Polish-German Startup Weekend Szczecin

    Friday, October 23 - 25, 2015

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
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Polish-German Startup Weekend Szczecin

Friday, October 23 - 25, 2015

Friday, October 23 - 25, 2015
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Technopark Pomerania
Cyfrowa 6
Szczecin, Poland 71--441

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Pitch your idea - Create great team - Get help from mentors Build your startup in 54h!

Next Polish-German Startup Weekend Szczecin Smart City edition is planned for 14-16 Oct 2016. Registration starts in September, stay tuned and follow our Facebook profile :) Become our Partner to help us make this awesome event! Contact maciek {AT} startupweekend.pl for more details.

Startup Weekend Szczecin - Smart City is a great event for all who want to move from idea and DO real startups and meet awesome people. 

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and embark on a three-day frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekend culminates with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback!


Friday October 23rd

5:30 pm
Registration Open
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Presenting the idea of Startup Weekend and few inspirational talks from our speakers

7:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

7:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

8:30 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:00 pm
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 all night :)

Saturday October 24th

9:00 am
Simple breakfast & coffee

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

10:00 am
Business Model Workshop

11:00 am
Presenting Mentors
Mentors help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

1:00 pm

3:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

5:00 pm
Pitching workshop & training - part I

6:00 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work all night :)

Sunday October 25th

9:00 am
Simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Mentors arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

1:00 pm
Pitching workshop & training - part II

3:00 pm
Lunch / Dinner for Mentors&Judges

4:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

5:00 pm
Welcome & inspirational talk

5:30 pm
Final Presentations

6:30 pm
Judging & Awards

7:00 pm

8:00 pm
Go Home!


Marcin Kaczmarek
CEO of Consileon Poland

Marcin Kaczmarek is a CEO of Consileon Poland - nearshore software house, for over 10 years he has been cooperating both big corporations and startups from Europe and Silicon Valley. His mission is to repair IT mostly by following principles of agility. So if you would like to know why parts of your IT should be done with external company, how to select good external software house and how to create win-win relation with it, Marcin is there for you, and he will be the right person to talk. "Proud to be different” in  IT is his claim and personally he is a big fan of basketball.

Michał Szyndel
CTO at Stagelink / Techstars Alumni

Michał is CTO of Stagelink, Berlin-based funded startups helping online creators leverage their offline potential. He graduated from Berlin Techstars class of 2015 and is eager to share learnings and experiences. Agile enthusiast and practitioner, he has hands-on experience in building early stage startup from validation to scaling stages. 

Michael Kacprzak
CEO & Co-founder at Spotbeans

Michael is the CEO & Co-founder at Spotbeans and Founder of Switch2Agile. Recently he has been engaged in Berlin’s successful startup Babbel - Lesson Nine GmbH as lean & agile coach. His goal is to create successful and motivated teams that deliver superb products while having fun. Michael is convinced that leadership driven management and an environment of trust, built on values are key factors for achieving spectacular team engagement and building outstanding products. He is an international speaker and leader that has provided agile & lean training and advised companies such as: PZU Group, Orange, Soflab Technology, Sabre, Nordea IT, Tieto, Home.pl.

Event Judges

Justyna Osuch
Managing Director of the Business Development Centre in The West Pomeranian Business School

Business advisor in the area of governance and management, business trainer with more than 14 years of experience. A specialist in a project management (European funds co-financed projects, training and consulting projects) and science business cooperation. For more than 10 years has been actively working in the field of regional and national development, working with national and regional institutions and supporting the regional business environment - institutions and companies. The Managing Director of the Business Development Centre in The West Pomeranian Business School - the oldest non-public university of applied sciences in the West Pomerania region - responsible for planning and executing of training, consulting and advisory services for business community, non-governmental organizations and administration.

Piotr Jachimczyk
Chief Information Officer @ Aviva Poland

Piotr is an IT executive with over 15+ years of experience in insurance and telco sector. As an IT development director and chief architect was responsible for concept, design and delivery of enterprise scale solutions in the field of sales and operations support, ERP, insurance policy admin and claims and risk. Worked also on technology platforms. Such as portals and ESB for largest Polish companies - PZU, Orange and BRE Bank. Graduated Warsaw University of Technology Faculty of Mathematics and Information Science and Jagiellonian University Institute of Audiovisual Arts. 
Will help you with testing your business model and also advise on back-end systems capabilities and architecture.Will help you with testing your business model and also advise on back-end systems capabilities and architecture.

