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Mentors are chosen based on their experience and demonstrated skill in either the chosen industry or a business function (e.g., law, marketing, etc.) or both.

Our community of mentors includes over 100 market experts from the biggest Polish and international organizations and companies, as well as other chapters of the MIT Enterprise Forum.

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Our community of mentors includes over 100 market experts from the biggest Polish and international organizations and companies, as well as other chapters of the MIT Enterprise Forum.

You can expect training in best practices for both mentors and mentees.

We developed our accelerator to be the leading program of its kind for technology startups, helping to nucleate, catalyze and shape the growth of the Polish tech startup community.

The great and in-depth know-how and market experience of our mentors provide startups with a unique opportunity to get unbiased guidance, strategic support and thinking, as well as create networking opportunities enabling them to rapidly transform ideas into world-changing companies.

List of all mentors

Piotr Klepczarek

Piotr Klepczarek

Piotr held several positions as a general manager, country manager and sales and channel director in several multinational corporations, gained extensive business experience in the IT & Technology markets of CEE, SEE, Russia, CIS, Turkey, Israel and Middle East – a vast region of +40 countries.
Most effective when developing and executing international and country sales and marketing strategies, setting up and managing cross-cultural teams, building and growing partner Ecosystems and channel Go-To-Market models.
Was honoured to be a visiting lecturer in Marketing at the International MBA Programme (IMBA) – a joint programme of London Business School, HEC School of Management Paris, the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (Bergen) and Warsaw University of Technology Business School.
Worked as a marketing consultant in several World Bank funded projects focused on business transformation of large state-owned enterprises in Poland.
Piotr is a strong believer in managing by culture and that success is a team sport.

Agnieszka Ert-Eberdt

Agnieszka Ert-Eberdt

I advise management boards in Human Capital area (strategy& operations), change management/ transformation. I am a trainer, I run leadership workshops and support leaders to build effective teams. I am a certified consultant of Facet5 and DISC D3 psychometric tools, an accredited EMCC Global Mentor and Coach. I am a mentor at the EY Business Leaders Foundation (Fundacja Liderek Biznesu), I run my own coaching and mentoring practice.

I have over 20 years of professional experience gained in consulting (including BCG) and in business. For over a dozen years I have served in HR leadership roles in international companies (IT/ New Technologies, B2B sector, SSC/ BPO, Industry). As the head of HR, I have completed numerous projects in the field of implementation of development strategy and training in the company, development and assessment of employees’ and management competences, implementation of career paths, employee effectiveness management, management of the Talent Management / Recruitment area. I have experience in collective redundancies and outplacement projects. I have implemented HRIS systems (SAP, Workday) in several companies. I am a supporter of modern technologies in HR and management through the prism of data, not beliefs.

Privately: Mother of a growing son, passionate about horse riding and music.

Education: MBA graduate from the Business School of the Warsaw University of Technology and the Academy of Music in Warsaw.

Piotr Garstecki

Professor of chemistry. Manages medtech startups in the Scope Fluidics group. Passionate about R&D, technology and people.

Radosław Kos

Radoslaw has over 18 years of international, professional experience in creating, managing, and leading billion-euro initiatives and programs enabling customers on maximizing tangible value derived from business software solutions, and services. His main areas of expertise are program management, customer experience, customer centricity, and creating convincing, unique value proposition.
As an empathetic listener, and thoughtful advisor, Radoslaw is passionate about building mutually beneficial, long-term business partnerships where trust is recognized and used as a universal language.
Over the recent years, Radoslaw’s interests remained closely linked with supporting entrepreneurs and professionals as a mentor, and Erickson Coaching International certified coach. Since 2016, he is an active member of an investment syndicate and acts as a business angel for 20 various startups from CEE and United Kingdom.

Mateusz Sagan

Dozens years as International Sales Director, Country Manager in different countries for Esselte Leitz Group, few years as CEO/Managing Director CEE for a Swiss stock-listed Biella Neher Holding AG in Poland. CEO/MD of Iron Mountain in Poland, responsible for change and sales growth in the BPO industry and after M&A integration. Developed new export markets (EU, Ukraine, Russia), did several launches for rep offices in Germany, The Netherlands, Austria. Built a greenfield operation in Ukraine for Esselte Leitz Group. Follows few M&A Projects, incl. industry integration, with support of Private Equity Funds. Worked and lived in Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Switzerland. Currently supports several biotech & medtech start-ups with vision, strategy, commercialization processes and fundraising. Supports local investment environment and venture capital by creating a bridge between business & science.

Zofia Dzik

Innovator, impact investor, experienced C-level manager,  pioneer of the fintech market in the direct services area in the Central and Eastern Europe based on advanced technologies (CEO of TU Link4 SA,), member of a number of supervisory boards of leading in CEE quoted companies (e.g. CCC S.A. PKP CARGO SA, AmRest CE, InPost SA, PKOBP S.A.) and a member of the Board of Experts of the Forum of Supervisory Boards at the Warsaw Stock Exchange.

Founder and CEO of the Humanites Institute – think & Do tank, co-founder of the Center for Ethics of Technology, author of the “Village” Model of Social Ecosystem Development, the Coherent Leadership Model ™ and the “Loop” Model, Non-linear Model of Social Development, lecturer, mentor, juror, founder of the Academy of Leadership of Education, initiator of the International Social Movement “Two hours for families/Human”, member of of the IDEAS NCBR Scientific Council and the Social Council of the Wrocław University of Technology.
Privately: an incorrigible dreamer, wife, mother of three children, in the leisure time hiking deserts round the world.

