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.
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 Ph.D in Innovation Economics at the Belarusian State University. He 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.
Alexey has over 20 years of research, development, and management expertise. After receiving his MSc in Radiophysics in Belarus (2000), he spent 12 years in Germany, first receiving his Ph.D in Theoretical Physics at the Max-Planck Society and then working at the Society in several roles until he was ultimately promoted to Head of the Supercomputing Center and Head of the Research group. Alexey decided to return with his family to Belarus where he initially worked as the deputy director of a public institute supporting technological development and innovation activities. He joined Encata in 2017 as a Project Manager and has quickly been promoted to Chief Project Manager, Head of the Design Department and ultimately to his current role as CCO.
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.
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.