Deputy Chief of Party at USAID Competitive Economy Program in Ukraine (CEP)
Olesya Zaluska is a digital transformation expert and has considerable experience in management positions in business development, investment, and strategy at international companies and governmental policy design and is the Stanford Center for Professional Development graduate.
She is a Deputy Chief of Party at USAID Competitive Economy Program in Ukraine (CEP) with a 10 mln USD grant program that promotes a strong, diverse, and open economy by scaling up Ukrainian small and medium-sized enterprises, business support organizations, and also startups. USAID CEP supports the IT Sector, including startups, both locally and internationally. For example, the Ukrainian IT Export Alliance coordinates market-entry efforts among 21 IT companies looking to enter Germany, Finland, and Norway. IT companies are participating in virtual trade missions to engage more potential clients. Startups can join eō Business Incubators – Ukraine’s premier seed-stage mentor-driven incubator program, and TRACTIONCamp – a mini-accelerator. Students at the Ukrainian universities learn about Innovation Management and Startup Development thanks to the Entrepreneurial University initiative. Today, 8 startups are implementing a separate grant program for late-stage tech startups, most of which are visible tech ecosystem activists and serve as role models for early-stage startups across Ukraine.