Mentors

IAISON MENTORS:

We strongly believe in close cooperation among programs designed for tech startups, so it is reason why we created a special group of liaison mentors. These mentors run other accelerator’s programs in various countries.

ANNA-KATHARINA ALEX (betapitch)

Anna Alex studied economics in Germany and France. Since then she gathered a lot of experience in the start-up and venture capital scene. She has been working with Rocket Internet for one year accompanying projects in online marketing and product management for Zalando and Groupon among others. Last year she started to set up an acceleration event & program called www.betapitch.de in Berlin to support the non-copy-cat movement.

ALEX BARRERA (Tetuan Valley)

has a Computer Science background and an MBA, he’s beenworking in different fields, from Computer Security to AI, GIS orwebapps.
He is currently CEO and Founder of Inkzee an intelligent online newsaggregator, co-founder and CEO at Tetuan Valley, an internationalstartup incubator based in Madrid, partner at Okuri Ventures, partnerat Startup Bootcamp Europe, Sandbox network Ambassador and StartupDigest curator.

DAVID BIZER (HackFwd)

is HackFwd’s Chief Talent Geek. He ensures HackFwd is finding the 1% of the best talent with the best ideas, and helps HackBoxes grow and develop. David is a pioneer in global internet recruiting with a unique bi-continental background discovering talent from Silicon Valley to the technology hubs of Europe. Over the past 15 years, David has recruited and led recruitment efforts resulting in the hiring of more than 4000 top-caliber candidates across more than 25 countries. David started his career in staffing at Netscape which was at the time, perhaps the most exciting internet company on the planet. Having learned with the best at Netscape, David then joined Trilogyto lead their European Recruitment efforts, sourcing high caliber Computer Science graduates from top universities in Western Europe. In 2003, David was named the first European recruiter at Google. He hired over 300 candidates in his first 18 months. He then led Google’s staffing efforts across Europe for 20+ sales offices and all technical graduate recruitment. David holds a bachelor’s degree in International Business from the University of Colorado, Boulderand has served as President of AIESEC United States. David resides in Paris with his wife Julia and his children Alexa and Samuel. The family loves living, and especially eating, in Paris.

JON BRADFORD (Springboad)

the MD, is responsible for managing Springboard. He is also the Founder and CEO of the Difference Engine and prior to this, he was the Investment Manager at the Design and Creative Fund for North East Finance. Jon has spent most of the last ten years working in and around start-ups; both for advisory firms and venture capital backed start-ups, including an Oxford university spin-out. Jon started his career at Arthur Andersen including a secondment to Melbourne, Australia. Having recently completed the conversion of a Northumberland barn, Jon knows far too much about septic tanks than he really cares for.

PAUL BRAGIEL (i/o Ventures)

is an internet entrepreneur and currently a managing partner of i/o Ventures. Bragiel, the oldest child of Mary and Walter Bragiel, was raised in Mt. Prospect & South Barrington, Illinois. Bragiel graduated from University of Illinois in 1999. Shortly after graduating he founded his first company Paragon 5 with offices in Chicago and Poland. In 2004 he founded the first location based social network Meetro. In 2008 he founded Lefora which was sold to Crowdgather in the summer of 2010. Often he travels around the world to give lectures on startups and advise governments on their entrepreneurship policies.

PASCAL FINETTE (WebFWD)

Pascal is Director of Mozilla’s WebFWD accelerator program, where he works with the wider community inventing the future of the Web. He loves technology and believes that the Internet is deeply impacting mankind. Prior to Mozilla, he led eBay’s Platform Solutions Group, consulted a bunch of entrepreneurs on their strategy & operations and invested into startups, among other things. Pascal frequently speaks about Open Innovation on the Web.

LUIS RIVIERA GURREA – NOZALEDA (Startupbootcamp)

Cofounder and Managing Director Spain at Startupbootcamp. Founding partner and investor at Okuri Ventures, Tetuan Valley, Akaimedia, Arbco and Blue Nilak. Advisory Board member at Tink Security and Inkzee, and collaborator of other startups.
Management Consultant with over 8 years experience advising multinationals and Private Equity firms in Business Development projects and financial Transactions at Okuri Ventures (Madrid), Monitor Group (London) and PwC Consulting / IBM (Madrid).
Mentor at Tetuan Valley (Madrid and Barcelona), Seedcamp(Barcelona) and Startupbootcamp (Copenhagen, Dublin, Madrid) accelerator programs, as well as collaborator in various training programs
INSEAD MBA (Fontainebleau). Bachelor of Science in International Business ICADE (Madrid), CBS (Copenhagen) and McGill (Montreal).

