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Startup Pirates is an entrepreneurial trial for aspiring entrepreneurs, creating a worldwide community of ultimate changemakers willing to share, learn and grow together.

Why join the navy... if you can be a Pirate?

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  • Info calendar

    September 14th  to 21st, 2013

  • Info location

    STARTER – Gdansk, Leborska 3B

  • Info languages

    Presentations and work in English.

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THE ENTREPRENEURIAL EXPERIENCE

Startup Pirates is not an event. It is a whole experience for life.

In this one-week program, our pirates dive in the startup world and have the opportunity and the tools to develop a business idea from scratch.

But if you think Startup Pirates is only about developing one idea, think again. This is a whole experience, the ultimate entrepreneurship trial, the entrance to a unique and exclusive worldwide community of change-makers and the boost you've been waiting for.

We gather the most promising aspiring entrepreneurs and fearless experienced guests to share and learn together in a combination of workshops, mentoring, inspirational moments and some wild surprises.

This is not the place to be taught, is the place to learn!

"Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn." - Benjamin Franklin

 

WHY JOIN?

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    The workshops

    Attend about 8 high quality workshops on what we call "the survival toolbox": business model, product development, pitch and more.

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    Mentoring

    Meet experienced entrepreneurs and innovators who will join us to support your team.

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    Networking

    Create connections with around 30 guests and 29 more pirates with the same flame and sense of adventure as you.

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    Prizes and perks

    Get the chance of winning valuable prizes that will help you thrive. Get access to our network of super cool perk partners.

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    Precious feedback

    You’ll have the opportunity to present your project to investors and business leaders. Their precious feedback will let you understand what these big cap’ns think of your project.

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    Pitch

    Get ready to pitch like a parrot. You’ll improve your pitch skills throughout the program.

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    Get one idea of the ground

    Even if you don’t have an idea, you’ll pass through the process of developing one. No one can ever take this knowledge and experience from you.

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    Have fun and get inspired

    You'll work hard but make no mistake, this is not just work. We promise you’ll have fun and get inspired all along the way.

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    Be part of the family

    Startup Pirates is not just a program, it is a family, a community. You’ll be a member of an exclusive and international network of fearless people who also happen to love to scream Arrr!

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    This is just the beginning

    This is just a springboard. Get yourself kick started!

Who are we looking for
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    1: Lonely buchaneers

    If you’re a solo sailor without an idea but eager to learn, you can join a team and help them develop an idea

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    2: Looking for a crew

    You have the idea but you’re looking for a team. There are pirates wanting to join you here...

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    3: One crew, one idea

    You already have the crew, you also have the idea, but you wish you could improve on that idea and accelerate it. You’re welcome!

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Registration and Introduction

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Team Building
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Entrepreneurship 101
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Team Management
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Ideas Pitch
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Lessons Learned
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Business Model
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Customer Development / Lean Startup
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Jan Wyrwiński

Speaker

A graduate of the Gdansk University of Technology, the Faculty of Management and Economics (specialisation: Economics and Finance) as well as Fachhochschule Stralsund in Germany (Baltic Management Studies). Until these days, Jan Wyrwiński is strongly connected with the University thanks to research and didactic activity involving, among others, conducting classes with students on innovative technologies. His professional experience involves strategic planning works (Polish Academy of Science, Institute of Oceanology), transport coordination (Hayes Valley Care) as well as customer relations management (Geosynt Sp. z o.o.). Jan Wyrwiński has worked in telecommunications since 2005. As an employee of Datera SA he had a significant influence on the overall concept and the following form of the FreecoNet platform (currently one of the Aiton Caldwell Group’s business lines). Today, being the President of the Management Board of Aiton Caldwell SA, he realises successfully the company’s strategy and is responsible for its everyday functioning and constant development. He represents the company on both Polish and foreign market.

