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The list of finalists has been announced for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award in Belarus.

Minsk, 10 October 2018

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EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ is a unique international award that was launched in 1986 and has now expanded to 60 countries. This competition recognizes the contribution made by leading entrepreneurs to the global and national economies, promotes entrepreneurship and identifies role models in today’s business world.

Contestants were judged on the basis of their entry forms, interviews with EY staff and personal meetings with a panel of independent judges including Arkadiy Dobkin, Chairman of the Board of Directors of EPAM Systems and winner of the 2014 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in Belarus; Vladimir Ivanov, CEO of Bank VTB CJSC (Belarus); Sergei Novitsky, General Director of Henkel Bautechnik JV LLC; and Oleg Khusayenov, General Director of Zubr Capital, Chairman of the Board of Directors of MAX Atlant-M and winner of the 2009 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in Russia. The following finalists have been selected in the Belarus national round of the competition:

  1. Andrey Balabin, Patio CJSC
  2. Sergey Vainilovich, Triovist LLC
  3. Anton Dmitriyev, Otkrytaya Liniya LLC
  4. Mikhail Doroshevich, Izovac LLC
  5. Alexey Koryagin, Platina Group LLC
  6. Vladimir Linev, ADANI Unitary Enterprise
  7. Ongan Mordeniz, Octonion LLC
  8. Alexander Romanovich, Niva Unitary Enterprise
  9. Andrey Ryzhkov, Honey Family Private Farm
  10. Andrey Smolyar, Intertransavto LLC
  11. Irina Soborova, Geotermateks Private Unitary Production Enterprise
  12. Irina Tereschenko, Iteira Group
  13. Alexander Trizonov, Elema OJSC
  14. Ivan Chura, Top Tour LLC

The winners in each category and the overall winner as 2018 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year in Belarus will be announced at the gala award ceremony on 6 December 2018.

The national winner will represent Belarus in the finals to be held in Monaco in June 2019.

EY would like to remind you that, in addition to financial performance and new jobs created, the selection criteria include innovative business practices, original products, creative marketing and sales solutions, penetration of local and international markets, and talent development and social responsibility programs.

Olga Scherbina, who heads the representative office of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in Belarus, says: “The International Finance Corporation supports the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ in Belarus as its official partner. We are a long-term partner of the private sector in Belarus and a major investor. This year we hope to see women entrepreneurs among the winners. Women entrepreneurs expand the horizons of opportunity for women and help to narrow the gender pay gap. According to IFC data, equal representation of women in business could increase productivity 13%-25% in various fields. Women entrepreneurs are committed to enhancing living standards and opportunities not only for their children, but for society as a whole.”

Li Haixin, General Director of Industrial Park Development Company JV CJSC (Great Stone), notes: “Innovations and entrepreneurship are essential aspects of economic development. This is getting a lot of attention in Belarus, and many special support mechanisms are being created. Our project, the Great Stone Industrial Park, is being built to provide high-tech businesses with enhanced conditions, including a fully prepared site, infrastructure, preferences and product promotion, and this can help the contestants develop further and set even higher goals.”

Pavel Laschenko, EY Belarus Managing Partner and head of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ program in Belarus, says: “I’m very grateful to the members of the independent jury and the finalists for all their fine efforts in previous key stages of the competition. We would also like to thank the Belarus entrepreneurs who weren’t named as finalists this year for showing such interest in the competition. Each of you is making our lives better. Your businesses are focused on the future and inseparably linked to Belarus. You are improving your operations and creating jobs. You value individual contributions as well as team efforts. Together you introduce innovations, undertake social projects and contribute to developing the Belarus economy and creating a positive image of our country. Your success story is the story of Belarus’s success; it provides examples and encouragement for entrepreneurs just starting out and those seeking solutions to complex issues in the world of business. I wish all of you the best of success!”

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About Entrepreneur Of The Year®
Entrepreneur Of The Year® is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in 145 cities in 60 countries. The awards have been held in Russia since 2003, in Kazakhstan since 2007 and in Belarus since 2014. In Belarus, the event is held every two years.

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