SMEs provide work for more than 4 million people in Ukraine, generate about 20% of the country’s GDP and make up the majority of the country’s companies.  The business environment in Ukraine is highly regulated but standards, support services for SMEs, innovation policy and assistance for women entrepreneurs need to be improved to allow SMEs to really thrive.

EU4Business aims to improve the country’s business climate. It makes it easier for SMEs to get finance and provides training and targeted support for businesses led by women and those working in the green economy. SMEs also get technical support to help them align with EU standards, increase exports and benefit from the free trade deal between Ukraine and EU.


Success stories

Entrepreneur Andriy Soroka is relaunching his father’s farming business. A business loan under the EU4Business programme helped him take an important step on this path. A pizza with snails, fried potatoes with snails. Farmer Andriy Soroka shows dishes prepared with his produce on the screen of his phone. An Argentine restaurant in Kyiv took five kilograms of chilled molluscs and made two dishes...
A Lviv entrepreneur founded a company supplying one of the most attractive markets in the world – the European Union. New equipment purchased with an EU4Business loan will allow her to increase deliveries by 15%. “Show us the most beautiful equipment,” we ask Lviv entrepreneur Nataliya Nichoga before a photo shoot at her production facility. “The most beautiful is the one that works. And all of...
Natalya Lukyanchenko, director and founder of the school
The ‘Stupeni’ (‘steps’) school in Odessa has received a grant from the EU to conduct an energy inspection, after the private Waldorf school applied to the EBRD’s Advice for Small Businesses programme. After modernising the heating system, the classrooms will be much warmer in winter, and the maintenance of the building will cost half a million hryvnyas less a year. Teenagers perched in the...