Leading European Founders and Tech Investors Launch OneUkraine to Provide Sustainable Humanitarian Aid to Ukraine
- OneUkraine was founded by a European team of high-tech entrepreneurs and investors who pool their skills and resources to provide sustainable humanitarian aid to the people of Ukraine on a large scale, quickly and efficiently
- Three immediate priorities for OneUkraine: keeping Ukrainians safe, efficiently delivering humanitarian aid where it is most needed, and preserving and rebuilding infrastructure by supporting Ukrainian SMEs and tech entrepreneurs
- OneUkraine’s unique operating model is based on working with Ukrainian experts, suppliers and companies whenever possible
- OneUkraine invites donors and other partners who seek to support Ukraine effectively and with immediate and lasting impact to join the initiative
Berlin, May 24, 2022. OneUkraine, a charity providing sustainable humanitarian aid to the people of Ukraine, today announced the official launch of its platform. Built by an accomplished group of European founders and investors, OneUkraine leverages their pooled skills, resources and experiences in building, managing and scaling multi-billion dollar technology companies and applies to support Ukrainians in urgent need. OneUkraine’s immediate priorities are supporting Ukrainians at home and abroad, providing humanitarian aid, and rebuilding Ukraine’s technology and broader infrastructure by supporting small and medium-sized businesses and technology entrepreneurs on field. Since many of the founding members of the organization are themselves from Ukraine or have close family ties to the country, OneUkraine has direct access to unique local networks and up-to-date information on what is more urgent and where.
Since the beginning of the war, the team behind OneUkraine has already evacuated more than 5,500 people, mainly women and children, to safe places and provided aid worth more than 4 million euros to Ukraine. They also built the first fully accredited Ukrainian school for 175 Ukrainian students and 25 teachers in Lithuania to provide education for refugees. OneUkraine’s main goal is to ensure continued support to the people of Ukraine in the fastest, most efficient and agile way by consolidating relief efforts, connecting people and initiatives and providing updates. live update on its activities via its fully digital platform.
Martin Reiter, CEO and co-founder of OneUkraine: “With many of our founders born and raised in Ukraine, we felt compelled to help our friends, family and colleagues. All of our founders have a proven track record leading or founding tech unicorns, and we are now doing collectively what we do best: working quickly and efficiently at scale, delivering instant and much-needed humanitarian aid to the people of Ukraine. We believe we can best help by bringing an entrepreneurial, data-driven and sustainable approach to the world humanitarian aid, complementing other major relief efforts. We began evacuating refugees and providing aid on day one of the war three months ago – and we will continue to do so too long as needed. We know we can make a huge difference, and we invite donors and other partners to join us in this crucial mission. ale that saves lives.
The founding team of OneUkraine:
- Martin Reiter: Martin ran Groupon Ukraine in 2011 and still has many friends in Ukraine. Martin previously held leadership positions at Airbnb and Wayfair Europe and co-founded mademoisellemartina.org to help evacuate Ukrainian women and children.
- Martina Kojic: Martina grew up in post-war Croatia, with the impact and trauma of the post-war situation shaping much of her childhood. Martina co-founded mademoisellemartina.org to help evacuate Ukrainian women and children.
- Markus Fuhrmann: Markus, whose wife and family are from Mariupol, Ukraine, is CEO and co-founder of GROPYUS, and previously co-founder of Lieferheld.de and Delivery Hero.
- Wolfgang Heigl: Wolfgang, who is based in Lithuania, is the co-founder and CSO of HomeToGo and the founder of NFQ Technologies UAB.
- Viktoriya Tigipko: Viktoriya, born and raised in kyiv, Ukraine, is the founding partner of TA Ventures and the founder of ICLUB Global, the angel investor network. She is the founder of WTECH, a network of over 5,000 women in technology, chairman of the board of the Ukrainian Startup Fund, and founder and president of the Odessa International Film Festival.
- Johannes Reck: Johannes, whose grandfather grew up in a small village that is now part of western Ukraine, is the co-founder and CEO of GetYourGuide.
- Dmitry Gorilovsky: Dmitry, whose mother is from Rovno, Ukraine, has been organizing adoptions of Russian disabled orphans since 2014, when the Russian government banned foreign adoption. He is a serial founder of product design, IoT and machine learning companies such as Woodenshark and Moeco.
- Klaus Hommels: Klaus is the founder and chairman of Lakestar and one of Europe’s leading venture capitalists. Klaus is also a leading voice for the European technology ecosystem with the aim of strengthening Europe’s position in the era of digital transformation.
- Jens Hilger: Jens, whose wife is Ukrainian, is a serial entrepreneur and has founded and managed international gaming and technology companies in Central and Eastern Europe and Asia. Among others, Jens is the Founder of GP at BITKRAFT Ventures and is the Co-Founder and President of G2 Esports.
- Alexa Sinyatchova: Alexa, who was born and raised in Odessa, Ukraine, is the co-founder and CEO of IoT platform Moeco.
OneUkraine’s unique operating model is based on replicating the full humanitarian aid lifecycle. The organization’s highly scalable and data-driven platform, managed by Ukrainian experts, matches Ukrainian needs, based on direct input from government departments, with Ukrainian producers. It thus helps Ukrainian businesses not only to survive, but also to find new sources of demand, and enables donors to provide much-needed assistance while strengthening Ukrainian supply chains and businesses for the longer term.
The organization evacuates refugees from several cities in Ukraine by employing Ukrainian bus drivers and using Ukrainian shelters where it provides food purchased in Ukraine. Follow-up in destination countries and cities across Europe is provided to Ukrainian refugees, often through other expats and refugees. OneUkraine helps with accommodation, registration and integration for a quick transition to employment and further education in the host location. The same idea is applied to building schools, which are staffed by Ukrainian teachers who were forced to leave their country and who now support Ukrainian refugee children.
OneUkraine was set up as a long-term initiative and requires substantial donor funds to help create a sustainable outlook for Ukraine and its people. The founders have assembled a full-time team to manage the growing portfolio of aid efforts, partnerships and execution capabilities. While the cost of the operational team will be entirely financed by the personal funds of the founders, OneUkraine invites donors and other partners to help fund the projects and effectively support Ukraine. The platform is incorporated in Germany as gGmbH, a charitable limited company and is audited by Ecovis, a leading charity auditor.
For more information about OneUkraine, please visit www.oneukraine.com
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