With its president ousted, its cities invaded, and its economy shriveling, Ukraine has lately been short on optimism.
Don't tell that to Cornell Law School professor Charles Whitehead.
Where many see a country in crisis, a modern-day stage for a Cold War-era drama, Whitehead sees a blank slate for investors. He is working to bring Western venture capitalism to Ukraine through a unique marketing of untapped research developed at a cluster of universities once known in the Soviet Union as "Science City."
For the past two years, Whitehead has been traveling to Kharkiv, a Ukrainian city just 20 miles from the Russian border, to lecture at Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University.
During those visits, he has worked with a Ukrainian scientist for the past four months to cobble together a constituency of universities, lawmakers and researchers to back his product: A private showing of never-before-seen research that Western and Ukrainian investors can get the first chance to commercialize.
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