Startup Weekend Global Fashion Battle Poland

    Friday, January 13 - 15, 2017

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Startup Weekend Global Fashion Battle Poland

Friday, January 13 - 15, 2017

Friday, January 13 - 15, 2017
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Stary Browar Słodownia +1
Półwiejska 42
Poznań, Poland 61-888

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54 hours to make a change in the fashion industry!

Take part in one of the global startup weekend with the final in New York on April. On the 13th of January we meet in Starty Browar in Poznań to start creating the startup idea build around the fashion industry. Our event is one of the few that take part around the world on the four continents. The wining teams will have possibility to attend online mentoring from enterpreneurs from all over the world and take part in workshops held in NY.

Global Fashion Battle (GFB) is a global competition and incubation program for fashion/tech startups. GFB helps foster collaboration between developers, creatives, industry insiders and other entrepreneurial individuals. BFB is building bridges between technology and creative hubs around the world.

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 entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Let’s meet over the weekend of 13-15 in Stary Browar in Poznan!

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What else is included in your ticket?
- dinner of Friday (pizza for everyone)
- breakfast on Saturday and Sunday
- lunch on Saturday and Sunday
- soft drinks for the whole weekend
- disscounts for selected places in Stary Browar for the next few days


Friday January 13th

5:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in. Let us know if you are going to pitch! 

6:00 pm
Welcome & Rules
Welcome & Rules Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

6:30 pm
Pitches Start
Pitches Pitch your idea!

7:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

7:30 pm
Dinner, Networking & Forming Teams
Eat pizza, get to know fellow participants. This is the time to start forming teams and discussing ideas.

8:00 pm
Begin Work
Begin Work 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 till 10pm. 

10:00 pm
Finished for the day
See you on Saturday!

Saturday January 14th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

10:00 am

1:00 pm
Coach Meetings start
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

2:30 pm
Top up your batteries! 

5:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. Time to go offline and network!

Sunday January 15th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Check in for status reports, call for help

12:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions, we mean it - ASK THEM QUESTIONS!

1:30 pm
Enjoy your food!

3:30 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

5:30 pm
Final Presentations
The demo will be open to the public

7:00 pm
Judging & Awards
Let the best team win! 

7:30 pm
Thank you guys, see you in NY!:)


Kasia Gola
Geek Goes Chic

Researcher and strategist of new technologies and marketing in fashion industry. Graduate in Sociology at the AGH University of Science and Technology as well as Teen Vogue Fashion University in New York. Co-founder of, founder and creator of GeekGoesChic.Co blog nominated for WGSN Global Fashion Awards, on the presence and use of high technologies in fashion. Nominated for the Glamour Woman of the Year Award in the category Online. Initiator and organizer of fashion and technology meetings GGC Fash&Tech. Fan of American Vogue.

Event Judges

Marta Kowalska
Managing Editor & Chief of

Marta Kowalska is a fashion editor with PR specialist diploma. As the product owner she launched the website in 2012, managing the first ELLE Poland digital team. Since 2008 she has been working for leading publishing houses (such as Agora/ group) being Editor-in-Chief and coordinator of lifestyle websites for women. The launch of the biggest Polish virtual fitting room gave her an experience in fashion start-up market. She is passionate about fashion and technology connection, AR marketing and the art of web design. True believer of „can do“ attitude.

Małgorzata Walczak
Entrepreneur and Investor

BA and Co-Founder of SANS, DIOXIDE, Sto procent – modern fashion brands based on natural fabrics, upcycling and combination of fashion and technology. BA in VERSUM (SaaS). 20 years professional  experience (operational and general management at the positions of CEO in in large companies); 10 years experience in VC market Poland and CEE. She created ENEA Innovation Venture Capital Fund (the first CVC fund focused on multi-stage investments in energy sector in Poland), before that she was the founder of  multi-stage VC fund constisting of two VC Funds: WinVentures (60 M PLN) and WinQbator  (11M PLN) where she was Managing Partner. In 2007 she created first VC Fund in Poland with private and public funds – HelixVenturesPartners (40M PLN) together with MCI and National Capital Fund (KFK), being as well Investment Partner in MCI. Before that she run the project in UNDP Moldova as an Investment Broker – GSB (Growing Sustainable Business for Poverty Reduction). Co-funder (2008) of fashion company ZIEŃ (exited in 2013); She holds an MBA from University of Minnesota and Warsaw School of Economics, MA in Cultural Studies from WU, D.E.A. from Sorbonne (Paris VII, III) Journalism and Political Science WU. 

Marco Filocamo
Head of Startups - Fashion Technology Accelerator

Marco Filocamo has extensive experience managing different projects in operations management and data analysis, especially regarding B2B-oriented companies. Before becoming head of Startups at Fashion Technology Accelerator, he was the project manager of Start Cup Milano Lombardia, one of the leading Italian business plan competitions. He is also a co-founder of Activators Pavia, an association of tech and business enthusiasts promoting innovation at all levels and has co-organized the first Startup Weekend Pavia in October 2016.

