Techstars Startup Weekend Wroclaw

    Friday, November 17 - 19, 2017

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Techstars Startup Weekend Wroclaw

Friday, November 17 - 19, 2017

Friday, November 17 - 19, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Slężna 132
Wrocław, Poland

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Startup Weekend Wroclaw #5

Do you want to be a tech entrepreneur?

17nd-19th Nov 2017, we invite you to join us for an extended weekend in Wroclaw where you will form teams, formulate startup ideas, work intensively on them and finally pitch them to a panel of judges and investors. You will be supported by leaders in the tech & startup community: entrepreneurs, business leaders, technical experts and experienced managers. They will mentor you and guide you through these intense three days, making sure your idea will translate into actual businesses.

What is Startup Weekend?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroot movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest global community of passionate entrepreneurs; as of November 2014, over 2900 events have been held, involving over 193,000 entrepreneurs across 150 countries and over 23,000 startups have been created.

The hardest part of starting up is starting out.

In just 54 hours, you will experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup. As you learn how to create a real company, you'll meet the very best mentors, investors, co-founders, and sponsors who are ready to help you get started. 

I love it. But I don’t have an idea!

It’s not just about the idea, it’s about the team! Teams are formed around top ideas pitched on the first day, so you can contribute your expertise and experience to the business idea that inspires you most. Everyone counts at StartupWeekend Wroclaw!

Do I have to be a programmer or have technical skills?

Innovation is not possible without outside influence. Success in entrepreneurship hinges on the input from all disciplines. If you are an artist, marketer, planner, programmer, lawyer, economist or educator, you too have a role. Join us in shaping the future!!

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Friday November 17th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

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

9:30 pm
Dinner and Networking
You will get warm meal and will have an opportunity to meet other participants

11:00 pm
Venue Closing
Finish for the day

Saturday November 18th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

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

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. We our going to the city for less official networking part!

Sunday November 19th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

2:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

3:00 pm
Final Presentations

4:00 pm
Judging & Awards

5:00 pm

6:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Grzegorz Struś
Director of Innovation at IT Kontrakt

Grzegorz performs the role of Director of Innovation in IT Kontrakt. His responsibility is to ensure growth by developing and researching the latest tools. He builds company internal products and constantly works on the optimization of organization processes. He has got 10 years of professional experience in managing a variety of teams, including sales, operational and product development.

Trevor Coyne
Co-Founder & Head of Growth @ OpsTalent

Formerly an Investment Banker (Corporate Finance M&A - Technology ) with Union Bank of Switzerland in London, Trevor grew his entrepreneurial wings very quickly since then having successfully developed a number of companies from standing starts, most notably Hoxton Holdings & OpsTalent. An avid learner, Trevor holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance Degree from University College Cork, Bachelor of Law Degree from Nottingham Trent University and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute Of Management Accountants with a strong interest in all things tech.

Jack Thompson
Investor Relations Manager at Angels Den

Jack is a Business Consultant, with 15 years experience of working in almost every industry and at every level. He is Investor Relations Manager of one of Europe’s largest Angel Investment networks, dealing with over 18,000 investors and connecting them with start-ups looking for funding. Jack operates between London and Poland where he also owns and runs several small companies, operating at different stages of the business cycle. On top of this, Jack provides training to some of the most internationally recognised blue chip companies such as Google, HPE and Credit Suisse. He helps companies that need to improve their productivity, simplify procedures and enhance their competitive edge.

Mariusz Waszak
Director of Architecture and Integration Department

Mariusz was a developer for over 15 years. Currently he is responsible for whole architecture in Bank Zachodni WBK. He has a vast knowledge regarding developement technologies as well as system architecture and technical aspect of systems development.

Angus Kidd
Head of Compliance & Regulatory Affairs Effectiveness and Business Delivery Centers

Head of Credit Suisse Centre of Excellence Wroclaw, Poland. Executive oversight across Investment Banking, Private Banking, Finance,Operations & IT, Risk, General Counsel, Talent & Branding and Internal Audit divisions primarily supporting London and Zurich. Leading a growing knowledgeable and innovative talent footprint of 4000 people.

Coaches and Mentors

Marcos Bravo
Marketing Expert, Startup Mentor, Keynote speaker. Creator of K.L.A.P. pitch system

Marcos Bravo is the Marketing and Business Developer for Tooploox here in Wroclaw. He has over 15 years of experience in Marketing and Sales for a huge variety of products like beer, diamonds, education, art and most recently video games for Techland. He is an expert on how to reach and engage customers outside the polish market and he is a mentor for Startup Chile, Switzerland and Polish companies. He is also the co-founder of “BRAVO! Cultural and business trainings” and the author of the upcoming book. “K.L.A.P. The pitching method”

Mike Szyndel
CTO @ Stagelink

Michał is an entrepreneur, engineer, and manager with more than 10 years of experience building internet products. He is an alumnus of Techstars Accelerator which he attended as a co-founder and CTO of Stagelink. Lately, he has been enjoying the life of a freelancer building apps and bots for startups from Germany and Silicon Valley.

