Polish innovation is currently happening mostly outside of the borders of our country. Can Poland become the innovation center of Europe and the world, comparable to Silicon Valley or London?
We believe that 25 years after spinging into freedom, we will soon be capable of achieving our next big transformation. We are in the midst of a fourth wave of technological advancement: the rise of new digital industrial technology known as Industry 4.0.
A change for the better emerges from creative interaction of ideas, characters and experiences. The October conference, Poland 2.0 Summit at Imperial College London, the best tech university in Europe, provides a platform for a Polish-British discussion between heads of various industries, entrepreneurs and students. It encourages the creation of a safe environment for development of Polish innovation as well as growth of the start-up community.
Undersecretary of State
Ministry of Economic Development
Jadwiga Emilewicz has been appointed the Undersecretary of State at the Polish Ministry of Economic Development in 2015. She is responsible for undertaking activities that foster the increase of competitiveness and innovation of polish economy. She also coordinates the European Funds’ promotion, as well as execution of projects of the Patent Office of the Republic of Poland.
Director of Development of Innovation
Polish Development Fund
Director of Development of Innovation at Polish Development Fund, Eliza also holds the position of the President of the Management Board at Startup Poland. Graduate of the University of Warsaw and Middlesex University in London. She gained her experience while working in the IT sector and cooperating with the Huawei and Mozilla brands, as well as with non-governmental organisations (ePaństwo Foundation and the “Code for Poland” („Koduj dla Polski”) project).
Undersecretary of State
Ministry of Economic Development
Director, EMEA Head Channel & Enterprise Services
Since joining Citibank 18 years ago in Poland, Magdalena has worked in 4 countries & 2 regions in various roles including product development, product sales and business strategy.
She now leads the execution of Channel and Enterprise Services (CES) strategic objectives in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. Her team manages and develops digital platforms & connectivity services that support multinational corporations, financial institutions and public sector organizations in cash management, bank account management, payments, receivables, liquidity management, investment services and trade services. She also leads the Treasury and Trade Solutions (TTS) engagement with the Commercial Bank, driving the growth and penetration of TTS products in this client segment.
Magda was named One of Top 10 Emerging Women Talents in Business by Rzeczpospolita (daily Polish business newspaper) in 2014.
Adam Góral - co-founder and President of the Management Board of Asseco Poland, the largest IT company in Poland and one of the major software vendors in Europe. He is a graduate of Cracow University of Economics, where he obtained a PhD degree in economics. He is also the originator and creator of Asseco Group, which currently employs more than 20 thousand people in 54 countries worldwide.
Social entrepreneur and angel investor
Richard Lucas is a business and social entrepreneur who has lived in Poland for 25 year. He has founded or is an investor in 10 mainly technology orientated companies in Poland, the UK, USA and Hong Kong employing more than 500 people. He is the Curator of TEDxKazimierz, hosts Open Coffee Kraków, Kraków Enterprise Mondays, and founded Wintrepreneurs and Cambentrepreneurs. He run a thriving community of Wojtek the Solider Bear - Poland's most famous animal soldier - fans, and was responsible for the erection of the statue of the Wojtek Niedźwiedź Żołnierz statue in Park Jordana in Krakow.
Co-founder and President
Startup Hub Poland Fundation
Co-founder and President of Startup Hub Poland Fundation, which advocates innovative Central Eastern European high-tech talents in starting up a global venture in Poland..IP transfer specialist and RnD comercialisation analyst. Seed and startup investment manager. CEO in seed-funds supporting early-stage tech-based projects.
Maciek holds two MA Degrees of the University of Warsaw (Philosophy, Political Sciences/European Studies). Scholar exhibitioner at the Universität Salzburg. In years 2009-15 a PhD applicant in political philosophy (human dignity concepts in contemporary social life). Academic teacher i.e. at the University of Warsaw where he lectured logic, analytic philosophy, Eastern-Europe regional policy. Expert of the National Center for Research and Development. Member of the Committee on New Technologies and Innovations to the Polish Chamber of Commerce. Member of the National Development Council to the President of the Republic of Poland. Born in Warsaw, fun of futurism and medieval sagas.
Partner and Managing Director
The Boston Consulting Group
ING Bank Śląski
Manager of Adamed SmartUP programme
Anna Kosińska - Graduate of the University of Cambridge (BA Natural Sciences) and the College of Europe (MA in European Interdisciplinary Studies). Alumna of Downside School in England. Previously has worked in the sector of education in Poland and the UK and has acquired experience in the Polish Foreign Ministry. Currently manages ADAMED SmartUP - a science-educational programme for Polish youth, run by the Adamed Group Foundation and co-ordinates corporate social responsibility projects at Adamed Group.
Doctor of Medicine and graduate of Medical University of Warsaw and Warsaw School of Economics. He acquired experience in pharmaceutical companies like Bioton S.A. or Sanofi-Aventis. He currently holds the position of Medical Manager and Digital Business Unit Manager in Adamed Group. His specialties are: telemedicine, multichannel marketing and pharmaceutical marketing.
