GEW Belarus became part of the Global entrepreneuship movement for the 3rd time this year.
Hundreds of entrepreneurs came to the newly opened Startup Hub IMAGURU to share common problems and achievements, experience, independent points of view. GEW again inspired Belarus for taking active steps towards the development of entrepreneurship in our country.
GEW was opened traditionally by Minister of Economy Nikolai Snapkou. GEW was honored to host at the opening such guests as The Ambassador of Great Britain in Belarus Bruce Bucknell , Chargé d' Affaires in Belarus Ethan Goldrich and the head of the regional office of IFC in Ukraine and Belarus Rufat Alimardanov. The list of celebrities from Business world is even hard to ennumerate.
A lot of topics at GEW-2013 were totally new for Belarus.
For the first time in Belarus was raised the topic of accelerators. Why do we need to accelerate? The topic was discussed together with the representatives of the accelerators around the globe Ken Leaver, EAST LABS, USA/Ukraine, Tania Marinich, TECHMINSK, Belarus, Rick Rasmussen, NEST GSV, USA will discuss this topic and Tak Lo, TECHSTARS, UK.
Topic of Design Thinking was also new to Belarus. The experts on Design Thinking Linda Hickman (London School of Economics) and Oliver Kempkens (Innovation management, SAP) raised a great interest to this new for Belarus notion of Design Thinking and couldn’t stop appearing at the top pages of Belarusian media during the whole week.
Other interesting topics discussed at GEW Belarus included “Investing in Alternative / Advanced Energy and Efficiency. Challenges and Opportunities”, “Innovation as a strategy for the development of the national economy”, and “Brain Drain. Should we fear?” Panel discussions, master classes, competitions - III International Forum of entrepreneurship was brimming with action.
This year BEL.BIZ also tried its best to bridge the gap between universities and business world and held the University Day. It was the day we gather University professors, managers, students and other representatives from academic community from US and Europe to discuss the hot issues and current problems the startup world faces at University level.
The culmination of the University Day was BEL.BIZ Battle - the first in Belarus international competition of Startups, in which startups from 15 countries took part to struggle for the main prize - study trip to Sillicon Valley.
Business Communication Center BEL.BIZ expresses gratitude to its partners and participants for their support and indispensable assistance. This week was great and next is going to be even greater!