ANDRZEJ KIESZ (LabStar)

Cofounder, coordinator and mentor at LabStar – startup accelerator run by Wirtualna Polska. Manager of WWW Projects Department in Wirtualna Polska. Responsible for technical development of numerous services. Cofounder and co-organizer of infoShare – annual IT & new media conference. Graduated from Gdansk University of Technology (Computer Science). Postgraduate Diploma at ODiTK/Gdynia Administration & Business School (Project Management). Enthusiast of deep and electro music.

JAKUB LEBUDA (Disruptive Concepts)

Managing Partner at management consultancy for innovation driven organisations: Disruptive Concepts, Managing Partner at grant consultancy EXEQ, Project Leader at BRAMA Innovation Camp, an academic start-up programme of the Warsaw University of Technology, Partner at 1410ventures, startup accelerator, Co-founder of resource management tool SKEEMMO. Jakub has been involved in various innovation/R&D projects as well as educational and consulting endeavours for the public and private sectors and a number of NGOs, both domestically and in various international set-ups. He currently consults to fast growing media, software and telecommunication companies. Jakub fosters idea sharing processes and enables creative sparring within client companies thus helps them build a solid, rational base for future endeavours: from sketchy intuitions to fully-fledged initiatives.

MARCIN POKOJSKI (LabStar)

Co-founder and co-ordinator at LabStar, programme from Wirtualna Polska for young enterpreneurs. Over 10 years of experience in the Internet industry. Worked on or helped to develop almost 200 projects. Specializes in mobile and social products. Is an expert in technology aspects of product. Co-founder and co-ordinator at infoShare, annual IT & new media conference in Gdansk. In private pretty good poolplayer and a fan of the Dalmatian coast.

JEAN PAUL SCHMETZ (HackFwd)

is HackFwd’s Board Member. Jean Paul is the founder and CEO of 10betterpages GmbH. He also serves as an advisor to the management of Hubert Burda Media – a global media company.Currently, he is a member of the Board of Directors of TomorrowFocus AG (a leading diversified online company in Germany), of DoganBurda Dergi (the largest magazine publisher in Turkey), ofDPP (the largest magazine distributor in Turkey), Design House ltd. (a large magazine publisher in South-Korea), OPMS (a large performance marketing service company in South Korea) and DDH (an online company in South Korea).He was the CTO and CEO of Burda Digital and in that function helped the creation of 20+ successful digital companies worldwide.Jean-Paul received a Master’s Degree in Philosophy (magna cum laude) from the University of Louvain (Belgium) and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Louvain.Jean-Paul is fluent in French, English and German. Jean-Paul is an avid mathematician, hardware hacker and is fluent with all the latest software technologies.

MENTORS:

RAFAŁ BAUER (Black Lion NFI)

engaged with company restructurings and M&A transactions for 18 years. His track record includes projects like Trakcja Polska, Winuel, Huta Szkła Ujście, Sokółka Okna i Drzwi, Vistula&Wólczanka. Owner of the men’s fashion brand Rage Age founded in 2009, which currently has 6 stores within the country and 3 abroad (in Milan, London and Madrid). CEO of Black Lion NFI S.A. that has controlling interests in the medical sector (Scanmed S.A.) and construction (CT Żuraw). There are also real estate / property development projects in Warsaw and Cracow – such as Soho Factory and Cracovia Property, in the Fund’s portfolio.

STEFAN BIELAU (Stefan Bielau|Consulting)

has more than 10 years of experience working in the media industry. Currently he helps companies to achieve their goals in terms of mobile revenues, content distribution and digital expansion. His clients include companies like AUPEO!, W3i Mobile Solutions, ImmobilienScout24 and 90elf. Prior to his consulting assignments, he founded dailyme.tv, the leading application for mobile video and TV in the German-speaking area. Stefan has been in various executive management positions in Poland and Germany. 

He holds a MBA from HHL – Leipzig Graduate School of Management (Germany, AACSB accredited). He also received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Health Management and German Linguistics & Literature from Bethel College (Kansas, USA). 

He is an avid user of social media tools, feel free to follow via www.twitter.com/StefanBielau or connect via www.linkedin.com/in/StefanBielau.

