The first module for the participants of the second group of the MS in Innovation and Entrepreneurship program took place at the LvBS. Twenty-one participants from Kyiv, Rivne, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kirovohrad, Donetsk, and Lviv are planning to implement their projects during 1.5 years of studies at the Lviv Business School of UCU.
The first module was launched with an opening ceremony at which CEO of LvBS Sophia Opatska spoke about the philosophy of the Ukrainian Catholic University and Business School.
Taras Verveha, member of the Board of Directors of SoftServe, in his opening remarks said: “If you came to study at this program, there is no need to motivate you! The youth is the main trend of innovation today. But remember any start-up requires the hard work and full devotion of its creators.”
The course work began with the course “Entrepreneurship and Innovation” taught by Joao Perre Viana from Portugal, the founder of the investment fund LeonardShop. During the course, the participants worked on some of their ideas and tried to create a business model for their projects. Also during the modular week (September 16-21) they took an active part in the following courses:
– “Personal Development and Leadership,” lecturer Oleksandra Baklanova, expert in business strategy development and change management
– “Data Analysis and Forecasting,” Iryna Symovonyk, expert in business statistics
– “Fundamentals of Conflict Resolution,” Christina Fraser, expert in organizational development and conflict resolution
– “Business Communications,” Yevhen Hlibovytskyi, partner of the consulting company pro.movam and Yaryna Kliychkovska, expert in PR and communications
A participant of the program, Taras Komarenko, shared his impressions from the first module: “It is exactly what I expected – intensive study with essential tools and skills needed to implement my business idea. I received useful feedback from the professors on the strengths and weakness of my project. Now I daily use such things as business model canvas, conflict management, storytelling, and many other things.”
This year the program participants will study at the new academic building of UCU. Here the participants of two groups, 40 young and active people, will be able to use the modern venue of the Ideas Lab to develop, improve, and implement their innovative projects!