13 November 2017
The Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) was started off on November 13, 2017. GEW is a worldwide event for innovators and employers that launch Start-up projects, embody the ideas, map out projects for economic growth and human welfare. Nowadays the Global Entrepreneurship Week is held in more than 160 countries worldwide. Belarus joined GEW in 2011 and became one of 137 countries participating in the largest entrepreneurial initiative around the world. GEW activities in Belarus are coordinated by BELBIZ company.
Among the events, traditionally held by BELBIZ within the framework of GEW, the most prestigious award of Belarusian business community since 2012 is а ‘’Mentor of the Year’’. This award is the confirmation and recognition of an important work done to create, train and support the start-up ecosystem in Belarus. During previous years the winners of this award were the leading entrepreneurs of Belarus: Yuri Zisser (Founder and co-owner of TUT.BY), Alexander Knyrovich (Chairman of the Board of the Business Angels Association and venture investors "BAVIN"), Yury Hurski (IT-entrepreneur), Vadim Nareiko and Alexander Chekan (Chairman of the Board of Directors of TUT.BY).
In 2017, 25 representatives of the business community were nominated for the award. According to the results of voting, the title of "Mentor of the Year’2017" obtained Dmitry Matveyev, partner of Aleinikov&Partners law firm. It was emphasized, that Dmitry has high confidence in the start-up community. The award was presented by Dmitry Matusevich, the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Economy.
Denis Aleinikov took the lead on legal defence of Blitz Team in a dispute with Wargaming, publisher and developer of the world-famous game World of Tanks. Five lawsuits have been brought to the Supreme Court of the Republic of Belarus against Blitz Team employees (former employees of Wargaming’s Minsk office) being sued for US$1.69 million altogether for violating Wargaming's exclusive rights while working on the Open Source project
Aleinikov & Partners, together with the international law firm DLA Piper, represented map service 2GIS (which is a part of the Sber group) in the aquisition of a 47% stake in the statutory fund of Data Delivery LLC, a Belarusian developer of RocketData – a platform for managing online presence and working with business reputation
Aleinikov & Partners has been advising the Development Bank of the Republic of Belarus (DBRB) in drafting a regulatory legal act aimed at amendment of the Belarusian legislation to entitle the DBRB to conduct venture capital financing
Aleinikov & Partners advised StringersHub, a developer of a marketplace that connects professional content creators with the global media outlets, on its $500K seed round from a group of angel investors, members of Angels Band (Belarus), and both venture capital firms Insta Ventures (Cyprus) and Starta Ventures (USA)
Aleinikov & Partners advised Open Line, a Minsk-based leasing company, on issuance of blockchain bonds. Token sale is going to be conducted on the FINSTORE.BY investment platform, which is operated by a subsidiary company of Belvnesheconombank (Bank BelVEB)