Typically, cities cannot solve their problems with the help of internal teams, and it is crucial to go beyond and implement new approaches. And one of these approaches is to set development tasks for innovative startup teams. On the other hand, this helps to create and develop startups that receive orders from the city and the opportunity to scale their activities.
However, there are few problems that we face and try to solve in our activities at SYNCHRO SPACE:
Dealing with cities means a lack of understanding of what innovation and smart solutions are, a lack of acceptance of new ways of solving problems, and a lack of understanding of the importance of technological development.
Working with startups means a lack of understanding of how to build cooperation with the city. How to sell your solution to the city and implement it.
Interaction between cities and startups means ineffective communication between startups and cities, different visions and approaches to solving problems.
Project financing means the lack of an effective procurement model for innovative startup solutions.
Studying the experience of Western countries, we see that countries that support startups at the state level have high economic performance and rapid innovation development.
Last year, Ukraine also made a "breakthrough" in this direction with the launch of the Ukrainian Startup Fund
. In December 2019, the Fund began accepting applications from startups, which also marked the beginning of their state support at the official level. This is a big step forward, as the USF will become a driver of entrepreneurship, innovation, and, in general, the country's economic growth if developed systematically.