19-20/JUNE/2024

EVOLUTIONS MEETUP & SHOWCASE

19-20/JUNE/2024

EVOLUTIONS MEETUP & SHOWCASE

ABOUT EVENT

Evolutions: Meetup & Showcase is the biggest regional startup event that brings together SMEs, innovators, investors and professionals from technology and creative industry. Organized by Startup Wroclaw and OVHcloud Startup Program, one of the most respected seed accelerators. Since 2015, OVHcloud Startup Program has helped over 3,000 startups and scaleups from around the world, and we’re excited to bring that expertise to Evolutions: Meetup & Showcase.

No matter where you are on your entrepreneurial journey, our event has something for everyone. Whether you’re developing a new business idea or ready to take your startup to the next level, our expert-led workshops provide valuable insights and guidance. Our Showcase Contest is the perfect opportunity to showcase your startup, gain recognition in the industry and win some valuable surprises!

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CONFERENCE
SPEAKERS

Philip Marais

Global Start-Up Program Leader, OVHcloud

Philip has been working with startups for the last 20 years within the VC, technology transfer and business incubation industries. Previously, he was one of the founding members of HBD – an early-stage venture capital company in South Africa. He has accreditation as a mentor and business coach with Mentors and Business Coaches International (MBCI) and currently leads the OVHcloud Startup Program globally

Tomasz Karwatka

Co-founder at Catch the Tornado, Investor

Entrepreneur and investor. His mission is to support Polish entrepreneurs in building global organizations. Areas of interest include: enterprise software, healthcare, impact business, and education.

He co-founded companies such as Divante, Vue Storefront, Callstack, and Open Loyalty. He is also a co-founder of the NGO Tech To The Rescue and the community Product dots.

Currently, he leads Catch The Tornado – a company that supports technology entrepreneurs through investments and education. His most recent investments include cyber_Folks and ElevenLabs.

SPEAKERS

Patryk Ogorek MD

CEO, Aurero

Aurero is a comprehensive cloud ecosystem dedicated to medical clinics that helps implement artificial intelligence into operations with one superior goal – operational excellence which leads to great patient experience.
We support medical services for over 1 million patients in 5 countries, also with our top-modern medical clinic located in Lodz, Poland where we evaluate our innovations before going to market thanks to cooperation with 250+ healthcare specialists and 100 000 patients.

Tomasz Cholast

Co-founder, zrzutka.pl

Over 15 years of experience in management, e-commerce, marketing, digital marketing, sales, fintech, crowdfunding, events and management. I had many opportunities to build companies from scratch, introduce them to foreign markets, engage in social organizations or work for well-known international corporations.

Magdalena Okulowska

President of the Board, Wroclaw Agglomeration Development Agency

President of the Wroclaw Agglomeration Development Agency – Business Environment Institution, established by the City of Wrocław and 29 municipal governments in the agglomeration, which has been supporting the development of Wrocław business for over 15 years. Doctor of Humanities in the field of social communication.

From 2005 to 2018 she was employed at the City Hall of Wroclaw, from 2013 as Deputy Director of the Department of the Mayor, she coordinated the work of the offices: Promotion, Social Communication and Foreign Cooperation. In 2018-2019, she worked at the Wroclaw Technology Park, responsible for marketing and public relations of the Park, as well as the promotion of companies located there.

Get your free ticket today!

Join us at our conference and take advantage of this exciting opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals, gain new insights, and advance your entrepreneurial journey!

WORKSHOPS

Looking to start your own business but don’t know where to begin? Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur or an experienced business owner, our workshops are tailored to your needs. We cover a wide range of topics and provide you with the tools and resources you need to take your business to the next level. 

TRACK BEGINNER

inQube
(Wielka 67, 53-340 Wrocław)

TRACK ADVANCED

Coventry University Wroclaw
(Powstańców Śląskich 17/Budynek D, 53-332 Wrocław)

TRACK BEGINNER

inQube
(Wielka 67, 53-340 Wrocław)

How to Promote Your Startup on a Tight Budget (and become a LinkedIn Expert)?

Łukasz Dębski, Social Media Manager, CEE
Joanna Parasiewicz, Head of
Communication & Marketing, CEE

12:00 – 14:00

language: English

Looking for proven advice on how to promote your startup on a low budget? During our presentation we will show (with examples) how to do it well.

