Belarusians Listed In 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30

Forbes has just released its 30 under 30 list, a selection of 600 of the brightest young entrepreneurs, leaders, stars, – and there are two Belarusians listed in it!

The cofounders of MSQRD Sergey Gonchar, 24, and Eugene Nevgen, 24, are mentioned among 20 best business guys in the “consumer technology” category.


“When Facebook wanted to catch up with Snapchat, it turned to two entrepreneurs from Belarus. Nevgen and Gonchar built MSQRD, an app that adds crazy filters to your selfies. After the app caught on in the U.S., Facebook bought MSQRD for an undisclosed amount in March 2016. Since then, both cofounders have been working for Facebook in London”, the authors of the list wrote.

MSQRD has been on a steady rise in popularity since launching and was named among best apps of 2016 by App Store and Google Play.


The two are the only Belarusians in the list, 75% of the nominees being US citizens. According to the authors, every seventh of “the brightest entrepreneurs” is an immigrant to the United States.