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Kozminski University

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.

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Szymon Wiercinski

Leon Kozminski University   |   LinkedIn

Lecturer at Department of Business Strategy and Strategic Management Programme Coordinator at Kozminski University, teaching both Strategy Classics, Value Creation and eBusiness Strategies. He specializes in business model generation and is involved in research on building competitive advantage with virtual communities. Since 2002 involved in many consulting projects in the ebusiness area, helping people to monetarize their work and develop businesses. Co-founder of,, (workinprogress) and a few others :)

I will help you to stay focused on doing the business/money.

Lukasz Lesniak

Senfino   |   LinkedIn

Łukasz is just a nickname. His real first name is Money. For confirmation he took the name of Business, and now as an adult father was baptized Investment. He is a combination of what is the best in corporations and startups. He worked in Inteligo, was part of Listonic team and now he is co-owner of Senfino Software House.

His personal charm and abilities will help you to achieve success on Startup Weekend. Because your success is his success.

Piotr Pagowski

Hewlett-Packard   |   LinkedIn

Between 2006 and 2011 Piotr Pągowski was working for Microsoft as Country Manager E&D (Entertainment & Devices) responsible for Poland and Baltics States, later Consumer & On-line General Manager and OEM Director. Starting of June 2012 he became the General Manager Printing & Personal Systems Poland at HP Poland.

Piotr Pągowski is also acting as a member of Supervisory Board of CD Projekt Red SA, major game publisher in Poland.

Piotr Kaczmarek-Kurczak PhD

Leon Kozminski University   |   LinkedIn

Assistant Professor at Kozminski University. Involved in research of mechanisms of entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation. He specializes in the creation of knowledge-based firms and knowledge management in organizations. Expert in the "Warsaw as the capital of an ambitious business" (2009-2011). Coordinator of the project "Entrepreneurship in the creative industries" (2011-2013). Author of articles on management and entrepreneurship published in the journal "POLITYKA".

Magda Jagielska   |   LinkedIn

My drive to apply the science into practice led me to use my background in psychology and sociology to actively support Warsaw scene of start-up entrepreneurs and freelancers.
I do this by giving specialized workshops and coaching. I’m a lecturer on University of Warsaw where I gave 3 editions of Gamestorming course on innovative methods for group work.

I think that the Gamestorming methods can support the creativity of the SWWAW participants and help them to visualize the project stages and communicate along the weekend.

Arkadiusz Cybulski

Gamfi   |   LinkedIn

Since 2007 as a Director of Development in one2tribe company he was responsible for the development of products to new markets including mobile services and MMO games. Co-founder of Digital Frontier - the school of computer game design. As one of the signatories and a member of the Board of Polish Chamber of Digital Economy, he co-create the foreign promotion program of the Polish video game industry.
Co-founder and CEO of Gamfi.

Daria Wachowicz

Artifex Mundi   |   LinkedIn

Most of all a lead artist specializing in 2d art with 5 years of experience in developing casual games (time management and 2d adventure). I worked both in small and large teams focused on producing games for a defined target. General illustrator in free time with a bit of experience in working on startup game project. As a lead artist I help develop art style ergonomic in production and satisfying for players of the specific game type. I take part in most aspects of designing games that can be produced in relatively small team and short time.

Wojtek Jezowski

Black Rabbit   |   LinkedIn

Award winning film producer, director and social activist. Creative and co-owner of Black Rabbit Films. Produced films for such clients as McDonald’s, Google, Dulux, Unicef, Trend Micro. Cooperates with TEDxWarsaw.
Game aficionado who is trying to take the creative process from the film industry and implement it into gaming. Co creator of “Parenthood”, a game that was designed during Global Game Jam 2013 and had an exhibition at The Games for Change Festival in New York.

Magdalena Cielecka

Artifex Mundi   |   LinkedIn

First of all: game producer specialized in developing casual adventure games. Secondly: game researcher with academic background, interested in practical applications of game design theory. During the last year I had many opportunities to work with passionate people, either participating in my game critique workshops, or working in Artifex Mundi, where – as a producer – I had the possibility to uptake startup-like, dynamic approach within a young, verdant team to create a HOPA adventure game.

Jacek Jankowski

Nasza Klasa   |   LinkedIn

Social games evangelist, advergames and advertising in games enthusiast. Active Internet user from middle 90s. His experience includes actions both on interactive agencies, on the client side as well as an independent consultant in Internet marketing. He led the brands associated with advertising and social networking games which put his hand to the production of more than 1,000 games. Co-founder and active member of the group "games in marketing" at IAB Poland. Currently in leads developeres in growing catalog of web and mobile games and applications. Along with game developers and advertisers develop new marketing tools in the social and mobile games.

Agnieszka Lewandowska

Startup School Foundation   |   LinkedIn

A graduate of Education Studies at University of Warsaw turned marketer and project manager, CEO at Startup School Foundation. After hours, a phoptpgrapher, a typography lover, a reportage buff and a traveller. Loves working with people. Combines her skills to help young entrepreneurs develop their startups.

Can help with: business model, Customer Development, prototyping, product managment and development, online marketing.

Ola Sitarska,, GwiazdaTań   |  

Ola created her first game when she was 15. She is an experienced game designer and developer, working mostly on games for teenage girls. Ola is a CEO of company producing 3 games:, and GwiazdaTań

Zuzanna Kopaczynska-Grabiec

SPCG Kancelaria Adwokatów i Radców Prawnych

Attorney at law. Co-author of the Polish chapter of concerning Polish intellectual property rights law in „Media, Advertising & Entertainment Law Throughout the Word” and author of articles concerning copyrights and electronic trade. Specializes in the area of commercial law, in particular commercial companies law, intellectual property, also associated with the start-up market in the fields related to new technologies, including copyrights, competition and consumer protection, and as well as protection and processing of personal data, etc.



Aug 23
  • Registration Starts
  • Pizza & Networking
  • Welcome
  • Pitchfire
  • 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.


Aug 24
  • Simple breakfast
  • Mentors arrive. They help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Lunch
  • Mentors still here.
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help.


Aug 25
  • Simple breakfast
  • Mentors arrive.
  • Lunch
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations.
    (3 min presentation and, 3 min Q&A per team)
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Bartosz Staryga
Konrad Latkowski
Lukasz Mlodyszewski
Jarek Piotrowski
Agata Gozdzik
Iza Bitowt
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