Global Entrepreneurship Week in Belarus

NOVEMBER 12-18, 2018
BelExpo For press
  • belbiz
  • bank-razvitiya
  • Gold Partner ifc
  • MERBel
  • Silver Partner belagroprombank
  • Bronze Partner profit_renta
  • Cloud Partner beCloud


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 Conference 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.

GEW 2018 Agenda

17:00 - 18:00

Doors Open GEW Belarus

18:00 - 18:30

GEW Belarus Expo Overview


Start of GEW Belarus Hackathon

GEW Belarus hackathon is a 48-hour competition for tech talents who are encouraged to take a challenge from international companies and prepare a new solution for a business within 2 days at GEW Belarus.
Dates: 12.11.2018 – 14.11.2018

Learn more

09:00 - 19:00

International Entrepreneurship Forum

International Entrepreneurship Forum is a key event of Global Entrepreneurship Week which unites all the ecosystem builders and innovation endeavors, business owners and startups, international organizations and policy makers to drive a super evolution of business community. Please look through our agenda below and join both the Forum and GEW Belarus Expo

09:00 - 10:00


10:50 - 11:00

Award Ceremony of Development Bank Partner Program

11:00 - 11:30

Coffee break

11:30 - 14:15

Round table on the topic: “Startup Movement in Belarus at the stage of digital economic transformations: challenges, threats and opportunities"

1. Key problems of the startup movement development at the present stage: what prevents start-ups movement become a driver of the economic growth.

2. The potential and structure of the startup movement: key stakeholders.

3. Trends and development prospects of the  startups movement.

4. The role of the state in ensuring quality transformation of the startup movement during the digital age.

12:30 - 13:30

Master class "Transformation of business models based on blockchain technology.

The concept of using blockchain technologies in the Republic of Belarus” (Alexey Vorobey, Director of Blockchain Mint, Chairman of the Board of the Distributed Registries Association)

13:30 - 14:00

Lunch Break

14:00 - 14:30

Keynote Speech by Ted Zoller

How to set up a startup company? The top-notch expert Dr. Zoller oversees Launch Chapel Hill, a new venture lab that supports University teams that are moving to the marketplace.

14:00 - 15:00

Master class "Crypto Security"

Grigory Vasilkov, Member of the Council of Experts of the Association of Distributed Registries Technology

14:30 - 15:20

How do private equity funds. Case "Zubr Capital"

Nikita Krilevich, investment manager Zubr Capital

16:00 - 17:00

Programs of the US Department of Commerce, which can help Belarusian companies to find supplier partners in the US

16:10 - 16:40

Coffee break

16:15 - 16:45

Business angels of Belarus: who and how helps start-ups to attract investment in the early stages.

CEO, co-founder of Aheadworks, Co-founder of the Belarusian business angels network BBAN, Co-founder of the Lithuanian business angel network LitBAN

16:40 - 17:00

Big Trends in the UK Tech Investment Scene

Breakthrough technologies and market trends.
How business models are changing today and how to remain successful in startup development.

17:00 - 18:00

Belbiz Battle Startup Competition

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


Award Ceremony. Networking

GEW Belarus Speakers

Sergei Roumas

Prime Minister of Belarus

Jenifer H. Moore

U.S.Chargé d'affaires

Andrea Wiktorin

Head Of EU Delegation In Belarus

Fionna Gibb

British Ambassador to Belarus

Tatiana Marinich

Founder & CEO @ Belbiz, Imaguru (Belarus)

Olga Shcherbina

Head of Office, IFC Belarus

Alex Kremer

Country Manager for Belarus of World Bank

Ted D. Zoller

Director at the Entrepreneurship Center, Kenan-Flager Business School (USA)

Alex Sozonoff

Chairman at Victor; Ex-senior adviser at Hewlett Packard

Will Cardwell

General Partner at Courage Ventures Funds; Co-founder, Aalto Center for Entrepreneurship (ACE)

Tatiana Sosnovskaya

The Chairman of the Management Board of the Development Bank

Pavel Bocharnikov

Investor, entrepreneur, owner of a group of companies in the field of construction and IT-technologies (,