Michal Glowacki

Michal has been leading the IT teams – as CEO, COO or CIO – on the customer and the supplier sides. He has spent extended part of the career in finance, banking and insurance, participating in numerous software, consulting and advisory projects. He has had quite a few very close acquaintances with the startups, having himself worked in at least three different ones. Currently he works as a COO of a 200+ software house.

Aneta Lee

KeyHire – a boutique executive search firm for startups and scaleups in digital technology.

Grażyna Leloch Wilgat

Marketing expert and strategist with over 16 years of experience in marketing, including international brand and product building. Advising at startups and fast-growing companies to excel at marketing, communication and product development. Helping brands launch and grow their businesses in Poland and abroad with a go-to-market strategy. She believes in the brand purpose and big ideas, which help businesses to grow through diversification.
She worked for different industries, including cosmetics, global advertising agencies, e-commerce, and pet care. Her role combines expertise in product development, online and content development, trade support, PR and CSR programs and brand management. For 10 years, she managed international marketing for Butcher’s Pet Care for several international markets, including the launch of the brand in the CEE region.

Renato Del Grosso

Entrepreneur and Advisor in the life sciences sector dealing mostly with spin-outs from Academia. In the previous career (17 years) at corporate level heading the Market Access function. Passionate about innovation models, ecosystems and value creation. Based between Switzerland (Lausanne) and Italy (Milan).

Malgorzata Bugajska

Malgorzata supervises new investments and innovation initiatives of all Luma Holding funds and she is responsible for ESG initiatives across all the portfolio. Additionally, she currently leads Luma’s digital renewable energy corporate venture. She is seasoned leader with a proven track record in digital strategy, forecasting, technology-based innovation and development of new mobile products.
She gained her international experience while working among others for Swisscom, a Swiss leading telecom provider leading its Enterprise Mobile Products & Services team and BCG, an international strategy consultancy.
Malgorzata is an architect as well as information visualization expert. She worked as a senior researcher and lecturer at Swiss universities and holds a PhD from ETH Zurich. She is an INSEAD and IMD alumna.

Piotr Serwin

A graduate of Middlesex University, Piotr worked in the City of London as a trader in financial markets. Piotr built an algorithmic trading company from scratch, as well as a personal data advisory company. Recently, he served as Investment Director at TenderHut, one of the fastest growing technology companies in Europe. Piotr currently works as an international M&A and capital raising professional. He mentors startups in the Huge Thing and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Enterprise Forum acceleration programmes.

Agata Bona

Agata represents a unique combination of systemic and long term thinking skills with deep understanding of trends, uncertainties and playing fields of the future with entrepreneur  mindset and startup experience, backed up with corporate culture experience of a brand manager, i.e.: strategy consultant for over 7 years working with Finish company with unique methodology of scenario planning, strategic options building, and creating innovative business models for startups, SME and large companies (healthcare/HealthTech, FMCG, science, intelligent transportation systems, energy, education); an entrepreneur (e-pharmacy/e-commerce, NeuroTech); marketeer with over 10 year of marketing practice mostly in international pharmaceutical corporations (GSK, Novartis). Having led many brand development projects from a product concept and factory/R&D briefing to ATL & BTL consumer campaigns – extensive knowledge of corporate standards, brand strategic developmental, positioning and communication strategic management. Personally interested in the future of cognitive skills/ impairments therapies and NeuroTech. Holds a unique diploma – of Cognitive Skills Trainer at the Faculty of Psychology (Warsaw University). Also graduated from  Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology – „IT in business”.

Yegor Denisov-Blanch

Yegor’s expertise lies in unlocking the power of logistics & supply chain as a strategic lever. In addition to his most recent role as Strategy Manager & Chief of Staff to EMEA CEO at DHL, he brings past experience in strategy and management consulting, and is the Founder & CEO of a consultancy focused on scaling Belarusian startups founded by members of underprivileged groups. He is excited to connect CEE startups with the Stanford & Silicon Valley ecosystems. He is fluent in four languages (Spanish, Russian, Catalan, English). He graduated with Highest Distinction from the Kelley School of Business in the US. He is a former internationally-competitive Olympic Weightlifter, and enjoys coaching and mentoring teenagers in his free time.

Maciej Mazurkiewicz

Entrepreneur, lean startup and experienced COO. Working in EdTech industry since 2009. Innovator and passionate about education. Inventing and introducing new technologies in the classroom. On weekends runner and mountain climbers.

Alan Jung

Alan has 10 years of experience in the electronic hardware industry across various applications, including the Internet of Things, automotive, smart home, and cleantech. Having consulted many hardware startup companies on business and product development, he is passionate about guiding startups through the complicated hardware project development journey from concept to proof-of-concept to prototyping to mass production.

As the business development manager of TECHDesign, he helps companies with product design and scale-up with over 500 product development firms and manufacturers in Asia.

