KNEU Centre for Entrepreneurship (KCfE) is a hub with a remit to conduct high quality research in the field and to engage externally with the local business community and public organisations.

The KCfE co-ordinates and conducts a range of activities, including the provision of extracurricular initiatives (ranging from the Business Incubator and the IDEAFEST Student Business Idea Competition). KCfE also offers its students the opportunity to learn, pursue placements and projects and improve their employability.


Spark x KNEU” is a joint initiative of a world-leading Henley Business School and a leading economic and business institution in Ukraine - Kyiv National Economic University named after Vadym Hetman (KNEU) will co-develop new entrepreneurship programmes and initiate research activities to improve entrepreneurship ecosystems in Kyiv.

In order to create an entrepreneurship education ecosystem at KNEU, Henley and KNEU Centre for Entrepreneurship commitment is required at transferring a number of HCfE initiatives to KNEU and adjusting them to the local entrepreneurship needs. As a part of the Centre for Entrepreneurship at KNEU, the English Learning Programme will be established focused on English for entrepreneurship and management. The Program will include new digital learning platforms, online courses and new MOOC courses using the materials provided by the British Council


The main project objective is a continuous and sustainable engagement of students, graduates and young entrepreneurs across the variety of entrepreneurship courses and extracurriculum activities with external stakeholders on science, arts, and knowledge commercialisation.


Our team 


Prof Andrew Godley

- Academic Director for the Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship

- Professor of Management and Business History

- Associate Dean, International

Research interests: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, International Business, Business History

Dr Maksim Belitski

Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Henley Business School, University of Reading

Research Interests: creativity, entrepreneurial ecosystems, e-leadership strategies, Innovation and competitiveness

Jurek Sikorski

- Executive Director of Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship and Director of Henley Business Angels Ltd

- Entrepreneur in Residence at London Business School 

- Launched several initiatives at HBS including the IDEAFEST Business Idea Competition, Business Idea Clinic

Research interests: business development, business planning, corporate development, customer generation, development and retention, digital marketing, executive coaching, going to market, market access, marketing planning, marketing research, M&A, key account management, presentation skills etc.

Dr Antoniuk Larysa

- Vice – Rector for research at Kyiv National Economic University named after Vadym Hetman

- Director of the Institute of Higher Education 

Research Interests: international competitiveness of stakeholders of international economic relations, international investment activity, national innovation systems, venture business

Cherkas Nataliia

- Ph.D. in Economics

- Fellow at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena 

Research interests: economic development, transition economics, foreign trade structure, business environment

Tsyrkun Olena

 Director of the Institute of English-Taught Programs

Research interests: the introduction of innovative technologies into the teaching of a foreign language

Khlystova Olena

-PhD Student at KNEU and Visiting Fellow at the University of Reading, Henley Business School 

Research Interests: entrepreneurship ecosystems, academic entrepreneurship, knowledge commercialization, innovation