Semyon Dukach and Eveline Buchatskiy launched One Way Ventures last year to invest in immigrant tech entrepreneurs. Their work is driven by the belief that all people are entitled to equal opportunity, regardless of where they were born; that immigration is a formative, empowering and entrepreneurial experience; and that the resilience and grit of immigrant founders drive extraordinary results.
Their motto is “for immigrants by immigrants.” Semyon came to the U.S. as a refugee from the Soviet Union, and became a tech entrepreneur and angel investor in Boston after earning his master’s degree from MIT. Eveline left her native Brazil at the age of 19 and lived in the U.S. and Luxembourg before settling in Ukraine. She expected to spend the rest of her life there, but the Russian invasion and war forced her to leave with her husband and children.
In Ukraine, she had launched Eastlabs, a prominent accelerator that jump-started tech entrepreneurship in the region. “It was devastating to see everything shattered almost overnight,” she recalls. “I came to Boston determined to help Ukrainian tech entrepreneurs succeed globally and overcome this difficult period. From that point, the scope expanded to invest in talent from anywhere, who has gone through the formative unique experience of leaving their home country to innovate, build, and generate wealth and social well-being in the U.S. So One Way Ventures was born.”
Prior to starting their fund, Semyon and Eveline had worked together at Techstars Boston, where they sourced, invested and nurtured over 50 prominent local and international startups. They make a formidable team: Semyon has been supporting startups in Boston for many years, with angel investments in more than 100 companies, including Quanergy, Amino Apps and Wanderu; he has also co-founded several companies. Before starting Eastlabs, Eveline had served as CEO of the media company Ekonomika and the clean-tech company APCT; she has also worked in the oil and gas sector.
For recognizing the power of immigrant entrepreneurship, and nurturing global talent in Massachusetts with skill, generosity and grace, we are thrilled to honor Semyon Dukach and Eveline Buchatskiy tonight.