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School of Form

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

Schedule

Friday

Nov 16
  • Extra event: GDG Bootcamp
  • Extra event: DateCamp
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday

Nov 17
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Workshop:
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one.
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday

Nov 18
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Workshop:
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
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Platinum Sponsors
Judges

Ken Globerman

Investment Professional Specializing in the Middle Market   |   LinkedIn

Ken Globerman is a PE/VC investment professional specializing in early stage financing to the traditional SME private equity market, emphasizing high-growth technology services. He recently founded Global Group Ventures, through which he facilitates early-stage investment activity around Poland – bridging economic development between the United States and Central Eastern Europe.

Michal Branski

Cofounder and board member at Grupa o2   |   LinkedIn

Michał Branski is cofounder of one of the biggest Polish internet businesses - Grupa o2 - where he is responsible for the area of new business development. Michal is also brand and social media strategist. He stands behind successful stories of founded by him gossip portal Pudelek.pl and online messenger Tlen.

Kristopher Asimgil

Business Administrator (YOU IS NOW) at ImmobilienScout24   |   LinkedIn

Kristopher Asimgil is part of YOU IS NOW, Berlin based corporate incubator of Immobilien Scout Gmbh, Germany's largest Internet Real Estate market place. He suppports functional topics in new growth areas, such as social, local and mobile media as well as ideas concerning real estate.

Kristopher will have two roles during the event: he will be a mentor and will take a seat in the jury.

Jan Habermann

Partner at Credo Ventures   |   LinkedIn

Before his engagement in venture capital Jan co-founded and operated several companies. In 2003 a software development company Acron Communications he started and managed was acquired by a strategic investor and Jan became fascinated by M&A transactions and private equity investments. Since then he completed several M&A projects as an advisor representing either the sellers as well as the acquirers. He also completed several venture capital investments working as an Investment Director of MCI Management.

Bartłomiej Gola

Managing Partner of SpeedUp Group   |   LinkedIn

Bartłomiej is Managing Partner of SpeedUp Group, an entrepreneur and innovator. Co-creator of over a dozen technological startups. He studied at the Poznan University of Economics. After graduation he worked within the marketing field where he worked through all career levels up to the Managing Partner in the BTL Group (shareholder and co-creator) and TEQUILA\ Poland. He was the creator and Managing Director of the first Polish advertisement holding company INDIGITY SA. He is also an author of many publications in the field of marketing and business strategies. For many years he has been the Director of the Stowarzyszenie Marketingu Bezpośredniego (Polish Direct Marketing Association).

Krzysztof Kowalczyk

Partner at HardGamma Ventures / UBIK Business Consulting   |   LinkedIn

Krzysztof Kowalczyk is an early stage investor running HardGamma Ventures venture capital firm and GammaRebels startup accelerator. His investments include Appvetica, Codility, Macoscope, BusyFlow and SHOWROOM (recently closed a round with Burda International). Advisor to Cityrace.me and Filmaster. In his professional career worked for Procter&Gamble, Lycos and McKinsey&Co. Founding member of Internet Society (ISOC) Poland.

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Mentors/Coaches

Asier Rios Molina

Googler, Entrepreneurial Soul & Event Facilitator   |   LinkedIn

Startup lover. Among other things, Asier has been leading Google for Entrepreneurs initiatives in Poland. As a Startup Weekend junkie he has also attended events in different countries, as a coach and organizer, enjoying meeting and learning from other people. He shares his passions between managing projects at Google, startups and photography. Previously he was working as a SEO at idealista.com, the leading real estate website in Spain, and executing the startup way at Tetuan Valley, presenting in different events like Expo E-Commerce, Keiretsu Forum and TechCrunch.

Asier will be the facilitator of Startup Weekend Poznan.