Liliane Brunner Halbach

Liliane Brunner Halbach Ph.D, Liliane is a Senior Healthcare professional with 20+ years of global experience in Drug Research, Marketing, Business Strategy, and Business Development. She has worked in headquarters and affiliates of Novartis, Roche and AstraZeneca in Switzerland, Spain, the US, and Singapore. She understands drug development from early research to commercialization and how to expand a product’s lifecycle. While working for Genentech, she volunteered as an industry advisor and lecturer for SPARK at Stanford Medical School – a mentoring program that helps researchers bring ideas from basic research to proof of concept. She is a mentor for biotech start-ups and researchers at the MIT CEE Forum, and several other European accelerators. Currently, she works for the TDA, an incubator of the University of Zurich supporting researchers and startups to develop better solutions for patients and she connects the teams to investors and industry. Liliane Brunner Halbach has a Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of Basel, Switzerland.

Diana Olar

Diana is a global strategic sales and technology leader with over two decades of experience in business and technology in Europe and the United States. She has extensive experience in driving brand performance and business innovation with top-tier global brands, publishers and agencies in multiple countries and regions.

Currently, Diana leads strategic Global programs for Google, out of the UK. She manages complex commercial, distribution and service engagements in tens of markets around the world.

In addition to multiple corporate leadership positions over time, she is a serial entrepreneur, mentor and investor in multiple startups and entrepreneurial organizations. Her personal mission is to enable world-changing solutions to emerge from the talent, creativity and business assets of the CEE region.

Jean-Jacques Degroof

Jean-Jacques Degroof has been involved in venture investment for the last 25 years. He earned an MSc and PhD degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is the author of From the Basement to the Dome. How MIT’s Unique Culture Created a Thriving Entrepreneurial Community (MIT Press, 2021).

Piotr Jankowski

Piotr Jankowski

A global organization senior leader, multi-industry experience, but mainly in technology and IT.
My expertise is general management & leadership, strategy, operations & transformational subjects.
I currently work as a consultant, mentor and coach.
I love invoking, creating and managing change, I approach transformations with great passion. As a coach I work in alignment with client’s values ​​and beliefs, in harmony with client’s heart and mind.
16 years of experience including global senior leadership roles and board membership experience, with upscaling organizations of thousands locally and globally in distributed structures.

Agata Hinc

Previously, she was with Shell – an international energy company and before that with demosEUROPA – a European think tank. She brings experience in international business, strategy development and project management. She is passionate about counteracting inequality through providing access to sustainable energy.

Jan Orzechowski

Working in IT industry for 20 years as Business Analyst, Project Manager, CTO and from 10 years as CEO. Computer sciences and economic studies alumni, combines technical background with business perspective. In j-labs responsible for general management, business development on DACH market, finance and administration areas. Startup’s Mentor in MIT Enterprise Forum accelerator. On weekends beekeeper and motobiker.

Greg Geehan

He is a very active in the US, Polish and Latin American startup ecosystems and mentors startups from multiple countries and industries. He is also an early stage technology start-up investor and advisor with a focus on digital health and international start-ups. He is also currently over operations at athenahealth’s More Disruption Please program and is a Founding Venture Partner with NextGen Venture Partners. He received an MBA from Bentley University.

Andrzej Nitecki

An experienced HR expert with managerial background, promotor of HR Based on evidence. Enthusiast of AI and automatisation of proceses in HR world.

Aneta Daniszewska

Connecting executives with startups in Tech (Talent Fountain). She connects startups with leadership talent in Europe and in the Bay Area. She has been partnering with early stage startups and scale-ups across Europe since 2014. Aneta specialises in networking, search, selection, attraction and hiring for critical roles – both commercial and technical. Startups she consults include: fin-tech, SaaS – enterprise and consumer software, edu-tech, marketplace, e-commerce, games studios, etc.

Tomasz Pilewicz, PhD

Assistant Professor at Institute of Enterprise at Warsaw School of Economics. Enthusiast of early stage healthtech, medtech and biotech undertakings with focus on prevention, self-management of health, coordinated care models, virtual care, population health management, minimally invasive treatment and regenerative medicine.

Jouko Ahvenainen

Jouko started his work with digital finance and fintech models in 2008 and listed world-class influencer. Jouko is founder, partner and board member in 10+ innovative digital finance companies. Jouko is advisor for US, European and Asian investing and finance programs. He focuses on digital disruption in finance services and business.


Marcin Rulnicki

Marcin has spent his whole professional life in Finance. Most of this time he worked for Asseco Group. As a Corporate Finance Manager he participated in M&A processes and supervised international subsidiaries of Asseco Group. He used to be the Chairman of the Board in Formula Systems – an Israeli IT company listed on Nasdaq and TASE. Marcin also contributed to “Invest in Asseco” – an incubator for early-stage IT projects. In 2012 he joined Asseco South Eastern Europe as a Group CFO. In this role he was responsible for the Finance function in an IT/Payment group operating in 23 countries of Europe and South America.
Prior to joining Asseco Marcin used to work in real estate investment and in auditing. He is a statutory auditor.
Marcin’s expertise includes all aspects of Finance management. He also shows good understanding of M&A processes, capital markets and investor relations. He is ready to support entrepreneurs from any field but obviously his professional experience will be used best around IT solutions.

Maciej Szcześniak

Maciek’s responsibilities include driving transformation of business models through Channel and Sales programs, across HPE’s diverse businesses and regions. One of his recent focus projects was driving the usage of price optimization for increased profitably and simplification of special pricing processes for HPE’s Channel Partners. Maciek has more than 20 years of experience in the IT industry. His previous assignments include positions in Product Marketing, Sales and Marketing Management, Business Management and Finance. He has managed pricing operations and policies in EMEA and APJ Region. Maciek holds an Executive MBA from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management.