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Radosław Czyrko

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Radosław is a financier with more than 14 years of experience on the Polish VC market.  Partner at Xevin Investments – venture capital fund for Central Europe and CEO at Xevin Lab – technology incubator.  Before joining Xevin he was a Partner at venture capital fund Renaissance Partners. Radosław started his career as a manager at stock broker Erste Securities Poland.  He graduated from Warsaw University.

Radosław Czyrko

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Mikołaj Lipiński

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Mikolaj is an expert in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, PE / VC funds and corporate finance management. He gained experience in a well-known and respected consulting, commercial production companies (including Mars Inc., JP Morgan Chase, Azimutus SA, Business Group Poland). He has experience in advising on large international transactions of purchase and sale of businesses, as well as in smaller projects at domestic market. He held positions in management and supervisory boards of several companies, where he was responsible for implementing the growth strategy and finance departments. Member of the Investment Committee of the Online Venture capital fund. A graduate of the Poznan University of Economics and the London School of Economics. Certified Advisor of the NewConnect and Catalyst. At Blackpartners responsible fo Corporate Finance Department offering services in the field of mergers and acquisitions, business valuations, and financial management.

Mikołaj Lipiński

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Marek Ścibior

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Marek Ścibior is the information DJ.  He likes metaphors, because of their power as communication tools. As the info DJ he transforms information into meaningful and ingenious presentations or animated videos, which help audience to understand a topic better. In his previous professional role he spent 10 years in media and internet industry, mainly working for POLITYKA. For more information about him and the world of presentations go to BrawurowePrezentacje.pl

Marek Ścibior

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Rafał Janik

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Rafal is a business development specialist with several years of experience on polish internet market. He managed projects for small and big companies like stat24, e-commerce Era (T-Mobile), Nokaut.pl. He created few successful startups. He has a strong experience in:
• Business development strategies
• Marketing strategies
• PR communication management
• Social Media Management
• Mobile Strategy Development
• e-commerce
• Business analytics and online analytics


Managing Director at SoCommerce, CoFounder at Flockbeat.com, Member of the Foundation Supervisory Board at Gdansk Entrepreneurship Foundation, Owner at Thinkmedia.
He graduated from Warsaw University and Warsaw School of Information Technology.

Rafał Janik

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Marcin Pokojski

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Responsible at WP.PL (Poland second-largest horizontal portal) for internal IT support and services (internal systems, processes, workers). Earlier, responsible for mobile version of portal, mobile applications (Android/iOS) and ecosystem of portal main page (WP.PL).
Expert in technology aspects of product. Specializes in mobile products.
Cofounder and co-organizer at infoShare, annual IT & New Media conference in Gdansk. Last edition attracted 1800+ attendees.
Cofounder at LabStar, startup accelerator program for young entrepreneurs. Responsible for analysis of 800+ ideas & project briefs. Enthusiast of early-stage startups. Mentor at Gamma Rebels, Startup Contest, Startup Weekend and LabStar.
Excellent management and communication skills.

Marcin Pokojski

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Marcin Borecki

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CEO in PlaceChallenge.com
Location based games company which provides applications for iOS, Android and Windows Phone for people who wants to run around city with friends and play games in the same time. Idea is simple, get the game for your phone (RunAway, Serpent, GetChi, …), sign up, invite your friends, go outside and step up to the challenge – there is nothing than you, your city and friends called opponents. Time is ticking, your turn.
Partner in Olabit.com
Software House which creates applications for iOS, Android and Windows Phone / Windows 8.
Partner in SzkolaKodowania.pl
Experiment which change regular people to IT specialists with high-end knowledge mixed with soft skills. Everything else is secret and mystery, stay tuned. There will be soon more information about this.
Owner in CloudExpert.pl
Marcin is recommended by Microsoft consultant for migration apps and performance tuning focused on Windows Azure Cloud Platform. CloudExpert.pl is set of smart people who consult, migrate and audit your security.
In addition he has five years experience as a software architect in leading projects for insurance companies from around the world.