Michał Skrzyński
Protos Venture Capital

Managing Partner in Protos Venture Capital. Formerly angel investor and supporter in: Docplanner.com (Znanylekarz.pl), Brainly.com (Zadane.pl), Positionly.com, Allani.pl, Skubacz.pl, Shoplo.com. Founder of Pomocni.pl Group, which includes such webservices as niania.pl, remontuj.pl, pomocedomowe.pl. Specialised in: IT, Search Engine Optimization, Operational Management.

Stefano Tresca
Managing Partner iSeed / Level39 mentor

Programmer turned lawyer turned serial co-founder. Stefano has more than 15 years experience in startups, from apps to big corporations (mobile operator, internet provider, online bank, energy market). His love for the art of the start, together with his obsession for travelling, brought him to manage projects within 53 countries, including solar panels (China), organic food (Malaysia), fashion (Hong Kong and London), just to name a few.

Coaches and Mentors

Agnieszka Oleszczuk-Widawska
co-founder Evenea

Agnieszka is a co-founder of Evenea.pl – event management and ticketing system, which was awarded with local startup ekosystem prize „Auler 2011“ for the best Polish startup of the year. Last two years she spent managing The Founder Institute Warsaw. Agnieszka is also co-organizer of Lubcamp and Aula Polska Lublin – Polish startup barcamps. Mentor, lecturer and speaker at many New Technology related events. 

Agnieszka Nieradka
Owner at Pluszektorium & Co-owner at WETFLOW

Agnieszka is a founder and owner of Pluszektorium that offers plush toys in shape of.... human organs! She is also a founder of WETFLOW, a brand of watersports wetsuit ready to be self-designed by customers. Creativity and determination are words, which match Agnieszka very well. With her experience and passion for new businesses, she supports startups in their early stages of growth - within brand identity creation, targeting and niche identification. She gave prelections during the Social Media Thursdays and numerous workshops dedicated to entrepreneurs. Her name is put behind the Young Entrepreneur Campaign. She is an adrenaline junkie and a big fan of new challenges.

Michał Olszewski
Lead Mentor @Impact Poland

Michał is a Lead Mentor at IMPACT_POLAND acceleration programme. Previous he was a Head Coach of the Starter Rocket acceleration programme. In the past he managed an internal ideas-to-prototypes incubation programme for Agora SA using lean methods and customer development approach. His previous assignments include managing a seed-level investment fund operating in Polish ITC market (LMS Invest) and another successful business accelerator - Huge Thing.

Dominik Wartecki
Get More Social/dotPR Group

Creator of the Get More Social brand and dotPR Group co-owner. Building internet image, in a broad sense, is his main skill and specialty. Co-organizer of "Revolution in Communication" seminary series and author of many publications and courses in Internet PR. His everyday tasks are building a formidable sales potential of the Group and communication operations in the digital realm.

Lukas Zels
CFO at Locafox

Lukas Zels is co-founder and CFO at Locafox and  responsible for HR, finance, and operations. Before that he was the founder and managing director of "Kaymu", an african Ebay-clone in Nigeria, where he was able to explore the basics of entrepreneurship.
As EIR at Rocket Internet Lukas worked for many ecommerce companies in Europe and Asia, rec uiting over 80 employees. Lukas Zels holds a dual degree in business economics from Berlin School of Economics and Law and West of England university.

Maciej Jankowski
Innovation Expert, Aviva FTLab

Jerzy is currently part of the team responsible for technology innovations and cooperation with startups in Polish branch of Aviva (insurance company).
He is facilitating cooperation between large, traditional business and the world of startups – his role is to guide startups in corporate realities.
He also mentor teams during startups events, ie. Startup Weekend, HackJam or Design Thinking workshops.
He gained  experience in telco and e-commerce industries while working in companies such as Plus, Netia and Envelo.
During Startup Weekend can especially help with creating and verifying business models.

Christoph Kluge
Teamlead Web Development in Quandoo & Rocket Internet

Christoph started his education as a business related computer scientist where he learned a lot about marketing, processes and sales. Since he started his professional carrer 8 years ago as a web developer - he has been leading several development teams during the past 4 years with a hands-on attitude. Just to name some of those companies: GlossyBox (Rocket Internet) which is europe's leading beautybox provider and Quandoo which is europe's fastest-growing real-time reservation platform for restaurants.
His passion for efficiency and development is a perfect synergy for fast growing companies to establish their business model. The goal for himself is to share his knowledge with the crowd and help the teams to fulfil their goals.