Colette Ballou

Owner of Ballou PR Paris/London/Berlin, 500Startups mentor   |   LinkedIn

Colette is the founder of Ballou PR, which focuses on high-growth companies in technology and health IT. Companies she’s worked with include Facebook, Shopping.com, Eventbrite, Evernote, Dailymotion, Accel Partners, Atlas Venture, Microsoft BizSpark and Seedcamp. She was listed in the 2011 Wired UK 100’ s list of the most influential figures in Britain’s digital economy

Marcin Zabielski

Partner at Hedgehog Fund   |   LinkedIn

Marcin participated in more than 50 restructuring and business development projects having roles of: project management, business development or external consultant. His areas of expertise are new technologies - Internet (i.e. job boards, social networking, online auctions, e-commerce) and telecoms but he has experienced projects in: insurance, pharmaceutical distribution and FMCG.

Wojciech Wrzaskała

Co-owner and one of board members at Symetria e-business agency   |   LinkedIn

Wojciech is co-owner and board member at Symetria e-business agency - one of the oldest e-business companies in Greater Poland. He has many business contacts and big experience on the Polish Internet market. Wojciech is as well CEO of Vitalia.pl - the biggest Polish portal offering personalized plans with diets and fitness trainings.

Mateusz Tułecki

PR / Marketing Adviser & Sociologist   |   LinkedIn

Mateusz is PR and Marketing Adviser of the board at Satus Investment. He is as well organizer of InternetBeta - one of the biggest Polish e-biz conferences. He mixes his sociologic academic background with knowledge about new technologies to coach, give lectures, evangelise and coorganize branch events.

Francis Dierick

Founder at PitchPhone   |   LinkedIn

Francis is tech serial entrepreneur & founder of PitchPhone, a phone hotline to help entrepreneurs improve their pitch. In an earlier life, Francis faced the firing squad at Ycombinator & likes to think he learned a thing or two about pitching because of that. He also runs a weekly newsletter featuring interviews with startup founders called Tales of Creation.

Maciej Mazurek - Zuch

Graphic Designer, Blogger   |   LinkedIn

Maciej is author of the blog “Zuch próbuje rysować” (freely translated to: “Zuch’s sketching attempts”), he is graphic designer and owner of commercial Zuchowe Studio. He has earned degree in Philosophy. He loves works of Schiele and Toulouse-Lautrec, books of Dukaj and Lem and strongly believes that world without Pink Floyd would be irresistible. On his blog, besides publishing authored by him short graphic stories, he promotes good music and literature.

Michał Pleban

Founder of AfterMarket.pl   |   LinkedIn

Michał is the creator of AfterMarket.pl, Poland's biggest Internet
domain marketplace. With over 8 years of experience in e-business, his
primary focus are currently domain-related projects. Big fan of
technical perfection and automating every aspect of the business, likes
to apply his programming skills in suprisingly new areas. In private
life also a Protestant pastor and preacher.

Tomasz Kolinko

Founder, Developer at Motivapps / AppCod.es   |   LinkedIn

Tomasz is a serial entrepreneur. He got himself covered in Techcrunch and Fast Company, he mingled in the valley, he pitched at Seedcamp, and talked with enough investors to become certain that he’s a bootstrapper at heart. A past president and founder of Speaking Elephants – one of the Warsaw Toastmasters public speaking clubs.

Łukasz Janowski

Product Manager at PayU SA   |   LinkedIn

From the beginning of his career Łukasz is related with the area of Finance Management. He is passionate about new technologies and innovations in e-commerce industry. Since 2010 he is responsible for development of PayU products in Eastern Europe markets. Formerly, he participated in development of OpenPayU protocol - the corner stone of PayU payments system. Before that he gained experience while working on new software projects for BZ WBK, PKO S.A. Eurobank and Kredyt Bank.

Piotr Debek

Investment Manager at Assets Management Black Lion   |   LinkedIn

Piotr is Investment Manager at Assets Management Black Lion (Polish VC fund). Last 7 years he has been working on venture capital and private equity deals, including roles of Analyst and Funds’ Accountant. He is also engaged in post-investment funds’ portfolio supervision. He graduated from Warsaw School of Economics (Finance and Banking) and University of Warsaw (Management).

