World's leading research universities such as Stanford, Harvard and MIT run programs where
students build teams and complete creative projects that later turn into student businesses.
Each of these universities generates hundreds of student businesses each year.
Our goal is to establish such a program at the Department of Computer Science of Kharkiv
National University with the help of volunteers in Kharkiv and Silicon Valley.
The program is not limited to computer science, we are interested in innovations
in biology, physics, chemistry, medicine, economics and other fields.
Starting on December 1 2014 we will be meeting for an hour every week and discuss topics of
student innovations and business with guest speakers. Our goal is to open to students a door to
Silicon Valley. The topics will include a wide variety of practical questions ranging from basics of investments, sales and marketing to psychology of human relations within a team.
In January we will build teams and choose topics relevant to Silicon Valley. Whatever the size of the
project is our goal is to make sure it is completed and useful to people.
The school will run till May. At the end we will help the teams to create 1-min videos for the project
and our international judges will name best projects. The teams will then apply to summer student programs or incubators such as YCombinator, 500Startups and Techstars.
The teams that will not make a decision tot turn their project into a real business will benefit from
having a creative project on the resume when applying to work in Ukraine and also in Silicon Valley.
For instance, if you wish to work for Google, our experts will help you to find a topic that interests
For those who decide to apply to top US universities, such as Stanford and MIT, the project and our
references will become a significant bonus on your resume.
To summarize, whatever your long term goal is, we hope that participation in Karazin Startups
can widen your creative horizons, give you an opportunity to meet interesting people and
earn unique experience.