Kamila Hankiewicz
CEO at Amuse & Blogger at Untrite.com

Kamila Hankiewicz is a young tech entrepreneur, blogger and the founder of the company Amuse, which acts as a tech bridge between Poland and the UK, helping young Polish startups to attract the UK know-how and investment.Having worked in communication, corporate banking and software industries and spotting common problems in the tech industry, Kamila decided to create a tech ecosystem of talented and ambitious software engineers based in Poland, who work on challenging, paid projects for the UK clients and the remaining time, Kamila and her team help newly formed Polish startups to become investment-ready.Kamila is a vivid tech start-up and social media advocate and acts as a advisor and strategist to many early stage start-ups. On her blog Untrite.com, Kamila shares her advice on entrepreneurship and self-development.

Michał Górski
Product Manager at Consileon Polska & Goorsky IT

Michał Górski - IT consultant, working on such projects as INK printing kiosks - the Silicon Valley startup with solution currently being implemented at universities in the US. Previously, he worked as a Product Manager for one of the largest social networks wayn.com. For several years he worked with his team on his own startup, and participated in the best acceleration program in Europe - Startup Bootcamp. Willing to share his experiences with startups.

Jan Filipowiak
CEO of Pixel Legend, Founder of Emb3d & Pastguide

Jan runs Pixel Legend, software house delivering stuff mainly for UK & US startups and he is responsible for business development in Emb3d - platform to embed virtual reality in real locations for architects and designers. It’s distribution for the tourist market codenamed Pastguide was the first project in Poland to receive SME Instrument innovation grant directly from EU Commission and since then it’s developed in several locations with the support of Helsinki-based accelerator Creatifi. Jan founded his first business in 2004, his companies worked for known brands like Dell, Amnesty International & Mercedes Benz. He likes to help young companies in their search for business model, technical advice or financing and sometimes jumps on stage to tell about his experience and projects.

Tomasz Szmidt
Founder of Thinkenglish.pl

Tomasz organizes custom English language courses for IT companies and individuals. His classes go far beyond typical language learning setting thanks to selection materials based on YouTube and tech/marketing blogs. Effective communication always comes first. That is why Tomasz concentrates on presentation skills and writing abilities.During the Startup Weekend Tomasz will help you with preparing final pitch presentations. He will show how to prepare slides and how to talk about your product.

Magda Małachowska
Service Design Poland

Magda Małachowska, doctor of economic sciences, business consultant, co-founder of "Design Polska" consulting group and the "Media Dizajn" Association. Manager of Development at Centre for Creative Industries Academy of Arts. Lecturer of design services (service design) at the West Pomeranian University of Technology and the School of Form. Mom of 2 boys. A resident of fragrant chocolate Szczecin.

Jakub Ślusarczyk
Protos Venture Capital

Kuba is a managing partner at Protos VC. He has been active on Polish startup scene for almost ten years. Early investor in Brainly and Allani. Kuba specializes in finance and business planning. Previously he was a mentor at Startupbootcamp Warsaw.

Michał Jasiński
Senior UX Designer at BLStream

The man orchestra - M.S. in Computer Graphics, UX Specialist working on consistency and quality of graphical user interfaces in West Pomeranian marshal's Office and Senior UX Designer in BLStream. He is also Owner and Creative Director in Deepline S.C.  responsible for company  and project management and also  employees, sales and customer service.

Bartosz Trocha
Protos Venture Capital

Bartek likes all things in the consumer internet space. He has joined Protos VC as Analyst in the fall of 2014 after completing an internship with a management consulting firm. Bartek specializes in due dilligence and social media marketing. 

Michał Rachowski
Sales Manager at Squiz

Michal is responsible for fostering a portfolio of clients and taking responsibility for managing all aspects of the sales, service delivery and relationship management cycle. To provide effective solutions + to identify and meet business requirements + to ensure client satisfaction + to lead and mentor the the team as some performance standards and targets are to met = this is his daily task list. Willing to share his experiences about international business and sales aspects.

Mateusz Belattaf
Digital Strategy, Social Media, Marketing Automation, Growth Hacking, BI, Analytics

He remembers BBS and the Mosaic browser, active on the Internet since 1997, promoter of open source implementations of WordPress as a CMS. Confessor inbound marketing practices of SEO / SEM and Social Media. From the beginning he worked as a freelancer, then in British Telecom, Content Forces, Ogicom ... managed campaigns for Facebook Ads and designed apps for Facebook/OpenGraph actively developing Fanpoint.com. He built analytical tool for monitoring and optimizing online business focus - smarter analytics (GetFokus.com) and for Youtube (YourMuse.IO) and organized meetings for lovers of new media and social marketing - Social Poznan (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTWBhddjnps).

