Aušrinė Armonaitė opened a Belarusian business start-up centre in Vilnius


2021 10 15


Minister of the Economy and Innovation Aušrinė Armonaitė and Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskayja opened a Belarusian business start-up centre Imaguru in Vilnius; the centre’s space will be used by Belarusian businesses moving to Lithuania.  

A free-thinking and innovative entrepreneur community the Imaguru Startup Centre was closed in Minsk in spring by the Alexander Lukashenko’s regime. Minister Armonaitė has  invited Imaguru to transfer their activities to Lithuania.  

‘Lithuania supports people persecuted by the Belarusian regime and fighting for their freedom. Since many innovative businesses cannot continue working in their country, we aim to create the best possible conditions for them to safely settle and operate in Lithuania. The opening of the Imaguru centre in Vilnius will be another positive boost for moving Belarusian start-ups to Lithuania. I am very happy with this kind of reception,’ Minister says.  

At present, 27 companies in the neighbouring country have relocated their activities to Lithuania. About 1.5 thousand workers and a similar number of their family members received work visas.   

‘Many start-ups are still considering their further prospects in Belarus or have started resettlement processes. Our institutions are ready to help them to do so as soon as possible,’ said Armonaitė.   

This year, the Seimas adopted a relocation legislation package to enable Belarusian businesses to more easily bring employees and their family members and transfer company activities to Lithuania.