Patryk Strzelewicz
CEO at Mindsailors Ltd.

CEO at Mindsailors Ltd. - a client-focused Industrial Design and R&D studio, renowned for its commitment to industrial design innovation and progress. As of 2015, Mindsailors Ltd. further acts as a strategic partner to the YouNick Fund - a fund famous due to its unique foundation by experts within the IoT, ICT, Bio, Chemistry and consumer field industries. Founder of Q-WORKSHOP – a lead manufacturer for board game accessories with outstanding production rates, averaging over 4 million dice sales in 5,000 stores worldwide.  In 2008, Patryk Strzelewicz successfully developed the DICE +, an interactive electronic dice, the first Polish product ever sold in Apple, Inc., stores.

This design and other activities rained in numerous awards and recognitions, the most memorable including the Newsweek “Keep Walking” award, finale participant in the  “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young selection as well as  winner of the  IF GOLD Product Design Award 2014 – an honour often referred to as "the Oscar of Industrial Design." According to BRIEF Magazine, Patryk was further crowned “The most creative in business - 2013."  In his private life, Patryk Strzelewicz is happily married and the proud father of two with a variety of interests ranging from a passion for new technology in various fields to high-speed motorcycles and the latest large screen productions.

Derk Steemers
Digital Strategy Consultant

Derk Steemers is a Digital Strategy Consultant for World of Digits in Brussels, Belgium. He specialises in scaling startups and entering new markets. Over the last few years Derk has worked with startups from all over Europe, including Poland. Previously he was the brand strategist for Arkley VC and worked intimately with Lovely on their launch.

Coaches and Mentors

Tomasz Karwatka
CEO at Divante

Tomasz Karwatka is the CEO of Divante, OEX Group, one of the biggest eCommerce agencies in Europe. Divante works for clients such as Intersport, Solar, LPP, Smyk, Odlo, Sportofino designing and implementing Omnichannel solutions. 

Tomasz co-founded and then sold a blog aggregator (to Agora media holding) and an online store (to a trade distribution network). Along with Divante, he was an early investor in QuarticOn recommendation system (European and Chinese market leader), WellCommerce eCommerce platform and Ideacto interactive agency. Currently, he actively supports startups associated with eCommerce, Mobile, Mar tech and SaaS.

Michał Szulc
Fashion Designer

Michał Szulc is a fashion designer, presenting his collections twice a year during brand’s fashion shows in Warsaw. His SALE PERFUME 01 were nominated to Poland+ Design Awards. His brand was nominated to “ELLE Designer of a year” / ELLE Style Awards 2015. He is also the award winner of “Odkrycie Elle” and the ambassador of “6-ty Zmysł Projektanta Whirpool” (“Whirpool’s Designer 6th sense”).

Jasiek Stasz
SHOWROOM.PL co-founder

He is a co-founder of SHOWROOM.PL, the biggest polish e-commerce platform for independent fashion brands. By the year 2016 he has been responsible for sales strategy and communication, he has been also creating the first sales and marketing team. Currently he is responsible for international expansion.

Dominika Łukoszek
Freelance researcher

Graduated from a Ph.D. programme at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland, in 2015. She presented her research results during numerous conferences in Poland and abroad, among others in Milan, Oxford  and London. Since February 2011, she has been also running a blog on fashion - ‚modologia’(‚fashionology’). She is currently working as a media analyst for a London-based company.

Marta Klimowicz
Digital Marketing Consultant

For the past 5 years I have worked as a digital marketer, team leader, and oversaw the development of multiple international projects. I teach at AGH University of Science and Technology and run a series of workshops focused on effective online marketing strategies and their implementation. My main areas of expertise include the IT and fashion industries. My PhD thesis analyzed two online communities, one of which were young women blogging about fashion. Some of the connections I've made back then have since turned into business relationships--we're now collaborating to help them cement their position as top influencers for fashion brands and e-commerce businesses.

Anna Pięta
co- owner HUSH Warsaw

HUSH Warsaw co- owner responsible for creation and communication.

Over last 4 years HUSH Warsaw has become the most professional platform of offline fashion sale in Poland. We have organized 10 editions of HUSH fashion fair, visited by over 140 000 people.

In the meantime HUSH Warsaw has presented almost 300 brands and its publications reached a few million of copies. Each edition on HUSH fashion fair equaled 4 months of intense media promotion of authors’ fashion, thousands of new customers and substantive capital for micro and small entrepreneurs exhibiting at the fair.

In 2015 HUSH Warsaw owners (Anna Pięta and Magda Korcz) were nominated to The Woman of the Year Award by „Glamour” magazine in the „Creative in business” category. HUSH Warsaw was awarded „Perfection of Fashion 2013” Prize by „Twoj Styl” magazine, in the category of „Event of the Year - Fashion Fair”. In 2015 Anna and Magda were placed by Gazeta Wyborcza in the ranking of 100 women who changed Warsaw. In the same year HUSH Warsaw was given the patronage of the Ministry of Economy.

