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Faculty of Mathematics and Information Science, Warsaw University of Technology - Ul. Koszykowa 75, 00-662 Warszawa

No Talk, All Action.
Launch a Startup in 54 hours.

Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable. On average, half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical or design backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds.

Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.

Schedule

Friday

May 30
  • Registration Starts (special package from PayU)
  • Welcome & Start
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Pizza & Networking
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills.
  • Finished for the day.

Saturday

May 31
  • Doors open
  • Arrive, simple breakfast
  • Lecture (Business Canvas, room: 105)
  • Lunch
  • Mentors help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mentors still here. Free knowledge!
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day.

Sunday

Jun 1
  • Doors open
  • Arrive, simple breakfast
  • Mentors arrive / ASK QUESTIONS
  • Presentation workshops with Richard Berkeley (room: 105)
  • Tech check !
  • Lunch
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Jury in the building!
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS (3 min presentation and, 3 min Q&A per team)
  • Judging & Mentors deliberations
  • Awards and fame
  • Go Home, or go drink!
Partners
Gold Sponsors
Silver Sponsors
Judges

Michal Olszewski

Deputy Mayor of Warsaw

Born in 1977 in Bydgoszcz. Graduated from Faculty of Journalism and Political Science University of Warsaw. Since October 2011, Deputy Mayor of Warsaw, before Director of European Funds Department. As a Deputy Mayor he is responsible for development strategy of Warsaw. He also supervises European funds, economic development, housing and geodesy.

Mariusz Gralewski

CEO DocPlanner.com and GoldenLine

Mariusz Gralewski is a Founder and CEO at DocPlanner.com (enables patients to find physicians online). Before that, he founded Goldenline.pl (biggest Polish business social network).
Mariusz is an active seed-stage investor in brainly.com, positionly.com, shoplo.com, dogry.pl, skubacz.pl and allani.pl. He's also involved in Protos.vc, VC fund based in Warsaw. He invests and helps early- and mid-stage start-ups with the strategy, user experience and visual designs.

Grzegorz Kiszluk

Owner of AdPress, editor in chief of “Brief”

One of the pioneers of advertising business in Poland. Had been working in international advertising agencies from the beginning of free market in this country. From 1991 to 1996 worked as the media department director in Publicis FCB and general director in Optimedia Poland (1994-1996). From 1996 to 1998 a member of board Press Distribution Monitoring Association and then the first president of supervisory board of Polish Readership Research Association. Since 1993 a member of International Advertising Association in Poland, from 1999 to 2005 in the IAA authorities. He is a speaker at many universities and seminars. A member of jury Cackfilm, Złote Orły, Boomerang, Media Trendy, KTR. Laureate “Stalowe Przęsło” (Golden Span), prestigious award for building the brigs between different aspects in marketing communications. From 1996 to 1999 editor in chief in the magazine of marketing communications “Impact”. Since 1999 owner of AdPress publishing house end editor in chief of “Brief” – the first in Poland marketing and sells magazine. For 10 years watching marketing places market. Founder of Brief for Poland – a platform for exchange of experiences between regions. Golden Drum Ambassador in Poland.

Dymitr Glouchtchenko

Creator and owner of Kwejk.pl group

Dymitr Głuszczenko, born in Russia, lives in Poland since 1995. Studied at UW and PJWSTK. Creator and owner of Kwejk.pl group, group of websites which genereates almost half of billion pageviews per month. Besides of Kwejk.pl group he creates mobile games and 3D printers. Big fan of cryptocurrency.

Marek Kapturkiewicz

Co-founder of Innovation Nest Entrepreneurship School (SPIN)

Co-founder, investor & partner at Innovation Nest (seed/VC fund), Co-founder of Innovation Nest Entrepreneurship School (SPIN), previously i.a. long-term executive board member, COO and senior vice president of the Onet.pl(the largest horizontal portal in Poland and one of the biggest in Europe) and director of Promotion and Product Development Department in Tymbark SA (important FMCG company in Poland), having rich experience in internet, marketing, media, technology and investment, engineer – constructor with long experience (electronics, IT) at the Institute of Advanced Manufacturing Technology in Cracow

Radoslaw Cielicki

Founder & CEO BanFi Group

Since finance is my passion, I make it becomes part of my living. Doing what I like and getting paid for it is more enjoyable than doing a job just for the sake of been paid. With this attitude, I know I will produce good results to my clients.
Specialties: Cut cost for companies. Doing their accounts, payroll and human resource functions at a cost which can be as low as 40% of an in-house qualified accountants, human resource professionals and payroll specialists.
By providing management and business owners with in-depth analysis of current economical and past and future trends, I help them in decision making process.

