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Our Journey:. Start-up Picnic | Purpose & Principles: to build competencies and confidence for successful entrepreneurship to live value-based business to share knowledge around our key questions. *Trust* *Confidentiality* *Having fun*

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Start-up Picnic | Purpose & Principles:
  • to build competencies and confidence for successful

entrepreneurship to live value-based business

  • to share knowledge around our key questions.

*Trust* *Confidentiality* *Having fun*

*Curiosity* *Give-give-give* *Cultural respect*

*Open minds* *Open hearts*

* Constructive Communication* *Generate vs Consume*

we invited

Start-up Picnic | Guests:

We invited:
  • Bliss Browne, President of Imagine Chicago, USA.
  • Stine Arensbach Szlavik, Co-partner of the Bigger Picture, Denmark.
  • Eleanor Whitley, Head of the hosting team at Hub Kings Cross, United Kingdom.
  • We also were blessed to get support from:
    • Ole Qvist-Sørensen, founder of the Bigger Picture;
    • Jonathan Robinson, co-founder of the Hub London;
    • Maria Scordialos and Sarah Whiteley, co-founders of the Axladitsa-Avatakia Learning Center in Greece;
    • Toke Moeller, master practitioner from the Art of Hosting Global Community and InterChange.

And after regular skype-calls with international friends, weekly meetings with the team, we gathered in Kyiv 2 days before the event to design Start-up Picnic. The process was fun. It was learning entrepreneurial journey for all of us.

profile of 50 participants

Start-up Picnic | Participants Profile:

Profile of 50+ Participants

Cities: Kyiv, Kharkiv, Vynnytsya, Zaporizhzhya, Lviv, Moscow, Volgograd


Start-up Picnic







Start-up Picnic | Flow of 3 Days:

Based on the Appreciative Inquiry Formula

DAY 1:

A. 10:00 to 11:45

Introductions and agenda setting

B. 12:00 to 13:45

Knowledge Mapping

C. 15:00 to 16:30

Appreciative Inquiry Training & Practice

D. 16:45 to 18:00

Visual Language Training & Practice

19:30 Secrets of Kyiv Walking Tour

Start-up Picnic | Flow of 3 Days (Cont.):

DAY 3:

A. 10:00 to 11:45

Learning Accelerator and Reflections

Wisdom panel: “What I wish I knew when I getting started?”, Q&A

B.12:00 to 13:45

Open Space Round 2, projects & action groups

C.15:00 to 16:30

Action Planning

Visual Journey of 3 days

D. 16:30 to 17:00

Closing Evaluation

Start-up Picnic | Flow of 3 Days (Cont.):

DAY 2:

  • A. 10:00 to 11:45
    • Vision and value-based business design
    • Metaphors of the Mother and Organic Farming (Creative Loneliness, care for the Land, & the blueprint)
  • B.12:00 to 13:45
    • Strategic communications (effective story-telling, media strategies and pitching).
    • A story of the Hub
  • C.15:00 to 16:30
    • Imagine Exercise & Collective Intelligence Game
  • D. 16:45 to 18:00
    • Open Space Hosting and Convening of Round 1 discussion groups
  • 19:00 Open Doors Picnic

Final touches …

… before start


Rainbow of ideas

As entrepreneur, think from the Bigger Picture


Visualizing the dream or hope

Btw, what is YOUR shape of a dream or hope?


Qs for Personal Learning Journal

What are the questions or key challenges that you brought here?


Creative loneliness is your companion in giving birth to a child, or new idea, project or new business

Organic farming – is when you harvest fruits, and don’t spoil the soil, but keep it productive for many years


Visual Language tells more than words

Generating collective intelligence & accelerating learning


Step 1, 2, 3 – into the Future. Imagine yourself, and go for it!

It’s not a minor thing in biz, think again!


Hey, let’s go into the Open Space, huh?

  • How do we express the vision for our business in a way which attracts investments by others? – by Stine

Bliss Browne from Imagine Chicago

Eleanor Whitley from the Hub Kings Cross


Open Doors Picnic.

A great opportunity for informal networking and communication.


Start-up Picnic | Participants’ Feedback:

“I’ve set the network of talented new friends”

“What have you got from Start-up Picnic?”

