Gdańsk University of Technology
Gdańsk University of Technology is the biggest and oldest technical university in northern Poland, which employs over two thousand staff, including 1,200 academics who educate approximately 22,000 students. The university has its share in advancing the technological development. This is evidenced in the results of scientific research, patents granted or technologies implemented in such fields as e.g. medicaments, environment protection, electronics and telecommunication, as well as IT or sound and image engineering. Moreover, the university faculty take active part in global scientific activity. The university holds many national and international conferences, symposiums and seminars. Additionally, it is involved in implementing numerous projects that have impact on the development of the region and the economy.
Excento Sp. z o.o.
Excento is a special purpose vehicle created by Gdańsk University of Technology which promotes all activities related to the practical use of science, cooperates with the business environment and also supports academic entrepreneurship. The main addressees of its operations are academic staff members of the University of Technology who are interested in implementing the results of their research, as well as companies aiming to increase their competitive advantage. Excento primarily watches over the results of the research carried by the academics and sees to it that they have commercial potential and meet the real market needs.
The aim of the e-Pionier project („e-Pionier – using tertiary education institutions’ potential to boost ICT solutions in the public sector”) which is run by Excento Sp. z o.o. is solving crucial social and economical problems by interdisciplinary teams in a form similar to pre-commercial procurements. The project, by which public institutions signal their needs, should encourage the public sector to take innovative actions for the benefit of the society. This mainly concerns the problems which are impossible to solve with the use of already existing ICT technologies.
Medical University of Gdańsk
Medical University of Gdańsk educates close to 6,000 regular, doctoral and postgraduate students. They include almost 800 foreign exchange students, which constitutes almost 16% of all students. The students can make use of a well-located campus and a modern academic library. They may also enjoy the offer of a student club called “Medyk”. The university runs intensive scientific research evidenced by the leading positions in a ranking prepared by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, as well as numerous honors given to its staff members.
Gdynia Startup Zone, Pomeranian Science and Technology Park
Gdynia Startup Zone is an offer for beginner entrepreneurs, freelancers, students and all others who are still developing their idea for business. The workshops and theme meetings which are organized within the zone inspire, teach, enhance skills and support the substantive development of projects. There is also additional help in the form of networking – building a network of contacts. Each user of the Startup Zone may enjoy co working – a quiet and comfortable space with access to Wi-Fi and office equipment, an ideal place to work over how to turn your idea into a business. To become a co-worker, you should read the rules of using the co working space and then sent a completed application form to: firstname.lastname@example.org
As part of the Gdynia Startup Zone in the Pomeranian Science and Technology Park every first Thursday of the month between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. we hold office hours – individual consultations with the representatives of Alfabeat.
Poland Innovative Foundation has been operating since July 2016. As part of its activities the foundation creates a Poland Innovative Community – an international network of Polish scientists, experts and innovators (which includes both Polish people living in our country and Polish communities abroad). The innoSHARE congresses which take place annually since 2015 are a great occasion for the Poland Innovative Community, as well as new individuals interested in cooperating with us, to meet up. Moreover, in agreement with Eurodoc, a European organization which associates doctoral students from all over Europe, starting from 2016 we have been the organizers of European Forum of Young Innovators – meetings which aim at creating a platform that would enable making contacts and exchanging knowledge and experience among young innovators from EU countries.
Is a one-day conference which joins B2B software start-ups, mentors and investors and is held regularly by InnovationNest. There has been twelve editions up to date. The element which draws many participants is the attractive form of the event. It is a combination of different types of activities – apart from talks and discussion panels the participants may join work groups and have individual meetings with mentors. Personal touch is also very important as each of the participants individually decides on what the day will look like.
You can meet with an Alfabeat representative during the SaaS Meetup not only in the corridors, but also at a mentoring session. In the last edition we had Bartosz Lipnicki i Jakub Fijewski, who shared their experience with the participants.
The innoSHARE Congress is an innovative project organized by the foundation called Poland Innovative. The project combines science and business and is based on global relationships built by the Polish people who live here and those who form Polish communities around the world. It connects young scientists, creators of technology startups, representatives of business related institutions and investors. The congress is a mixture of different forms of activity which one may experience during various events, such as panel discussions, workshops, impact talks. Moreover, as part of the congress you can consult your product or service objectives before creating anything, which is an innovative approach as far as this type of events is concerned.
During innoShare the representatives of Alfabeat not only meet the originators of ideas, but also co-create the event agenda. As part of innoSHARE’17 one of the managing partners – Bartek Lipnicki – made a presentation entitled “Coffee breaks are serious business”. He talked about his experience in working at Swedish companies, as well as about customs which are worth introducing also in Poland. See the presentation.
Bridge to MassChallenge Warsaw
Bridge to MassChallenge Warsaw is a pilot launch of a global accelerator called MassChallenge in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). The programme is addressed to those start-ups which are already selling their products, have had their first revenues and are ready for their business to be scaled to enter new markets. The 25 start-ups selected from the whole region will take part in two workshops (in Warsaw and in Boston), which will be run by MassChallenge mentors – representatives from the field of business from the whole world. The participants will have the opportunity to build business relations, verify their plans for development and gain knowledge on their chances of expanding internationally. In the following years the programme will be operating as a comprehensive, stationary accelerator called MassChallenge with head office in Warsaw and will support as much as 80 start-ups from Central and Eastern Europe. The activities of MassChallenge in Poland were initiated by Fundacja Przedsiębiorczości Technologicznej and PKO Bank Polski. Currently the partners to the programme include Visa and PGE Nowa Energia.