Krzysztof Urban

Country Manager of mytaxi in Poland

Prior to joining mytaxi he had been working for two years as Deputy Director of the Ruch SA, where he was responsible for the restructuring of the company, and led a team of Sales Support and Analysis.
Before for over seven years he was a manager in the international consulting company Ernst & Young in Warsaw, where he was primarily responsible for services for companies in the sector of retail sales, industrial production, and the financial sector.
Urban is a graduate of the Management and Computer Science at the faculty of Finance and Banking at the University of Economics in Wroclaw. Privately, he is interested in photography and traveling, and likes to spend his spare time on preparations for the triathlon.

Kamila Staryga

Google

Kamila Staryga (KAma) is a Cambridge engineering graduate turned marketing and product specialist.
After working on launch campaigns for Pampers, Chrome, and Google+ across Europe, she has recently moved to California to help build a new Google product - Helpouts.
In her “20% time” KAma is a startup mentor focusing on tech entrepreneurs from Central Europe. She was a part of the founding team of Campus London, a Google-created working/networking/training space for tech entrepreneurs. She loves ballet, running, and her bike :)
Now KAma is taking a summer break to take her curiosity to places she has yet to imagine. She will attend Singularity University, a think tank held at NASA, where she will explore technologies of the future.

Mentors

Richard Berkeley

Actor, musican, coach

Graduated from Goldsmiths College, University of London, the Faculty of Education. Received a certificate for the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Taught at the prestigious London music and theater academies, moreover, at the Theatre Academy and The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music. Written articles for television as well as participated in many broadcasts for the BBC, RAI and Television. Involved in a number of film productions, television programs, and commercials. Led professional corporate training in a private business as well as in collaboration with companies such as Klos Training.

Kuba Wronkowski

Partner at QuoteMe.pl and PR Consultant at Business Link

Graduate of International Relations at University of Warsaw, winner of the Entrepreneurial Leader Award. 

I have been working with the Academic Entrepreneurial Incubators since 2004. At the University of Warsaw, I developed from scratch and managed the largest incubator in Poland. In the years 2012-2013, I was involved with AIP Seed Capital, where as Investment Manager, I realized strategic and investment projects. Since 2012, I've been working with my public relations agency Quote Me. I specialize in public relations, public affairs and image creation counselling. I've cooperated with MOSSO, CD Projekt RED S.A., Business Link, AIP Seed Capital, INOVO, FRU.PL (as spokesman) and many start-ups e.g. HaloDokotorze.pl, ATSORA, Phenicoptere. I love start-ups! Since 2013, a member of the Supervisory Board of the INVISTA SA Company – a private equity fund listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange.

Emilia Ostapowicz

Financial Analyst at accelerator XevinLab and Shareholder & CFO at Migam.pl

She has a 4-year experience in the financial area with regard to verifying investment projects, budgeting IT ventures, preparing forecasts, financial analyses and business plans as well as obtaining financial resources for the launch and development of technological projects (EU funds, loans, investors). She advised in a number of transactions related to investments in IT projects.

Andrzej Zinczuk

PayU S.A.

Scrum Master, agile&lean enthusiast, agile coach and software developer. He has started his commercial adventure in 2004. Currently Andrzej is serving teams in PayU S.A. Dozen of teams and their great Scrum Masters. His main goal is to help them grow and become even better. Before that, Andrzej was closely related to telecom and mobile solutions marketplace. He can help you not to forget that great products are something more than great software.

