EnCata (Engineering Catalyst) is a one-stop engineering development consultancy with 60+ world class engineers and a fully equipped factory focused on product development, design engineering and prototype manufacturing.
EnCata provides end-to-end engineering services to help our customers complete the journey from a good idea through design and development to mass-production and market launch. EnCata also helps companies manage a wide variety of challenges including product lifecycle, technology transfer and commercial R&D.
Historically, the company founded in 2006 (special industrial equipment and electronic devices) which is now a legacy and it is obscured by the rapid growth of the engineering services business of EnCata.
EnCata was established in the dynamic tech hub of Minsk, by Belarus «Person of the Year for Industrial Innovation» (2016) Oleg Kondrashov. EnCata has grown from a small and LEAN manufacturing business to the region’s leading full service engineering consultancy.
Peter has 15 years of experience in innovation development and finance and is driving EnCata’s international growth. With a PhD (chemistry and nanotechnology) from the UK’s Warwick University, Peter is an experienced specialist whose knowledge and attainments are sought after at international conferences all over the world. His multidisciplinary experience in finance, engineering and technology transfer give Peter the skill to quickly assess the needs and capabilities of innovative projects and design the most effective and efficient development program.
Oleg founded EnCata and has raised it from a small R&D facility to Eastern Europe’s premier engineering services company, with 200+ engineers and a fully equipped factory. Oleg has a MSc degree in physics (optics and lasers) and has been the pioneer in bringing lean manufacturing techniques to Belarus and the region. In 2016, he was awarded the title of Minsk/Belarus “Person of the Year” in industrial innovation. In addition to managing EnCata’s rapid growth, Oleg mentors deep tech startups and advises VC funds on investment strategy. He is a frequent speaker at high-level conferences.
Mike manages EnCata’s growing business in North America. He has a BA from Dartmouth College and MPA from Princeton University. After a 10 year finance and business development career in New York with Exxon, Seagram’s and Citicorp Securities, Mike began an Eastern European Odyssey in Russia, Latvia, Estonia and Belarus; first managing a $300 million private equity fund before founding, investing in and managing a series of manufacturing companies. He is excited to be EnCata’s US partner and has recently moved back to the US and is living with his family in Boston.
Belarus was traditionally the engineering and manufacturing hub of the Soviet Union and the country’s wealth of world class engineering talent allows EnCata to help our clients successfully develop cutting edge products in a range of fields including mechatronics and robotics, nanotechnology, aerospace, smart agriculture, IoT, industrial automation, medical devices, consumer products and software solutions.
In December 2016, the Wall Street Journal published an article called “Belarus is emerging as the Silicon Valley of Eastern Europe,” highlighting the growing importance and influence of Belarus as a hi-tech and development center. There are currently 40’000+ Belarusian software engineers, and such popular applications as MSQRD, AIMATTER, Viber, Flo and World of Tanks originated in Belarus.
Our philosophy is built on the foundations of LEAN, TRIZ/TIPS methodology, Adizes’ theory of corporate lifecycle management and Six sigma strategies.
We see our work as a continuous process flow, which creates value for our customers. We intensively employ the elements of Toyota Production System (TPS), such as Kanban stock, project cells, manufacturing carts, ANDON system and Kanban offline boards.
We have implemented comprehensive standardised procedures that improve project management, engineering development and prototype manufacturing processes. And we use this ‘flow’ philosophy in our online CRM/ERP system.
We recognise that this world needs more engineers and with the relevant innovation infrastructure hotspots can emerge. At EnCata we want to make the world a better place through engineering and science.
We see our role as helping talented scientists and engineers develop groundbreaking inventions and incremental innovation.
EnCata believes in combining the forces of standardization and creativity to develop a constantly improving workflow, quickly providing our clients and partners with the highest quality product at the lowest possible cost.
In 2018, EnCata completed the construction of its new design engineering and manufacturing center in Minsk, becoming the first private Technopark in Belarus. This status has provided EnCata significant tax and regulatory advantages whose benefits we pass along to our customers.
In 2021 EnCata is set to expand it's Technopark by 5 times and offer space to both established and early stage innovative hardware, IoT and tough-tech startups and SMBs.
Working with startup companies for the past years, we at EnCata have realised the importance of a maker space for hardware startups, to build their own mock-ups and POC prototypes. We thus created our own MAKEIT CENTER in an equipped underground bunker adjacent to our design and manufacturing facilities.
This ‘fablab’ has now become an essential part of the engineering startup ecosystem, allowing promising young companies to develop their raw ideas in a fast and cost efficient way. The hackerspace is also a great training ground for junior engineers joining EnCata. EnCata has now created a MAKEIT Center franchise and we are in discussions to help various universities, accelerators and incubators establish their own MAKEIT centers to serve their ecosystems.
During the past 5 years, we have had extensive experience creating a deep-tech startup ecosystem by working with hardware and startups in product innovation and technology transfer. We are now sharing this experience with others as we work with governments, municipalities, universities and NGO’s to help establish deep-tech startup ecosystems throughout the world.
EnCata is involved in UNDP &EU entrepreneurship SME development program, Eastern Partnership program events (EU commission), Beyond the known program (GIZ and German Federal Ministry for the Environment and Nature Conservation) and many others.
EnCata is now expanding its presence to Northern and Western Europe and North America. We currently have representative offices in 6 countries, including Boston in the United States and Brussels,
Prague and Tallinn in the EU.
We are commited to continue to help hardware and deep-tech startups and develop innovation ecosystem both in Eastern Europe and internationally.