MARCIN BOROWIECKI (Finamo)

founded 3 businesses, most notably co-founded Finamo – anadvice-driven distributor of financial products that reached 40 outlets, 400 employees and was subsequently sold to a market leader. Before that he worked for McKinsey & Co. and strategy arm of eBay Inc. – advising the top management on issues ranging from Skype acquisitionto mobile strategy for eBay. Most recently he is consultant to several consumer internet companies in e-commerce, social and gaming space. Marcin holds MBA degree from Stanford Graduate School of Businesswhere he was COO of Entrepreneur Club.

JANI BYRNE (IBM’s Venture Capital Group)

began her IBM career in 1988 and has held a multitude of hardware andsoftware leadership and management roles including market research, marketing communications, brand management and a variety of executive roles including IBM’s B2B e-business initiative and xSeries channel, operations and marketing communications. Most recently, Jani is the Director of Strategic Ventures, and an active partner in IBM’s Venture Capital Group, facilitating strategic relationships with the Venture Community to leverage their insights and guidance, and to build out VC-backed ecosystems for IBM’s Systems and Technology Group. Jani holds a Ph.D. and M.S in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Maryland.

PAWEŁ CHUDZIŃSKI (Point Nine Capital)

before co-founding Point Nine Capital in 2011, Pawel was a co-founder and partner at Team Europe Ventures where he led Team Europe’s investment activities. Prior to that, Pawel worked as an Associate for the US investment banking firm Greenhill & Co. in Frankfurt and London. Previously, he graduated from the Leipzig Graduate School of Management (HHL). He is fluent in English, German and Polish and has a basic command of Russian.

CHINNIAH DESIGAN (Mozilla)

Dees is a Firestarter at Mozilla, the makers of Firefox — innovating, experiment and engaging with the communities of the project. He has worked within web circles as a Designer, Developer & Product Manager for over 8 years, including stints at Ask Jeeves, Skype, BBC World Service, eBay, PayPal X and Gumtree. Dees evolves within a magical world of conference calls, IRC and cross-Atlantic flights. When he’s not geeking out on the web, he can be found sporting, snapping pictures or entertaining the kids, but not at the same time. You should follow him as ‘cyberdees‘ on Twitter, Lanyrd, Last.fm, Flickr, LinkedIn, or visit: http://desiganchinniah.com/

PAWEŁ CIESIELSKI (Asseco Corporate Ventures)

President of the Asseco Corporate Ventures. In the past he was President of the JTT Computer, one of the biggest players on the Polish IT market. He held several senior managerial positions in the Getin Holding group. Among the others he was Vice President of the Getin Bank responsible for development and implementation of IT systems and solutions. Paweł has a Computer Science and Economy background.

ANDREW FILEV (Wrike)

is a seasoned software entrepreneur. During his studies in St. Petersburg State University, Russia, Andrew started his first software development business at the age of 17. A few years later, he moved to the United States where in 2006 he started his current company, Wrike, which is now one of the leading providers of project management and collaboration software. In Wrike, Andrew not only oversees the business strategy, but passionately leads the product management. Wrike’s goal is to make online work more productive and fun for everyone. Andrew is a frequently invited speaker at PMI events, Web 2.0, Enterprise 2.0 and other conferences. To learn more about Andrew’s views and ideas, subscribe to his Project Management 2.0 blog.

PIOTR FUGLEWICZ (TiP)

Social activist, IT. He graduated from the Faculty of Automation and Computer Science at Silesian University of Technology and a post-graduate study “Managing the enterprise in terms of European integration” in the Warsaw School of Economics. He worked in technical and managerial positions at the Institute of Control Systems and Scientific-Production Center of Control Systems MERASTER in Katowice. He was a board member of Computer Systems for Business International, then advisor to the board of Computerland. From 1999 to 2002 he worked as an advisor to the Board and partner Infovide. He is the founder and CEO of TiP, developing software for natural language linguistic region of Central and Eastern Europe, including licensed Microsoft utility programs. Co-author of two books, the author of over a hundred articles in newspapers and scientific information.

MARTA GAJĘCKA (Ernst & Young Corporate Finance)

Partner in Ernst & Young Corporate Finance Sp. z o.o. and former honorary Vice President of the European Investment Bank.

