SALON/ ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: Accelerating Start-ups

Financial Times’ recent report calls for a radical change of approach in fostering innovation culture across Central Eastern Europe.

Innovation is expensive. Approximating the cost of building up innovation culture resembles of environmental full cost accounting, it is so hard to agree where the triple bottom line exactly is. This massive investment may not be recoverable over one generation. Venture capital alone seems not the answer any more: scarcity of great ideas, too much cost, too few exists, plummeting profitability.

How to unlock the next wave of innovation?

The idea of start-up acceleration was born in 2005 in Silicon Valley, by 2011 there had been over 200 accelerators across US and Europe, private, public and non-profit. What is their role in fostering innovation culture? What value do they bring. How efficient and profitable they are? Can they bridge the entrepreneurship education gap? Can they start the new wave of innovation? These and other questions will set up the scene for the next Entrepreneuria Salon meeting.

We would like to discuss the future of Polish and European acceleration programs with these special guests – experienced accelerator initiators and managers, community managers and governmental officials:
  • Agnieszka Lewandowska – STARTUP SCHOOL 
  • Lisa Cowey- PwC 
  • Marek Borzestowski – GIZA POLISH VENTURES, STARTUP HUB POLAND
  • Jan Kaczmarek – ENTREPRENEURIA START-UP ACADEMY, MOST FOUNDATION
  • Jakub Lebuda – BIC SUMMER START, EXEQ.eu
  • Jakub Michalski – PLUG AND PLAY POLAND ACCELERATOR
  • Michal Olszewski – HUGE THING ACCELERATOR, LMS INVEST
  • and other relevant representatives of the Polish technology entrepreneurship scene
With the special participation of Mr. Daniel Maksym – NATIONAL CENTRE FOR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT (NCBiR)

When: 24.10.2013 – 16:00-18:00 (Roundtable discussion)
Where: Galeria Propaganda, ul. Foksal 11/1, Warsaw
Language: Polish
Registration is mandatory/ Seating is limited http://entrepreneuria5accelerators.evenea.pl/
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ORGANIZER
The MOST Foundation (Initiator of the Entrepreneuria Start-up Academy – The accelerator for early-stage IT start-ups)
CONTACT
Jan Kacmarek – Member of the Board of the MOST Foundation
Mara Puacz – Project Manager Entrepreneuria
secretariat@most-program.org