Ukrainian startup Esper Bionics receives a $150k grant from USAID

Ukrainian startup Esper Bionics, which produces technologically advanced bionic limbs, has received a $150,000 grant from the United States Agency for International Development program “Competitive Economy of Ukraine” (USAID). The grant was announced during the visit of the US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.

About Esper Bionics

  • Esper Bionics is an engineering and technical company that manufactures bionic prosthetics. The headquarters of the company is located in New York, and the engineering, design, and production units are located in Kyiv.
  • Esper Hand bionic prosthetics use artificial intelligence and cloud data storage. In 2022, it was featured on the cover of the Times as one of the best inventions of mankind. “It was a pleasant shock,” Anna Belevantseva, co-founder and COO of Esper Bionics, shared the editor of AIN.UA her reaction.
  • In May 2022, the company launched the Esper for Ukraine program, which allows Ukrainian veterans to receive Esper Hand prostheses for free, and also provides amputees with support during prosthetics and prosthetic use.

The grant details

The allocation of the grant was announced during the visit of the US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, when the civil servant, together with the US Special Representative for Economic Recovery of Ukraine Penny Pritzker and the US Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget Brink, came to the Esper Bionics production in Kyiv.

The head of Esper Ukraine and strategic relations at Esper Bionics Bohdan Diorditsa said that the grant will be used to upgrade the Kyiv production, hire employees and purchase highly specialized software.