arrived in the United States and started their four-week professional program.
During their first Orientation Day in the U.S., the UBL PIE participants were welcomed to the American Councils office by Dr. David Patton (President and CEO of American Councils), Mr. Christopher W. Smith (Deputy Assistant Secretary for Eastern Europe and Policy and Regional Affairs, U.S. Department of State), H.E. Oksana Markarova (Ambassador of Ukraine to the U.S.), and Mr. Tuck Evans (Public Affairs Officer from the U.S. Embassy Kyiv).
The current cohort consists of 15 UBL PIE Fellows currently working and residing in Ukraine. During their in-person program in the U.S., they will participate in a three-week fellowship across the U.S. (San Diego, CA; Austin, TX; Denver, CO; Chicago, IL and Washington, DC). Through engagement with the U.S. business community, entrepreneurs from Ukraine will share experiences, skills, and inspiration needed to foster new forms of innovation, strengthen leadership, and stimulate private-sector economic growth in both Ukraine and the U.S., assist U.S. small- and medium enterprises in expanding their businesses globally, and cultivate productive ties between U.S. and Ukraine businesses and communities.
Funded by the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine and administered by American Councils, UBL PIE is a program for businesspersons and entrepreneurs from Ukraine with demonstrated leadership experience in the fields of business, entrepreneurship, innovation, social entrepreneurship, regional economic development, and technology. Read more about UBL PIE here.