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ABOUT THE PROGRAM

About the MIT Enterprise Forum CEE

The MIT Enterprise Forum CEE delivers two editions of our CEE-based, equity-free startup acceleration program every year.

The program culminates annually in a week-long Bootcamp in Boston, Massachusetts USA for the top ten finalists drawn from both editions of that year. The Bootcamp includes visits to accelerators and maker spaces as well as training, networking, and pitching sessions throughout the innovation ecosystem and anchored by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Overall, our acceleration program receives top marks from alumni for the quality content, dynamic instructors, experienced mentors and, most importantly, access to corporate partners for prototype development.

Our mission is to help you to build a robust value proposition, then enter and scale rapidly in international markets, primarily in the United States. Our training is based on a validated system developed by experienced entrepreneurs at the world-renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology, leveraging strategies and tactics taught at the Sloan School of Management.

We provide high-value support in finance, law and business via consultants from the CEE region and beyond.

The idea for an accelerator focused on deep-tech stemmed from our observation regarding existing support mechanisms for technology transfer in Poland. When we researched international best practices for nurturing technology entrepreneurs, we came across the MIT Enterprise Forum and found out it was already expanding far beyond its original birthplace in Cambridge, MA. These were the founding blocks for the MIT EF Poland acceleration program which we launched in 2015.

Paweł Bochniarz, Co-founder and Board Member, MIT Enterprise Forum CEE

Why MIT Enterprise Forum CEE?

Our proven approach supports high-tech entrepreneurs by building on the strong, expert foundation developed over years of working with startups all over the world.

Our implementation in the CEE over many editions of the accelerator has resulted in a fast and efficient scaleup process for participating startups and their founders.

Our organization is a member of the global MIT Enterprise Forum network. We join 10 US chapters and several international chapters, including those in Greece, Israel, Lebanon, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and Spain.

Our headquarters is based in the heart of the rapidly expanding entrepreneurial ecosystem centered in Warsaw, Poland. We welcome the best startups from Poland and fourteen of the CEE countries, including Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia, Serbia, and Ukraine and beyond.

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MIT is the worldwide center of tech entrepreneurship and THE MIT Enterprise Forum is its best and oldest tech program. We were very fortunate to become a trusted partner for such an accelerator. Hopefully we made a difference on the Polish tech scene and I do believe that in the future we will be very proud of the Polish finalists of the biggest startup competitions!

Krzysztof Gawrysiak, Board member, MIT Enterprise Forum CEE

People behind
the Acceleration Program

Magdalena Jabłońska

Magdalena is a professional with over 16 years of experience in business consulting. She spent more than a decade advising companies (Deloitte, PwC) in cost optimization, obtaining public funding, organizing R&D&I processes, and open innovation models. She engages as a judge and mentor in startup events and acceleration programs.
Her mission is to provide CEE startups with a productive, well-connected ecosystem, empowering innovation-driven entrepreneurs, and enabling their exponential growth. Her goal is also to build bridges between Startups and corporations for the benefit of both.

Paweł Bochniarz

Serial entrepreneur, advisor, mentor, and expert in commercialization of new technologies. Alumnus of Economics studies at the Warsaw University and postgraduate studies – Advanced Management Program at IESE Business School. Expert and Adviser experienced within the field of startups creation and acceleration. Chairman of MIT Enterprise Forum Poland and coordinator of Acceleration Program for technological projects realized by this organization. Previously, i.a. Innovation Advisory Director at PwC, co-founder of Coalition For Polish Innovations.

Bogy Skowronski

Investment banker, corporate finance specialist, VC fund manager. Passionate about helping technology startups grow. Deep relationships in the tech community of US, Switzerland, and Poland. Experience gained from working in international corporates: Exxon Research & Engineering, Exxon Chemical, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development – London, UBS AG – Zurich, Fincoord Ltd – Zurich. Founder and CEO of Capital Solutions, founder of Nomad Fund. Assists companies in capital raisings, especially from the capital market, and in the business model and strategy development.

Krzysztof Gawrysiak

Chris is an active investor in early stage companies and a member of Business Angels networks in Poland and US. His portfolio companies ranged from ICT, Bioscience to Chemical Processing and Photonics. During his career he has provided substantial returns on his exits some of which took place in the United States. A lawyer by education. Mentor and coach for startups.

Łukasz Owczarek

Łukasz is Head of Growth at MIT Enterprise Forum CEE. In this role, he oversees the marketing & communication strategy, business development and new areas of support for start-ups and corporations, including relationships with current corporate partners. One of Łukasz’s most exciting projects currently is the development of new products and educational and business programs for startups from CEE, organized in Boston – which will effectively plug-in start-ups into the US market. He is a graduate of Kozminski University in the field of Strategy Management and has participated in numerous competency courses and training related to the development of technological startups. He is an experienced juror in international startup competitions. In his private time, Łukasz is a huge fan of extreme sports and good food.

Tessa McIver

Tessa oversees the MIT EF CEE Alumni Club – a prestigious group of over 150 CEE startups (and growing annually) who have successfully completed the Acceleration programme and are on their way to scaling their innovative businesses. The club provides an interactive ecosystem for further growth, knowledge sharing and creating partnerships – with the alumni, mentors and corporate partners. 

Tessa has a background in Business Development and Event Management, gained at prestigious international companies and has also worked with numerous startups/scaleups. She holds an Executive MBA from the Warsaw University of Technology Business School, as well as degrees from the Jagiellonian University, Kraków and the University of Bristol. 

Agnieszka Młodzińska

Agnieszka is a researcher in the field of technology and knowledge transfer, experienced in business-science cooperation, entrepreneurship and creation of innovation policies. She managed international research projects, conducted lectures and workshops, authored numerous articles in the field. She graduated from University of Wroclaw (Poland), Albert-Ludwigs Universität (Germany), University of Nebraska-Lincoln (U.S.), in the fields of international relations, economics, business administration.