Igor Zacharjasz

Igor is responsible at Visa for the Warsaw Innovation Incubator, where he coordinates collaboration with Incubator co-founders, including issuer banks, acquirers and startups. Active on the market for leading edge technology since 2001. Prior to joining Visa team, Igor worked for Alior Bank, where he was in charge of technology scouting and sourcing, led a startup engagement team at Alior Innovation Lab, and was responsible for Poland’s first Android Pay deployment. Previously, Igor was leader of the IBM Ecosystem Development team for Central and Eastern Europe.

Steve Wychorski

He brings 25 years of Design and Management experience to projects in the Commercial, Bio Science and Education sectors. With experience in all phases of Design and Construction, he brings an in-depth knowledge and attention to detail in every project. For the past 10 years his focus has been on Sustainable Design; the tools needed for greater energy efficiency and products that enhance the living and working environment and contribute to a cleaner healthier world.

Richard Lada

Warsaw, Poland-based consultant/advisor specialized in innovation strategy, new product development and technology commercialization. Career experience includes new product development and marketing roles at Apple and Xerox in United States, starting up and managing Apple and Motorola operations in Central & Eastern Europe and launching shared services and manufacturing investments in Poland. Active also in angel investing and mentoring Polish startups.

Sławomir Stachowicz

He has 20 years of practice in financial audit, strategic management, management of financial area and business consulting. Proven record of success in cost optimization and business effectiveness improvement in large pharmaceutical and energy organisations. Results based on knowledge and experience acquired at leading consulting company.

Marek Kukuryka

Consultant in building materials / civil engineering activities. Since last few years he tried to support start-ups, helping them to see real business prospects in various type of projects. He invested as well in few start-ups in different business areas.

Grzegorz Kossakowski

Has over twenty years of experience in media and new technologies. During this time responsible for many investments in companies both at an early stage of development and in well established companies. Especially interested in solutions in media and advertising, AI, IoT, processes automation.

Irmina Myszkowska

Co-founder of 2 startups, an international marketing & innovation strategist (MBA Innovation, US / MSc Marketing, UK) with 10 years of global experience (9 countries, 7 languages) designing and executing multi-channel (B2B & B2C) innovative marketing strategies & managing cross-functional teams in organizations ranging from technology start-ups to multinational fortune 500 companies. She specializes in innovation & design thinking, product design, strategy & international marketing.

Nancy Levy, Ph.D

strategic business development, marketing and commercialization advisor and consultant, facilitating development of entrepreneurs and international companies. As an extension of her work, she has programs, the Entrepreneur’s Academy and the Boston Landing Accelerator, boot-camps and one-on-one mentoring, offering entrepreneurs training on advanced entrepreneurial skills and executive preparation for financing and partnering. She has been an active member of the innovation ecosystem in the Boston area, giving her the opportunity to create a deep network of experts to support her clients.

Joanna Ostrowska

She is an experienced leader, with consulting background and solid insurance knowledge. She believes that continuous transformation is a key priority in today’s turbulent corporate environment. As a Head of Operations she looks for innovations improving efficiency of processes and quality of services to address rising customer expectations. Her special interest is AI and its practical usage in financial sector.

Edyta Tararuj

She is mainly held responsible for supporting our branches in reaching their targets. At her daily work she cooperates with all bank departments in order to provide our customers with the most efficient processes and products. Moreover, she is in charge of creating the informative content necessary for the communication between the headquarters and branches. As far as modern technologies are concerned, not only is she interested in technology that facilitates and improves customer experience and satisfaction, but also in technology that simplifies work of employees in the branches and allows them to assist the customers in a more efficient way.

Michał Macierzyński

Doctor of economic sciences. For many years associated with banking and modern technologies. At PKO Bank Polski responsible for the development of mobile banking and payments as well as projects related to the digitization of the state. Previously, as the director of the Innovation Office, responsible for the overall revitalization of School Savings Programme, and the introduction of a comprehensive offer of PKO Junior – the first account and payment card for children under 13 in Poland. He initiated the implementation and launched the IKO mobile payment project. Author of numerous reports, analyzes, scientific publications and press articles on banking

Ania Jakubowski

Seasoned FMCG executive, who is leveraging her years of leadership experience to apply to her own medical start up! Ania combines a strong sense of vision and strategy, coupled with marketing and sales expertise to deliver strong execution & experience. This in turn delivers results. At the heart of her approach – how you communicate with and engage the people around you. “What you achieve is important, HOW you achieve it, makes all the difference!”

Piotr Wojtowicz

Swiss lawyer with work and academic experience in Switzerland, Poland, France, and the United States. His legal expertise is cross-border dispute resolution, notably international arbitration, and cross-border business networks. He resides in Zurich and New York.

Edward Stanoch

s an alumni of MIT Executive program and Singularity University Global program is passionate about combining technology and management/HR consulting capabilities to solve the grand challenges in the field of employees happiness, engagement, productivity and general health. He is also a supervisory board member of leading software house with the focused on telemedicine applications and solutions. Additionally he is co-founder of the business venture offering the lifestyle assessment technology based solutions and promoting healthy lifestyle.

Paul Kryla

An experienced Solutions Architect with progressive success selling and supporting enterprise software to the financial services industry. He has proven to formulate best solutions based upon complex requirements to improve processes and add value to end consumer. He is mainly interested in Cloud, APIs, integration, and big data technologies.