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.

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.

Dr. Saul Reichman

Active figure in Israel’s ‘Start-up Nation’ ecosystem. He established Renault’s Open Innovation Lab in Israel in partnership with Renault’s local importer (Carasso Motors), including the recent win for an ‘Innovation Lab’ tender by The Israel Innovation Authority. Saul is also an angel investor and Founder of the Israel Multinational Automotive Forum (IMAF). In addition, he is a mentor, jury member in various start-up related competitions and public speaker.
Until the termination of Challenge Fund – Etgar II L.P. in 2014, Saul served as an Executive Vice President and a member of the fund's investment committee. Prior to assuming his role at Challenge Fund, Saul was Scientist-in-Residence at Precede Technologies, an early-stage Cleantech oriented venture arm of Pitango VC and Evergreen Venture Partners. In addition, he is familiar with the entrepreneurial rollercoaster after successfully licensing technologies from the Israeli academia: A.I.T. a small wind turbine start-up (CEO & Founder, Technion); Lunaros an online liquid monitoring start-up (Co-founder, Weizmann Institute of Science).
He was appointed as the Chairman of the Israel-Korea Desk on June 2015 and serves since then as a Board Member in the Israel-Asia Chamber of Commerce. He also serves several NGOs as Board Member.

Monika Czaplicka
Blogger in

Working in the social media industry for 11 years in her agency called Wobuzz. Blogger in, administrator of famous polish fanpage “Crises erupt in social media at the weekend” (Kryzysy w social mediach wybuchają w weekendy). Published book about social media crisis, one of the authors of the E-business Bible Volume II (the part about hate). Often on conferences and giving lectures where she gets rewards for best talks. Working with brands around the globe.

Aleksandra Szczepaniak

My friends say I am “the hurricane of words". My name is Aleksandra Szczepaniak and I am public speaking trainer and a master of ceremonies. As a master of ceremonies in 2017, I lead the Polish Finals of the ClimateLaunchpad Programme for Climate-KIC at the Old Mine Science and Art Centre in Wałbrzych. As a public speaking trainer in 2017, I had prepared the contestants of The ClimateLaunchpad and Accelerator Programmes for pitching in front of the jury. Apart from start ups, I coach entrepreneurs, managers and all self-development interested people in presentations, effective communication and public appearances in a variety of industries, like construction, sports, healthcare or new technologies. I am a multiple speech competition laureate for Toastmasters International. Currently, I run my own company, WeDo Academy, offering public speaking trainings in Polish and English

Aleksandra Herbeć
Digital Health Consultant, Psychologist and Behavioural Scientist

Aleksandra Herbec, MA (Hons) MSc, is a behaviour scientists, psychologist, and a consultant specialising in digital health and behaviour change, with broad experience in project and product management, and in application of quantitative, qualitative and UX methods, as well as creativity, to identity and solve problems. To date she has worked on a range of project with different academic, clinical, and IT teams in Poland, UK and US, as well as with healthcare start-ups and large companies. Aleksandra is currently completing PhD at University College London on development and evaluation of smartphone-based complex interventions supporting quitting smoking and medication adherence, is an ambassador for Clinical UX Association that promotes best practice UX in healthcare settings, as well as a Consultant and Clinical Project Lead at Health Promotion Foundation/Fundacja “Promocja Zdrowia” in Poland.

Ahmad Piraiee
CEO at ITKeyMedia

CEO of ITKeyMedia, Global ambassador at Global Startup Awards and the board member of Polish-Iranian Chamber of Commerce. He can be proud of a strong international background, diverse expertise in sales, finance, content marketing, business development and social media strategy. He is providing consultancy to fortune 500 companies and has numerous experience as MC, speaker, and moderator at international events

Jakub Tetlak
Digital Expert at Aviva

Jakub is currently responsible for digital sales development in Aviva Poland. He has gained 11-year experience in telco & digital banking where he was mostly focused on development of digital sales channel, digital customer retention & X-sell. Big fan of growth hacking, disruptive innovation concept & gamification.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Startup Weekend Wroclaw 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 Wroclaw is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Jan
  • Agata
  • Olga
  • Kasia
  • Patryk
  • Natalia


Adrian Pica
Product Manager

Adrian is a veteran Startup Weekend Facilitator. He founded, a news/media outlet that covers tech and startups in the CEE region that he later sold to an American media group.
Previously he also co-founded Oblico, a location based networking app for events and conferences, a project that came out of a Startup Weekend, was part of the TechPeaks accelerator and received a grant from Telecom Italia.
 Currently he's creating awesome stuff as Product Manager at Telenav INC. Adrian is a lean startup fan and experienced in pitch training and public speaking. You can reach him anytime on FB. He has one of the biggest collections of Startup Weekend T-shirts.

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