Paweł Surówka is the CEO of PZU Życie. A graduate of Universitẻ Paris I Panthẻon Sorbonne. Mr. Surowka started his career as a Financial Advisor at America Merril Lynch. He also held the position of the Head of Corporate and Investment Banking Germany and of the Advisor to the CEO at PKO Bank Polski. He was responsible for opening the first foreign corporate branch of the PKO bank Polski in Germany.
CEO and Founder
Marek is a scientist, manager and a technology commercialisation strategist. He completed his PhD at the Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge working with Professor Ernest Laue on structural aspects of chromatin assembly. His research interests are focused on epigenetics in stem cell and cancer biology, drug discovery and the development of biological tools for epigenetic therapy. He was a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at Imperial College London working on biochemical characterisation of novel chromatin-associated factors and their role in cancer.
He has extensive experience working on technology strategy, landscaping and due-diligence projects for large and mid-size pharmaceutical companies. He has over 8 years of experience in R&D in the areas of protein biochemistry and molecular biology and has advised proof of concept level biotechnology startups. He is the founder and CEO of the Innovation Forum a leading global network of early-stage innovative companies and founder of Cambridge Squared - a technology scouting & strategy consultancy.
Managing Director - CEE
Matt Komorowski is responsible for driving PayPal business and delivering company’s strategy in more than 20 countries in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Matt is focusing on payment innovations to address changing consumer shopping behavior, as well as on leveraging payment technology to accelerate e-commerce and help CEE businesses to expand both domestically and internationally.
Prior he worked in PayPal as a Head of Sales for Central and Eastern Europe region. He gained professional experience as a consultant with The Boston Consulting Group and held positions at Groupon. He began his career as an entrepreneur in Canada, where he supported small and medium businesses in their marketing initiatives.
As a graduate of University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Commerce, he has a degree in Commerce and Finance.
The Boston Consulting Group
The Boston Consulting Group
Head of Regional Marketing and Business Development, CEE
Head of Marketing and Communications
The Boston Consulting Group
Dawid Ostręga is a proven leader with over 20 years of management, coaching, and technology experience. Major companies to feature in his CV include: MMR Group, EPAM, IBM and SolarWinds. Past achievements are highlighted by successful startups, international expansions of privately and publicly held companies, as well as board level responsibility of a global charitable organization. CEO, coach, scoutmaster, mentor and former international athlete. Unique blend of experience on both sides of the Atlantic, within business, sports and charitable work, has shaped his leadership vision and winning direction. Currently CEO of SKK S.A. a market leader in optimization and automation. SKK is a leading innovator in the area of integration of IT systems for automatic identification, aimed at enhancing the efficiency of production processes, warehouse logistics and mobile labor.
Founder & CEO
Zing Business Consulting
Dorota Zimnoch is an international FinTech and InsurTech expert. For nearly 20 years she worked with leading global brands like Citi, AIG, Alico, MetLife, 4finance driving innovation and pioneering cutting edge products and services in banking, insurance, lending and payments. In 2014 she founded Zing Business Consulting and is an advisor and mentor to various boards and CEOs. She is a strategic advisor for D-raft and leads a FinTech Program at ‘The Heart Warsaw’. Graduated from Budapest University of Economic Sciences, Warsaw School of Economics, Warsaw University, as well as Stanford University (Tech Entrepreneurship Course). She is an active member of industry communities like: Tech London Advocates, FemTech Leaders and InsurTech London.
Based in London from 2005 she is actively involved in promoting the Polish professional community internationally for which she was honored with the Gold Cross of Merit by the President of Poland in 2014. She was a President of Polish City Club (2010 – 2014) and is a Member of its Advisory Board.
The Swan Foundation
Katarzyna Grzybczak - graduated the Warsaw School of Economics, earning a Master’s Degree in Finance & Banking. During her studies she was part of the Student Council, which gave her invaluable experience within her career path in the financial sector. Responsible for marketing and PR, for brands such as Expander and the Noble Bank, she then went on to launch “Poland Sothebys International Realty” in the Polish market. Currently the CEO of The Swan Foundation.
General Manager for Invite UK responsible for building the strong local team in Great Britain. In free time Agile Coach, with a history of successfully delivering over 60 projects and 18 years of Project Management in web application and telecommunication
High Tech Foundation
Joanna Gogolińska - Director of the High Tech Foundation, the organizer of the E(x)plory Program.
As the manager of E(x)plory for three years she made it one of the biggest Polish program promoting science and entrepreneurship among young people. She has 10 year business experience including 4 years as investment promotion manager - attracting international investors for the public private partnership projects of Polish cities. She was the coordinator of the biggest Polish contest promoting PPP among public entities in Poland (Good PPP Practices, 2007-2009). Joanna is a specialist in social campaigns, she was PR Director of ITAKA Foundation, launched 4 nation-wide social campaigns. MA in International Researches (2000, Institute for International Relations, Warsaw University) and a degree of PR Specialist (2008, Warsaw University, Polish Academy of Science).