 

In the second part of the meeting, we will talk about how LinkedIn is more than just an online CV. It is the largest social network for professionals, currently with over 900 million users worldwide! Find out how to create a profile, what to write and in what form?

OKRs - how to set your goals to succeed?​

Anna Kowalska, Startup Mentor

12:00 – 14:00

language: English

Our reality is changing rapidly - technology development, new business trends, economic, social and political changes may pose challenges for your business. OKRs is a goal-setting methodology that can be used as a compass to help navigate your business through difficult times and ensure continuous growth, flexibility and focus on results. Thanks to this method, you can not only choose priorities, but also improve employees’  engagement  and communication within the team. 

 

Goals of the workshop:

  • Learn OKRs methodology and its benefits.
  • Create  good OKRs and avoid most common mistakes  mistakes
  • Identify steps in OKRs cycle:  the set and align, monitor and review and reset
  • Create sample OKRs for your organization.

Kamil Walkowiak, Co-founder & CTO, cux.io

12:00 – 14:00

language: English

Learn how to effectively track your marketing, sales, and product journey. Discover the essential techniques for optimizing your digital presence and achieving sustainable growth. I will guide you through topics such as measuring marketing performance, monitoring the sales funnel, enhancing product experience, leveraging user behavior analytics and best practices. By the end of the workshop, you'll have the knowledge and skills to make data-driven decisions and improve your digital performance. This workshop is suitable for marketers, sales professionals, product managers, and business owners. 

Business Models

Tomasz Chołast, Co-founder zrzutka.pl

14:00 – 16:00

language: English

Anna Wojciechowicz, Facilitator DT HUB UEW
Kornelia Bemben,
Co-facilitator DT HUB UEW

14:00 – 16:00

language: Polish

Constantly changing environment drives us to design more flexible and innovative solutions. In businesses problems are difficult to solve for many reasons. Most companies are using already known solutions not focusing on changing needs of their stakeholders.


This workshop will help you understand how important it is to empathize with other, think outside the box and prioritize actions in order to find most extraordinary solutions.

Piotr Wyszumirski, Attorney at Law & Senior Associate,SDZLEGAL SCHINDHELM
Justyna Majchrzak, Certified Information Privacy Professional, SDZLEGAL SCHINDHELM 

13:00 – 16:00

language: Polish

During the Q&A we will present a case study of a sample start-up that will face the challenge of designing its business taking into account the right to privacy and, in particular, the right to personal data protection. We will discuss typical issues that entrepreneurs will face, related to data acquisition and further processing on the basis of EU law and its Polish practice. We will point out the most common problems related to EU and national regulations concerning marketing activities in electronic media.

The knowledge provided will make it possible not only to identify potential risks associated with the processing of personal data and to react in a manner appropriate to their level, but above all to prevent them to the maximum extent possible.

Do you have any questions regarding law? Visit us during our slot!

TRACK ADVANCED

Coventry University Wroclaw
(Powstańców Śląskich 17/Budynek D, 53-332 Wrocław)

OVHcloud Techroadshow

Marcin Blaźniak, Presales Engineer,
 Filip Dorosz, DevOps Engineer, 
Michał Madarasz, DevOps, Public Cloud
Kamil Walkowiak, Co-founder & CTO, cux.io

10:00 – 16:00

language: English

The OVHcloud Techroadshow is a hands-on-technical workshop conveying how the OVHcloud public cloud works. 

The training agenda includes both basic topics, such as: an introduction to the panel, launching the first instances, creating and plugging in a volume (block storage), Horizon and setting up a security group (firewall), DataBase as a Services, as well as advanced topics using private networks, database configuration, firewall and storage settings. 

Classes are conducted on individual private and free participant accounts.

 

Dr. Hayat El Asri,a lecturer at Coventry University Wroclaw
Dr. Joanna Kubicka

11:00 – 14:00

language: English

ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) reporting is crucial for start-ups as it enhances transparency, accountability, and reputation, showcasing their commitment to responsible and sustainable practices. It also attracts socially responsible investors, mitigates risks, drives innovation, and improves operational efficiency, ultimately ensuring long-term viability and success.

