The world knows little about Belarusians. We are frequently mistaken for Russians and this is quite understandable: We have successfully forgotten our language, remember our history very selectively, and don’t know how to take pride in the things that we should. But its not all so bad, because the country’s image abroad is in the hands of some very reliable people.
The Belarusian mentality is a topic for much discussion and controversy. Unflattering anecdotes about Belarusians characterize them as overly patient, modest, self-effacing and intimidated. Events in recent years, however, justify greater faith in prosperous development. Some Belarusians, infectious for others, prove that our world is still filled with talented, intelligent, enterprising and original thinking people. BDG has independently rated young Belarusian businessmen who have conquered not only our country, but rocked the rest of the world as well.
1. Timofey Eremeev
Living ten years in the UK, Timofey Eremeev wasted no time organizing the company Permanent, set off last year. Engaged in roofing, but far from mundane, this company has patented its own waterproof, low-cost technology for laying slate. Such innovation has received attention at the highest level, not in Belarus, but in the UK. Queen Elizabeth II herself awarded the BSU graduate the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, one of the most prestigious designations in Britain.
2. Mikita Mikado
Belarusian Mikado co-founded start-up PandaDoc and company Quote Roller in the United States. PandaDoc attracted more than 650 thousand dollars from major investors in 2013 and continues to evolve today. Quote Roller helps to create, send and track quotations. Mikita and his entire team work in Silicon Valley, living in San Francisco.
3. Kirill Chikeyuk
Kirill Chikeyuk together with Artem Savenko launched Kino-mo, the startup that also produced Misty Albion and was recognized by the legendary Richard Branson. The project they offered received 150,000 pounds sterling in the competition “Pitch to Rich”. Both Chikeyuk and Savenko were born in Brest, Belarus and later went to study in the UK, but neither lives in Belarus currently. Their project – an image projected on the wheels of moving bicycles – was highly valued by investors.
4. Victor Sour
Without this name any ranking of Belarusian businessmen is incomplete. Anyone who does not know this businessman’s name can simply name his creation, and everything falls into place. “Wargaming” says it all, especially for gamers. Today wargaming.net develops free-to-play MMOs and gaming support services for different platforms. The most popular games: Operation “Bagration”, Order of War, World of Tanks, World of Warplanes, World of Warships and others. The main center is the company’s development in Minsk, headquartered in Cyprus
5. Victor Prokopenya
Viktor Prokopenya is a founder of VP Capital – a global investment company engaged in a tech sector and real estate assets. In December 2016 Viktor Prokopenya and the Gutseriev family announced that they plan to invest $100 million in the AI sector in Europe.
In 2001 Viktor established Viaden Media. At the beginning, the company focused on software development. Over the time it started to develop mobile apps for various audience groups. Among the successfully released products and services are All-in Fitness, Smart Alarm Clock and Yoga.com.
In 2012 Viktor founded a fintech start-up that acts as a market maker, liquidity provider and developer of algorithmic trading solutions. In 2014 exp(capital) receives a prestigious Belarusian ‘Golden Byte’ award for its achievements in the IT sector. Dev.by named the start-up as the ‘Best IT Company to Work for’.