Oleg Galtsev, Belarusian programmer and graduate of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) of the U.S. Embassy in Belarus, is launching the first bionics startup in Belarus. The inventor has designed a functional prosthetic right arm for his father, who lost his arm about 20 years ago. The programmer has created a "smart" prosthetic arm that costs  almost 30 times less than an alternative product from Germany.

Minsk will soon have an inclusive theatre for non-mobile people: actors in wheelchairs. The ambitious project is launched by one of the graduates of our 'SEI Youth: My First Business' programme, dedicated to training young people in social entrepreneurship. First workshops on creation of accessible theatre environment in Belarus will be held at the Republican Theatre of Belarusian Drama.

On September 29-30, 2016, an investment forum "Broadening the Horizons: Investment, Finance, development" was first held in Minsk. As noted by Andrey Kabyakou, Prime Minister of Belarus, one of the goals of the event was to establish dialogue between Belarusian authorities and the international community of investors to better understand their apprehensions and wishes, and further improve Belarusian investment policies.

Graduates of our SEI Youth: My First Business programme, where teens are trained in social entrepreneurship, are launching a youth street brand named "Kalяzorki" in Belarus, aiming to popularize Belarusian culture.

The first collection of clothing "To Be Called Human", named after a famous quote from the Belarusian poet Yanka Kupala, will be put on into the market through "MaeSens" crowdfunding platform.

On occasion of the European Mobility Week 2016, a specialized seminar was organized in Minsk dedicated to improvements of the transportation system in accordance with European standards. How to make traveling around the city environmentally friendly, high-speed and comfortable, how to combine different modes of public transportation and how to make city spaces more convenient for the residents.

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