Currently he advises companies and startups in product development, usually through strategies Growth-hackings. His motto: "Analyze -> Optimize -> Synergize."

Privately devoted music fan drum & bass, networking, psychology.

Jarosław Poteralski
The West Pomeranian Business School in Szczecin & Vice Dean of Faculty Economics and Pedagogy

Dr Poteralski teaches in The West Pomeranian Business School in Szczecin and in Gryfice (economics programs). His scientific research focuses on: labour market, entrepreneurship, management of projects. In period May 2007 – January 2008 he was on academic training in Insitut Arbeit und Technik in Gelsenkirchen, in Germany. He is the author of many scientific articles, books and guides in the area of his scientific interesting. He is  an experienced business consultant towards entrepreneurship and  setting up a company. He was also manager of many projects co-financed by UE. The title of his doctorate was: Labour market of university graduates in West Pomeranian Province

Marcin Skonieczny

Managing Partner at Dige, Szczecin-based interactive agency / software house house building modern, web and mobile-based technology products that support everyday work and  help solve problems of their users - both corporate clients and the 'average Joe' users.   Dige develops web and mobile apps for corporate clients (Toyota, Ecolab, BASF among others), but also designs and creates it's own internal projects that grow into fully-fledged products.   Among Dige's major successes was creating and growing one of the biggest knowledge-related sites in the polish web (zapytaj.onet.pl)   Marcin Skonieczny, having a non-IT background (which he finds an advantage) is a link connecting the developers and the average users. This lets him speak both languages - the developers' and the non-technical, end-users'. In his journey accompanied by: wife, kid#1, kid#2

Michał Kordaczuk
Co-head of Dentons Poland Startup Program

Michał specializes in new technologies law, commercial, and civil law. His professional experience comprises advice to entities in the new technologies sector, including startups, in the process of securing founder interests at every stage of their business, as well as advice on investment agreements. Dentons Poland Startup Program is a practice within the one of the biggest law firm in the world – Dentons. We provide founders and  startups at all stages with legal services. Additionally, startups get plugged into Denton’s deep network of VCs, investors  in Silicon Valley, Boston, San Francisco, Vancouver, Toronto, London, Berlin, Moscow, Beijing and Hong Kong.

Rafał Malujda
Attorney-at-law & IT law expert

Attorney-at-law and Patent Attorney, LL.M. (Rostock), advises both experienced companies and startups commencing their way to glory in projects located in Poland and abroad. Open source enthusiast, member of the community of licensing lawyers within the Free Software Foundation Europe - FSFE Software Freedom Task Force. Fintech specialist (including government licenses procedures and PSD II). By the way - GDPR is not an obstalce for most companies

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Maciej Jankowski
CEO of Netcamp, co-founder Startup Poland, Techstars Community Leader

Założyciel i Prezes Fundacji Rozwoju Branży Internetowej „Netcamp” gdzie buduje "Dolinę Krzemową" w głowach ludzi promując dzielenie się wiedzą, współpracę i networking. Od 10 lat rozwija w Szczecinie największą w zachodniej Polsce społeczność technologiczno-startupową organizując Netcamp - inspirujące spotkania IT, hackathony NetHack i polsko-niemiecki Startup Weekend Szczecin.

Jako co-founder Startup Poland pomaga też tworzyć lepsze warunki do rozwoju startupów w Polsce. Za swoją działalność otrzymał branżową nagrodę Aulera oraz był finalistą European Enterprise Awards za wspieranie przedsiębiorczości technologicznej.  

Aktualnie  Maciej skupia się na realizacji wizji "100 programistów dla Szczecina" którymi chciałby co roku zasilić lokalną branżę IT aby pomóc w rozwoju lokalnym firmom IT oraz startupom. W ramach Fundacji Netcamp realizuje projekt "Programiści dla Szczecina" aby w ciągu 2 lat wyszkolić bezpłatnie ponad 160 programistów i testerów.

Maciej  to pasjonat technologii, marketingu i startupowy geek. Lider TEDxSzczecin promujący od 6 lat ideas worth spreading. Od wielu lat zajmuje się też marketingiem internetowym, głównie SEM/Google AdWords/Analytics. Jest wielkim fanem growth marketingu i webanalityki.

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