About Dragons Cave
Wawel Dragons Cave Pitch is a format that features entrepreneurs pitching their business ideas in order to secure investment feedback and possible finance from a panel of angels investors or experienced entrepreneurs. The pitch contestants would be from various fields, students looking to validate the idea, young entrepreneurs with already existing business and businesses looking to scale up the operations, who have what they consider to be a viable and potentially very profitable business idea, but who lack funding and direction.
Contestants will pitch their idea to entrepreneurial business people, who will be referred to as “Wawel Dragons”.
Wawel Dragons will be able to offer:
1) An equity-free investment of up to 10,000 złoty sponsored from the city.
2) A private investment and/or consulting time into the business. In return, the contestant gives the Wawel Dragons a percentage of the company’s stock, which is the chief point of negotiation.
The Wawel Dragons will probe the business idea once the contestant has made the presentation. This will either reveal a sound business proposition that the investor may become interested in investing capital, or an embarrassing lack of preparation on the part of the contestant (such as the contestant’s lack of knowledge of the business’ profits or margins), the uncovering of troubling facts (such as insufficient sales or manufacturing margins) or other reasons which may play a factor in the investors consequently rejecting the investment.
Later on in the year winners may be able to pitch the business at the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards – Poland. And Poland winners will fly to Canada to compete in the global competition for the Global Student Entrepreneur of the Year.
IT Architect. Investor. Turning #startups into #grownups
Built and successfully exited a company in Silicon Valley.
Topicmarks, as a winner of prestigious contests (e.g. Founder Showcase, Seedcamp), covered by TechCrunch, Mashable, got funding from e.g. Aaron Patzer (mint.com) and was acquired by one of the largest social networks in US: Tagged.com (330+ mln of users)In the Internet business since 1994. UI/UX evangelist with passion for ergonomy, usability and clear communication. Proven leader with 18+ yrs in software development, management, market analysis, performance and process improvement. Board level in international companies. Speaker, mentor, judge at startup events.
Serial Entrepreneur, Business Ambassador, Investor
An Australian Entrepreneur, who has held various board positions of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization Network with 8,000 members worldwide with an average member sales US$17.3 million per year. Founder and curator of Binkplus.pl a business incubator based in Krakow, Poland. Founder and chairman of the Global Students Entrepreneur Awards – Poland, a premier global award for student entrepreneurs. AIP Business Link – Mentor, Lean Startup Guru at Business Link.
Managing Partner and Founder
Lecturer at IE Business School
Represents international Private Equity Funds for the Iberian peninsula and Latam.
Represents the Iveagh Investment House. Family Office of the Guinness Family.
Senior Advisor of The Chairman Of Gamesa.
Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch Private Equity
Fundraising activities for SME´s in Spain and Abroad such as Room-mate hotels, Charlemagne Capital, Gawa Microfinance Fund among others
Founder of MISBEHAVE
MISBHV, a streetwear clothing company based in Krakow Poland. MISHBV was founded by Natalia Maczek in April 2008 in the heart of former East Block as a one-off DIY t-shirt fashion line for a small circle of her closest friends – skaters, rappers, artists, and models. Just a few collections later, MISBHV grew into a global brand with a unique aesthetic vocabulary worn by global superstars such as Rihanna, Cara Delevigne, Jourdan Dunn and Azealia Banks. Its collections are sold in a limited number of carefully selected retailers worldwide including Browns Focus in London, Galleries Lafayette in Paris and I.T. in Hong Kong.