Ukrainian Student’s Innovative Startup Helps Peers Continue Learning Despite the War

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Thursday, November 17, 2022
USAID support has allowed Ukrainian student Uliana to continue her college education. nt majoring in materials science at Pryazovskyi State Technical University

Uliana Tverdokhlibova, a third-year student majoring in materials science at Pryazovskyi State Technical University (PSTU), launched her first startup, StudyCheck, together with two colleagues right before the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion. The service is designed to quickly help pupils complete their homework and understand topics they missed or did not understand at school. StudyCheck is like ordering a taxi: the user leaves a request on the website, and a tutor who is free at that moment responds.

"The idea of the startup came when no one in my family could help my younger brother with doing his homework. I realized that such a resource was sorely lacking. My colleagues helped turn the idea into reality," she says.

Her educational service had already gained its first users and partners when war broke out. Tverdokhlibova had to suspend the project development and evacuate from Mariupol. She lost her home and much of her work, but kept faith in the project. Today, she is continuing to develop StudyCheck as a participant of USAID's Safe Haven initiative. The program helps Ukrainian university students temporarily relocate to Georgia to continue their studies. Now in Tbilisi, Uliana is studying Business Administration at Caucasus University.

"Most of all, I really want to get help with developing my project and finding investors for it. There are people here who know business matters very well. I believe that we will be able to learn and successfully apply Georgian expertise to our venture," she says. "In the future, I see myself as a successful young woman. I see my startup effectively functioning and helping people,” she says. “And I see all this happening in a free and independent Ukraine.”

Recently, Tverdokhlibova presented StudyCheck at the XI Sikorski Challenge Startup Competition, one of the most important annual events in the field of innovation in Ukraine. She received the Best Business Model award for her educational service platform.

Last updated: November 30, 2022

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