Program duration:September 2018
Financing amount:covering the cost of program
What should you know?
What should you know?
What will you gain?
PFR School of Pioneers is an international educational program dedicated to future tech entrepreneurs and visionaries. Thanks to a 3-week workshop conducted in cooperation with partners in Warsaw and a week-long training at the University of Cambridge, you will boost your competences with:
- key business skills;
- tech know-how;
- innovative mindset;
- international collaboration and networking.
The workshops will be held in Warsaw and are prepared by content partners of the program – large technological companies, successful startups and experts in innovative sectors. They are based on a model of activities, inspired by the modern educational methods.
Practical workshops will allow you to develop skills in the following areas:
- business development;
- sales and marketing;
- team building;
- tech trends of tomorrow;
- challenges in selected sectors;
- digital tools for business;
- critical thinking and problem solving
- and personal development.
Directly after the workshops you will participate in the training which takes place at the campus of the University of Cambridge in Great Britain. The Cambridge Enterprise team (company of University of Cambridge founded to commercialize research and create innovative products) will provide you with the knowledge about British innovation ecosystem and support your efforts to create a unique project.
The intense program is fully conducted in September this year and will lead you from inspiration to team work on your own project and finally pitching to investors during the final gala. The Program Council is responsible for the quality of the program. The council includes outstanding experts from various areas related to innovation and technology entrepreneurship.
PFR School of Pioneers is conducted thanks to the cooperation of PFR with the Strategic Partner – Allegro.pl and the Main Partner – TDJ. The University of Cambridge Enterprise is the International Partner while PFR Foundation is the Social Partner.
What are the requirements?
We are looking for people aged 20-35 who are working on their development path and have ideas for their own business. If you are fascinated by new technologies, you are improving your technical skills and want to develop – this program is for you. The main requirement is full involvement during the project in September as the workshops will be conducted from the morning hours to the afternoon on working days.
What are the stages?
In order to apply for the program, you only need to complete the electronic application form. Click the "Apply" button available on the panel on the right and take the first step to qualify for PFR School of Pioneers.
The application form consists of:
- a personal questionnaire;
- a personal growth plan.
The application can be submitted from 5 to 26 June 2018. Remember to read Program Regulations before filling in the application.
Your application will be evaluated, and the result will be sent electronically to the e-mail address provided in the form. If you qualify for the second stage, within two weeks we will invite you to the interview with the recruitment team (the conversation will take place online by default). During the conversation, you will present your solution to the problem of technological entrepreneurship, which will be sent in the message setting the date of the interview.
After qualifying for the final group of 50 participants of PFR School of Pioneers, you will receive a declaration of participation to sign. It obliges you to actively participate in all workshops throughout the duration of the initiative.
Remember that the scholarship covers the costs of training at the University of Cambridge and boarding during the workshop. The organizers do not provide accommodation during the workshops taking place in Warsaw.
PFR School of Pioneers will be inaugurated on 3 September this year. After the official inauguration, the first classes begin. The training at the University of Cambridge is planned for 22-28 September and it is the last element of the program before the final gala. The closing event of the program – during which the results of the participants' work will be presented – will take place at the end of the calendar year.
Chief Innovation Officer, PFR
Eliza Kruczkowska is the Chief Innovation Officer in Innovation Development Department at Polish Development Fund. She is in charge of coordinating the government's start-up support program – Start In Poland. She gained her professional experience in the IT sector – Huawei or in non-governmental organizations – the ePaństwo Foundation. She has 8 years of experience in broadly understood public relations. In 2015-2016 she was the CEO of Startup Poland Foundation, whose goal is the creation of better conditions for the development of technology entrepreneurs.
Managing Partner TDJ Foundation
Managing Partner of TDJ Foundation. She graduated from the University of Economics in Krakow – specialization Business Finance and obtained Joint Master Degree in the field of Quantitative Asset and Risk Management at the University of Applied Sciences BFI Vienna in cooperation with the University of Economics in Katowice. Oliwia Kwiatkowska has been associated with the TDJ Foundation since 2014 and since 2015 she has been the President of the Management Board. She is responsible for the operational activity, development and strategic management of the TDJ's fifth area of activity – investing in education and development of young people.
The graduate of the Warsaw School of Economics in the field of Finance and Banking and the Department of Psychology at the University of Warsaw. He is also a holder of stock broker license. At the age of 27, after several years of work for Expander, Open Finance and Noble Bank, he founded Comperia.pl, currently listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. At the age of 36, he founded a new pioneer startup – iniJOB.com – a platform for collecting employee's feedback and supporting Employee Experience The project is created completely from scratch in the spirit of a startup work culture. He runs a blog StartupLife.pl, where he discusses the challenges associated with creating startups. A happy husband and a father of three children.