Pierre Yurow

Serial entrepreneur; Founder; Angel Investor

Nick Jones

Early Stage Investor, Founder, Tech Enthusiast

Dmitry Krutoy

Minister of the Economy of the Republic of Belarus

Dmitry Matveyev

Partner, «Aleinikov & Partners» law firm

Laura E. Owen

Founder and CEO at UpSkill, LLC

Alena Sviryd

Head of Research and Design of integrated systems department , RUERE ’Software Applied Systems Institute’

Piotr Arushanyants

General Director of the Belarusian Fund for Financial Support to Entrepreneurs

Irina Makarenko

Director of CUE "Vitebsk Regional Marketing Center"

Irina Babachenok

Director of the Department for Entrepreneurship of the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Belarus

Sergey Naidovich

General Director of MAP ZAO Incubator of Small Business

Jason Pellmar

IFC regional head for Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova

Dmitry Krasovsky

Deputy Director of the Department for Entrepreneurship of the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Belarus

Konstantin Zapoliansky

Investment director, Zubr Capital

Dmitry Spichenok

Lead product manager, beCloud

Alexander Skrabovsky

Руководитель Social Weekend, председатель правления The Global Compact Network Belarus

Cyril Golub

CEO, co-founder of Aheadworks, Co-founder of the Belarusian business angels network BBAN, Co-founder of the Lithuanian business angel network LitBAN

Anton Kulichkin

Член совета экспертов Ассоциации «Технологии распределенных реестров», ICO adviser , бизнес-ангел

Maria Lemeza

CEO, SMAR Solutions

Ksenia Kosacheva

Head of Small and Medium Business.

Igor Tsyrtkov

Head of Banking Services Center №10

Konstantin Zhuravsky

Co-founder of the start-up movement of Belarus, the developer of the methodology and the speaker of the conference on the preparation of effective presentations "Presentation.Today", the creator of the Igrika brand.

Rimma Epur

Director of the Small Business Incubator of the CUE Youth Social Service

Andrey Khvalko

The head of the company "Electronic Systems and Services", which owns the trade mark of the service "Хуткі Грош"

Niina Gromov

Consultant, Accenture

Oksana Zaretskaya

Cultural expert, etiquette specialist.

Ilya Grozov

Инженер-программист, Rozum Robotics

Nella Kazaryan

Создатель карты #войтивайти

Nikolay Kornilov

Участник стартапов Beat-Buy, CreditChain, EventGuru, Голос Будущего

Vadim Bobkov

Автомоделист, победитель конкурса «Таланты XXI века» и «Техноинтеллект»

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

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

Yuliya Kavetskaya

Mentor of the year 2018

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

When I think about innovations, I think about successful entrepreneurs who are now here, who are moving forward, don’t give up. And most importantly: they are willing to take the risk. Innovative thinking isn't just talent, it is a way of thinking, a way you approach changes in economic aspects and global changes.

Sergei Roumas

Chairman of Management Board @ Development Bank

Obviously, the approaches, based on innovative thinking and a strategic vision of the prospects, are increasingly manifested in the improvement of macroeconomic regulation tools.

Tobias Joest

Expert on Design Thinking, Strategy, innovation management and education in SAP, Germany

GovTech Hackathon is a really great idea, I will definitely try to inspire the government of other countries to implement this idea. The BelBiz Events and Imaguru teams did an excellent job of organizing such a conference, gathering interesting participants, speakers, and accompanying the entire event. I am glad to see such an excellent business community in Belarus and I hope I could make a contribution to further development.

Tania Marynich

Co-founder & CEO @ BELBIZ

Innovation isn't always an invention. This is a new approach, a new way of thinking, everything that allows us to make a different product, to improve something. Creating innovations, entrepreneurs change the world so quickly that political systems and social relations don’t always keep up with them.

Janek Rozov

Head of the Department of Information Society Services Development, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications of Estonia

Find out the problem. Don't solve any problems that you have in your head, because these problems don't bother anyone.
GEW Partners 2018
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