Learn, Network, Startup

In just 54 hours, you will experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup. As you learn how to create a real company, you'll meet the very best mentors, investors, cofounders, and sponsors who are ready to help you get started.

20th - 22nd October 2017
Lubelski Park Naukowo-Technologiczny
Dobrzańskiego 3, Lublin, Poland
Polish-Ukraine-Belarus edition


The hardest part of starting up is starting out. At Startup Weekend, you'll be immersed in the ideal environment for startup magic to happen.

Surrounded by smart, passionate people and with the best tools and approaches at your disposal, you’ll take giant leaps toward creating a business, becoming a founder, and connecting with the right people and resources.


Connect with people driven to build something new. Rich and diverse talent is a Startup Weekend staple.

Are you ready to meet your next (cofounder) (friend) (mentor) (investor)?


Discover where you are on the Entrepreneur's Journey.

Find the resources available near you.

Leave knowing the next steps you need to take on your road to success.


Learn what it really takes to start a company.

No book, panel, speaker, or blog post will teach you what you need to know.

The only way to learn is the experience of trying.


It’s that simple. Startup Weekend is designed to get you going, FAST.

Your local Organizers will set up the ideal environment for you to be successful and learn as much as possible in just 54 hours.


Piotr Pietras

Piotr Pietras

Managing Director in Startup Department at Edge One Solutions

Managing Director in Startup Department in Edge One Solutions. Currently, he is supporting the first Accelerator specializing in Educational Technology- EduLAB Sp.z.o.o.

Piotr is experienced in managing projects from IT sector and in finding solutions for the banking sector, FMCG, public in fixed price and time & material model. Last two years he spent on creating and developing competence centers for clients from Europe and USA (about 70 people). He was managing the quality of portfolio projects services.

Piotr has been also organizing technological conferences for many years and had a chance to develop his skills as a leader of the biggest Microsoft.Net group in Poland. In his free time, he likes riding a quad.

Vadym Melnyk

Vadym Melnyk

CEO & Founder at Cervi Robotics

CEO & Founder at Cervi Robotics, co-founder at ServoCode, Dronhub and couple other tech and robotics companies. Chief of Unicorn Division at Microsoft. On a daily basis works with robotics prototyping, IoT and Cloud Computing to help small startups and organisations like European Space Agency to convert their ideas into real working products. Speaker at multiple national tech conferences. Passionate about new technologies and business optimisation.

Marcin Kęćko

Marcin Kęćko

Strategy and Investor Relations Department City of Lublin

Graduated from the Faculty of Law and Administration at Maria Curie Skłodowska University in Lublin. Highly experienced in evaluating innovative projects implemented as part of Innovative Economy Operational Programme. While working in the Ministry of Economy–currently named Ministry of Development–Kęćko participated in developing a variety of business support programmes as well as projects encouraging companies to use innovation to grow their businesses. At present, he is deputy head in Strategy and Investor Relations Department in Municipal Administration of the City of Lublin. Since 2016, he officially represents the Mayor of Lublin in any start-up-related matters. Kęćko specializes in business support, internationalization, and building start-up- and creative industry-friendly environment.

Kamil Ruciński

Kamil Ruciński

CEO at Nocowanie.pl



Mentor Monika Czaplicka

Monika Czaplicka

Blogger in czaplicka.eu

Working in the social media industry for 11 years in her agency called Wobuzz. Blogger in czaplicka.eu, administrator of famous polish fanpage “Crises erupt in social media at the weekend” (Kryzysy w social mediach wybuchają w weekendy). Published book about social media crisis, one of the authors of the E-business Bible Volume II (the part about hate). Often on conferences and giving lectures where she gets rewards for best talks. Working with brands around the globe.