Andrej Kiska

Associate at Credo Ventures   |   LinkedIn

Andrej is responsible for sourcing and evaluation of potential investments at Credo Ventures. He is actively involved in supporting existing portfolio companies on fundraising, growth and exit activities along with his responsibilities as a part-time private equity analyst at Benson Oak, where he focuses on early stage investments. Andrej graduated from University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce with concentrations in finance and management.

Jaroslav Trojan

Associate at Credo Ventures   |   LinkedIn

Jaroslav conducts analysis and due diligence of investment opportunities and provides an operational support to the firm. Prior to joining Credo Ventures, he was a Financial Analyst at Finadvice, where he worked on numerous mergers and acquisitions assignments. Jaroslav graduated magna cum laude from the Liberty Univeristy (USA, Va) with a B.S. degree in Finance & Economics.

Jaromir Dzialo

Founder at Topicmarks   |   LinkedIn

Jaromir has founded 3 successful startups and exited a company in Silicon Valley. His business has found coverage on pages of TechCrunch and Mashable. He is proven leader with 18+ years in software development, management, market analysis, performance and proces improvement. Speaker, mentor, traveller and photographer, UX guru and skilled coder. He is as well winner of Seedcamp and Founder Showcase. He owns patent for method and system for generating a document representation.

Marcin Kurek

CMO at Pomocni.pl / Private Investor   |   LinkedIn

Marcin is cofounder and board member of Pomocni.pl Group - the leading Polish business on the market of temporary employment mediation for families and households. Pomocni.pl Group consists of such websites as Niania.pl, Remontuj.pl, Pomocedomowe.pl, Opiekaseniora.pl, Opiekazwierzat.pl. Since 2011 it is co-owned by Edipresse Polska S.A. Marcin is as private investor and stakeholder in many other internet ventures – among many others in: Zadane.pl (Brainly.com), Positionly.com, Znanylekarz.pl, Allani.pl, Skubacz.pl and Shoplo.com. He has been in the Internet industry for 8 years now, specializing in marketing, business models development and strategic management. He likes sport, history and new technologies.

Adelina Peltea

Entrepreneur, Tech Blogger, Marketing Consultant   |   LinkedIn

Adelina is founder of two startups in recruitment, tech blogger and author of Customer Seduction. Through her experience in qualitative research and by currently interviewing founders, investors and specialists from all over the world for her upcoming book, she is mentoring startups on how to validate concepts and how to get to product market fit.

Michal Skrzynski

Enterpreneur and Private Investor   |   LinkedIn

Founder and COO of Pomocni LTD (est. 2008: niania.pl, remontuj.pl, pomocedomowe.pl) - exit to Edipresse Polska SA (in 2011). Earlier, for 3 years, owner of IT outsourcing company. His strenghts are: Search Engine Optimization, IT technology, finance, operational and legal organization. He is Warsaw University and Warsaw University of Technology Graduate, shareholder in several internet companies: Edipresse Home (Pomocni), ZnanyLekarz.pl, Positionly.com, Skubacz.pl, Zadane.pl, Allani.pl. Michal is passionate about sailing, barbecue, videogames and tax optimization methods.

Marcin Fiedziukiewicz

SaaS Director at Wiedza i Praktyka   |   LinkedIn

I serve as SaaS Director in Wydawnictwo Wiedza i Praktyka. I am responsible for law practice management system TemiTime.pl and I develop other products in cloud computing model.

Earlier I served as Product Director of internet recruitment sites of Agora S.A. I was also Editor in chief of the biggest polish job portal GazetaPraca.pl.

I was co-responsible for product and sales strategy for Agora's job boards.I was also launching new e-commerce projects and internet job fairs. As editor in chief, I was mainly responsible for all editorial content on GazetaPraca.pl.

