The must-attend Program to join this year

We are happy to introduce Google for Startups: Growth Academy for non-gaming apps. This is an immersive online program for Ukrainian and Belarusian most promising startups to accelerate their businesses with the best of Google: educational workshops, ongoing 1:1 mentoring sessions with industry experts, and unique networking opportunities with like minded community.

The Program is aimed to support the local startup ecosystem and help highly-motivated teams grow and achieve significant results. This is an equity-free educational and mentorship program designed to help startups to build their products and scale success.

The Growth Academy is the 3-month online program taking place September to December 2020 for teams of startupers who want to increase their expertise and grow their businesses. During the program the participants will go through a Develop → Grow → Earn cycle. Main language of the Program is English. More info about the content and topics agenda can be found below or in the FAQ section.

The program has already finished. Hope to see you next time.



Who should apply?

Google is looking for non-gaming startups, matching the main criteria below (full list of requirements can be found here):

  • Businesses operating from Ukraine or Belarus;
  • Mobile Apps businesses or those who have strong focus and strategy to grow their apps business to complement the web;
  • Non-gaming apps: utilities, retail, finance, media, entertainment, etc.;
  • Registered as a business entity;
  • Prototype / first version of the app is ready and published either in App Store or in Play Store, or in Test Flight (If published, the app must have a rating not lower than 4 stars);
  • Apps developed according to Play Store Developer and App Store Developer guidelines;
  • Willing to develop their business and grow globally.

Please note, that the participating team representing a business should consist of 4-5 members, each leading one of the areas: marketing and growth, product strategy, design, development, etc. (more info about this can be found in the FAQ section).

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Growth Academy:
Value for startups

Growth Academy helps startups to increase customers, generate more revenue, and internationalize their business operations (depending on the market).

During the program, a cohort of 10 participating startups receive:

  • Customized and fresh industry data from Google Analytical Lead;
  • Workshops on product development and business growth delivered by professionals from apps and business world;
  • Ongoing mentoring sessions with industry experts;
  • Assigned Google advisor for each Participant; 
  • Networking opportunities with other startups in your cohort.

Meet our speakers

MODULE 1:  Research and Develop
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Andrey Lipattsev  

Andrey has over 10 years of experience at Google all over the world focusing on improving search and user experience. More about Andrey here.

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Austin Keeble  

Austin is the Founder of Human Robot and Distinguished Faculty Member at General Assembly, a lifelong learner and student. More about Austin here.

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Mariusz Gasiewski  

Mariusz is leading mobile gaming initiatives at Google in Warsaw and support growth of its mobile gaming ecosystem. More about Mariusz here.

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Olena Figurna

Lena, Google Principal Analytical Lead, analyzes big data and extractes actionable analytics for clients.
More about Lena here.

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Sergey Bogoslovskiy

Sergey is R&D Officer at Genesis Tech and CEO at Evercon with expertise in product development and startup management. More about Sergey here.

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Yaroslav Stepanenko  

Yaroslav. is Ph.D., creative, entrepreneurial and customer-centric product marketing professional.
More about Yaroslav here.

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Alexandr Galkin

Alexandr, Co-Founder & CEO of Competera, is experienced in product development and management. More about Alexandr here.

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Marko Petkovic

Marko is the founder & CEO of Peaksel with 14 years of experience in creating and marketing digital products as an entrepreneur. More about Marko here.

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Oleh Kolomiets

Oleh is Engineering manager, Android Tech Lead at Uptech with 5+ years of hands-on experience in different industies. More about Oleh here.

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Andriy Bas

Andriy is an engineer and entrepreneur, passionate about building products. Co-founder & CEO at Plai, co-founder at Uptech. More about Andriy here.

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Andrii Bereznikov

Andriy is Customer Engineer at Google Cloud Platform who helps CEE clients to achieve their Cloud business goals. More about Andrii here.

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Sergei Sokolenko

Sergei is leading Product Management for Streaming Analytics at Google.Earlier he worked for Amazon and Microsoft. More about Sergei here.

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Oles Petriv

Co-founder and CTO at Reface, researcher and developer of computer vision and natural language processing systems. More about Oles here.

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Ksenia Butyrina

Ex-Lead Product Designer at Livingston Research, Lecturer and Mentor at Projector, and a UX Consultant. More about Ksenia here.

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Max Samorukov

Chief Products Officer at Crazy Panda & CEO/Founder at AppMagic. Expert in the mobile apps market, analytics & traffic management.  More about Max here


MODULE 2:  Connect and Engage Users
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Andriy Umansky

Andriy is Product Manager at, obsessed with consumer value & product-oriented engineering. More about Andriy here.