Marcin Borecki

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Łukasz Olechnowicz

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Founder, entrepreneur, consultant. Owner at V5F.pl. Owner and consultant at Konsultant PM. Łukasz works as a management consultant at ICT, production and energy companies. Formerly he implemented project management standards to medium and big companies. Łukasz has been co-operating for the last four years with incubators and investment funds as a consultant and mentor.

Łukasz Olechnowicz

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Łukasz Młodyszewski

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Lukasz is an Investment Manager at Agora S.A. where he is primarily working with startups. He is also partly involved in international business development. Before joining Agora, he designed and implemented a soft-landing zone programme at Entrepreneurial Poland for early-stage startups in locations such as Shanghai, London and San Francisco. Formerly, he was an Entrepreneur in Residence during GammaRebels Accelerator. Prior that, he was an Executive Director of Innovation at CUTEC and has been the founder of two business startups: one in the financial sector and the second one in the SMEs environment. Lukasz studied Business Management in Cambridge, where he lived for nearly 6 years and in 2012, was elected as a Life Member of Cambridge University Technology and Enterprise Club

Łukasz Młodyszewski

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Andrzej Kiesz

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In Wirtualna Polska as the Web Projects Department Manager, responsible for the technological development of numerous websites and services operated by WP.PL
Cofounder and co-organizer of infoShare, annual IT & New Media conference which takes place in Gdańsk.
Council member of Gdańsk Business Incubator ‘Starter’.
Co-founder and mentor of the LabStar program. Gamma Rebels and Startup Contest mentor.
A graduate of the Computer Science at the Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics at Gdańsk University of Technology. Has completed post-graduate studies in Project Management.

Andrzej Kiesz

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Mick Griffin

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Director of Sales for Implix, Gdansk. His responsibility is to find new partnerships, clients and revenue streams across North America.
Mick has over 10 years experience in business development in areas such as technology, recruitment, and SaaS. He spend my time between Gdansk and the USA, travelling over 10+ per year representing GetResponse Email Marketing and ClickMeeting online Meetings.

Mick Griffin

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Małgorzata Jasnoch

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Chairwoman of Gdansk Entrepreneurs’ Foundation (GEF), established by the City of Gdańsk,   managing Gdansk Business Incubator STARTER. Co-founder of a concept of STARTER that offers young entrepreneurs and freelancers wide range of support and assistance, networking possibilities and promotion. Assessor of business projects applying for STARTER assistance. Focused on start-ups development based on the motto “We add wings to starting  businesses”. Open to support all creative and innovative ideas that challenge the market. Cooperating with Washington Business Association on educational programs for youngsters – Gdańsk Business Week.
Previously associated with fashion industry, launched French-German fashion company to polish market, managed several product lines of European fashion brands, still shows special interest in creative industry, design and new technologies.

Małgorzata Jasnoch

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Piotr Bucki

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Architect who does not design, academic teacher who does not fit schemes, communication fanatic addicted to analyses and social psychologist always looking for WHY? He considers himself a modern day Hermes – a researcher (call me copycat or thief) who combines different inspirations to come up with new solutions. He collects ideas and merge them into new ones. And loves to build it all on solid neuroscientific base.
As a freelance consultant he works with companies big and small, local and global, offering them support and a bit of a struggles with communication strategies. Piotr also teaches and trains in a wide range of communication related areas. Marketing, PR, Branding, UX, Copywriting – name it and he will gather data, analyse and come up with tools & stories to support your project.

Piotr Bucki

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Peter Horsten

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Co-founder of Goyello, an Agile Software development house. One of his key tasks is converting great ideas into new solutions like 21webmerce, 21event and mobile apps.
Peter is both a sociologist and an electrotechnical engineer. A great combination that stimulates him to look for working solutions. He love cooking, biking, running and digital photography.
Co-founder of GENE, the Gdansk Entrepreneurial Network. Curator of StartupDigest Gdansk.

