Andriy: 'Hyko the little polar bear'

Andriy Shmyhelskyy, start-up entrepreneur.
Andriy‚Äč"We are busy with crowdfunding and it is going very well. We can almost start with the actual production of Hyko! The Ukranian Andriy Shmyhelskyy sounds enthusiastic when he speaks of his 'unborn child". But who is Hyko?

Andriy has been living  in the Netherlands since January 2014, where he has been busy setting up his own company that focuses on energy conservation. Andriy: "My product is called Hyko and is a little polar bear that is connected to the electricity network. He instantly makes the energy use visible by changing colours: The more electricity is being used, the redder Hyko becomes."

Ice cubes

To make energy saving more fun, you get feedback and can collect a reward in the shape of ice cubes via the Hyko World App on your smartphone or tablet.

In addition, there is an interactive children's book on the iPad about Hyko the little polar bear, in which he explains to children what the effect of their energy use is on the climate.
Andriy: "By the simple story and the playful effect of the little bear, children and their parents learn to use energy economically."

Start-up residence permit

In March 2015, Andriy received his residence permit based on the start-up scheme.  This residence permit gives him the possibility to create Hyko. After that year, he can apply for a residence permit as a self-employed person.

Ice price

Hyko the little polar bear has already won Andriy his first prize. "Recently I won the Ben & Jerry's Join Our Core 2015 award. I was able to invest the prize money in my own company. I hope to place Hyko in production before the summer and then distribute broadly."

In March 2015, Andriy received his residence permit based on the start-up scheme.  This residence permit gives him the possibility to create Hyko. After that year, he can apply for a residence permit as a self-employed person.

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