The Innovative Krakow Forum strives to facilitate cohesive networking among stakeholders in our city’s innovation ecosystym, build trust amongst participants, and work toward sustainable long-term assistance for innovative start-ups including advice and mentoring.
The full day event promotes: ambition for growth, risk taking needed to create and sell more innovative products, engaging large enterprises in spaces of coproduction and collaboration with start-up and SMEs along with engaging with the broader European ecosystem.
- Engage with leading Krakow entrepreneurs and institutions all in one place.
- Help your business grow by meeting the right organization in the Matchmaker Zone.
Advance Your Career
- Learn about middle level positions at Krakow’s most innovative companies.
Keynotes & Panels
10:00 Opening: Toward An Innovative Krakow
11:00 Panel & Case Study: Boosting Corporate x Startup Business
12:00 Panel: Women In Technology
13:00 Networking Lunch In Matchmaker Zone
14:00 Panel: Attracting Capital And Investors
15:00 Panel: Attracting Foreign Talent moderated by Poland Today
16:00 Final Keynote: Hugo Amsellem – The Family
17:30 Dragons Cave Demo Day
Structured B2B Meetings
09:00 – 10:00 Registration & Coffee
11:00 – 12:00 Hiring Speed Dating: HCM Deck, Bidroom, Tagvenue
12:00 – 13:00 Corporations: ABSL, Ericsson, Govtech Polska, OVH, PKO BP
13:00 – 14:00 Networking Lunch
14:00 – 15:00 Poland Today, Wave Growth and Huge Thing
15:00 – 16:00 Investors: Innovation Nest, Sunfish Partners, BDLG Ventures, SMOK, Innoventure, TDJ Pitango, Augere Venture, Expara Fund
16:00 Matchmaker Zone Closes
This project is realized with the financial support from the City of Krakow.
This project is organized by the Foundation Supporting #OMGKRK.
This project is supported by Wave Growth.
Welcome To The Innovative Krakow Forum
Host & MC Gábor Zoltán Halmai – Founder – GaborSpeaks.com
Toward A More Innovative Krakow
The City of Krakow competes to be the most dynamic innovation ecosystem in Poland. The large number of events, the long list of funded startups, the deep human capital and increase in research and development make Krakow an innovation leader. However there remain many areas to improve in our ambition, entreprenurial networks and engagement in the global markets. What steps big and small are needed for a more innovative Krakow?
Katarzyna Wysocka – Director of Department for Entrepreneurship & Innovation – City Of Krakow
Paweł Kulon – President – #OMGKRK
Wojciech Przybylski – CEO – Krakow Technology Park
Przemek Berendt – Founder – Talent Alpha
Panel: Boosting Corporate x Startup Business
Krakow is among the top outsourcing locations in the world being home to many international corporations and brands. It is also home to a dynamic startup community searching for enterprise clients. However, there is much to improve in corporate x startup matchmaking and partnerships. How can these two sectors work more closely together?
Dominika Walec – Head Of Growth – #OMGKRK
Eoin McCoy – Member Of The Board – ASPIRE
Wojtek Ozog – Head Of Ericsson Garage
Piotr Lipnicki – CTO – Reliability Solutions
Filip Moscicki – Archdesk
Presentation by Monika Pietrzyk – GovTech Polska Program Development Manager
Panel: Women Founders
Katarzyna Wabik – Community Manager at Revolut
Agata Frankiewicz – CEO – Deko Eko
Justyna Uman-Ntuk – Founder – innoMED.co
Bogumila Matuszewska-Wojtyła – Co-Founder – DrOmnibus
Startup Pitch: MyRest.io
Networking Lunch In Matchmaker Zone
Panel: Attracting Capital And Investors
What is the state of investment and capital in the Krakow innovation ecosystem? Are the startups in Krakow VC fundable? Can the investors really help these startups become global companies?
Richard Lucas – #OMGKRK Ambassador
Szymon Janicki – CEO – HCM Deck
Artur Karczykowski – Partner – Sunfish Partners
Paulina Białek – Director at Expara Europe
Startup Pitch TBA
Panel: Attracting Foreign Talent
In the USA, 90 of the enterprises listed on Fortune 500 have been founded by immigrants. As the contribution of immigrant entrepreneurship for the global economy is being recognised by policy makers and experts, how does Krakow fare in this regard? What is the impact of diversity on innovation? What are the challenges and advantages of being a foreign founder in Poland?
Richard Stevens – Editor-In-Chief – Poland Today
Maurizio Tripi – CTO – Bidroom
Suleman Siddiqui – CEO – Wave Growth
Sunny Vashishtha – Site Lead – Symphony Solutions
Kamila Chmielewska – Startup Support & Program Coordinator – Huge Thing / Poland Prize
Bidroom & #OMGKRK
16:00 Final Keynote
Elevating Ecosystems In Europe
Director (Berlin) – The Family
Hugo will share how The Family transforms Paris, Berlin, London ecosystems into awesome startup hubs including how they got rid of local barriers and toxicity. Hugo will try to set up a benchmark for European startup and explain what does it mean to be successful in Europe?
Dragons Cave Demo Day
After the conclusion of the Innovative Krakow Forum, stay at Plac Nowy 1 for the grande finale of the Dragons Cave Pre-Accelerator program. Watch as 6 early stage teams present their products and pitch for what they need to continue to grow.