On October 7, the final presentation of the program SYNCHRO SPACE Rivne - Growing Green Cities Lab took place, which was attended by representatives of the Rivne region, SYNCHRO SPACE and WorldStartup, the Embassy of the Netherlands, startups and experts involved in development and implementation.
I am very proud that today such an event is taking place that we can and have the opportunity to learn from each other. I have had the opportunity to work with SYNCHRO SPACE and WorldStartup several times, so I am very pleased to see the concept of working together to create solutions that are important to both our societies works well.
Jennes de Mol
Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ukraine
Participants brought together the topics of cycling infrastructure development, water treatment and water management in the Green Corridors of Rivne. The presentation was the result of three months of work of all program partners on solutions to issues relevant to the Rivne region.

During three months, the teams worked with Ukrainian and Dutch mentors to create business models, marketing strategies, develop clean technologies, and look for the best urban solutions for innovations' implementation. All this helped to develop the teams' ideas and intensify the process of finding new perspectives.

Among the Ukrainian mentors: Kateryna Pylypchuk - Executive Director FIABCI-Ukraine, member of the international council FIABCI, The International Real Estate Federation;
Yuri Kayhorodtsey - founder of industrial design PLITOS, an architectural studio in.Lab school and parametric design Inlab school.

Dutch mentors: Esther Eggink - cleantech innovator at Tekkoo, the head of the agricultural waste recycling project in the province of Flevoland, account manager at MobilityLab; Linda van Egmond — a business strategy specialist and Vitamine L director providing business consulting for businesswomen and B2B companies with a focus on the technology industries.
The solutions presented today will help Rivne region to be one step closer to a sustainable, green, ecological, comfortable future.
Alissa Ban'kovskaya
founder of SYNCHRO SPACE
During the event, Ukrainian and Dutch startups presented their decisions. In particular, the water treatment problem was addressed by L-Sonar, presented by Olga Syutikova and Ruslana Tokareva. Participants showed the results of researching the water infrastructure and the state of reservoirs in the Hydropark in Rivne. The team's goal is to change our approach to water bodies from indifferent to responsible and conscious. Moreover, Sonar revealed the design concept of an autonomous water platform that serves as an eco-scene with water treatment and recreational functions. The water platform can be utilised as a stage for performances on the water, while aqua bikes that the platform accommodates can provide an option for a family vacation.
Solutions for the development of cycling infrastructure were jointly advanced by the Dutch team TILER (represented by Christian van Nispen and Olivier Coops) and the Ukrainian team MoveOne (represented by Valentin Panchenko). The main idea was to combine universal charging stations with the utilities for bicycles and electric vehicles reparation. Stations located in the territory of the Green Corridors would allow travellers to stop to repair or recharge their vehicles, combining it with recreation. In turn, the program's mentor, architect Yuri Kaigorodtsev, acquainted the audience with the ideas for developing Green Corridors that were created in joint efforts.
In addition to the solutions' presentation, the event also involved discussions about green city development with leading experts and innovators. At the opening, the following guests were present: the Ambassador of the Netherlands to Ukraine — Jennes de Mol, the Head of Rivne Regional State Administration — Vitaliy Koval, the Mayor of Rivne Oleksandr Tretyak, and the Rector of NUVGP — Viktor Moshinsky. They spoke about innovations as a driver of development and the importance of their implementation.
For us, the pandemic was a challenge we were not prepared for. As well as for the climate change that is happening now. In the six-month Natural based solutions course at Lund University in Sweden, where I have the opportunity to study now, we looked into the best practices of municipalities in countries struggling with climate change. As practice shows - smart solutions and innovations are the best way. One can say there are more resources abroad, but we also have great human potential, including the ones from the Rivne University of Water Management.
Serhiy Hemberg
Deputy Head of the Rivne Regional State Administration
I am thrilled that today in Rivne we can talk about our city and country. Yes, the climate is actively changing — in the last six months only, we have seen how much humanity needs to respond to these changes quickly. Now it is essential to unite the efforts of all branches of government, scientific and technological potential to save our water sources and work as much as possible with the people's consciousness.
Oleksandr Tretiak
Rivne Mayor
The discussion "The world's best practice of innovation" was a place for the experts to share their experience: Deputy Chairman of the Rivne Regional Administration — Sergey Hemberh, CEO SPACE sync — Alice Bankovska, founder and director of the Office of transformation and co-founder — Maxim Bakhmatov Greencubator, and Roman Zinchenko.
The first bike path in the Netherlands appeared 120 years ago. Remembering what happened in Ukraine 120 years ago, we understand how much longer is the path we still need to take. An important step now is to change the way communities make decisions using the Magic Five formula. To implement the formula, you need to collect data, analyze it, call experts, ask the community for its opinion, and then, seeing everything on the problem map, make a decision and step in. With this approach, all initiatives will be implemented quickly and productively.
Amsterdam was one of the champions in terms of gas pollution and car deaths. However, it was the public that forced the local government to abandon the mobilization strategy and move to the development of a new infrastructure model. Based on this case, we saw how the community reformed a city with centuries of tradition. Innovation arises at the intersection of two areas: where there is pain and where there is pay. Rivne has quite a few ambitions exactly that can make this possible
Gerrit Jan van 't Veen, the founder WorldStartup, presented a Growing Green Cities Lab programme.

Also, the event was complemented by an interview with the chief architect of Rivne and the ideological inspirer of the Green Corridors— Dmitry Kotlyarov. Moreover, our program members shared their impressions and insights after working on this project. Among them: Svitlana Khristenko - Sprint Facilitator (WorldStartup), Elizabeth Koval - Training and Development expert (SYNCHRO SPACE) and Mykola Dedovets - PM of the Regional Development Agency.
We (WorldStartup) believe the issue of sustainable smart cities should become a key priority at all levels, including local and national authorities. WorldStartup is working to keep our experts better and to help entrepreneurs to develop and innovate
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Author of the article: Elizabeth Koval
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