On March 21, a member of the Council of Young Scientists at the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, Head of the startup school Sikorsky Challenge Vinnytsia, Head of the Department of Integration of Training with Manufacturing of Vinnytsia National Technical University, Candidate of Technical Sciences, Associate Professor Kostiantyn Koval spoke at the Parliamentary Hearings “National Innovation System: Status and Legislative Support of the Development”
The purpose of the Parliamentary Hearings is a broad public discussion of the state and strategic directions of Ukraine's innovation development, legislative support for the formation of the national innovation system of Ukraine, the definition of key tasks of state authorities of Ukraine, local self-government and civil society in ensuring effective implementation of the tasks.
Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine Liliia Hrynevych in her report noted that innovation is exactly what determines the competitiveness of the state, divides countries into the countries of the first and second world.
With slides Liliia Hrynevych presented the global innovation development rating and Ukraine's position in it. On the example of the National Technical University of Ukraine “Kyiv Polytechnic Institute” named after I. Sikorsky, she presented innovative ecosystems of educational institutions.
In general, there were statements by many respected representatives of various institutions and organizations that have a regulatory impact on innovation or are directly involved in this process.
Deputy Head of Vinnytsia Regional Council Mykhailo Kremeniuk took part in the Parliamentary Hearings.
Vinnytsia was also represented by Vice-rector for the scientific work of Vinnytsia National Technical University, Doctor of Technical Sciences, Professor Serhii Pavlov.
Fifteen representatives from Vinnytsia participated in the Hearings: students, young scientists and heads of companies and start-ups with the support of the Council of Young Scientists at the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine,.
Due to the work of the startup school Sikorsky Challenge Vinnytsia and the formation of partnerships with various stakeholders of Ukraine's innovation development, key aspects of the development of innovative entrepreneurship from the point of experience and discussion with partners were identified.
Member of the Council of Young Scientists at the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, Head of the startup school Sikorsky Challenge Vinnytsia, Head of the Department of Integration of Training with Manufacturing of Vinnytsia National Technical University, Candidate of Technical Sciences, Associate Professor Kostiantyn Koval spoke at the Parliamentary Hearings.
“Innovations are changing the world, startups become multinational companies, and extraordinary discoveries are taking place every day in scientific laboratories. Ukraine has chosen the way of developing innovations and changing the model of economy from raw materials to high-tech products according to the leading countries of the world.
I consider it most urgent to develop a state strategy of innovation of Ukraine at least until 2030. The training of innovators should start from school within the framework of the reform “New Ukrainian School”, it is advisable to tearch school students to think in terms of categories of creative economy. Talented youth is the extraordinary capital of any country. Universities should continue to provide high-quality and virtuous training for students focusing on innovative entrepreneurship, especially in engineering institutions, so that the scientific developments of young scientists and science schools are massively mercilessed, there is a continuous transfer of technologies, and scholars attract grants and investments for new innovative developments at the world level.
Therefore, two things are critically needed for this idealized model:
- take care of human capital investing in it from a student to a professor;
- develop an ecosystem of innovation support by supporting startup schools and accelerators, business incubators, venture capital funds, business angels, various IT hubs, clusters, creative spaces, technological and industrial parks, etc.
To sum up, today young scientists, innovators, and starters need targeted state support and cooperation with local self-government bodies in the interests of community members.”
It should also be noted that the training of the start-ups of SikorskyChallenge school in Vinnytsia is underway and there is an election of the teams that are ready to present their own developments this year (http://startup.vntu.edu.ua/).
Last year's winner (start-up SmartWindow) together with the Head of the startup school continues to attract investment to create an operating prototype, which appeared to be not a trivial task under the current legislation.