We founded Imaguru 7 years ago as a community of people who value freedom and entrepreneurial ambition. Hundreds of startup founders were raised at Imaguru, participated in our events including Global Entrepreneurship Week Belarus, graduated, and got funding from TechMinsk accelerator. Many of them have built super successful startups in the international market including 80days, GanttPro, Trackduck, Pandadoc, Friendlydata. One of the biggest success stories out of Belarus is MSQRD app which was acquired later by Facebook and which originally started at our joint Imaguru/Garage48 hackathon in Minsk!
Together with talented and inspired Belarusians, we were building Belarus startup community known for its fantastic hardworking tech talent. We were always proud and inspired by the amazing stories of global brands originated in Belarus including Viber, Wargaming, EPAM, and many others.
Today everything that was built by the community, our successes and achievements are undermined, and the talent pool and its future is in danger. Our country Belarus is living through the toughest period in its history. People stand up for freedom, human rights, and dignity. The protest is being suppressed by excessive brutal force. Imaguru tech team lead Pavel was detained along with hundreds of tech sector employees, startup founders, and investors including Kirill Golub, Yury Shlaganau, among others. 16-year-old Miron Vitushka, Teenguru alumnus, was detained and beaten non-stop over 6 hours.
All this is shocking, extreme violence, excessive force used by the police and special forces are not acceptable in the 21 century. This is genocide against Belarus citizens. We believe that only free, open-minded, talented people can build innovation, grow great companies, and change their country. These are the values Belarus is fighting for right now.
We call on all our international friends to support Belarusians in our fight for a free future.
Violence against peaceful protesters should be stopped. Join us in raising your voice about Belarus. Just spread this message in your social media and among your community members.
All victims need medical, psychological and financial support. We support raising funds initiatives for the victims of violence, police brutality and repressions in Belarus. Please join the initiative of Mikita Mikado and Nikolay Oreshkin, prominent Belarusians and the representatives of Silicon Valley, and donate.
All political prisoners should be released. If you are connected to any opinion leaders, influencers and politicians in your country, please urge your government to recognize the fact that Belarusians have elected a new president and are fighting for their choice.
Imaguru Startup Hub is providing free space, mentorship and support to all startups affected and wanting to continue their business activity. We enable access to startups and their families to legal and medical assistance at any time they might need it. If you are a community builder, investor or mentor and want to support Belarus startups, please contact us, we are open to new initiatives to support founders locally and globally.
Imaguru keeps opening new international opportunities to the community. Spread the information around the world about Build4Belarus hackathon results in Belarus online event at Latitude59 (https://www.facebook.com/Latitude59) and other initiatives of Imaguru and StartupBelarus community to support startups and tech talents.
During these challenging times for Belarus, we remain committed to our values and principles of freedom, empathy, and entrepreneurial ambition. Imaguru continues its mission to support Belarusian entrepreneurs fighting for freedom, open up new opportunities for talented founders and teams, and connect them to global markets.