PIOTR GROCHOWSKI (PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna)

is a senior executive with more than 20 years’ experience in information technology. He specializes in IT strategy for multinational companies, High-Tech., M&A, business alignment, global business system implementation and software development. In his career: he established and run Software Development Competence Center, many years was accountable for software development in over 30 countries and 50 locations around the world, managed staff of 650+ IT professionals as well as led multicultural virtual teams of programmers worldwide. He implemented multimillion worth global business projects. Piotr Grochowski worked with companies such as, NCR, Intergraph, Wella, Coty. Currently, he is the Chief Information Officer, Board Representative of PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna S.A., one of the largest electricity company in Poland that plays a major role in supplying the country with energy. Graduated Executive MBA – University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM) and Advanced Master’s Certificate Project Management at George Washington University. He is the Project Management Professional and member of Project Management Institute.

RAFAŁ HAN (BrightBerries)

is a serial entrepreneur, coach and investor in the innovative project and extraordinary and unique teams. Founder and CEO at HanBright – Kids edutainment projects such as ciufcia.pl – largest polish website with edutainment games for prescholers. HanBright is focusing now on foreign markets, mobile app and marchendising. Co–Founder of BrightBerries – Angel Seed founding for startups. Founded in 2009 to invest and promote startups on early stage from eastern and central Europe (webshake.tv, futbolowo.pl, lingapp.com, heartpick.com and others) BrightBerries is especially interested in web and mobile projects. Rafal works with startups on their ideas, strategic directions, entrepreneurial skills and marketing.

MAREK HOŁYŃSKI (Computer Institute)

Director of the Computer Institute (Instytut Maszyn Matematycznych) in Warsaw, Poland and President of Polish Information Processing Society. After graduating from Warsaw Institute of Technology, he got his Ph.D. form Polish Academy of Sciences in 1975. 1981-90 professor at Boston University and research fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). For the next decade worked in Silicon Valley designing computer graphics workstations used for animation, special effects and TV/film postproduction. In 2004-6 he was vice-president for new technologies of Polish Public Television (TVP S.A.), where he initiated mobile, Internet and interactive TV projects. Author of 4 books, 40 scientific papers and about 700 popular science publications.

TOM HULME (IDEO/OpenIDEO)

is a Design Director at IDEO in London, where he uses the innovation and design process to develop new business opportunities. A serial entrepreneur and angel investor, Tom has first-hand experience in building successful enterprises and, as a result, a very thorough understanding of business. He is particularly interested in commercializing new products and services, and his clients include technology, retail, FMCG, financial services, hospitality and fashion brands. Tom founded and now co-leads OpenIDEO with Nathan Waterhouse, an open innovation platform, which one a 2011 Webby Award in the Community Category.

Prior to university, Tom spent a year teaching secondary school in Tanzania, contributing to his belief in the power of entrepreneurship for sustainable social good. At university, Tom earned a bachelor’s degree in physics, with first class honors, from the University of Bristol and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he received the Baker Scholar Award of high distinction. In 1998, after finishing his university degree, he joined British sports car manufacturer Marcos Sales Ltd., where he became Managing Director and transformed the loss-making company into a profitable enterprise by diversifying the company into race cars and road cars. He sold the company in 1999. In 2000, he founded Fluid Conditioning Systems Ltd. to commercialise the Magnom™, a patented magnetic filtration innovation system, now used in a diverse range of industries, including Formula1. Current customers include Ferrari F1, Ducati, JCB and Fernox. He oversaw expansion of the company operations to the United States.

Tom regularly speaks on the topics of entrepreneurship, design thinking, open innovation and industry disruption. He was listed in WIRED UK’s top 100 “digital power brokers.” In December of 2009 he published an essay in The Future of Innovation, titled “The Future of Innovation is Holistic and Networked,” and regularly posts to his blog weijiblog.com. Follow @thulme on Twitter.

MARIUSZ JARZĘBOWSKI (Microsoft)

Before coming back to Europe, Mariusz worked in Silicon Valley for seven years in the 90s (most recently with Steve Jobs at NeXT Software and Apple Computer). In Poland he was involved in establishing and running new ventures. Also, Mariusz worked at a venture capital and private equity firm where he continued to be involved in new venture development. Now, Mariusz works for Microsoft. He is on the “Inspired by Innovation” Advisory Board, a program run by demosEUROPA (Centre for European Strategy), and wrote “The Gravity of Silicon Valley” for THINKTANK Magazine. Mariusz is a speaker on innovation and entrepreneurship. For more, visit www.mariuszjarzebowski.com.

