Supervisory Board

Supervisory Board is comprised of a dynamic group of highly recognized professionals with diverse backgrounds, looking to transform the entrepreneurial landscape in Belarus. Among TechMinsk Supervisory Board members there are distinguished individuals and experts in the field of business, investment, technology and innovations, Startup development, and international relations.

The Supervisory Board is entitled to advise the management body of the Schoolinter alia on the strategic vision and current performance. In fulfilling its duties, the Supervisory Board should be guided by the interests of TechMinsk and its activity.

TechMinsk management interacts with the members of the Supervisory Board on a regular basis with regard to relevant questions relating to the School’s activity, strategy and new products and courses. The members of the Supervisory Board may also assist TechMinsk of their own free will in carrying out its activity by means of e.g. recommending particular individuals/companies as tutors, mentors or investor for the School.


Tania Marinich | TechMinsk co-founder and Head of Supervisory Board

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Tania is CEO and co-founder of BEL.BIZ, a fast moving company with global perspectives developing the Startup and entrepreneurship ecosystem in Belarus. In 2013 Tania founded TechMinsk, international program for tech startups.

Prior to BEL.BIZ Tania spent 8 years with the International Finance Corporation leading various projects for private sector development within IFC advisory activities.

Tania graduated with honors from Minsk Linguistic University, she holds a M.A. with honors in International Economics from Belarusian Economic University, and received her International Executive MBA degree from Madrid IE Business School.

paul_bragiel-croppedPaul Bragiel | Managing Partner at i/o ventures

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Serial entrepreneur and investor. Managing partner and co-founder of i/o ventures, an early stage startup accelerator based in San Francisco. One of the authors of Game Programming Gems 4. Former founder and CEO of:

Lefora, a product bringing forums into the 21st century, proudly hosting over 100,000+ unique communities.
Meetro, the first location based social network.
Paragon Five, a game development studio specializing in console and mobile content with offices in Chicago and Krakow, Poland.

Paul speaks regularly around the world about entrepreneurship, tech policy, early stage funding & incubators. He has also been known to serve as a liaison for foreign companies looking to establish operations in Silicon Valley.


Jeff Hoffman | Partner & CoFounder at ColorJar, member of the international advisory boards of Global Entrepreneurship Week


Jeff Hoffman is a serial entrepreneur and internationally recognized innovator who has been a founder and CEO in a number of startups and high growth companies, including,, and ColorJar. Jeff writes a regular column on innovation and entrepreneurship for Inc. Magazine, and works with the White House, the Executive Office of the President, and the US State Department, to support business and economic growth initiatives all over the world.

Jeff serves on the international advisory boards of Global Entrepreneurship Week (the Kauffman Foundation), the APEC Startup Initiative (21 member nations), JumpStart, and the US State Department’s GIST program (Global Innovation through Science and Technology),

Jeff recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Collegiate Entrepreneurship Organization for his contributions to the field of entrepreneurship, as well as being inducted into the Hall of Fame by the National CEO Council, and receiving the 2012 Champion of Entrepreneurship Award from Rising Tide Capital and JP Morgan Chase. Jeff has twice been honored as one of the 25 Most Influential Executives in Travel and Tourism Worldwide.

Jeff is an internationally recognized motivational speaker, having spoken at conferences and events in 2012 in South America, Europe, Eastern Europe, Asia, Southeast Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Jeff is also a featured business expert seen on Fox News, CNN, CNBC, ABC, and featured in publications including Forbes and the Wall Street Journal.

hrishHrish Lotlikar | Managing Partner at EastLabs, venture capital seed accelerator fund


Hrish is a founding Managing Partner of EastLabs, a seed stage venture capital fund based in Kyiv, Ukraine.  He is also a Director at Startup Labs, a seed stage venture capital fund based in San Francisco, California, investing in emerging markets around the world.  He is also a Mentor at TechPeaks, an information technology accelerator based in Trento, Italy.

Prior to Eastlabs, Hrish Lotlikar served as Vice President at Spencer Trask Ventures, where he sourced, analyzed, and executed investments in internet, biotechnology, health care, consumer/retail, telecommunications, and media.  His past investments include,,, Prescient Medical, Precyse Technologies, Prolor Biotech (PBTH), Retaligent Solutions and UFoodGrill (UFFC). Previously, he was an investment banker at HSBC Securities in New York, and at UBS Investment Bank in investment banking/M&A and in global business development at management consulting firm Aon Hewitt.  Hrish earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Pre-Med from Rice University, a Master of Public Health and MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from the University of Illinois at Chicago. A U.S. Congressional Scholar, Hrish Lotlikar served as a Board Member of the New York Executive Forum, and is a member of the New York City Venture Connection and the New York Private Equity Network.


Olga Shcherbina | IFC country representative, Belarus


Olga has been working for the International Finance Corporation since 2005. Prior to her work as the country office head, Olga was the Project manager for Food Safety Project based in Minsk. Olga has got her BA with honors from Minsk State Linguistic University and MBA degree from the University of Mississippi, USA. She has been actively involved in IFC investment activities in Belarus and the region. Olga is passionate about startups and SMEs which would play a pivotal role in private sector development in Belarus.




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