Anna Kozińska

Experienced Executive (mbank, HSBC, Danone). Leader in the entrepreneurship and business education (SGH – University of Minnesota, Nyenrode Business School, IESE). The practical, pragmatic approach of leadership development resulted in high performance of agile teams and innovative culture (experience covers financial services, corporate, retail and internet banking, FMCG).Helps young leaders and startups to create new organizational designs and deliver business-relevant talent solutions. Interested in the digital enterprise, digital HR, VR, AI, Big Data for analytical research of people’s behaviors in order to develop interventions, apps, and tools to get employees engaged, less stressed and more productive.

Agata Sambor

Her professional experiences are connecting with study monitoring, coordinating of bioequivalence studies and since 1 year she is responsible for medical device study. She has a certificate of 14155 ISO.

Maciej Oldziej

Maciej is bridging Boston with Poland’s innovation ecosystem. Passionate entrepreneur, he is focused on identifying synergies, building programs and partnerships across a diverse range of industry verticals fostering co-creation in the process. His expertise includes cross-border ecosystem and market introduction, economic and business development, global supply chain, and operational excellence.

Beata Greszta

She built her professional experience as a Medical Consultant, Sales Area Manager and then Product Manager. Currently, as Group Product Manager in the Primary Care marketing department, she is responsible for the portfolio of pulmonology and allergy products Rx and OTx. Her success derives from her solid qualifications and wide experience. She is fluent in using new tools and communication channels to monitor constantly changing customer needs.

Adam Kruszewski

Successful entrepreneurial board member with over 20 years’ experience of turning companies around in Poland and other CEE countries, as well as in the US. International education – MD, MBA, MHA. Professional development up to CEO position. Experienced in operations, sales & marketing, finance and general management. Built and managed international operations of up to 2,000 employees. Created winning strategies, led successful turnarounds, grew, built up, managed and sold my own successful international business.

Adam Targowski

Adam is responsible for driving sustainability agenda that include both technological and environmental as well as organizational and social aspects. Experience gained in multiple commercial development projects include mainly change management and new technologies and processes implementation. Working with companies at different stage of development. Interested of utilization of technology in operational excellence and creation of shared value.

Andrzej Szewczyk

Combines technology knowledge with experience in business management, creating innovative solutions for banks and other financial market players. In the Internet industry since 1999. He worked for the largest telecom and media companies, implementing innovative broadband-based projects. For nearly a decade, his focus has been on innovative solutions for the financial industry. Author of numerous publications and speeches devoted to network applications.

Brendan Ciecko

Ciecko has been building technology since the age of 11 and has been recognized by Inc. Magazine as being one of America’s top entrepreneurs under 30. Ciecko has been featured in The New York Times, WIRED, The Guardian, Entrepreneur, TechCrunch, VentureBeat, Esquire, and PC Magazine for his work in design, technology, and business. In addition, Ciecko currently sits on the Steering Committee of the Museum Council at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Digital Advisory Board at the Neue Galerie New York, and the Community Advisory Board for the Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts. He holds three patents in the area of mobile technology.

Daniel Kulig

Previously Head of Start-up Incubator (Technology Park). 15 years of working experience in corporate finance in the United States of America. Start-up evangelist, mentor, business angel, pitching expert, open-minder and innovation visionary. Proven track record of mentoring to more than 120 domestic and international tech start-ups, organizing demo days, bootcamps and hackathons. A graduate of Economics and Finance (M.B.A.) from the Fairleigh Dickinson University (USA).

Dariusz Jemielniak

He has worked for several years at Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard, as well as at the Center for Collective Intelligence at MIT. He currently serves as a Trustee at the Wikimedia Foundation. His “Common Knowledge?” (2014, Stanford University Press) won Dorothy Lee award from Media Ecology Association, and he has an upcoming book on “Collaborative Society” (2019, MIT Press, with A. Przegalinska).

Edward Mcdonald

Present in Poland since 1991. Graduate of Harvard College, Major – International Relations. Started an investment banking advisory boutique in 2000 called CAG.

Mario Gobbo

An investment banker with wide-ranging experience in M&A and equity capital markets in healthcare and energy. Also worked with IFC and EBRD in project finance, primarily in Central Europe and Asia. Studied biochemistry and management. Interested in meeting cross-cultural and cross-sectorial innovative and imaginative entrepreneurs.

Grégory Montenot

Based in Brussels, his company Octogether works with clients to bring their expansion and investment strategies to the next level. Strong focus and expertise on Central and Eastern Europe, France, Benelux and Finland. Grégory’s international experience from working in both startups and big businesses offers valuable advantages to the companies he works with.

Ireneusz Tomczak

Entrepreneur, investor, expert specializing in digital transformation, commercialization and building the value of innovative business projects, especially in the area of EdTech, AdTech and IoT. He runs the Digital Knowledge Observatory Foundation, with activity focused on Accelerator, Claster and VC EdtechHub Venture Fund.

Małgorzata Marcinkowska

Three of the most important elements of her work in Oriflame are: defining the customer analytics and data insights framework, recommending the right marketing technology stack and rolling out new processes and systems globally. Before joining Oriflame Małgorzata has worked in mobile telecommunication, IT and management consulting, where she has gained insights into dynamics of implementing change in corporations and was running different marketing and sales projects on a local and regional level. She loves technology, is passionate about marketing and advertising technologies and how they are changing the way businesses can build brands and deliver personalized and valuable customer experiences. M

Jacek Bełdowski

Having over 20 years of experience in managing international business. Passionate about developing healthy customer-centric organizational culture. Enjoying sharing the knowledge and experience thru coaching & mentoring.

