Thank you to our incredible team, amazing judges, mentors, great partners, and YOU for making SWLUB#2 beautiful and inspiring.

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

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

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

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.

Start

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.

Judges

Marcin Kęćko

Marcin Kęćko

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Małgorzata Skalska

Małgorzata Skalska

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Tomasz Małecki

Tomasz Małecki

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Michał Przybylski

Michał Przybylski

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Yaroslav Krempovych

Yaroslav Krempovych

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Mentors

Mentor Wojtek Jeżowski

Wojtek Jeżowski

Film director, producer, CEO of Black Rabbit

For the past 10+ years he has created and managed film projects designed for corporate communications, branded entertainment and viral campaigns for well-known multinational corporations and NGO’s.

His portfolio includes TV advertisements, music videos, web series, documentaries and short films. He has also created TV programs for Discovery Channel, Polish National Television, Polsat, TVN. His film about the anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising "There is a city" has become viral in 2012 with 10 million views on YouTube and thousands shares on Facebook.

He is also creator of the world's first corporate web scifi series '2020'.

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Artur Granicki

Artur Granicki

Partner in SGPLEGAL Snażyk Granicki

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" 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.

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Jerzy Kurgan

Jerzy Kurgan

Innovation Expert, Aviva Poland

Jerzy is currently part of the team responsible for technology innovations and cooperation with startups in Polish branch of Aviva (insurance company).

He is facilitating cooperation between large, traditional business and the world of startups – his role is to guide startups in corporate realities. He also mentor teams during startups events, ie. Startup Weekend, HackJam or Design Thinking workshops. He gained experience in telco and e-commerce industries while working in companies such as Plus, Netia and Envelo.

During Startup Weekend can especially help with creating and verifying business models.

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Dominik Majewski

Dominik Majewski

Entrepreneur and board member of The Leonardo Fund

He is responsible for strategic and operational actions in addition to the analysis of investment projects, carries out investments and constructs company value.

Dominik has been associated with the market Venture Capital for nearly 10 years. He gained experience working in a bank, numerous business consulting firms, and in some seed and VC funds. He is the co-founder of several technological startups in the electronic, IT, education and entertainment sectors which successfully thrive in the world markets.

Mentor and judge of startup events.

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Marcin Borecki

Marcin Borecki

Public Speaker, Architect and Microsoft Regional Director in Poland

Marcin is a developer, entrepreneur and business angel. He has worked for years as a software architect for leading IT companies in USA, Panama and Poland. He has run a consulting company and software house since 2011 focused on cloud computing and mobile – CloudExpert.pl.

He has an external role from Microsoft as Regional Director since 2014 – helping Microsoft product teams to better understand the market and customers; connecting new business ventures with investors / business angels, venture capitalist and private equity funds. He’s actively engaged in all Microsoft activities targeted to support Startup Ecosystem.

Presenter and speaker, mentor and jury member during many events. An active participant and supporter of leading industry events - conferences, seminars, hackathons, etc.

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Patrycja Walencik

Patrycja Walencik

Usability specialist in Polska Press Group

An active member of the Tricity's UX scene. She works as usability specialist in Polska Press Grupa and struggles to make gratka.pl even more intuitive. On her daily basis makes businness goals and real end user's needs meet.

Fan of usability researches and mobile & web interfaces development.

Author of UX in mobile systems article series and conference prelegent. First experience gained in Microsoft, where she was responsible for communication between Office 365 tools. Privately startup co-founder – as UX consultant.

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Daniel Dereniowski

Daniel Dereniowski

Founder and President of the Carpathian Coalition of Startups

Head of the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship which provides consultancy for startups and commercialization of technology, Founder and President of the Carpathian Coalition of Startups (INUP Foundation) Organizer of Startup Weekend Rzeszow and Startup Weekend Stalowa Wola.

Ambassador of the Startup Poland Foundation in the Lower Carpathian voivodeship. Founder of myeter.co and an active supporter of local startups since 2014. As part of his scientific projects, he performs research in the field of information security. Winner of research grants of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education - Diamond Grant and Future Generation Award.

Fan of bowling, chess, The Witcher and good board games.

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Yaroslav Krempovych

Yaroslav Krempovych

Investment analyst of Startup Hub Poland and StartVenture@Poland

Investment analyst of Startup Hub Poland foundation and StartVenture@Poland(SVP) seed capital 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, tech startups, AI, smart industries, life science, and space travels.

Ukrainian born in Lviv, lived, studied and worked in Warsaw, London and Nice.

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Valery Litvinov

Valery Litvinov

Head of Moja Firma — IT business incubator

An expert in business models and marketing strategies. As a former founder and head of Webhat software house, that specialized in e-learning production software, he collected vast experience and is always eager to share it with young entrepreneurs.

Now, he’s the head of Moja Firma — IT business incubator, that helped a number of IT specialists from Ukraine and other neighbouring countries test their business ideas and find new clients in Europe. He enjoys helping new projects, that wish to enter the polish market with market and business analysis

In his spare time he enjoys travelling, testing gadgets and learning new stuff.

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Michał Przybylski

Michał Przybylski

Member of the Innovation and R&D team at PwC

Graduate of Warsaw School of Economics in the fields of strategic management and project management. Michał is a member of the Innovation and R&D team at PwC where he actively participates in consulting projects. So far, he was involved in number of projects related to the development of innovation strategy, commercialization and funding of innovative research and development projects for customers from various sectors and industries of Polish economy. Michał is also a member of the operational team responsible for the latest PwC acceleration initiative - Startup Collider.

Michał since 5 years is cooperating with worldwide student’s organization called Enactusem. As part of Enactus for three years he served as a team leader in Poznan, where he managed a portfolio of CSR projects within team of 20 people. The next two years he participated in the development of the program in Poland, as a member of the Enactus Poland team. Currently, under Enactus he acts as a mentor for new teams sharing his knowledge and experience.

Michał is also an alumnus of Lesław A. Paga Foundation within which he participated in the first edition of the Young Innovators project and latest edition of Think Paga project. Michał is also developing as an expert in fields of innovation and business models including publishing in press and conducting numerous training courses in Poland and abroad

So far, Michał served as a mentor for the projects at an early stage of development within the framework of initiatives such as Enactus, GrowPoint, E(x)plory and others.

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Schedule

Friday 7th

  • 6:00PM Registration Starts Arrive at the venue and get checked in.
  • 6:20PM Dinner & Networking Friday burgers. 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 8th

  • 9:00AM Doors Open
  • 10:00AM Breakfast
  • 11:00AM Workshop
  • 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 9th

  • 9:00AM Doors Open
  • 10:00AM Breakfast
  • 2:45PM Lunch
  • 4:00PM Tech check Obligatory tech check for final presentations.
  • 5:00PM 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!

Honorary Patronage

Honorowy Patronat Prezydenta Miasta Lublin Honorowy Patronat Konsula Generalnego Ukrainy w Lublinie

Platinum Partner

PWC logo

Gold Partners

Aviva logo Lublin logo LPNT logo

Media Partners

Black Rabbit logo Lublin Today logo

Partners

AIP Inkubatory logo BRAND24 logo Lubella logo

Facilitator

Iza Bitowt
Iza Bitowt

Organizers

Organizer Michał Pukacz
Michał Pukacz
Organizer Dorota Oleszczuk
Dorota Oleszczuk
Organizer Agnieszka Oleszczuk-Widawska
Agnieszka Oleszczuk-Widawska
Organizer Tetiana Sidletska
Tetiana Sidletska
Organizer Artur Miłkowski
Artur Miłkowski