MICHAŁ JAWORSKI (Microsoft)

VP of Polish IT and Telecommunication Chamber of Commerce (PIIT). Member of Polish Data Processing Association. Expert for National Foresight Program “Poland 2020”. Expert for Informatization of the State strategy document (2008). Expert for two reports on ICT development in Central and Eastern Europe for Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, part of Joint Research Center of European Commission. Awarded by President of Poland, Aleksander Kwasniewski for contribution to “Internet for Schools” Project. “Infostar” award for 2008 for promotion of IT industry and information society. Last but not least, on different managerial positions at Microsoft Poland since Sep, 1994.

KRZYSZTOF JEDRZEJEK (Mid Europa Partners)

is an investment professional at the buyout fund Mid Europa Partners. Previously he worked as an investment banker at Credit Suisse, and was a part of the Business Technology group of McKinsey & Co., where he advised clients in the telecom and tech space. He has an engineering background, worked as a software developer at Oracle and CERN, in college won the IEEE Computer Science International Design Competition designing a life-saving PDA. Krzysztof holds an MBA degree from Harvard Business School, where he organized the Venture Capital and Private Equity conference.

BENJAMIN JOFFE (+8*)

Benjamin Joffe is Asia’s most renowned Digital Naturalist, and has been collecting and studying species of web & mobile innovation across China, Japan and South Korea since 2000. With his team at and as founder of the digital strategy consultancy +8* | Plus Eight Star, Benjamin has advised top MNCs and startups such as IMVU, Kabam and Citibank on Asia’s digital best practices, in a practice called “Innovation Arbitrage”. He has been invited to keynote at over 100 conferences across 17 countries including at Stanford and Berkeley, has been quoted in Forbes, The Economist and BusinessWeek and was awarded among the “Top 100 Mobile Industry Influencers” in China in 2008 and 2009 as founder of Mobile Monday in Beijing, where he organized over 40 events since 2006. Bridging technology, sociology and anthropology, his research today covers virtual economies, trust networks, digital identities, online third places, artificial artificial intelligence and social dynamics. He is an investor in the Asia-based global companies Cmune, makers of Uberstrike, the largest 3D first-person shooter on Facebook and MyGengo, a global platform for human translation.

ALEKSANDER KANIA (EMC Computer Systems)

has been involved in IT industry in Poland for over 12 years. During this time he held number of IT consulting and sales positions in Hogart, Oracle and recently EMC Computer Systems. He has vast experience in selling solutions and complex projects in the areas of applications and infrastructure to large enterprise customers. His education includes Warsaw School of Economics (SGH) and Harvard Business School. Alek enjoys backpacking and scubadiving. His favorite destination for both is Asia.

MARTIN KELLY (IBM Venture Capital Group)

in IBM Venture Capital Group has responsibility for driving IBM’s engagement with the venture capital community globally. Martin is responsible for leading the group’s early stage activities. In 2010, he co-led the development of IBM Global Entrepreneur Program. A key element was the worldwide rollout of SmartCamp and the development of smart city ecosystems. With over 20 years industry experience , Martin has held a variety of technical, strategy and business development roles for firms including PWC Consulting, Masterfoods Europe, H.J.Heinz UK and Bank of Ireland. Starting his career as a systems programmer, he joined IBM in 2002. Previously, he led business development in public sector, healthcare and pharma businesses in IBM Ireland. In addition to IBM activities Martin sit an advisory board member on the Innovation Fund Ireland. He has a BSc in Information Systems from Trinity College and an MBA from University College Dublin.

MICHAŁ KOSTRZEWA (Microsoft)

as Online Lead manages Microsoft CEE’s online services like MSN and Windows Live since 2007. Between 2005 and 2006 he worked as Central Europe Director of Skype Communications. Earlier he had various marketing positions in telco companies like Polkomtel and eTel. Michał has graduated from Warsaw School of Economics on two faculties: Quantitative Methods and Information Systems as the first and Management and Marketing as the second. He also holds MBA diploma from University of Minnesota. He is currently preparing to his PhD in Collegium of Management and Finance at Warsaw School of Economics. In his private life he is keen in aviation (holds skydiving instructor rating as well as airplane pilot license) and general active lifestyle (hiking, running, snowboarding).