Jarosław Łukasiewicz

Jarosław has more than 20 years of experience working at a senior level in the IT sector. Having previously headed up the Key Enterprises Unit of the region’s largest IT consultancy, he joined Vetasi as Managing Director of the Poland and Central & Eastern Europe region in 2013. He has delivered and overseen many successful IT projects in Poland and across Europe in the fields of ERP, EAM and ITSM for a wide range of clients in large enterprises, public institutions and global corporations. A deep technical knowledge coupled with his entrepreneurial flair, Jaroslaw’s direction has grown Vetasi’s footprint in Poland, Central & Eastern Europe to a 20-consultant strong team.

Joanna Pydo

Joanna Pydo has over 15 years’ experience in the capital markets in the field of international investor relations and finance for the energy sector, wood industry, IT, and healthcare. She is a hands-on senior expert, bringing third-party objectivity as well as deep best practice knowledge and cooperation with companies to execute sound, effective investor communication, and engagement strategies. Especially interested in energy efficiency, IoT, and smart cities.

Maciej Olczak

highly experienced management professional and seasoned executive who excels at energy sector and particularly in offshore upstream and downstream operations, engineering, and project management. With deep grounding in Oil and Gas finance, marketing, and business development strategies, he has a history of rising from engineering operations and project management roles to oil & gas leadership with a Harvard-educated business perspective. He is a meticulous planner, investor, business owner and multinational expert. He delivers customized individual advisory services to oil majors, financial institutions, stakeholders, shipyards and oil and gas clients

Lukasz Olszewski

An experienced and well plugged-in senior business professional with diverse business experience in the areas of investment banking (M&A, DCM, ECM) private equity, management, sales, marketing as well as relationship management. He is a well- rounded, self-driven, creative and reliable corporate entrepreneur bringing together international experience with strong understanding and wide network of contacts in CEEMEA markets. Lukasz’s objective as a mentor is to challenge start-upers in many areas, while actively helping them to learn and develop as individuals as well as business owners.

Marcin Kilanowski

Ph.D., LLM, is an experienced academic, lawyer, mentor, and advisor. Being passioned about the application of academic knowledge into the social and business world the very recent years – culminating with managing multimillion ministerial projects focused on application of science to foster innovative solutions – have provided him with an opportunity to establish and mentor several technological startups.

Marek Lesiak

Fintech evangelist specialized in innovative products development. In Efigence since 2007. He has almost 20 years of experience in designing web solutions. Responsible for technology development of projects dedicated to key clients. He also oversees operational and development activities related to software development, server platforms and maintenance and development procedures.

Michał Jaworski

Fascinated how technology, organization, law, privacy, security, and compliance are creating framework for new solutions. Excited to work on opportunities to grow companies using the hyper cloud scale. Warsaw-based, over 30 years experience in IT (incl. 24+ years at Microsoft in many different positions).

Michał Koszałka

Senior manager with 20 years of experience gained with large international and Polish public companies from the automotive and energy sector. Starting as a salesperson and going through various managerial positions he collected a lot of expertise in sales and marketing operations. As a CEO and general manager, he developed and implemented sales and marketing strategies for several Central and Eastern European markets. Currently, he manages two companies belonging to TAURON Group which focuses on new business models based on street lighting and smart city services as well as on e-mobility solutions (charging infrastructure, car/scooter sharing, software applications etc.).

Dr. Monika Emilia Richter

Since 2009, she focuses her practice on the Life Sciences industry. She advises national and international clients on various legal matters related to the development and partnering of pharmaceutical compounds and products, with a particular focus on strategic alliances, license agreements, research collaborations and co-development agreements. In course of her work she has been mentoring and advising various biotech start-up companies in connection with corporate structuring, investor agreements, financing and business concepts, including the preparation and set-up of partnering transactions.


Olga Sobieraj

I am an entrepreneur, business practitioner, consultant, author of publications in industry magazines, as well as a speaker and trainer

I help companies and their leaders develop specific strategies and marketing tactics that increase sales and scale the business. I develop strategies and implement them agile with the client’s team. And as a Certified EMCC Mentor and Coach, I help to release energy and knowledge in the team for strategy implementation.

I specialise in retail business offline and online (chain stores, restaurants, cafes), the Martech tools (technological solutions for marketing) and the Health & Beauty industry.

I am a long-term expert of the Superbrands and a business mentor of MIT EF CEE, Women’s Entrepreneurial Network and the EY Business Leaders Foundation.

Ophir Marko

Mr. Marko is a retired intelligence officer for an elite unit and holds a BSc in Physics from the Technion. He is widely considered a leading patent attorney and an authority on increasing company value through leveraging patents and other intellectual property. He i a partner in a leading global provider of Intellectual Property Solutions, specializing in startups and SMBs.

Patrick Kedziora

He is an entrepreneur, board member, and advisor to start-ups and scale-up. He is a winner of three major awards: Startup Chile, Startup Brazil, and French Tech Ticket. Mr. Kedziora headed several investment banking groups in New York City, was the Managing Director for a $250 million fund, was the CFO of public and private companies and counted KKR amongst his clients. Mr. Kedziora has an M.B.A. from the Stern School at NYU and Bachelor degrees in Economics and Political Science from New York University. He is also a member of EBAN and is the High Commissioner for France for the World Business Angels Forum and is President of its Global Start-up Committee.