Peter Horsten

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Arek Kwoska

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Arek is a founding partner at mobile/web software house oLabIT (www.olabit.com) and CTO OF international consulting company MCE Consulting International (http://mceconsultingintl.com), the venture-funded Knowledge Hives (a cutting- edge semantic search startup), Cube Your Mind (UK-based mobile games startup) and several other technology companies. Currently he is involved in www.startupvan.eu trip to discover startup scene on Balkans and Greece. A hugely experienced high technology project manager, Arek is an innovation and Business2IT communications consultant, with skills proven as Advisor of Portal and Content Director for the telecommunication startup Play and other high-profile companies.
He is an active participant and mentor in the Polish startup scene, an expert at the National Centre for Research and Development (NCBiR) and the Polish Chamber of Commerce for High Technology (IZTECH).

Arek Kwoska

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Jacek Kotarbiński

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Expert in the art of Marketing Supporter of the Peter F. Drucker’s thinking believe that entrepreneurship is based on two main pillars: marketing and innovation. He specializes in strategic and operational marketing. Implements projects rationalizating processes of marketing and sales, brand management and development of innovative strategies. For many years he deals with the issue of effective costs management in marketing.  Passionate about territorial and internal marketing.
He studied the company management on the University of Jan Kepler in Linz  and on the Maritime Academy in Gdynia. Jacek got MBA diploma on the Westerham Akademie in Germany. Certified auditor of quality management systems (QMFA).
Certified coach of Heinz Beck selling methods –HB-13. Long-term coach and consultant.
Since 2007, General Manager of the Polish branch of POPAI The Global Association for Marketing-at-Retail, the world’s largest international association of commercial marketing, based in Washington, DC, and with 20 offices worldwide. International consultant of shopper marketing. Member of the Global Board of Directors. Co-owner in Euromarketer Poland. Co-editor of industry magazine ‚Trade Marketer.

Jacek Kotarbiński

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Jakub Kądziela

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An influencer and innovator, with five years’ corporate experience within software architecture and development. A speaker at technology conferences and meetings for professionals and students.
CTO in PlaceChallenge.com
Location based games company which provides applications for iOS, Android and Windows Phone for people who wants to run around city with friends and play games in the same time. Idea is simple, get the game for your phone (RunAway, Serpent, GetChi, …), sign up, invite your friends, go outside and step up to the challenge – there is nothing than you, your city and friends called opponents. Time is ticking, your turn.
Partner in Olabit.com
Software House which creates applications for iOS, Android and Windows Phone / Windows 8.
Partner in SzkolaKodowania.pl
Experiment which change regular people to IT specialists with high-end knowledge mixed with soft skills. Everything else is secret and mystery, stay tuned. There will be soon more information about this.

Jakub Kądziela

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Damian Winkowski

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ex–Googler, open-minded person with interest in marketing online (AdWords, Analytics). He loves reading books, sailing and jogging. Right now at PayLane as a New Business Developer. Start-up geek (Winner of Audience Award during Startup Weekend Trójmiasto, Finalist of Startup Fest 2012) with focus on growth hacking. In free time he delivers presentations about marketing to students, Startup Accelerators, NGOses and entrepreneurs.

Damian Winkowski

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Michał Kosecki

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Design and communication madcap specializing in UI/UX focused on content and usability, modern communication tools analyst. Web- and printdesigner with over 8 years of experience. Worked for almost 200 clients across the world. In love with flat and innovative interfaces as much as in brand and corporate design. Art Director at PlaceChallenge, UI/UX Expert in Olabit.com, UI/UX Mentor at SzkolaKodowania.pl, graphics consultant at two interactive agencies, media education and journalism student.

Michał Kosecki

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Marcin Zaremba

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Co-founder of the Proseed magazine and the co-organizer of the Aula Poland and Aulers. Previously Head of Business in LoveMobile and Head of Mobile Products in o2 Group. Co-founder and lecturer on the AppAcademy.pl. Focused on creating value through mobile.

