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Polish experience in developing startup environment 
Aleksander Mokrecki, 
StartUpHub Poland 
aleksander.mokrecki@startuph...
Enigma 
• Enigma was a competitive 
advantage of Abwehra during 
the WWII 
• The code of Enigma was 
cracked by Polish sci...
Blue - Ray 
• Studies on GaN based laser 
were successsfully conducted in 
Warsaw, Poland, but … 
•… the blue-ray technolo...
They didn’t know that they had to make a 
Startup… 
…but how many innovations have been wasted 
because of lack of support?
Key issues 
•How to build innovative economy? 
•How to develop innovative 
technologies? 
•How to support innovative start...
Supporting of 
disruptive innovations 
• Grafen – the future of 
electronics, material to replace 
silicon 
• Coal gazific...
Supporting of 
startups: 
• EU funds for innovations: 
• Grants for e-business up to € 
200K 
• Grants for VC: seed 
inves...
New technologies 
emerge 
• iBeacons – the revolution 
started by Estimote as a result 
of simple idea 
• IVONA software –...
Problem with comercialisation 
of scientific research 
•Building links between 
different worlds of Business 
and Science ...
Nano Velos 
• Comertialisation of the research 
• Warsaw Technical University 
spin-off 
• Investment of Giza Polish 
Vent...
Why we believe in creating Startup Hub 
for CEE region?
Our asumptions 
• We believe that Universities in 
region of Central and Eastern 
Europe could unveil many 
disruptive tec...
Our strenths 
• We base on experience and 
network of contacts of Giza 
Polish Ventures - Polish-Israeli 
Venture Capital ...
The mission of 
StartUpHub Poland 
• To create an entrepreneurial 
Hub for Central-Eastern Europe 
innovators 
• To commer...
What StartUpHub 
Poland offer 
• Conducting research in EU 
• Poland: good located & fastes 
devoloping market! 
• Pre-inc...
Investment focus 
• clean-tech, 
• nano-tech, 
• bio-tech, 
• new materials, 
• robotics 
• ICT and software applications ...
Questions ???
Thank you for your attention! 
Aleksander Mokrecki, 
StartUpHub Poland 
aleksander.mokrecki@startuphub.pl
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IDCEE 2014: Polish Experience In Developing Startup Environment: Why We Decided To Create StartupHub For CEE Region - Aleksander Mokrecki (Business Analyst @ StartupHub Poland)

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Aleksander is responsible for digging deeply into business model of every innovative project. Graduated from the Warsaw School of Economics in Management and International Relations, he gained his business experience as entrepreneur running number of innovative projects, 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 penetrates Polish as well as Ukrainian network of entrepreneurs. He speaks Polish, Ukrainian, Russian and English. In his free time Aleksander travels to interesting places, enjoys hiking in the mountains and reads a lot.

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IDCEE 2014: Polish Experience In Developing Startup Environment: Why We Decided To Create StartupHub For CEE Region - Aleksander Mokrecki (Business Analyst @ StartupHub Poland)

  1. 1. Polish experience in developing startup environment Aleksander Mokrecki, StartUpHub Poland aleksander.mokrecki@startuphub.pl 10.10.2014, IDCEE, Kiev or Why We decided to establish Startup Hub for CEE region?
  2. 2. Enigma • Enigma was a competitive advantage of Abwehra during the WWII • The code of Enigma was cracked by Polish scientists… •… but it was „commercialized” in Britain
  3. 3. Blue - Ray • Studies on GaN based laser were successsfully conducted in Warsaw, Poland, but … •… the blue-ray technology was commercialized in Japan • The Japanese concentrated on less costly method, • while scientists in Poland were performing sophisticated trials.
  4. 4. They didn’t know that they had to make a Startup… 
  5. 5. …but how many innovations have been wasted because of lack of support?
  6. 6. Key issues •How to build innovative economy? •How to develop innovative technologies? •How to support innovative startup environment in Poland?
  7. 7. Supporting of disruptive innovations • Grafen – the future of electronics, material to replace silicon • Coal gazification • Perovskite - production of low-cost photovoltaic cells
  8. 8. Supporting of startups: • EU funds for innovations: • Grants for e-business up to € 200K • Grants for VC: seed investments up to € 200K • National Capital Fund – fund of funds, investment up to € 1,5M • The National Centre for Research and Development - grants for research and developing technology
  9. 9. New technologies emerge • iBeacons – the revolution started by Estimote as a result of simple idea • IVONA software – text to speech technology. The company was bougth by Amazon • Audioteka –audiobook selling platform • Fast international expantion of SaaS tools: • LiveChat • BaseCRM • Brand24
  10. 10. Problem with comercialisation of scientific research •Building links between different worlds of Business and Science •Scientists cannot understand Business •Business doesn’t want to to finance projects on initial phase of trials •Problems with university spin-offs and their valuation
  11. 11. Nano Velos • Comertialisation of the research • Warsaw Technical University spin-off • Investment of Giza Polish Ventures • Developing unique drug delivery system
  12. 12. Why we believe in creating Startup Hub for CEE region?
  13. 13. Our asumptions • We believe that Universities in region of Central and Eastern Europe could unveil many disruptive technologies • We believe that statups from CEE could start another technological revolution •They just need our support
  14. 14. Our strenths • We base on experience and network of contacts of Giza Polish Ventures - Polish-Israeli Venture Capital Fund • We succesfuly created the NanoVelos spin-off • We have experience in developing global startups • Our partners are experienced entrepeneurs
  15. 15. The mission of StartUpHub Poland • To create an entrepreneurial Hub for Central-Eastern Europe innovators • To commercialize research and support R&D on initial stage • To help innovators build prototypes and finance development of the technology • To help with starting the company in the EU
  16. 16. What StartUpHub Poland offer • Conducting research in EU • Poland: good located & fastes devoloping market! • Pre-incubation support from fund: up to € 50K! • Far bigger seed capital follows: up to € 350K! • Global investors know-how & finantial support from our partners • Access to European science infrastructure
  17. 17. Investment focus • clean-tech, • nano-tech, • bio-tech, • new materials, • robotics • ICT and software applications • Internet & web technologies
  18. 18. Questions ???
  19. 19. Thank you for your attention! Aleksander Mokrecki, StartUpHub Poland aleksander.mokrecki@startuphub.pl

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