Paweł Kacprzyk

Paweł has a strong background in insurance and healthcare, and a proven track record in executive positions and CEO roles over the past 20 years. His professional agenda concentrates on customer-centricity, driving results via quick and flexible ways of working. As CEO and Managing Director of Healthcare Insurance Division at PZU Group, Paweł was responsible for the development of healthcare insurance business lines from 2015 to 2017. From 2011 to 2014, he was CEO and President of the Board of Medicover.

Piotr Kordel

He is an experienced advisor and researcher in the field of strategic management in innovation economy. His last book edited in 2018 is titled ‘Technology Entrepreneurship’. He specializes in high technology industries.

Piotr Widacki

He has over 15 years’ experience in fintech and digital banking gathered from working in both challenger and incumbent banks, tech company as well as venture capital fund.
Piotr is a new technology enthusiast, innovator and solutions creator, who turns visions from paper to reality. Successful manager with proven track record of effectively developing and implementing strategic, cross-functional initiatives in financial services. Rare combination of management consulting approach with extensive in-house hands-on experience. Involved in 5 banking start-up projects including Alior Bank and Sync.

Rafał Jarosz

Rafał Jarosz is focused on Customer Success, Support, Satisfaction and Retention. Since 2001 provided highly specialized services during over 60 projects for 40 local and global players, working with teams up to 1300 people. He managed to reach 98% success rate in measurable and expected goals delivery.

Rafał Milewski

He has 15 years of experience in IT consulting, delivering complex programmes and projects for the biggest financial institutions. Managing the whole cycle of consulting process, from lead generation, through contracting and project delivery to project closing or stabilization and maintenance team setup. Acts like entrepreneur, used to work in demanding environments taking care of clients’ needs and project teams to achieve both customer’s goals and the team’s positive engagement.

Rafał Stroiński

Polish advocate and a US-qualified attorney admitted in the state of New York, Harvard Law School graduate and a founding partner at JSLegal. Rafał was a Fulbright and Polish Science Foundation Visiting Scholar at Stanford Law School. Rafał is one of the leading Private Equity and Venture Capital lawyers in Poland. An experienced non-executive board member, he is also the former Vice-Chairman of the Supervisory Board of PFR Ventures, Poland’s largest fund of funds management company providing financing via VC funds and groups of business angels for innovative SMEs at a different stage of development. Rafal acts as a mentor for start-ups assisting their growth and expansion in Poland and abroad.

Sebastian Gensior

An expert in understanding healthcare systems around the world and possesses an outstanding ability to estimate how regulations can affect healthcare innovators. He is particularly interested in bringing together all healthcare stakeholders early on to make innovation available as soon as possible. He regularly works with patient groups, pharmaceutical companies and digital health startup to improve healthcare systems.

Shane Keating

An Irish software engineering manager with extensive experience in innovation. During his 13 years in Intel R&D Ireland he was responsible for numerous pathfinding technology initiatives in areas such as networking and cryptographic IP, SDN/NFV, Android, DSP and embedded Firmware. He has built multiple dynamic cross-geo teams in Poland and elsewhere taking on customer-focused challenges in leading edge technologies.

Wojciech Sobczuk

Expert in over 15 programming languages. The creator of the first social networking site in Poland (2million users, Intel Capital investment). Previously, the creator, among others, of the financial system for the company from Silicon Valley, or the startup (together with Joe Gardner) which was successfully sold to the acting company in Hollywood. A strategic advisor on cybersecurity in the private and government sectors. He used his technological knowledge while trading in cryptocurrencies (Ethereum, Raiblocks, IOTA), thus increasing the portfolio by 10,000% in two years.

Szymon Kniaz

Expert with 15 years of experience in international organizations. As business developer create ecosystems and partnerships which change the rules of market, creating long term opportunities for sales force; as a responsible leader – I help my colleagues to grow and do what is right also when nobody is watching. My work, is a meaningful part of my life, it gives me satisfaction and energy. In the past I delivered projects in Denmark, Germany, Dubai, India, Australia, China and USA.

Szymon Ruta

Since 2016 is engaged in two medtech startups developing global scale diagnostics solutions, being responsible for rising capital, building corporate structure and finding strategic investors. Szymon has over 15 years of experience in investment projects, M&A projects as well as strategic management and operational consulting.

Tomasz Karwatka

Expert focusing on UX and tech innovations. An avid speaker and a writer sharing knowledge on eCommerce trends, mobile-first solutions (like PWA, AMP, RWD and many more) and modern approaches to eCommerce. CEO at Divante eCommerce software house, Head of UX at Vue Storefront & Storefront Cloud. For over 10 years engaged in creating unique eCommerce solutions for worldwide brands including SAP, T-Mobile, ING, Highsnobiety.

Tomasz Bienias

An independent expert in areas of product development, technology leadership and the design of digital organizations. He has over 10 years of experience in managing product development, UX and technology teams. He started building digital products in the early 2000s. He has also been a blogger since 2004. He specialises in the implementation of the Objectives and Key Results method in scale-ups.

