Belarusians win the best start-ups competition, to get $230,000 for development

Belarusians win the best start-ups competition, to get $230,000 for development

A project by Belarusians Artem Stavenko and Kirill Chikeyuk was ranked first at a prestigious competition for the best start-ups in the world run by the company Virgin owned by billionaire Richard Branson.


Artem Stavenko and Kirill Chikeyuk


Richard Branson

Belarusians presented a 2D projector, which can display videos with 3D effects.  The technology of this kind existed before, but Kirill and Artyom improved it and made several times cheaper. The image on the projector can be fed from your computer or mobile phone. Major advertising campaigns are already interested in the project.

Competition was incredible. Only nine contestants made it to the final, out of 2,500 projects initially submitted.

Kirill and Artem moved to England in 2008 after graduating from Belarusian universities. Their goal was to continue in doctoral studies at Oxford (Biomedical Engineering) and University College London (political economy).

A few years ago Artem and Kirill made another incredible commercial success. In 2012, the boys took part in a British television show and won nearly $150,000 for the implementation of their own project. 

The Belarusians presented a project on the use of bicycle wheels as an advertising medium.  The rotation of the wheels creates a kind of light display on which any text and images can be uploaded.