Marcin Zaremba

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Robert Janeczek

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24/7 enterpreneur, full-time manager, part-time solutions architect, occasional developer. Learned programming in theory with several books and a piece of paper, failed in several businesses practically with several founders and bank statements in pieces. Demotivating anti-social underachiever. Attentive observer and no BS commenter. Has naturally pissed off face, but smiles a tiny bit when gets something complex to work [as/better than] expected. Currently occupied at GForces with solving challenging tech problems in automotive industry.

Robert Janeczek

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Magda Kwoska

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Innovation implementer, early-stage technology investment fund manager and startup evangelist. Specialist in mobile marketing, business development, partnerships and sales development. Founding partner at mobile/web software house oLabIT (www.olabit.com) and PerfectStorm Strategic Innovation Consultants.
Previously Accelerator Program Director at GammaRebels (accelerator for technology startups), co-founder at sprytnySTUDENT.pl (an e-commerce platform dedicated to students), Business Development Director for Snuper.pl (a daily deals aggregator) and Project Manager at MoMedia (a software house). Possesses extensive experience in launching new brands and companies in a range of markets (including the Polish launch of Socatots, World’s first pre-school, play-based activity program for under-five-year-olds), combined with practical knowledge of the internet startups scene in Europe.

Magda Kwoska

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Marcin Fejfer

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Marcin is an Investment Manager at SpeedUp Venture Capital Group, where he is responsible for working with seed and early-stage businesses. Before joining SpeedUp, he worked in the area of marketing and innovation management for companies in Portugal, India and Denmark. He holds joint diploma of M.Sc. in Innovation Management from Scottish and Danish universities. During last 12 months he co-organized many startup events in Poznan, including: Startup Weekend, Startup Safary, many Startup Sprints and Startup Pirates. He has profound knowledge in the areas of apps marketing, SaaS and e-commerce. Marcin enjoys playing chess, running, kite-surfing and reading sci-fi novels.

Marcin Fejfer

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Paulina Kopij

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Passionate about Project Management, she is convinced that it is the key management system for bringing business strategies to reality and building relations at the same time. Keen on the entrepreneurial spirit, she believes effectiveness is the sum of personal, interpersonal, and organizational competences.  Enthusiastic about Agile/Scrum. Finds Lean techniques personally useful.
She has cooperated with Agencja Rozwoju Pomorza, Project Management Institute Gdańsk Branch, PM-In-Touch/IPMA, Aegee, Polish Children and Youth Foundation.

Loves quotes and fancy sayings; one of her favourites is Robert Collier’s „Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.”

Paulina Kopij

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Tomasz Michalik

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Graduate of the Department of Law and Administration of the University of Silesia, as well as the Department of Law of the University of Poitiers, France, diploma DESS (specialization:  French and European Commercial Law).

From 1998 to 2003 lawyer in the Warsaw branch of the international legal firm Gide Loyrette Nouel.  Took part in national privatization cases as well as in providing legal services for building cases carried out by foreign investors. From 2003 to 2006 as a trainee and later legal counsel cooperating with the Katowice firm GFKK, worked on infrastructure projects, like toll motorway construction, and acquisition and disposition of business entities.

From 2007 partner at kPM Pająk, Michalik radcy prawni Sp.j. Tomasz Michalik specializes in international takeover transactions, as well as comprehensive, up-to-date service for information technology companies. For recent years advising in mergers and acquisition in IT sector on the benefit of private equity fund. He carries out the due diligence processes, and prepares the companies for transaction of acquisition and/or merger.

Tomasz Michalik

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500 PLN worth Qtravel vouchers for Startup Pirates finalists.
200 PLN worth Qtravel vouchers  for Startup Pirates  2nd and 3rd place.
Travel vouchers can be exchanged for any travel offer available at Qtravel.pl

As a Startup Pirates participant you’ll have access to a network of Global Perk partners. So, you can enjoy a list of advantages that may be very useful to keep you going with your idea after the program. Take a look!