Agnieszka Skala

Innovation Nest

PhD in Economics, graduated from Warsaw School of Economics (WSE), Entrepreneurship Educator at Warsaw University of Technology (WUT), Co-founder & CEO at Szkoła Przedsiębiorczości Innovation Nest (SPINSchool), Member of Academic Network of Entrepreneurship Educators (SEIPA), Graduated from Lean LaunchPad Educators Program at University of California, Berkeley

Maciej Budzich

Mediafun.pl

The author of a blog about media, marketing and the Internet - blog.mediafun.pl/
He is a passionate observer and commentator on social media, business and entrepreneurship. He has been a speaker at many conferences (e.g. IAB Forum, InternetBeta), lecturer, among others, at Collegium Civitas, Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanitiest. He is a initiator of many events connected with media, Internet and information society: MediafunLABs conferences, a debate with Polish Prime Minister (AskThePrimeMinster) ZapytajPremiera. He has been a Juror in advertising competitions). The Internet Standard plebiscite declared him The Man of the Year on the Polish internet 2009. He was also The Winner of a special award for popularizing blogblogs on Blog of the Year 2009 competition.He follows advertising campaigns, public relations activities, debunks unethical marketing practises.
He still doesn't know if ads lie..

Dermot Corr

TechSaturdays.com and TechSorted.com

Commercial Strategist , been involved in making start-ups commercially successful since 1996.
Developer of Value Propositions , Strategic Product Development and Commercial Strategies and Implementation
Set up ,developed and exited numerous companies.
Provided Board level Strategic Road Maps for BlueChip Companies.
Founder of TechSaturdays.com - one of Europes fastest growing Tech Networking and Introduction Conferences.
Currently CEO of TechSorted.com - specialist company getting great Talent for Start-up's and High Growth Companies.

Filip Miloszewski

Co-founder of Listonic

Co-founder of Listonic - one of the most popular apps in Poland. Involved in mobile business & startup scene since 2008. Computer Science graduate (Coventry University & Politechnika Łódzka), passionate about mobile UX & user acquisition strategies, huge fan of bikes & stand up comedy.

Marcin Jan Fejfer

Investment Manager at SpeedUp

Marcin is responsible for scouting and analysis of promising startups, as well as for investment process management and startups mentoring. He has profound understanding of internet marketing, product development and innovation management. Before joining Speed Up Venture Capital Group he has been working in various internet marketing and technology companies in Poland, Portugal, Denmark and in India. Marcin was coorganizer of Startup Weekend Poznan, Startup Sprints and Startup Pirates Poznan. He is graduate of MSc. Global Innovation Management - double diploma programme of University of Strathclyde in Scotland and Aalborg University in Denmark. He also earned BSc. degree at Poznan University of Economics.

Michal Sadowski

Founder & CEO at Brand24

Founder & CEO at Brand24, a social media monitoring company that provides powerful, easy to use and cost-effective way for hundreds of businesses of all sizes (including Panasonic, IKEA, Air France, Intel) to know what people say about brands online. Public speaker and social media enthusiast.

Michal Olszewski

Internal Incubator Manager at Agora SA

Michał spent much of his time working for the giants of polish online business – Agora and Allegro. He created, developed and managed social websites of different sizes and shapes. After seven years of working on operating projects he ventured into investment industry. For over two years he was responsible (as a board member and investment manager) for evaluating, screening and selection of projects that were to become part of LMS Invest (SpeedUp Group) investment fund. Now he once again works for Agora – he is creating an internal business incubator based on lean management method.

Agnieszka Lewandowska

The Board President of Foundation Startup School

She finished pedagogy, works as project manager, has a “black belt” in operations management, and she describes herself as an orchestra-person. Since 2009 her abilities are connected with leading Startup School, where she is in charge of management and project coordination, cooperation with teams, support and education for beginner entrepreneurs. Her free time is dedicated to her passions, which include photography, travel and also since recently, martial arts.

Kuba Kucharski

Zenmakers.co

Kuba is a hacker, linux expert, python programmer and a developer of Internet of Things products, organizer of Makerland conference and Hackwaw hackathon. He knows tips&tricks about how to get the most from StartupWeekends(he won one of them before), he can help you with hardware ideas, Python, Django and Linux.

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Organizers
Bartosz Staryga
Jarek Piotrowski
Konrad Latkowski
Agata Gozdzik
Zuzanna Stanska
Iza Bitowt
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