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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

Head of Acceleration in the MIT Enterprise Forum CEE, managing comprehensively the implementation of the program. He oversees coordination of the recruitment and selection process of companies, creation of the agenda of the program, building long-term relationships with corporate partners, mentors and investors. He has already organized three Boston Bootcamp to effectively plug-in start-ups to the US market. A graduate of the Kozminski University in the field of Management. Participant of many competency courses and trainings related to the development of technological startups.

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 1,5 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.

Judyta Węgłowska

Connected to the Polish innovation ecosystem for over 10 years. Over the years, she has developed her competences as a technology commercialisation specialist, director of legal and organisational aspects and for the last few years as a startup mentor. She is a lawyer by education.

Weronika Czarnecka

Immersed herself in corporate, investing and entrepreneurial world, what allows her to understand objectives and threads of all parties and gives her unique perspective on business challenges. Worked with start-ups on every stage of their development as team member, leader, mentor and investor. Experienced in healthcare, marketplaces and consumertech. Firmly believes in giving back to community. Privately passionate about mountains and arts.

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.

Konrad Wysmułek

Former scientist who developed catalysts for solar-driven hydrogen production. Author of several papers published in peer-reviewed journals. Currently he’s affiliated with MIT EF CEE and ValueTech Seed Fund, offering his tech expertise to emerging entrepreneurs. In his free time Konrad further develops his skill in wakeboarding. As a fan of HBO series “Westworld”, he anxiously hopes that robots will not revolt against humans, at least not in his lifetime.

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

Any questions? Try our FAQ…

What is the MIT Enterprise Forum CEE Startup Accelerator?

MIT Enterprise Forum CEE is a member of the global network of the MIT Enterprise Forum, a nonprofit organization founded by entrepreneurs who graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the world-renowned technology-oriented university. We are dedicated to catalyzing and supporting the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Central and Eastern Europe. We provide a rigorous Acceleration Program to the most innovative, high-tech startups in the region and then help them to scale internationally..

Why is the MIT Enterprise Forum CEE program implemented?

The mission of the global MIT Enterprise Forum network is to build a better world by accelerating the creation and development of technological companies. As MIT Enterprise Forum CEE, we are building a communication platform between young technological companies and large enterprises so that the giants have easier access to the most innovative technologies and start-ups gain a chance to refine their solutions, win reference clients and establish cooperation with them on a commercial basis.

Who should apply to MIT Enteprise Forum CEE acceleration program?

We invite all technological startups from CEE countries that have innovative solutions or services from one of the following areas: Fintech, Insurtech, Energy, Smart Buildings, Industry 4.0, Digital Solutions, Digital Media, Travel & Logistics, HealthTech, Medtech, Digital Health, Martech, Sustainability and Waste Management.

What is acceleration?

Acceleration in the understanding of MIT Enterprise Forum CEE means accelerating the development and maturing of scientific and technological startups from Central and Eastern European countries. This process is carried out by providing young technological companies all the necessary resources so that they can achieve maturity and market success, including substantive support of experts and mentors who have achieved spectacular successes in international business, access to technological and technical facilities of program partners or co-financing for business development. An important role in the program is played by the cooperation of startups with large enterprises so that they can verify their solutions in real market conditions and win reference clients.

What is acceleration in the Enterprise Forum CEE program?

Acceleration in the program includes several key stages, including.

– Participation in five two or three-day 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, etc.
– Participation in the Pitch Academy
– Cooperation with mentors – each start-up is assigned to 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 (large enterprises), which aims at 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.
– Bootcamp in Boston – a chance for five best start-ups 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 are the benefits of participating in the Enterprise Forum CEE program?

Participation in the MIT Enterprise Forum CEE program is a chance for startups from Central and Eastern European region to:
– Establish cooperation with leading Polish and international companies representing various industries, including insurance, finance, Industry 4.0, lifescience, energy, Smart Buildings and others.
– Acquire co-financing for business development up to 50,000 Euros.
– Participate in 5 workshop sessions focused on verification of business start-ups’ assumptions, as well as workshops with lawyers, patent attorneys, pitch trainers and sales coaches.
– Allow pilot and commercial implementation of products in accelerator’s partner companies.
– Gain access to global networking and present their technologies to potential US partners and investors.
– Use co-financing for individual advisory services in the field of law, patent protection, HR, team building, sales, up to PLN 50.000.

Who organizes the Enterprise Forum CEE program?

The organizer of the MIT Enterprise Forum CEE program is Polish Fundacja Przedsiębiorczości Technologicznej, which has so far implemented, among others, 5th edition of the MIT Enterprise Forum Poland program for Polish technological startups, as well as Bridge2MassChallange Warsaw acceleration addressed to startups from CEE countries. Fundacja Przedsiębiorczości Technologicznej cooperates with leading and Polish enterprises, and its activities have been under the patronage of, among others, Ministry of Development, Ministry of Science and Higher Education or Polish Investment and Trade Agency. The Foundation is one of the unique entities on the Polish market offering effective and full preparation of the corporation to the innovation model based on cooperation with startups.

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