PIOTR KULESZA (RTAventures)

Piotr is a deal maker and investor for last 13 years both in Poland and in the CEE region. He recently co-founded RTAventures – a venture fund dedicated to healthcare and new technologies businesses in Poland, investing up to PLN 2.5 million per project. Between 2009 and 2011 he worked in Enterprise Investors as investment director in the venture fund team. Among others he originated and completed investment in Polish Stem Cell Bank (Polski Bank Komórek Macierzystych). Between 2002 and 2009 he run his own investment boutique, advising at some dozen of acquisitions engagements both in Poland and in the CEE region. He worked among others for: Zelmer, Harper Hygienics, Polish Energy Partners, Innova Capital, Wola Info, Opoczno, Sklepy Komfort, Centrum Telemarketingowe, FSO, Zakłady Elektrod Węglowych, Polski Lek, Kolaja&Partners, Enterprise Investors. Between 1998 and 2002 he worked in Andersen Corporate Finance and was a teaching assistant for economics in Warsaw School of Economics (1997-1998). He is a petrolhead and enthusiast of new techs in healthcare.

JOHN LUNN (PayPal)

John has been building payments and fraud systems on the internet for over 15 years and has advised many of the successful and less successful start-ups on their payment strategies. Originally a java certified developer and now an all purpose hacker and Startup mentor. John heads up the technology for PayPals new developer network PayPalX in the EU.

MICHAEL MAHEMOFF

Michael Mahemoff is always looking at ways to make the web a more habitable place for users and developers alike, and is currently building developer-focused web apps independently. He recently departed Google developer relations, where he helped developers bring out their best on the Chrome and HTML5 platforms. He’s been programming on the web since the mid ’90s, authored of O’Reilly’s Ajax Design Patterns, and has written for Ajaxian and ReadWriteWeb. Server side, he’s mostly a NodeJS guy and sushi is his preferred coding fuel. Michael holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne, covering software design patterns for improving user experience. Follow Michael on Twitter @mahemoff and on Google Plus: http://mahemoff.com/+ .

JANUSZ MARSZALEC (JMC)

Janusz Marszalec is the Senior Innovation Advisor to the Rector of Vistula University in Warsaw. He works on development of entrepreneurship, innovations and cooperation of science with industry based on his scientific and business experience. He is the founder of JMC, a software and Internet company, Innovatech Consulting, and Edison Centre – a business to promote innovation and entrepreneurship to the youth. He is also an expert at Adam Smith Centre – first independent Polish think-tank. He was a senior research scientist at VTT-Technical Research Centre of Finland, leading projects, among others for Nokia, European Space Agency, and companies located at technology park Technopolis (which hosts more than 1000 firms).

WIKTOR NAMYSŁ (McKinsey&Company)

Partner in Warsaw Office of McKinsey&Company – a leading strategic consulting firm. Wiktor works across a variety of industries – in his consulting career he has served companies in multiple sectors: consumer goods, retail, telecom, IT, insurance, banking, mining, metals, energy. Currently Wiktor is leding Easter European Operations Practice of McKinsey and specializes in large scale restructuring and growth programs in industrial sector. Additionally, Wiktor is a private angel investor in high tech, retail and real estate sectors.

NIKOLAJ NYHOLM (Sunstone Capital)

Nikolaj is Partner at Sunstone Capital, which he joined in 2010, after working at Polar Rose: an image recognition company and World Economic Forum 2008 Technology Pioneer (acquired by Apple, AAPL). Prior to Polar Rose, Nikolaj founded Speednames/Ascio, the company which supplied the first global domain name search (acquired by Group NBT, NBT.L); Imity, a mobile presence application (merged with Zyb and acquired by Vodafone, VOD.L); and Organic Network, a now-defunct wi-fi startup whose legacy is OpenWRT.org, the leading open source wi-fi project. Nikolaj is founding investor of CloudMade, the open geodata company behind OpenStreetMap.org, advisor to Mojang (Minecraft), and board member of Neo Technology, InfoHubble, and Microtask.

PIOTR PĄGOWSKI (Hewlett-Packard)

as Personal System Group General Manager at Hewlett-Packard is responsible for entire HP Poland activity in the PC market ranging from consumer to business and including industrial and educational specialized solutions. Between 2006 and 2011 he hold several managerial positions at Microsoft Poland, leading Xbox 360 launch in Poland and building Microsoft retail sales development as well as managed Windows OS consumer marketing and Windows On-line services business development like Hotmail, Live Messenger etc. Prior to Microsoft Piotr spent nearly 11 years at Intel serving last 3 years as CEE Territory Manager. Piotr graduated from Warsaw University of Technology at Micro- and Optoelectronics Department. In his private life he enjoys active lifestyle (mountain bike, skiing) and riding his old Vespa.

