Local Company and Foundation Named to Prestigious Top 100 USA Entrepreneurs with Ukrainian Origins

Jul 24, 2023 | News

Zenovy, Yurij, and Borys Wowczuk, the founders of Morgantown-based Civil-Military Innovation Institute (CMI2) and the Vovk Foundation, were honored over the weekend as TOP 100 USA Entrepreneurs with Ukrainian Origins at a star-studded event in New York City. The event was hosted by Kateryna Osadcha, host of  “The Voice of Ukraine”, “The Voice Kids”, and “Search for the Missing”, and Yuriy Gorbunov, host of “Dancing with the Stars” and “The Voice Ukraine”.

“We are indebted to the organizers and other sponsors of the event for making it such a tremendous success,” says Vovk Foundation Director Yurij Wowczuk. “The Gala was the perfect venue to formally announce and introduce The Vovk Foundation.  We look forward to continued collaboration as we initiate the foundation’s very important work.”

The Vovk Foundation provides assistance and support to Ukrainians and those of Ukrainian ancestry. Its mission is three-pronged, just like the trident on the Ukrainian coat of arms.

  • Provide opportunities for students, entrepreneurs, engineers, and scientists to advance their scholarship and work in the face of the unjustified and savage invasion of Ukraine by the nation of russian terrorists.
  • Address enormous material losses to scientific and educational infrastructure.
  • Articulate the truth about Ukraine and Ukrainian Nationalism.

The foundation has financed a series of surgeries for Ukrainian soldiers, helped a children’s hospital in Ukraine (through a partnership with Brothers’ Brother) purchase analytic analysis equipment for the critical care of infants, and funded a university scholarship program, in conjunction with the Ukrainian National Womens’ League of America (UNWLA) for students of Ukrainian descent.

The TOP 100 awardees were chosen because of their unique Ukrainian heritage and the innovation and social impact of their business. For more information about Vovk Foundation or to make a donation, please visit vovkfoundation.org. All donations will help ensure the successful reconstruction of Ukraine, a solid future for its citizens and the diaspora, and the preservation and evolution of its storied culture and heritage.


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