Global Entrepreneurship Week in Belarus

NOVEMBER 12-18, 2018
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GEW Belarus hosts companies on the cutting edge of innovation and technology that develop unique products.

It is a wonderful opportunity for high-tech companies to showcase their brands and pitch visitors, potential partners and investors on new products. GEW Belarus exhibition is the first marketplace in the country dedicated to innovative and progress-leading companies and to presenting them to international business community and governments at the highest level.

Make your own booth, join the expo and see yourself part of the innovative business community. Gain your personal access to over 5000 potential clients eager to work with you.


GEW Belarus International Entrepreneurship Forum focuses on business development and creation of highly competitive products.

Main scene of BelExpo will host speakers from all over the world representing multinational companies who will share unique stories of business transformation, development of innovative products and company scaling. The content of GEW Belarus is tailor made for the business community and startup ecosystem, it being helpful for companies representing traditional businesses, startups, infrastructure projects of all kinds, same as for new generation of entrepreneurs.

Join the conference, participate in discussions and networking.

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GEW 2018 Agenda

10:00 - 16:00

Franchising: workshop and franchise exhibition

On October 16, the IBB Educational Center organize a free franchise workshop and an exhibition of franchises available for purchase in Belarus. The event will be held as part of the GEW.

The participants will receive the opportunity to understand the intricacies of creating their own business under a franchise agreement, as well as get some practical advices from leading experts and businessmens from Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Spain. In addition, an event will host an exhibition of 20+ franchisor companies.

17:00 - 18:00

Visitors' registration opens

18:00 - 19:00

GEW Belarus Opening Ceremony

Main stage
19:00 - 19:30

Keynote Speech by Ted Zoller, The Entrepreneurship Center, UNC Kenan-Flager Business School (USA)

Ted D. Zoller
Main stage
10:00 - 11:00

Access to Finance for SMEs

Main stage

New financial solutions for small and medium-sized businesses and startups.
Awards ceremony for banks that are partners of international business support programs.
What ways of financial support are there for business?

11:00 - 11:10

Mentor of the Year Award Ceremony

Main stage

A yearly National award that distinguishes Belarusian entrepreneurs who help startups pro bono. Who will
win the Mentor of the Year 2018?

11:10 - 13:00

Business Support

Main stage

Review of latest legal initiatives foreseen to improve the country’s business climate.
Government and business in dialogue. How does it look today?
Review of the regulatory impact.

13:00 - 16:30

Business Transformation

Borja Gonzalez del Regueral
Laura E. Owen
Main stage

Sharing experience in business transformation, innovative development, new markets reach from top companies representing various sectors: Hi-tech, Machinery, FMCG, Beauty, Pulp&Paper etc.

18:00 - 19:00

Startup Section

Andreas Spechtler
Ted D. Zoller
Main stage

Best tools for startup extensive growth.
Breakthrough technologies and market trends.
How business models are changing today and how to remain successful in startup development.

19:00 - 20:00

Belbiz Battle Startup Competition

Main stage

10 semifinalists take part in the battle to win the opportunity of going on startup roadshow to the Great Britain

9:00 - 18:00

The conference. Agri-ecotourism: Territory of Prospects Marriott Hotel

Место проведения: Marriott Hotel Minsk

09:30 - 14:00

Teen Guru Conference. Business Conference for Teenagers

Main stage

Conference where teens themselves are the ones to speak. Conference is focused on: STEM, business,
career orientation, creativity and finding the path.

18:00 - 20:30

Hackathon Final Stage

Main stage
11:00 - 12:30

B Venture. VC Ecosystem in Belarus

B Venture. VC Ecosystem in Belarus
A series of monthly meetings of B Venture is a discussion club on the development of the venture
ecosystem of Belarus, which is created as part of the venture capital industry development program AID-Venture in Belarus.
Together with government employees, lawyers, representatives of international funds, accelerators, incubators, business angels and start-ups, we will discuss how to develop the venture environment in Belarus.
The event is held within the framework of GEW Belarus with the support of USAID Belarus
Imaguru Startup Hub

18:00 - 21:00

National Contest "Entrepreneur of the Year"


SAP Leonardo Hackathon by Velcom

This year, SAP LEONARDO HАSKATHON will be held as part of the GEW Belarus!

The participants of this competition will be able to realize theirs most interesting and innovative ideas using the SAP Leonardo innovation platform. According to the results of the Contest SAP CIS, Velcom and the representatives of the leading enterprises of Belarus will mark the most perspective teams.

The competition was established by SAP CIS with the support of Velcom.

Speakers of the past year

Jon Bradford

Founding Partner of Motive Partners (London, United Kingdom)

Vladislav Solodkiy

CEO – Arival bank (Singapore)

Marvin Liao

Partner at 500 Startups

Sergei Roumas

Prime Minister of Belarus

Janek Rozov

Chief Digital Officer CDO at Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications for Estonia

Bruce Oreck

Former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Finland (Helsinki Area, Finland)

BEL.BIZ Battle International Startup Competition 2018

We invite ambitious startups with a global vision to take a stab at Belbiz Battle which is to be held on GEW 2018 stage on November, 13 in Minsk. Get a chance to participate in Demo Day in London – 5 winners of Belbiz Battle Minsk get straight to London Demo Day! Belbiz Battle competition supports British Embassy in Belarus

If you would like to participate, you should fill in the application form and send 3-minute visual presentation in a slide show format in English. Jury selects 10 semifinalists to participate at Belbiz Battle.

Eight years in Belarus

Mentor of the Year

Dmitry Matveev

Mentor of the year 2017

Aleksandr Chekan

Mentor of the year 2016

Vadim Nareyko

Mentor of the year 2015

Yuri Gurskiy

Mentor of the year 2014

Aleksandr Knyrovich

Mentor of the year 2013

Yuri Zisser

Mentor of the year 2012

Speakers of Global Entrepreneurship Week about GEW

Robert Riley

U.S. Charge d’affaires to Belarus

Когда я думаю об инновациях, я думаю об успешных предпринимателях, которые есть сейчас, которые движутся вперед, не сдаются. И самое главное: они готовы брать на себя риск. Инновационное мышление — это не просто талант, это способ мышления, способ того, как вы подходите к изменениям в экономических аспектах и глобальных изменениях.

Sergei Roumas

Chairman of Management Board @ Development Bank

Очевидно, что подходы, основанные на инновационном мышлении и стратегическом видении перспектив все больше проявляется в совершенствовании инструментов макроэкономического регулирования.

Tobias Jost

Ведущий специалист по дизайн-мышлению в SAP

"GovTech Хакатон действительно прекрасная идея, я однозначно постараюсь воодушевить правительство других стран для реализации этой идеи. Команды BelBiz Events и Imaguru сделали прекрасную работу по организации такой конференции, сбору интересных участников, спикеров и сопровождению всего мероприятия. Я рад видеть в Беларуси такое прекрасное сообщество предпринимателей и надеюсь, я смог сделать вклад в дальнейшее развитие."

Tania Marynich

Co-founder & CEO @ BELBIZ

Инновации — это не всегда изобретение. Это новый подход, новое мышление, все, что позволяет нам сделать иной продукт, улучшить что-то. «Создавая инновации, предприниматели меняют мир так быстро, что политические системы и общественные отношения не всегда успевают за ними.

Janek Rozov

Глава Департамента развития информационного общества Эстонии

"Узнайте проблему. Не решайте какие-то проблемы, которые у вас в голове, потому что эти проблемы никого не волнуют."
GEW Partners 2018
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