Mentor Mikołaj Winkiel

Mikołaj Winkiel

Chief Evangelist at Brand24

Passionate about marketing, the Web and social media. Gained marketing experience in larger and smaller advertising agencies, where he worked as social media manager, content manager, analyst and sales assistant. Speaker at numerous industry events such as Marketing Day, Pipeline Summit, Forum Inboud Marketing, Kongres Praktyków Biznesu and Kongres Business Intelligence where he shared his experience on social listening. Co-author of the E-business Bible and numerous publications, lecturer at SWPS, UW and AGH. Joined Brand24 in 2011 to take care of key clients, marketing and spread awareness of social listening in advertising industry.

Mentor Artur Granicki

Artur Granicki

Managing Partner in Snażyk Granicki Law Office

Master of Law from the University of Maria Curie-Sklodowska in Lublin. He is an expert in the field of capital market and securities, corporate law and investment funds.Prior to joining the firm, he gained professional experience in the Society of Investment Funds and renowned Polish law firms such as; "Gromek and Partners", "Sołtysiński, Kawecki & Szlęzak", Kancelaria Snażyk Granicki and the Financial Supervision Commission. In the course of his professional career he has participated in numerous capital transactions related to the financing of economic entities, the issuance and trading of financial instruments and in the creation and management of investment funds. He is a certified legal counselor, he studied at Oxford, and completed postgraduate studies in the field of company law and capital market law at the University of Warsaw. He is also the author of several publications about financial and company law.

Mentor Szymon Kubicki

Szymon Kubicki

Co-founder and CEO at Predictail

Co-founder and CEO at Predictail - a company which reduces industry maintenance costs using machine learning methods. Szymon is a power electronics engineer and entrepreneur. He is also alumni of LPNT incubation program and MIT Enterprise Forum Poland and attendee of MIT EF bootcamp at MIT in Boston. Predictail is working today for companies like PGNiG and KGHM.

Mentor Agata Bona

Agata Bona

Capful Polska

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:

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)

Parallel 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 developments projects from a product concept and factory/R&D briefing to ATL & BTL consumer campaigns - an 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”.

Mentor Tomasz Świeboda

Tomasz Świeboda

Managing partner at Inovo VC

Tomasz is managing partner at Inovo VC, one of the most active VC funds in Poland. He is investor and board member in Booksy, Brand24, Sotrender, Restaumatic and other companies.

Inovo VC is an early stage / growth fund, that invests in companies that have at least a working proof of concept and proven channels to grow their business. Inovo invests in companies with global potential and help them to get on a faster growth curve. Inovo invests mainly in SME SaaS companies with proven traction, clear growth idea and at least 10k Euro monthly revenue.

Before joining Inovo VC Tomasz gained financial experience at Rothschild and Penta Investments (private equity fund with assets under management of €1.5bn). At Penta,Tomasz supervised portfolio companies in Poland, including Żabka Empik Media Fashion (valued at €200m+).

Mentor Aleksander Mokrecki

Aleksander Mokrecki

Investment Director in StarFinder Seed Fund

Aleksander is an Investment Director in StarFinder Seed Fund and volunteer in StartupHub Poland foundation. He is actively engaged in development of the startups HoloSurgical and VortexOil Engineering. Graduated from the Warsaw School of Economics in Management and International Relations, he gained his business experience as entrepreneur running number of innovative startups, and also as an employee of international auditing company Ernst&Young. He built his experience in business investments working as a financial analyst in Black Lion. Aleksander was born in Ukraine and he has connections with Polish as well as Ukrainian network of entrepreneurs. He speaks Polish, Ukrainian, Russian and English. In his free time Aleksander travels a lot, enjoys hiking in the mountains and reads a lot about business, economy and history.

Mentor Katarzyna Górniak

Katarzyna Górniak

Head of Science and Technology at Impact CEE

Nearly 5-year experience in innovative sector, especially in commercialisation of R&D projects. Since over half a year Head of Science and Technology at Impact Foundation responsible for cooperation with academia and research sector, member of the team of SciTech Poland promoting business implementation of early stage innovations at Hannover Messe 2017 and mentor of Science to business track at Impact’18. Formerly Innovation Broker at AGH University of Science and Technology in Cracow, responsible for science and business cooperation, market research for technologies and business strategy advisory for R&D projects and spin-offs, especially IT solutions, smart grids, biomedical engineering and electronics.