“I take away enormous change inside (you were my catalyst)”

“I’ve got inspiration to start my own business”

“I realized there were wonderful people in Ukraine who’re able to push economics and improve life in this country.”

“I’ve got

stronger faith in myself”

I got support of advanced, creative entrepreneurial people of Kyiv (Ukraine)

“Now I envision my future and see greater responsibility for my actions today”


Start-up Picnic | Hub Kyiv Team:

Olga Romanyuk: To hold the Start-up Picnic was a tremendous inspiration for ourselves -

we\'re on the right path! I hope we properly delivered the idea of "living

value-based business" to those, who were truly in search of it. And we will

surely see each other in the future again!

Yuliya Filippovska: We were totally inspired to make something new, which hadn’t been done before. It made all the difference, and it was a big challenge. It was a good chance to learn together and get entrepreneurial experience when you try to sell the value of your idea to your future participants for 120 USD before the event, when it’s only in your imagination. This is the beautiful load that entrepreneurs carry when they bring in innovations. And it was fun!


Start-up Picnic | Hub Kyiv Team (Cont.):

Anna Smyrnova: Start-up Picnic was the first such experience for Hub Kyiv in realization of the Hub idea in Ukraine. We really wished that these three days help entrepreneurs realize their potential and feel support in the implementation of their ideas and pursuits, We tried to share with you our experience, ideas and inspiration but it appeared that we got great inspiration and ideas from you that we are really grateful for. Owing to the Picnic we got new supply of energy to realize our ideas and we really hope to have a chance to share our progress with you.

Viktoriya Dzyuba: What amazed me about the Hub-Kyiv\'s Start-Up Picnic was how the

efforts of many people, greatly dispersed geographically, culminated

in the event that benefited a multitude of experienced and would-be

entrepreneurs in Ukraine. And all of this on a shoe-string budget! It

is possible to work on enthusiasm then!

we are grateful for support from

Start-up Picnic | Our thanks:

We are grateful for support from:


  • Aleksandr Lyadov, Dekarta Capital
  • Denis Dovgopolyi, BayView Innovations & Investors’ Day
  • Yuri Boyko, Silicon Valley, CA
  • Andrey Fedorov, «Люди» & «Сахар»
  • Volodymyr Vorobey, PPV Knowledge Networks
  • Arseniy Finberg, Interesniy Kyiv
  • Anna Iurchenko (wall-photo)
  • Dmitriy Vandenko (photo)
  • Sergey Fedoryk (photo)
  • Natalka Moroz (full-time mom)
  • Roman Makukhin (MOA Ukraine, organic farming)
  • Ivan Prokopenko (photo, support, fun)
start up picnic laid the ground for the hub kyiv

Start-up Picnic | Conclusions:

Start-up Picnic laid the ground for the Hub Kyiv*

*Hub Kyiv is:

  • Network of innovative and socially active entrepreneurs with ideas and businesses for more than profit.
  • Space to meet, learn, exchange ideas, knowledge and tools, investigate opportunities, make things happen, and have fun.
  • Movement to see the best of Ukraine, and bring more innovative good here, with working business models.
hub kyiv next steps

Start-up Picnic | Conclusions (Cont.):

Hub Kyiv Next Steps:
  • Invite people to join our Hub Kyiv team
  • Hold monthly or bi-monthly interactive meetings on topics and questions that matter most – to share knowledge and experience, to strengthen the network, and get inspired
  • Invite interesting people/friends from Ukraine, CIS, and from abroad
  • Partner with great entrepreneurial projects & initiatives in Ukraine and CIS – to bring it all forward
  • Bring the vision of the Hub Kyiv into reality

Please, keep an eye on our news, and invitations that are coming soon!


Start-up Picnic | Join us:

How could you become part of Hub Kyiv?

There are three circles of involvement:

Core Team



To learn more, please contact us


Start-up Picnic | Links, Resources, Contacts:




  • Hub Story (see attached)
  • Hub Mentality (see attached)
  • Appreciative Inquiry Questions on Partnership and New Hires (shared by Bliss Browne)

Our contacts:

Our groups:

  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn

Our “TOOLS” section at our website contains more interesting resources