E(x)plory is the biggest Polish initiative supporting talented young people to fulfil their innovative science projects and promoting their success in the international arena. Since 2012 we have created a community of over 800 young scientists, who have submitted 682 scientific projects to our contests. 57 young scientists represented Poland in international science contests. We helped 72 scientists to commercialize and develop their projects through training and monitoring programs.
Venture Capital Investment Manager
Annemarie Dalka is currently an Investment Manager at Ariadne Capital focusing on early stage companies in multiple sectors, including fintech.
Prior to joining Ariadne, Annemarie spent six years at the BNP Paribas group, most recently working with UK based financial institutions within its Asset Management unit. This followed a successful three years at the Investment Bank in both Warsaw and London, gaining extensive experience covering M&A transactions, Debt Capital Markets and Equity & Commodity Derivatives.
Annemarie holds a Masters Degree in Strategic Management from Kozminski University.
Founder and President
FinTech Business Development Lead
Jamie oversees the Anti-Money Laundering offering at Onfido. Practically this involves conversations with FinTechs, financial institutions and regulators to push forward robust and remote identity verification.
As the representative at FCA roundtables and the UN's ID2020, Jamie is active in promoting the harmonisation of KYC & AML processes in the interests of financial inclusion.
Our trusted partners include JustGiving, Crowdcube, Monzo, GoCardless, LendInvest and Pockit.
Onfido delivers next-generation identity verification to help helping Sharing & On Demand companies verify anyone, anywhere. Powered by machine learning technology, Onfido combines intelligent identity verification and adverse history searches to provide a solution for robust remote verification at scale. We are building the trust engine to power human interactions worldwide. Onfido works with over 1,000 clients globally including Uber, Deliveroo, and BlaBlaCar.
Deep Science Ventures
Dominic spent 3 years building Imperial College's start-up community from zero to 3000 scientists, founded a social enterprise consultancy, worked in growth at several digital start-ups.
Deep Science Ventures takes you from early career scientist to founder in 6 months.
Founder and CEO
Ruzbeh Bacha is the founder of fintech startup CityFALCON. He has been investing and trading for the last 15 years, is a qualified accountant, has an MBA (Oxford) and worked at Skype, KPMG, Nokia and Microsoft.
CityFALCON is a 21st century financial news aggregator which redefines how financial news is sourced, curated, distributed and consumed. It provides comprehensive, relevant, personalised and real-time news feed for fundamental investors, powered by crowd-curation, social media and machine learning.
The winner of the Innovator of Tommorow contest organised by E(x)plory. We invented a wheelchair with new, revolutionary features.
Healthcare strategy consultant
A healthcare strategy consultant, specializing in product launch of new medicines, with focus on pricing and market access in Europe. He has a keen interest in digital health, having previously carried out partnerships with startups and investors.
PLUG - Polish Tech Link
Founder of PLUG Polish Tech Link. Creating a global network of leaders of Polish technology industry and helping Polish startups and tech companies go global.
Poland Managing Director
Managing director of iwoca Poland, fintech company providing flexible financing to small business thanks to big data and machine learning. Previously Head of Business Development at bamilo.com, the largest e-commerce platform in Iran. Former management consultant at BCG and financial analyst at Rubicon Partners. He graduated from Warsaw School of Economics and completed CFA and CAIA programs. He holds Polish investment advisor license.
MIT Enterprise Forum Poland
|UB||Union Building, Beit Quadrangle, Prince Consort Rd, London SW7 2BB, United Kingdom|
|Blackett Building||Blackett Building, Room 630, Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus, London SW7 2AZ, United Kingdom|
|Bessemer Building||Imperial College Incubator, Meeting Room, Level 2 Bessemer Building, Imperial College Road, London, South Kensington SW7 2AZ, United Kingdom|
Presentations and short discussions:
Moderator: Aleksandra Kozera, Elab Fundacja
Selection of workshops prepared by the BCG, ING, Asseco Poland and Deep Science Ventures.
|The BCG||Union Building|
|SAF||Sir Alexander Fleming Building, Imperial College Union, Prince Consort Rd, London SW7 2BB, United Kingdom|
Moderator: Richard Lucas, Business Entrepreneur
Moderator: Annemarie Dalka, Ariadne Capital
Keynote speech by Magdalena Mielcarz, Citibank.
Exclusive lunch meetings with a selection of our speakers
Moderator: Nina Suffczyńska-Hałabuz, The Boston Consulting Group
Moderator: Jacek Ratajczak, PLUG, Polish Tech Link
Moderator: Jack Ziomek, Life Sciences Strategy Consultant
Location: Porchester Hall
After the closing address on Saturday, we have the utmost pleasure to invite you to our exclusive farewell ball. The event will be held in the prestigious venue in central London and it will give you an opportunity to enjoy a fine night alongside the guests, speakers, partners and fellow delegates, all whilst having a literal ball! Learn more
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