ORGANIZERS

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MARCIN MLYNSKI

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ANIA OSIŃSKA

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After the event…

“Why join the navy…if you can be a pirate!”, pirates in XXI century .

Why be polite when you can be sinner. Why analyze when you can be spontaneous. Why wait when you can work. Why sit at home when you can acquire new lands … PIRATE. Of course: it can be a road or a computer pirate. But were not going to talk about such pirates this time.

Today, we will talk about pirates such as Jack Sparrow, who seduce us and make us wonder: „how it would be to live like Jack Sparrow… ahhh…”. Today we will talk about pirates, to whom one sighs… Corsairs, sea robbers. Nowadays no one associates them badly. Even if they can be dangerous and – let’s face it: they attack! But they are at the same time witty and heartily, just “our” type of guys! The etymology of the word pirate comes from the Greek word „pejrates” and the older „lejstes”. Both described thieves and robbers and appeared even in Homer (no, not the one from Simpson, the one that wrote Iliad and Odyssey). We will leave insightful analyzes and recommend looking into encyclopedia for further etymological search… For it is important just that PIRATES are funny and shrewd!

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September brought a great opportunity to meet precisely such pirates, have fun with them, but most importantly to look at how they are doing businesses. Yes! Because that’s what Startup Pirates @ Gdańsk was all about: making business! During the program, that took place in incubator Starter in Gdańsk, nearly 30 people in one place and during one time decided to swim against the tides and become Pirates. Startup Pirates. Maybe not permanently, just for a week, but with passion and enthusiasm and with a lot of energy!

"The impact of this event is massive! A new community was born and I was inspired to change some things in my life.” – said one of the participants of Startup Pirates @ Gdańsk.

7 days is not that much, but for those who have courage and who pave the way, it is enough to enter new business trails. And how did it look like?

Marcin BoreckiAfter the event, one of the mentors Marcin Borecki (by the way the owner of several businesses and regular Silicon Valley visitor) patted the organizer’s pirate back: "I will always be cheering for all the events and meetings or however we will call them that promote entrepreneurship, build a safety cushion, on which can poor idea fall and bounce off to evolve in another, better one.” It is the essence of startup events – and the best summary of Startup Pirates @ Gdańsk. Because in addition to pillows, on which can young – or future – entrepreneurs lay (also literally), in addition to the atmosphere of acceptance and willingness to analyze the ideas, both participants and mentors had also … just a lot of laughter. Say what? Business is a serious matter? Of course, even very serious, but the business can be learned in a relaxed (sometimes very casual) atmosphere. And it works!

One week, 30 participants, 15 workshops, 30 mentors, 10 investors, more than 30 prizes, dozens of eaten pizzas, hundreds of drunken coffees and countless smiles and tears of joy. In addition to that, two parties, cruise on a Pirate ship and 24 hours long hackathon.

That is a short summary of Startup Pirates @ Gdańsk. We admire the determination of participants. Sentence we heard all the time: Be brave, be crazy, be a Pirate! Indeed, was not spoken idly. Congratulations to winners: Kalefixy, Clicktrans.pl, Smart Rental System and all of the participants, that joined us in this amazing event. There are some rumors that another edition is coming next year… we are waiting impatiently. At the end, we will just quote a sentence Steve Jobs once said: “why join the navy…if you can be a pirate!”. In these circumstances, the words of Steve acquire a completely different dimension. I see no other way. I’m becoming a Pirate!

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Brace yourself, Startup Pirates is in town

We are happy to announce the launch of Startup Pirates @ Gdańsk.

After weeks of waiting and after receiving lots of emails and feedback we are now prepared to have our first event in Gdańsk. We are excited to help spread an entrepreneurship culture in Poland. For 200 PLN you will have access to experienced mentors and talented entrepreneurs, you’ll receive the right tools and frameworks and we’ll guide you in the first steps of the process of creating a startup.

Join us in September 14th  to 21st, 2013.

Be brave, be crazy, be a Pirate!

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