Dinner +


Business Stars

Meet extraordinary people, exchange ideas and celebrate the Ukrainian business community in Tampa Bay

Location Icon

August 24, 2024

6:30 pm to 9 pm

Tampa Mariott Water Street


Ukrainian Business Stars: Dinner and Showcase will introduce the most prominent entrepreneurs of Ukrainian origin to the broader business community in Tampa Bay.

Among the invitees are members of the media, community leaders, and elected officials.

Join us for an evening of powerful insights, thought-provoking conversations, and stunning performances .

Vlad Kytainyk

Ukrainian entrepreneur, philanthropist,

and a devoted father

Vlad Kytainyk, the CEO and Founder of Kitrum and Whales Ventures hails from Kharkiv.

Alongside running his two companies, which collectively employ 400 individuals, Vlad has shown immense generosity by donating over 10 million Ukrainian hryvnias to support the Armed Forces of Ukraine since the onset of the war.

In 2022, Kitrum was ranked #50 on the Inc. 5000 list of America's Fastest Growing Companies, and in 2023, it achieved the #8 ranking in The Americas' Fastest-Growing Companies by the Financial Times.

Johannes Lichtman’s debut novel, Such Good Work, was chosen as a 5 Under 35 honoree by the National Book Foundation. His second novel, Calling Ukraine, is a “biting comedy” (Vanity Fair) “with a complete mastery of tone” (Library Journal) and “a welcome reminder of the humor and wit that … pervades Ukrainian culture even now” (New York Times), was published in April.

His stories and essays have appeared in Tin House, The Sun, Travel + Leisure, Los Angeles Review of Books, Oxford American, and elsewhere.

He lives in Washington, DC.

Vsiudysvoia (Uliana Malyniak)

is a Ukrainian singer and songwriter known for her distinctive blend of indie-pop-folk sounds and captivating, often political, lyrics exploring themes of resilience, love, and self-discovery.

Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Uliana and her partner, Ukrainian hip-hop performer Vova ZiLvova, have been touring the world with charity concerts to unite the Ukrainian community, raise funds and rally support for Ukraine.


Dress Code: Cocktail Attire

Dress Theme: Glory to Ukraine

  • Cocktail reception to the tunes of a Ukrainian DJ on a patio overlooking Tampa Riverwalk
  • Seated three-course dinner by one of Tampa's top executive chefs
  • Self-introductions by participating Ukrainian Business Stars

  • Performance by Ukrainian singer and songwriter Vsiudysvoia
  • Speeches and greetings from Tampa community leaders
  • Insightful conversations and networking
  • Authentic Ukrainian dessert
  • ...and a few surprises

How to Attend

Ukraine Supporter (GA) tickets are available to members of the Tampa business community of all nationalities who #StandWithUkraine and are interested in expanding their network.

Ukrainian Business Star tickets are available to business owners and executives of Ukrainian origin or those who consider themselves Ukrainian.

You may choose to attend the event as a Ukraine Supporter (GA) or as a Ukrainian Business Star.

Ukraine Supporter

(GA) $385

  • Open bar with premium alcohol
  • Three-course seated dinner
  • Ukrainian dessert
  • Inspiring programming, with performances by Ukrainian singers and musicians, headlined by Vsiudysvoia
  • Limited-edition calendar created by a globally-recognized Ukrainian artist WindOnPaper
  • Donation to United Help Ukraine

Ukrainian Business Star

As a Ukrainian, you will receive a comprehensive PR package to promote You and your business before, after, and during the event.

Includes everything in the Ukraine Supporter ticket PLUS:

  • Your business featured in the official event press release distributed to 250+ national publications
  • Personal introductions to journalists specializing in your industry
  • Your business bio drafted and shared with the media
  • Brand presence at the event (table/banner/video)
  • Dedicated time slot during the dinner programming to introduce yourself (2-3 minutes)
  • Listing in our curated Ukrainian Business Directory shared with event attendees


Ready to join,

Business Star?

When you join the event as a Ukrainian Business Star, please find 15 minutes to chat with us.

We will answer your questions, brainstorm story angles, and help you gain the maximum value from the event.

Ukrainian Business Directory:

unveiled soon

  • Our curated directory of Ukrainian Business Stars will be unveiled shortly
  • As a Ukrainian Business Star, your profile will be published on this page, included in the print and pdf versions of the Directory, and distributed among dinner attendees.
  • Apply early to save sufficient time to craft your story.

United Help Ukraine

We will donate 10% of all ticket sales and 100% of all additional contributions to United Help Ukraine.

Since 2014, this volunteer organization has been providing humanitarian, medical, and other assistance to the people of Ukraine affected by the Russian invasion.


Business Stars

Tampa Bay

Discover Ukraine on another level —

an unforgettable experience!

We look forward to seeing you.

August 24, 2024

6:30 pm to 9 pm

Tampa Mariott Water Street

About Us

Ukrainian Business Stars™ is a curated event that celebrates the achievements and contributions of Ukrainian professionals and entrepreneurs in Florida to introduce Ukrainian talent to the broader business community.


Organized by Wits PR, a Tampa communications firm with Ukrainian roots, the event aims to foster collaboration and showcase the diverse talents of the Ukrainian community during one of the most tragic times in the country's history.