CEO Airspeed Equity
A world-class engineer and investor. CEO of Airspeed Equity – a fund investing in technology companies. He has over 20 years of management experience in industry. The founder of Java-Consortium, an active member of the boards of several other technological standards, leads many committees of a technical and advisory nature. Co-owner of Ameritege Technology Partners – a private equity firm specializing in the acquisition of software development companies. He lectured as a professor at the École de technologie supèrieure (ÉTS) and the École Polytechnique de Montrèal. He was in charge of several positions in American NASA and in the Canadian Space Agency. He holds a PhD in the field of space engineering. Currently, he is a judge at international robotics competition (FIRST - For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).
Researcher at MIT/Akademia Leona Koźmińskiego
She has a Ph.D. in the field of the philosophy of artificial intelligence at the Department of Philosophy of Culture at the Institute of Philosophy of the University of Warsaw, currently she is an assistant professor at the Center for Research on Organizations and Workplaces at Leon Kozminski Academy. She currently conducts research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston. The graduate of The New School for Social Research in New York, where she participated in research on identity in virtual reality, with particular emphasis on Second Life. She is interested in the development of new technologies, especially green and sustainable technology, humanoid artificial intelligence, social robots and wearable technologies.
CCO and Member of Management Board of Allegro.pl
He is at Allegro from October 2017. Previously he was the CEO of First Data Polska, a leader in the field of payment technologies and business solutions. Previously, he was the managing director at Loyalty Partner Polska (American Express Inc company). He was responsible i.a. for the development of the PAYBACK loyalty program. In 2008-2010 he was a Partner at McKinsey & Company, where he specialized in the financial services market, private equity companies, the FMCG industry and retail trade. He is a graduate from the Europa Universitaet Viadrina in Germany. He also completed MBA studies at INSEAD in France and Singapore.
Professor SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities
Business psychologist, trainer, coach. He conducts research, i.a. leadership, ethics in business, manager education, or the effectiveness of training and coaching. He graduated from psychology at the Academy of Catholic Theology (now UKSW) and doctoral studies at the Catholic University of Lublin. He obtained his habilitation at the SWPS University in Warsaw. He also studied at the Technische Hochschule in Darmstadt (Germany) and at the IESE Business School in Barcelona (Spain). Accredited trainer, mentor and examiner of Noble Manhattan Coaching at all NMC courses. In 2010-2013, he was the vice-chairman of the Polish Foundation for Management Research. In 2012-17 he was the first deputy director for academic affairs and then director of the Business School at Politechnika Warszawska. He lectured at Central European University (Budapest), International Institute of Business (Kyiv), University of Connecticut (Storrs) and Goa Institute of Management (Goa).
CEO infuture hatalska foresight institute
Trend analyst, author of the blog hatalska.com and the best-selling book "Particles of attraction. How to build custom advertising campaigns." In 2016, she set up an institute for future research – infuture hatalska foresight institute, which deals with the most important trends and indicates their consequences for the economy, market categories or specific brands. She is the originator of many award-winning campaigns based on non-standard advertising campaigns, as well as a juror in KTR, Media Trendy, YC Eurobest, and Blog of the Year competitions. Hatalska is also a member of the Brand Council in the Superbrands competition and a member of the Creative Communication Cluster and Think Tank Expert Council. She runs a blog http://hatalska.com, considered as one of the most influential blogs in Poland.
For nearly 10 years he was working in the most prestigious international research institutions and Hi-Tech companies, including Fraunhofer ISE (Germany), ECN (Netherlands), ANU (Australia), Kingstone Semiconductor Company Ltd. (China). He directed research work in close cooperation with the largest photovoltaic industry representatives from Europe, Asia and the USA. Granek is also the winner of many awards and distinctions, including Scholarship of Burgen (Akademia Europea), scholarship of the Foundation for Polish Science, member of the prestigious Young Academy of Europe, scholarship of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education for outstanding young scientists, DAAD scholarship, prestigious research grant LEADER financed by the National Center for Research and Development, awarded in ranking of outstanding innovators of the new Europe "New Europe 100 Challengers". Author of 70 scientific publications and 30 international patent applications and patents.
Important documentsRegulations of PFR School of Pioneers (PL)
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