Maciej Sznitowski
Art Director, Creative Agency Be7

By profession a translator. The interest in interpersonal communication moved into the world of design and now works with the communication between the brand and the client. In his everyday job translates the language of marketing on visual language. Master in finding the link between the Theoretical knowledge with his practical experience as a designer.

Magdalena Korol
Advocate, Managing Partner in IP Legal Adwokaci, The President of the Fashion Law Institute in Poland

She specializes in the field of Fashion Law, under which she comprehensively advises entrepreneurs operating in the fashion industry such as: producers, intermediaries, wholesalers and retailers, as well as creative entities, including: designers, stylists, fashion show organizers, advertising and model agencies, photographers and graphic designers.She has got more than 10 years of professional experience gained in leading Polish and foreign law firms (including Weil, Gotshal & Manges). She has got experience in the negotiation and management of human resources.

She is an advocate since 2011 and a member of the Warsaw Bar Association. Since April 2016 she is a judge of the disciplinary court at the warsaw bar association.

Aleksandra Pszczoła
CEO Bee Talents

Founder and CEO of Bee Talents. She helps Polish and international tech companies in recruitment processes and employer branding. In 2014 she received "HR Boss of the Year" award. Aleksandra and her team actively share knowledge about employer branding and how to effectively hire IT specialists.

Darek Kowalski
CEO - YouCreo / Concepto

Manager and developer with 15 years of expierience. Since 2005 he manages Concepto S.A. a software house specializing in start-ups. Since 2016 CEO in Publi House Sp. z o.o. ( In YouCreo he is responsible for pointing strategic directions,new functionalities, project management and team.

Tomasz Miler
Founder of Miler Menswear

Biotechnologist and conference interpreter by education. Started with men’s bespoke tailoring to look good at work. After a couple of years established a tailoring house to later extend his activity to the world of RTW clothes. Founder of Miler Menswear - internationally recognized Polish classic menswear brand focused on delivering luxury garments to its customers. Working with suppliers of raw materials and manufacturers from all around Europe. Author of - a popular Polish blog on bespoke tailoring. Expert in social media communication on men’s fashion. Based in Poznań where he runs a team of 30 professionals involved in Miler Menswear business operations. His company is also active in brown spirit business (mainly whisky and cognac). In private life, a husband, dog owner (Westie!), interested in sailing, martial arts, traveling and languages.

Marta Ożóg-Orzegowska

Co-founder and co-owner of the children's clothing brand - KUKUKID. Within 2 years she has introduced the brand for sale in 25 countries around the world. 

Until recently associated professionally with LPP SA, where she worked as a brand manager for brands as Cropp and SiNSAY. She was responsible for creating a positioning strategy and the introduction of the SiNSAY brand to the market. 

Enthusiast and expert in new media and communications for youth.

Ewa Kuźmicka-Grzegorczyk

Coordinator and head designer in QUIOSQUE 

Specialist in design and fashion management

Designer with over 20 years of experience in the clothing industry. From creating individual collections that won the national competitions to working with the biggest Polish brands as Maria Bland, Solar and Quiosque. In her professional career, she has been responsible for the shape and the production of collections based on the clothing and accessories, as well as managing proffesional teams.

Authority in the field of fashion, clothing construction and apparel manufacturing in Poland and abroad. With a huge experience in building professional teams and whole departments within the big fashion brands. 

Piotr Zachara
Lecturer at School of Form in Poznań

Lecturer at School of Form in Poznań, journalist and editor with over 20 years experience in media and publishing business. His features on culture, art and fashion were published by nearly all major glossy magazines including Elle, Twój Styl and InStyle. Currently he writes for Harper’s Bazaar Poland. 

Marcin Majzner
Founder and CEO of

Marcin has extensive experience in ICT industry. He loves to create new solutions and improve existing ones. He practiced crowdsourcing and growth hacking, before these concepts became trendy. A man with a positive disposition to life. On his business card instead of „job position” it is written „a good man”.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Global Fashion Battle Poland team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Poznan is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Arieta
  • Michał
  • Katarzyna
  • Anna
  • Patrycja
  • Agnieszka
  • Marta


Monika Synoradzka
Head of Communication and Corporate Relations, SpeedUp Group

Monika is a real PR Person: she eagerly plays with marketing tools, does not like monotony and inactivity. She has a thirst of knowledge and exploration of everything that is connected with marketing, public relations, e-commerce and new technologies. She is organizer Geek Girls Carrots Poznań, Hive61 and co host of other initiatives. As the Chief Marketing Officer in the SpeedUp Venture Capital Group she is responsible for: promotion of the fund, supporting of startup society, organization of meetings with potential innovators and the help in promotion of companies from SpeedUp VC Group portfolio.

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