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Julia Petryk

Julia is the PR & Media Manager at MacPaw with 10+ years' experience in digital marketing and online communications. More about Julia here.

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Dmytro Sorokin

Dmytro is Project Manager Officer and Product Owner at pdfFiller, airSlate, Inc. with vast marketing experience. More about Dmytro here.

Alex Grach photo

Alex Grach

Head of Sales in AppsFlyer, responsible for commercial strategy in EMEA, who has broad experience in sales and marketing roles. More about Alex here.

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Oleksandr Akymenko

Entrepreneur and consultant, co-founder of a consultancy “Yes&Design” and “Platformedia” publishing company. More about Oleksandr here.

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Vera Karpova

With 7 years of experience in analytics of applications, now Vera is as a product owner of an analytical platform devtodev. More about Vera here.

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Eugene Plokhoj

Product manager in Readdle with 10+ years of experience. Active member of the IT community and a startup mentor. More about Eugene here.

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Valentin Rudnitsky

Google Senior Account Manager, who partners with CEE leading gaming studios and focuses on acquisition and app growth. More about Valentin here.

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Sergii Bratusov

Industry Head with focus on YouTube solutions with 20+ years branding expertise of running B2C & B2B marketing and sales in the biggest companies. More about Sergii here.

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Max Machkasau

Partnerships and Business Development Lead for Google Assistant in EMEA. Earlier he was a tech m&a management consultant in Silicon Valley. More about Max here.


MODULE 3:  Scale your business
Ekaterina Dudinskaya photo

Ekaterina Dudinskaya

Passionate performance marketer with 6+ years experience working with both gaming and non-gaming mobile products. More about Katya here.

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Denis Valvachov

15 years in the financial sector. Head of the Quarter Partners Business Development Unit with MBA from LBS. More about Denis here.

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Anna Petrova

2+ years at Google in the development of Google Ads clients and consultancy on mobile applications for the CEE region. More about Anna here. 

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Orest Bavda

Product Marketing Manager with 3+ yers in Google. Now Orest leads CEE AppDev Marketing and Pay Marketing for UA. More about Orest here. 

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Margaret Kuleta

Mobile Growth Lead at Google, partnering with high potential studios from NRN and CE Europe to grow their business. More about Margaret here.

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Sergey Sharov

.CEO & co-founder at ASOdesk, co-founder at Angle Connect, ASO Expert, from 2013 works at App Store Optimization. More about Sergey here.

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Yaroslav Morozov

CEO of Universe, company specialized on utilities for iOS, with vast experience in subscriptions monetization. More about Yaroslav here.

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Pavel Kamyshov

10+ years of experience in lead IT companies as QA, QA Lead, Agile Project Manager, Scrum Master и Agile Coach. More about Pavel here.

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Stan Kharevich

Since 2011, Project Manager for Localization at Alconost with 100+ projects in portfolio. Currently, Team Lead. More about Stan here.

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Anna Zanevskaya

Team Lead of the team of vendor managers and localization managers in Alconost, proffesional translator. More about Anna here.

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Sergey Grynchevsky

Google Cloud Field Sales Representative in Ukraine, who helps client grow their business with Google solutions. More about Sergey here.

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Anastasiya Bortnyk

Industry Manager in Google responsible for the development of the gaming industry clients in Eastern Europe. More about Anastasiya here.

Demo Day
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Lesley Ross
Enjoy The Work

15 years as an operator in growth and analytics roles with the last 7 years as a startup advisor and Google For Startups mentor, while holding multiple COO positions for startups at various stages. Founder of Quantified Ardor. Mentor of Demo Day Preparation. More about Lesley here.

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Denis Valvachov
Quarter Partners

15 years in the financial sector. Currently Head of the Quarter Partners Business Development Unit. He received an MBA from London Business School & certificate of recognition Regent Business School. Speaker in Module 2 Growth Academy More about Denis here.

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Tim Kogan

Investment professional with over 10 years of experience in M&A, direct investments, and corporate development. Advises owners of mid and large-cap companies, serving as Board Member at MEGOGO and also running KOGAN KRAVETS. More about Tim here.

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Oskar Stachowiak

Partner at The Untitled Ventures. Oskar works directly with portfolio companies on international expansion. Earlier an institutional investor at Daiwa Securities and Lusight Research (Goldman Sachs), focusing on emerging markets. More about Oskar here.