Tomasz Bogus

Private smart money investor in two fintech start up companies. Xchanger Ltd, which deliver FX and remittance comparison and payment solutions and Fandla Ltd which operate in digital microfactoring. Before more than twenty six years of experience in Banking sector, including last seven years as Chief Execution Officer in two Banks. Over last two and half years, working for BNP Paribas, large International Financial Group as the CEO of its Polish subsidiary BGZ BNP Paribas in Poland.

Tomasz Cichowicz

Tomasz has over 10 years of experience in building ventures including software houses, startups, and VC funds. Actively involved in the growth of regional startup ecosystem, mentor in many local accelerators. Expert and advisor in the field of business strategies, fundraising, and VC transactions. Formerly Investment Director at Luma Ventures, GTF FIZAN and a founder of Holds a Master degree in Software Engineering and Computer Science from Coventry University and Technical University of Lodz and Executive MBA from ESMT in Berlin.

Tomasz L. Schellenberg

DEPT had done business worldwide and grew to over 500 consultants and over 60 mln $ in sales in 2001, at the time of its sale to then, Mr. Schellenberg has been investing in early-stage startups; mentoring CEO’s of rapidly growing companies and has been active on a number of boards. His areas of expertise include strategic planning, sales and marketing, entrepreneurship, IT, HR, team building, process optimization, and cross-cultural integration. He has experience in many industries including banking, healthcare, consulting and energy.

Dr. Rüdiger Herrmann

He focuses his practice on key transactions in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors. He has a wealth of experience advising national and international clients on mergers and acquisitions, licensing agreements, initial public offerings, intellectual property matters and private equity/venture capital transactions. He has a particularly strong background in dealing with life science matters in the US, Europe, China and Taiwan. Rüdiger is an international speaker on biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, private equity and M&A topics at recognized international industry conferences.

Sławomir J. Chodor

Creative, dynamic and experienced professionals working to develop Polish innovations. I rely on close cooperation between science and business pursuing joint ventures with academic institutions in line with key slogan: Smart Business Ventures. Providing business advisory services (the lean startup and customer development process of projects, including research and development – especially in the Marinetech&Energy sector – making investment decisions in the process of commercialization) to established start-up companies.

Leszek Chybowski

He is a researcher and inventor, marine engineer, certified reliability professional, certified TRIZ specialist, graduate of the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education programme Top 500 Innovators at Stanford University. The scope of his research includes safety and reliability engineering, reduction of machinery-environment interference, machinery effectiveness, inventics, and innovation management.

Bartosz Gonczarek

Business developer that turned into an entrepreneur by supporting ideas that resulted in Explain Everything INC, a company behind powerhouse interactive whiteboard, which he led as initial CEO thought two investment rounds. Bartosz holds a Ph.D. in economics and worked as an advisor to the companies at different stages of growth. Cooperates with startups and lectures to students on business and innovation.

Jaroslaw Sarwa

Jaroslaw is a digital transformation leader, Fintech and Blockchain business and technology solutions expert with well-regarded innovative processes and resources to harness new business technologies and show customers the direction forward. Possesses a vast experience in advising financial institutions and also startups in achieving business goals and strategize and tailor Fintech and Blockchain business technology solutions and deploy new models! As a FinTech Connector Community Partner in Warsaw, Jaroslaw is building and connecting Fintech community in Poland and CEE countries.

Rudradeb Mitra

A graduate from the University of Cambridge, he has built six tech startups (one with multi-million dollars in profits) in 4 countries. The startups were B2B, B2C as well as B2B2C and were in various sectors like travel-tech, sales-tech, insurance tech, security, product platform. He is an avid writer and wrote over 40 articles on topics like growth-hacking, sales, startups, Machine Learning/AI, future of jobs. Recently he also wrote his first book titled “Creating Value With Artificial Intelligence”. His current interest is building products with Social Value to solve the fundamental problems of human society.

Tal Sharon

A FinTech consultant specializing in analyzing the requirements of corporates and financial institutions in their FinTech transformation process. Has been leading hundreds of engagements between FinTech companies and global financial institutions, consulting regulators and government bodies in FinTech transformation and market education, and supporting the growth of FinTech companies. Based on a broad understanding of the FinTech industry, Tal is constantly orchestrating FinTech events.

Marcin Kolczyński

Since more than 25 years Marcin designs innovative strategies and digital business models for Polish and international companies, from start-ups to multinationals. He worked with such companies as T-Mobile, Roland Berger, TVN, Orange, Clear Channel, Pekaes, Baltona, NBC IT Outsourcing, BZ WBK, GIVT.COM as a head of strategy and business consultant / project manager.

Matej Golob

Matej Golob is a Co-founder and Managing Partner at CorpoHub. Focus on transforming established companies into lean and agile innovation leaders.

Romeo Grzębowski

Romeo Grzębowski is a Chief Inspiration Officer at Extended Tools Polska. Company is offering digital tools supporting recruitment, development, and engagement of employees. Partner at Time for Team – training company. Previously: HR Manager – Xerox Polska, Consultant – Nicholson International Executive Search, Intern – Harley-Davidson Motor Company. Completed Advanced Management Program at IESE Business School – University of Navarra. Graduated from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań – Management & Marketing and The Poznań College of Management and Banking. For the last 15 years, Romeo helps organizations fully utilize potential and creativity of individuals and teams, using recognized tools and programs. He is also active as Mentor at Women Leadership in Business Foundation and as Mentor and Expert at MIT Enterprise Forum CEE. He is passionate about team sports, especially basketball. He supports professional and amateur sport teams in effective communication and cooperation.

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