NEST bootcamp is our intensive 3-months program for struggling but promising startups. It is entirely free of charge, with a secured seat at UNIT.City for the entire length of the program. Up to 7 most promising startups will be selected to join this tough & empowering journey!
The bootcamp is the epicenter of startups' hard work with top-notch mentoring support, benefiting fully from joining the UNIT.City growth-oriented community!
To support development of startups in Ukraine and technology entrepreneurship
To encourage the development of new technology-based products and services and their commercialization in local and global markets
To facilitate collaborations between participants and investors, local and global business communities, and the Ukraine-based technology entrepreneurs and private companies
To connect with the best mentors and experts for mentoring and business support
NEST Bootcamp is meant to empower the hardest worker in the room.
Got a startup worth empowering?
Anyone with a startup worth empowering is eligible to apply!
Up to 7 startups
You will be really pumping it! Get ready for a dedicated & intensive work:
To develop your products
To test products and get an honest feedback
To work on growth, KPI's and metrics
To meet potential clients and investors
Your focus during the bootcamp will be to accelerate each part of the business over the 3-month timeframe. All participating startups will gain an immense amount of condensed experience through hands-on mentoring, connections to targeted industry insiders, and exposure to investors and the press contacts.
During 3 month startups will have access to:
A program specifically designed for you
A free desk for 2 or 3 people
Our meeting rooms based on availability
Full "office hours" program with our experts
Weekly dinner for the founders
All the perks of membership to UNIT.City
Contacts, support, mentors inside the community of residents as well as to international and local partners are included!
Why is this free?
"Well, we at UNIT.City have asked ourselves: what if it is really time to give back? Let's face it. We are trying to get out of a crisis that has hit us all one way or another. It's time to unite, to work together for a better future. Besides, we believe in unicorns, and what if one of them will be nesting with us at the bootcamp? Our great community is full of experts who are willing to share their knowledge and give back! We are doing it all together, making it free but also highly competitive and demanding!"
Who is eligible?
Your startup is technology-focused, has a track record of a product or a service, and has raised investments
You are ready to pitch yourself at Pitch Days and investors meetings
You demonstrate a sincere interest in receiving practical support to discover new opportunities and diligently follow personalized individual development plans to remain in the program
You and your teammates know English at a level required to pitch, work, communicate with mentors, partners, international clients
Are you sure you can apply? You can, if:
Your team is involved in community life and is ready to be helpful for the community
If all of this is about you, then embrace the opportunity and apply!
A jury will review all applications and ask a selected number of startups to come and pitch. Then we'll select 6 to 7 startups to join the first NEST Bootcamp.
CEO and co-founder of Sector
X Acceleration Hub
Team Lead at U.Ventures Western
NIS Enterprise Fund
Bootcamp is a creation of 4 partners that united to achieve common goals!
Digital transformation expert and leader. Dominique is also a successful entrepreneur, with one exit, a Limited Partner in a VC Fund in Silicon Valley (The Refiners) with more than 50 investments in the portfolio, a startup mentor and advisor and is part of several nonprofits as advisor and ambassador. Currently, Dominique is the CEO of UNIT City, Ukraine's first Smart City dedicated to innovation.
Serial founder, founder of three successful startups working in various industries (Cupli Surveys, Personik, Friendsforever), partner of the large corporate accelerator YellowRockets, best director of the Eastern Hemisphere Founder Institute (the largest American program for technology entrepreneurs in the world), mentor of dozens of startups, sold three companies, studied and worked in New York, USA.
Andriy received a master's degree in business economics from the Kyiv School of Economics. After graduation, he was a coordinator in the Canadian-Ukrainian parliamentary program, and was a co-founder of an international student consulting organization. At WNISEF, Andriy runs a program to invest in startups in the early stages of development and coordinates projects related to education and information technology.
An Industry Fellow and Member of Faculty at the University of California, Berkeley
An Industry Fellow and Member of Faculty at the University of California, Berkeley. Serves as the Director of Startup Programs for the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology responsible for the creation of new programs centering on Entrepreneurship and Corporate Innovation. Mr. Rasmussen is a Silicon Valley native that has been part of five IPOs, exits amounting to over $12B, mentored over 1500 companies. He earned an EECS degree with highest honors from UC Berkeley.
Sector X is an awesome space in the innovation park UNIT.City that combines several lines of business: the acceleration hub for startups, corporate programs for businesses and venture services forinvestors.
UNIT.City is Ukraine's first innovation park. It is the location where matchless infrastructure and all-inclusive ecosystem enable high technology, innovative and creative businesses to happen and flourish.
With more than two decades of successful experience investing in small and medium-sized companies in Ukraine and Moldova, Western NIS Enterprise Fund established u.ventures to invest in early stage technology startups with world-class teams and a global potential for growth.