PIOTR PIETRZAK (IBM)

Chief Technologist in IBM PL. Member of 32-person group of Innovation Network, in charge of IBM’s development of innovative solutions. Was selected by this group of IBM Chief Technologist of the Year among other specialists performing this role in IBM’s worldwide. It also serves as the Cloud Computing business developer and solution architect in the CEE region. Enthusiast and technology evangelist for 14 years associated with the IT sector. He specialise in IT & business optimisation projects. Actively supports partners in offering and delivering advanced and innovative solutions. Is also responsible for liaising with investment funds VC / PE in the scope of IBM Global Entrepreneur Programme which he leads in Poland. Author of numerous professional publications including official IBM’s Redbook. Breaking schemes, promotes innovation. A lover of fast motorcycles, open minds and standards. Can be followed@PiotrPietrzak

PRZEMEK PLUTA (PayPal)

After launching PayPal operations in Poland back in 2007 Przemek currently leads PayPal business in the CEE region. He oversees strategy, sales and marketing functions to make PayPal the preferred way to pay and be paid online. Before that Przemek worked for the e-commerce power-house eBay in various marketing roles and in several locations including Berlin, London and Warsaw offices. Mentor at Startup Weekend Warsaw, Mini Seedcamp Lubljana and angel investor in Crocodeal.pl (acquired by CityDeal / Groupon). Przemek holds a master degree in Business and Administration from Europa University Viadrina in Frankfurt / Oder, Germany and Risk University in Groningen, the Netherlands.

Jakub ProbolaJAKUB PROBOLA (T-Mobile Poland)

Head of Innovation at T-Mobile Poland, where he is engaged in search and analysis of new technologies, services and websites which can potentially be implemented by the operator. From the very beginning of his work in the PTC he is responsible for the implementation of new technology and product development – initially as a specialist for packet networks, and later as a head of innovation. Jakub is a fan of new technology and gadgets. He is the promoter of the open approach to innovation. He is interested in changes in business models in CIT as well as their success factors.

GWENDOLYN REGINA (SGE)

is the co-founder of SGEntrepreneurs.com (“SGE”), one of the leading blogs on entrepreneurship in Singapore and Southeast Asia and its sister site Triple Point Jobs, an Asian startups-focused job portal. Gwen is also a partner at Thymos Capital, where she focuses on early stage investments in technology firms. She has had two exits out of her investments via the firm, one of which is iHipo. Gwen is a frequent judge for business competitions both locally and overseas including Start-Up@Singapore, Singapore Infocomm Technology Federation, ideas.inc, Imagine Cup. An alumnus of the National University of Singapore, she also studied in Stanford University under the NUS Overseas College programme and worked in Silicon Valley. Gwen is a mentor at Spanish incubator Tetuan Valley, the Singapore Ambassador for the Sandbox network and the Singapore curator for StartupDigest. She enjoys languages, travelling, dance and adventure sports.

SEBASTIAN RHEINDORF – ZAORSKI (PEKAO SA)

Senior Banking Executive; currently Managing Director within Finance Division of Bank PEKAO SA responsible for Bank’s investment business cases; before that Head of Private Banking Division and other senior managing positions focusing on alternative distribution channels, management accounting and controlling; in addition since 2009 Member of the Supervisory Board of ExcellGene, a Swiss based biotechnology company specializing in expression of recombinant proteins from mammalian cells; Executive MBA, Economist.

AGNIESZKA SKALA-POŹNIAK (Warsaw Univesity of Technology)

PhD in economics, graduated from Warsaw School of Economics (SGH), Professor assistant at Warsaw University of Technology (WUT). In 2007 Agnieszka launches the first Entrepreneurship course at WUT. Since July 2009 – head of the WUT’s Entrepreneurship Project, within which the courses in Entrepreneurship have been launched on 14 faculties so far. She is a Member of the Academic Network of Entrepreneurship Educators (SEIPA) and currently involved in Szkoła Przedsiębiorczości Innovation Nest (S.P.I.N.)

BARTOSZ STEBNICKI (EMC)

graduated from PWSBiA with Master’s degree in Marketing and Management and holds an MBA from Warsaw School of Economics. After his studies he very soon decided to move to a very quickly growing IT market. This led him to join first Compaq and then consequently HP as a Storage Sales Manager. In his 3 years with HP he successfully build up the storage sales business. After HP Bartosz decided to move to EMC to become an Account Executive, after which he became a regional sales manager and then the GM of the company.

