Social inclusion, Education

Adaptation of ATO


Who is behind this?

Oleksii Vovk

Public Community Ukrainian Union of ATO Veterans


Who is joining forces?

Public education centers (business coach)


Service of mental health centers (motivation coach)


ATO-volunteers organizations


Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

Creating of a business society of ATO-veterans (ATO-vets) under European values, based on subsidies provided by Ukrainian government by law. This project is devoted to motivate ATO-vets to build own business, grounded on the principles of private property, anti-corruption rules and no tolerance to bureaucracy.

Where will your idea take place?

Ukraine (office is based in Kyiv)

Why does Europe need your idea?

ATO-vets are unable to share business ideas and experience with proper dedication to return to civil life, because there is no place for their communication and development. As of today, Ukrainian public support system has much bureaucracy to minimize financial and social support. Employers are not willing to recruit ATO-vets on general benefits due to lack of civil rehabilitation. Most of ATO-vets even unfamiliar with their rights and opportunities, so have much of demotivation.

What is your impact?

This projects is aimed for creating of coordination office to help ATO-vets gain all available opportunities and subsidies (funds, land plots, etc.) for build their own business. It is planned to create at least 100 private companies and involve near 1000 ATO-vets. Hence, motivation level will be increased and new workplaces in Ukraine are to be formed for former militaries.

How do you get there?

Creating of coordination office with contact and education center.
Consulting for gaining of official subsidies guaranteed by the government.
Defining of ATO-vets with high leadership skills and real business experience.
Establishment of groups for business and motivation trainings.
Legal support in registration of new business entities and effective use of financial and other resources.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

Main beneficiaries – ATO-vets aged from 18 to 35, having participated in Anti Terroristic Operation in East Ukraine. This group of people are most demotivated because they do not fell real support from local government. They are driven to involve in ATO after Revolution of Dignity by frank patriotic feelings and desire of Ukrainian European future.

What makes your idea stand apart?

All current projects in Ukraine, dedicated to help ATO-vets, are actually providing temporary support (legal, medical, financial), and in most of the cases are governed by politically exposed people for their own interest.
Our project is unique for Ukraine – it is aimed to motivated ATO-vets to realize their abilities in own business case and to organize modern transparent community for support business ideas of each other and share experience with European business groups.

€ 45800,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 61200,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Rent of office premises - 12 000 EUR, personnel costs - 9 600 EUR, trainings and seminars costs - 12 000 EUR

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

We are interested in critical reasoning of our ideas as well as practical solutions in realization of the project. We would appreciate any contacts and suggestions from foreign organizations (e.g. NGO, private business units, industry associations, volunteers, private business mentors).


Oleksii Vovk

Idea created on Feb. 23, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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