Design Upgrade:

transnational capacity building
The project aims to develop creative industries and support talented designers, artists, and technologists.


We are completing international project — European Design Upgrade (EDU) for a community of designers from Ukraine, Belgium, and Finland. Participants of our project implemented their unique concepts and are going to present them at the international level.

Many of the past creations which are now considered commonplace were bold discoveries at the time. Today, the need for design has grown more than ever. There is a demand for new sources of energy and food, the modern ways for the organization of urban life, the creation of new materials, and waste recycling require contemporary solutions. Polluted water and air, the emergence of new diseases, the loneliness of people in the information flow, the rapid development of digital technologies are difficult but important tasks to tackle for our society. Furthermore, K.Fund implemented the project “The increasing of the role of Ukrainian design: the training of Ukrainian designers for participation in the Dutch Design Week 2020” with the financial support of the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation (UKF) under the program “N.O.R.D. Lot 2 Mobility and exchange programs ”. The project is a part of the international program “European Design Upgrade: Transnational Capacity Building”(EDU).

We see a huge potential in the evolution of creativity and design in our country. That is why the K.Fund, together with its Ukrainian partner GoLOCAL, Finnish partner Urban Mill and the Belgian Creative Brussels, successfully conducted the European Design Upgrade educational initiative.

37 talented designers, artists, and technologists from three countries have been learning from the best experts from Belgium, Finland, and Ukraine to combine their professional intuition with knowledge and skills relevant at the international level.

The most interesting 7 concepts from each of the participating countries will be presented at the online international exhibition Dutch Design Week in 17-25 October 2020.

The project is funded by the European Commission, the Agency for Education and Culture, the part of the Creative Europe program, which provides the evolution and progress of the creative and cultural sectors.

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Our team

We have connected a team of cool experts from three countries to change the vision of European design together.

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