Mentor Yaroslav Krempovych

Yaroslav Krempovych

Investment analyst of StarFinder Seed Fund

MSc in Strategic Management from Kozminski International Business School and Bradford University’s School of Management, did exchange course in Sophia Antipolis - leading European technology park. Core areas of interest is emerging business models, hard tech startups, AI, smart industries, life science, and space tech. Ukrainian born in Lviv, lived, studied and worked in Warsaw, London and Nice.

Mentor Marta Wielgus-Piotrowska

Marta Wielgus-Piotrowska

Lublin Science and Technology Park

Marta works on the development of companies with exceptional rates growth potential, with the investment risk being higher than average. Therefore, she supervises the budget of 20 start ups – WOODINSPECTOR, CRIMAT, NEXBIO and the other 17. She is an author and executor of incubation processes of 80 start ups in the project „Platforma Startowa Connect”. She is concerned with the assessment of establishments and financial plans for business ideas, effectiveness validation of sales models for innovatory products. She is the Head of the Department of Ownership Supervision and Investment Projects of Lublin Science And Technology Park.

Mentor Bartosz Mańkowski

Bartosz Mańkowski

Entrepreneur & Marketer

Entrepreneur, Mentor, Marketer with extensive experience in sales of services and products in Poland, Italy and English-speaking Internet. He shares exactly the same knowledge with the participants of his Premium programs.

He believes that the most important thing in the entrepreneur's work is a strong specialization. He himself specializes in working with entrepreneurs, startups, authors of books and marketers from all over the world. He helps them build communities and business models based on info-products, as well as monetize their knowledge by developing automated sales funnels.

His customers often describe him as the most difficult person they have ever met because he does not believe that something cannot be done. It brings a smile to his face every time he talks about it, for the very same customers always forgive him due to the effects he generates. What annoys him the most is that people have a plan B for every occasion. They prefer to mourn the loss instead of quickly finding new ways to generate profits.

He believes that to bring about real effects and innovations there can be no excuses.



Friday 20th

  • 6:00PM Registration Starts Arrive at the venue and get checked in.
  • 6:20PM Dinner & Networking Friday pizzas. Meet people, get familiar with each other.
  • 7:00PM Welcome & Rules Warm welcome and review agenda for the weekend.
  • 7:20PM Pitchfire 60 seconds to present your idea - a mic, your voice and your passion.
  • 8:00PM Voting Attendees vote for the top pitches.
  • 8:30PM Forming Teams & Begin Work
  • 11:00PM Wrap-Up Finished for the day.

Saturday 21st

  • 9:00AM Doors Open
  • 10:00AM Breakfast
  • 12:00AM Mentors arrive Mentors help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • 2:00PM Lunch
  • 2:30PM Mentors still here Mentors are still here to help. Ask questions, show them what you have done.
  • 6:00PM Supper
  • 11:00PM Wrap-Up

Sunday 22nd

  • 9:00AM Doors Open
  • 10:00AM Breakfast
  • 2:45PM Lunch
  • 4:00PM Tech check Obligatory tech check for final presentations.
  • 4:05PM FINAL PRESENTATIONS 3 min presentation and 3 min Q&A per team.
  • 7:00PM Judging & Awards
  • 7:30PM Wrap-Up Go Home or go drink!


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Agata Kukwa
Agata Kukwa


Organizer Michał Pukacz
Michał Pukacz
Organizer Dorota Oleszczuk
Dorota Pukacz
Organizer Agnieszka Maciejowska
Agnieszka Maciejowska
Organizer Jagoda Greczycho
Jagoda Greczycho
Organizer Martyniuk Mariia
Mariia Martyniuk
Organizer Wiktor Swincicki
Wiktor Swincicki