Krzysztof Jakubczak

PhD, has technical background is in optoelectronics, medical devices and IT. He was trained at Stanford University, Synchrotron Desy, Salamanca University, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, and many other places. Krzysztof has more than 13 years of experience in R&D and management. His commercial experience covers also consulting in tech-transfer and building technological companies.

Grzegorz Majewski

Expert in the field of financial instruments and public state aid in MIT Enterprise Forum CEE. Grzegorz conducts consultancy activities in the area of building an investment strategy for VC funds, raising capital by innovative startups and structuring transactions.

Małgorzata Bielecka

She has several years of experience in working for Polish and international companies, including an energy company or one of the biggest petroleum companies. Being part of start-ups world for more than 2 years now, she believes, that she can share her wide experience and utilize it in start-ups ecosystem and learn a lot about innovations world at the same time. She particularly believes in all innovations, which improve people’s relations.

Edyta Kacprzak

A graduate in Tourism and Management. She gained professional experience running her own business, in which she cooperated with other business entities.
She is responsible for the proper functioning of the office, contacts and constant coordination of activities with external companies. She deals with the settlement and reporting of our projects.

Aleksandra Janik

As a Community Builder in MIT EF CEE she explores the startup ecosystem in the CEE region and develops the operational plan for the Community of MIT EF CEE. Additionally, she supports the operations of the accelerator and organizes events.

Prior to the accelerator involvement, she co-created a startup, through which she learned the mechanics of the startup environment and acquired the knowledge on how to survive in the market. She graduated from the University of Warsaw, Koźmiński University (Poland), Católica Lisbon School of Business & Economics (Portugal) and Hogeschool Gent (Belgium) in the fields of strategy and innovation management. She is fascinated by new technologies.

MIT’s culture is to make things work. Its “mind and hand” philosophy spurs real-world engagement, and thanks to MIT’s entrepreneurial culture, Greater Boston’s innovation ecosystem brims with companies spun out from MIT. By helping these inventors connect with mentors, collaborators, networks, and funding, it helps them translate new science into transformative innovation.

Bogusława Cimoszko-Skowronski, Board member, MIT Enterprise Forum CEE

History of MIT Enterprise Forum CEE

THE MIT EF CEE accelerator serves as a platform for the open innovation model where startups and corporate companies enter into a relationship that involves the sharing of knowledge and resources. The ultimate aim is to end up with a successful business case.

Magdalena Jabłońska, President of the board, MIT Enterprise Forum CEE

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What is the MIT Enterprise Forum CEE Accelerator?

The MIT Enterprise Forum CEE Accelerator runs a Central and Eastern European based, equity-free start-up acceleration program affiliated to the worldwide recognized Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) that provides financial, legal and consultancy support to start-up founders from the CEE region. The aim of the program is to support the development of the most innovative start-ups from Central and Eastern Europe by combining their potential with the knowledge and resources of leading global and regional enterprises, alongside the experience of Polish and international mentors, helping start-ups to scale up on international markets, primarily in the United States.

Who organizes the MIT Enterprise Forum CEE acceleration program?

The organizer of the MIT Enterprise Forum CEE program is the Foundation for Technology Entrepreneurship (FTE), a key player in the Polish and Central & Eastern European (CEE) innovation ecosystem. FTE founded in 2015 and has so far implemented five editions of the MIT Enterprise Forum Poland program for Polish technological start-ups. In 2019, FTE started acceleration programs under the new brand MIT Enterprise Forum CEE, spreading its activities to start-ups from the whole CEE region and beyond 

FTE cooperates with leading Polish enterprises, and its activities have been under the patronage of, among others, the Ministry of Development, Ministry of Science and Higher Education, and the Polish Investment and Trade Agency. The Foundation is one of the unique entities on the Polish market offering corporations an effective assistance in finding the right innovation model based on cooperation with start-ups.

Who should apply to the MIT Enterprise Forum CEE acceleration program?

We invite all technological start-ups from CEE countries (and beyond) that have innovative solutions or services from one of the following areas: Fintech, Insurtech, Energy, Smart Buildings, Industry 4.0, HealthTech, Medtech, Digital Health, Martech, Sustainability and Waste Management. Please visit our “Who Should Apply” page,where you can check what particular technologies our Partners look for.

What are the benefits for a start-up when participating in the MIT EF CEE Acceleration Program?

Start-ups may take advantage of:

  • Several workshop sessions, during which the program of 24 steps of disciplined entrepreneurship by Prof. Bill Aulet from MIT is carried out, as well as workshops with lawyers, patent attorneys, sales coaches and many more.
  • An intensive Pitch Academy.
  • Cooperation with mentors – each start-up is assigned at least two mentors who have achieved spectacular successes in international business. Their role is to substantively support the start-ups on their way to achieving market success.
  • Cooperation with program partners, which aims to pilot implementation and verification of the effectiveness of solutions offered by start-ups in real market conditions. For start-ups, it is both the opportunity to verify their own business assumptions and the chance to establish commercial cooperation with the leaders of various industries not only on Polish, but also international markets, i.e. winning reference clients.
  • Gain access to global networking opportunities and present their technologies to potential US partners and investors.
  • Bootcamp in Boston – a chance for the five best start-ups in each edition to be offered a week’s stay in Boston, which is filled with workshops and business meetings with potential investors and partners from the USA.

What formal requirements must start-ups meet in order to apply to the MIT Enterprise Forum CEE acceleration program?

All formal requirements that start-ups must meet in order to apply to the MIT Enterprise Forum CEE accelerator are set out in the program rules and regulations available on our website.

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