MARCIN SZAŁEK (Groupon)

gained both his professional and personal experience completing projects in Taiwan, South Africa and Europe, as well as in several Polish companies. After several years spent in strategic consulting at Boston Consulting Group, he became interested in the Internet, initially joining the crew of Polish eBay branch, later working for regional Strategy and Internet department at Avon, and lastly opening social shopping portal Groupon.pl with a group of enthusiasts in Poland. He is a graduate of International Enterprise Economics at the European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) and Maastricht University.

GRZEGORZ TOMASIAK (Wirtualna Polska)

CEO of Wirtualna Polska S.A since October 2008. Earlier, since April 2007 CIO/CTO of Telekomunikacja Polska S.A. Before career in TP Group, spent 14 years with IBM, where he held a number of high level positions; General Manager of IBM Poland, Business Operations Manager for e-Business Solution in European HQ in Paris, Regional Communication Sector Director for Central & Eastern Europe in Vienna, CFO of IBM Poland. Career started & gained a great experience in Chrysler Motors Corporation, Detroit USA, as well as in Polish American Enterprise Fund in Warsaw as Financial Controller & Credit Officer. Grzegorz Tomasiak is 47 years old, graduate of Warsaw School of Economics, Foreign Trade Faculty – major in International Finance. His hobbies include bike riding, skiing, water sports.

PIOTR WARSICKI (mPay)

CEO of mPay S.A. – mobile payments platform operating in Poland. Piotr is responsible for overall management of mPay, business development and close cooperation with all major mobile operators and financial institutions. Efficient CEO of innovative business ventures (electronic payments channels, mobile payment platforms, e-commerce payment solutions). Experienced Senior Consultant and Project Manager with more than 10 years of experience in management and strategic business consulting projects for Telco, IT and Media industry sector. While working for Capgemini, T-Systems and Sofrecom Piotr was delivering innovative strategic insight, functional definition, processes and technical context of innovative technology solutions for many industry leaders in Poland and abroad. Peter holds a master degree in Management from Poznan University of Economics.

ALEK WASIUKIEWICZ (EVF I)

Alek Wasiukiewicz is an investment director in a venture capital fund (EVF I) managed by Enterprise Investors. Alek’s focus is on investments in TMT sector. Before joining Enterprise Investors, Alek has worked for 7 years at Nokia Corp., including Nokia Ventures Organization where Alek was responsible for investment in Jaiku.com, a company sold to Google in 2007. Alek graduated Warsaw University of Technology (M. Sc. Electrical Engineering) and INSEAD (MBA).

PIOTR WIECZOREK

Just twenty years spent in IT and mobile telecommunication business on different positions from system administrator, programmer to IT Director. Now, still on the way and on crossroads between existing own startups, support others as business angel, psychology of human behavior and coaching or strike back to ITC industry. Last but not least I like ocean sailing, especially around South America. Maybe some startup will propose “Time Stretching Machine” prototype?? 🙂 It will be very useful in my current work/life environment 😀

PIOTR WILAM (Innovation Nest)

CEO of Innovation Nest – cluster venture fund CEO of Szkoła Przedsiębiorczości Innovation Nest. Piotr is a serial entrepreneur, co-founder of Onet.pl and Pascal Publisher, business angel supporting Merlin.pl among others. Educated in philosophy (KUL), mathematics (Oxford University) and business (LBS)

DAMIAN ZAPŁATA (Payback)

Managing Director of Loyalty Partner Polska sp z.o.o. – operating the largest bonus program PAYBACK in Poland. PAYBACK has 8 mln customers collecting bonus points in 14 retail chains (BP, real, Orange, Telekomunikacja, Multikino and others) and more 65 online sites (allegro, travelplanet, kdc, bonprix, etc). PAYBACK offers point based coupons to its members via its direct marketing platform (paper mail, email, mobile). Since its start in September 2009 PAYBACK users redeemed more than 2.5 mln coupons from partners and exchanged the points for 1.5 mln rewards worth more than 60 mln PLN. Loyalty Partner Holding has been acquired in March 2011 by American Express Inc. for almost 500 mln EUR. Before joining PAYBACK, Damian was a Partner at McKinsey&Company, a management consulting firm. He has worked on marketing, sales and business development topics on several international markets. In his work, Damian supported development of several online ventures including e-bookstore, travel portal, ISP and e-opinion portal. Damian has a degree in economics and completed the MBA Program at INSEAD France/Singapore. In his private life, Damian is a father of two sons and enjoys free time sailing or mountain biking.

DARIUSZ ŻUK (AIP Business Link)

President and co-founder of Entrepreneurial Poland, Academic Incubators of Entrepreneurship, AIP Seed Capital and AIP Business Links.