The Ukrainian authorities launched the online platform “Brave1” to improve defence capabilities on April 26, 2023, which is designed to streamline and support innovation in the field of defence technology.
In a statement to the Associated Press, Mykhailo Fedorov, Ukraine’s Minister of Digital Transformation, said, “Given the enemy that is next to us and its scale, we definitely need to develop military equipment so that we can protect ourselves.”
The platform aims to engage stakeholders from industry and government to provide the latter with “organizational, informational and financial support for defence technology projects in Ukraine.” Areas covered by the platform include weapon systems, drones, robots, mine clearance systems, defence and security, logistics, cybersecurity, intelligence, navigation, and medical support.
Emerging Europe quoted Serhiy Demediuk, Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine, as saying.
Serhiy Demediuk, Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine, said in an interview with Emerging Europe: “It is important for us to create conditions for the development of Ukrainian producers” and added that the Brave1 platform is “a state-level startup for large and small innovative companies” including foreign participants, who will be able to receive support in financing, development, testing and networking.
The state is ready to allocate more than UAH 100 million (about USD 2.7 million) to finance projects that have the potential to help Ukraine.
International participants are invited to join Brave1 to participate in the project as “ambassadors” and take advantage of a special “soft landing” procedure and access various opportunities such as networking, funding, development, and testing.
In particular, the project participants will include specialists and experts from all over the world who will work alongside “officers, investors, businessmen and diplomats from Europe and the United States.” The AP reports that the government is ready to allocate “more than 100 million hryvnia (about $2.7 million) to fund projects that have the potential to help Ukraine.”
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