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Kyiv launched a public campaign of Urban Space 500 restaurant

On March 15, the launch of the campaign for the public restaurant Urban Space 500 in Kyiv began – a social enterprise, co-owned by 500 social investors, which will irrevocably invest in the project for $1,000.

The restaurant will be open in 2018 in Kyiv. 80% of the profit generated by the restaurant will be spent on public non-profit projects for Kyiv. Urban Space 500 will be comfortable for people with reduced mobility, friendly for a variety of educational and cultural events, and democratic for different styles of use – from lunch to work meetings or lonely book halls.

In addition to the restaurant and venue for events, Urban Space 500 will have a Urban Space Radio studio, which will professionally tell about urban and community projects. Urban Space 500 will be the first space opened by the prototype and social franchise from the already successful Urban Space 100 in Ivano-Frankivsk.

The model of the institution will combine the social component of the project from NGO "Insha Osvita" in cooperation with "Teple Misto" platform and restaurant management from "DRUZI Cafe & Bar".

Yuriy Fylyuk, head of "Teple Misto" platform: "One of the basic values ​​of “Teple Misto " is openness. We always share our experience if it can be useful to anyone. Urban Space 100 proved to be a cool social innovation with good effects for the city. We received more than 200 applications for the opening of similar spaces in other cities. Therefore, we have developed a social franchise for a project that involves transferring experience to public platforms in other cities, where they will try to combine the necessary number of social investors according to our model, pick up a local management restaurant company, launch a space with its further administration".

Svyatoslav Popov, Urban Space 500 coordinator, NGO "Insha Osvita": "Insha Osvita" sees its mission in creating educational space and new educational opportunities for Kyiv through their support in Urban Space 500. This project will become an example of a space where you can study and work, meet friends and develop. This is an ideological continuation of our passion for innovative models at the intersection of various sectors of society for the sake of its sustainable development".

Svitlana Musii, Managing Company "Druzi": "Our company fully supports the philosophy of sustainable development. We believe that by combining our efforts we are able to launch real changes in our society. For us, participation in this project is an opportunity to make a real, long-term contribution to a good business and realize our potential within a socially responsible business. After 5 years of successful activity in the restaurant market, we have something to share".

Jana Ibrahimova, co-owner of Urban Space 500: "In my understanding, Urban Space as an ideology is part of the mental reform of Ukraine. From paternalism to passionarity, where we are responsible for what we think, do and how we live. From expectations to actions. From privileges to responsibility. This social innovation, assembled in a simple, understandable and efficient mechanism of interaction, is what should become part of the country's cultural, social and entrepreneurial progress".

Urban Space 500 co-founders are encouraged to register at urbanspace500@gmail.com.

Photos: Olga Zarko

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