Between 2008 and 2004, I worked in Agora S.A as editor in chief and project manager (GazetaPraca.pl) and editor (wysokieobroty.pl, edukcja.gazeta.pl, turystyka.gazeta.pl).

From October 2003 to May 2004, I served in Interactive Agency Opcom.pl as project manager.

Earlier I was journalist in "Marketing Serwis" for three years, where I was writing about nascent e-marketing in Poland.

I received my MA in Sociology at Jagiellonian University in Krakow (2003).

Specialties
Product Development, Product Management, Online Marketing Strategy, Editorial Strategy

Dr Patryk Filipiak

Partner and Founder at FilipiakBabicz Kancelaria Prawna   |   LinkedIn

Attorney and partner in FilipiakBabicz Law Firm. Ph.D. in llaw with the specialization in international bankruptcy law. . Member of the Chair of Civil Procedure at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. Awarded with the prize of the Rector of Adam Mickiewicz University for outstanding educational achievements. Graduate of one-year studies in Law School at the University of Trier and the German Law School at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. Awarded by the Regional Attorneys’ Council in Poznań for the best result achieved in the attorneys' examination in 2010. In the same year, he passed the insolvency practitioner's licence examination.

He is the author of over a dozen publications concerning bankruptcy law, commercial insurance law and civil procedure, as well as a co-author of the commentary to the EU-Regulation no. 1346/2000 on bankruptcy proceedings. Member of international bankruptcy association INSOL EUROPE. He cooperates with the Allerhand Institute and the National School of the Judiciary and Prosecution Service, where he runs trainings for judges in bankruptcy proceedings.

In his professional practice, he specialises in the issues of bankruptcy and reorganisation law, commercial companies, M&A, public procurement law and handling civil (commercial) court litigations. He served many commercial companies, including public and energy companies (a project of constructing the biggest in Europe conventional power plant with the coal mine, and wind farm projects). He managed legal teams preparing and handling acquisitions of companies, advised on a company’s debut on New Connect market. He has a lot of experience in intellectual property and data protection law. Speaks English fluently and has a communicative command of German.

Łukasz Młodyszewski

Top Secret   |   LinkedIn

Lukasz is currently working on an undisclosed project at Agora’s Internet Division.

Lukasz is also a mentor at a number of startup events in Central Europe. Furthermore, he is serving as an Advisor to the Cambridge University Technology and Enterprise Club (CUTEC), where he was also elected as a Life Member in 2012.

Before joining Agora, he designed and implemented a soft-landing zone programme at Entrepreneurial Poland for early-stage startups in locations such as Shanghai, London and San Francisco. Formerly, he was an Entrepreneur in Residence during GammaRebels Accelerator at hardGamma Ventures. Prior that, he was an Executive Director of Innovation at CUTEC and has been the founder of two business startups: one in the financial sector and the second one in the SMEs environment. Lukasz studied Business Management in Cambridge, where he lived for nearly 6 years.

Nikolay Savin

Managing Director at GrowthUp Incubator   |   LinkedIn

Nikolay started his career as a volunteer at IDCEE 2008 where he was responsible for projects logistic and projects competition. In 2008 he has joined BayView Innovations company as an analytic. He made market and competitor researches for portfolio companies and also got to work on projects at early stages, choosing projects to present on mass startups events. Overall he co-organized 12 different contests. Since 2008 he has been actively involved in organizing various events for the industry, such as: Startup Crash Test, IDCEE, Entrepreholic and the others for entrepreneurs in Ukraine and Russia. Nikolay, based on his previous experience, developed the concept of business-incubator as an independent direction of business and since May 2010 he is a head of GrowthUp Business Incubator and partner of BayView Innovations company. Nikolay graduated with a master degree at International finance from Kyiv National Economic University, Kyiv, Ukraine in 2009.

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Arkadiusz Hajduk
Monika Synoradzka
Daniel Mendalka
Wiktor Schmidt
Tomasz Czaplinski
Michał Olszewski
Marcin Jan Fejfer
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