 

This session combines efficient knowledge management techniques with ESG Reporting. Participants will learn information on sustainability and reporting standards (such as  the GHG Protocol). In order to improve  sustainability reporting, they will also study techniques for knowledge collection, organization, and sharing. Participants will gain useful skills in data management and information sharing through interactive activities and conversations. Participants will leave the session with the information and skills necessary to develop solid frameworks for sustainability reporting that incorporate knowledge management, reporting of GHG emissions, and informed decision-making.

Marek Michalski, a licensed tax advisor
Ludwika Nawrot, a licensed tax advisor

12:00 – 14:00

language: Polish

During the workshop we will present a case study of an exemplary start-up, which in the course of the development we describe will face many difficulties on tax grounds. They will concern each stage of its activity - starting with the choice of the most effective form of activity, through issues related to collaborators (optimizing tax liabilities resulting from cooperation with them or benefits in the form of workation), advertising its activity (e.g. in the form of sponsoring events) or facilitating the acquisition of customers (taking into account the risk of the so-called representation).

In addition, we will discuss available tax breaks (which, when properly applied, allow you to significantly reduce your tax burden) and ways to most tax-efficiently introduce investors to your entity (including foreign ones).

The knowledge provided will help not only in the optimal settlement of taxes, but will also allow you to prepare for potential risks associated with

Why pricing and money your customers pay you is the best justification of your product-market fit ​

Maciej Kraus, Ph.D, Partner at Movens Capital 

14:00 – 16:00

language: English

Pricing and monetization models can be detrimental to the success of innovation or business for several reasons.

 

First, if the pricing model is not well thought out and does not adequately reflect the value that the product or service provides to the customer, it can result in low demand and sales. This can be especially problematic for innovative products or services that may be perceived as being more expensive or less accessible than their established counterparts.

 

Second, if the monetization model is not sustainable or does not align with the needs and expectations of the target market, it can lead to customer dissatisfaction and churn. For example, if a business relies on a subscription-based model but the subscription fees are too high or the value proposition is not clear, customers may cancel their subscriptions or choose not to sign up in the first place.

How to sell in a startup?​

Krzysztof Podeszwa, Enterprise Sales at Vue Storefront

14:00 – 16:00

language: English

Łukasz Dębski, Social Media Manager, OVHcloud CEE
Joanna Parasiewicz, Head of
Communication & Marketing, OVHcloud CEE 

12:00 – 14:00

language: English

Looking for proven advice on how to promote your startup on a low budget? During our presentation we will show (with examples) how to do it well.

In the second part of the meeting, we will talk about how LinkedIn is more than just an online CV. It is the largest social network for professionals, currently with over 900 million users worldwide! Find out how to create a profile, what to write and in what form?

Marcin Blaźniak, Presales Engineer,  Filip Dorosz, DevOps Engineer,  Michał Madarasz, DevOps, Public Cloud
Kamil Walkowiak, Co-founder & CTO, cux.io
10:00 – 16:00 language: English

The OVHcloud Techroadshow is a hands-on-technical workshop conveying how the OVHcloud public cloud works. 

The training agenda includes both basic topics, such as: an introduction to the panel, launching the first instances, creating and plugging in a volume (block storage), Horizon and setting up a security group (firewall), DataBase as a Services, as well as advanced topics using private networks, database configuration, firewall and storage settings. 

Classes are conducted on individual private and free participant accounts.

The workshops are conducted by IT experts, on a daily basis associated with the development and management of cloud computing: Marcin Blaźniak - Presales Engineer, Filip Dorosz - DevOps Engineer, Michał Madarasz - DevOps in the Public Cloud team.

Buy your ticket!

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the best in the business. Sign up for our startup workshops today and turn your idea into a successful venture!

By taking part in the workshop you are supporting TuRazem Foundation.

EXPERTS

EXPERTS

Joanna Parasiewicz

Head of Communication & Marketing, OVHcloud CEE

Joanna has been involved in the IT industry from the beginning of her career. She conducted communication and promotional activities for such brands as Amadeus, Alcatel-Lucent, HP, Microsoft Dynamics and Symantec. Previously responsible for ICT promotion within EU Commission working groups. Privately, she is a book author and passionate about climbing and 19th century literature. A collector of life’s truths, coffee flavours and unique moments with inspiring people.

Lukasz Debski

Social Media Manager, OVHcloud CEE

Lukasz has been involved in the social media industry for 16 years. He started when most people in Poland were on nk and not Facebook, and none of us had thought of TikTok yet. He worked at social media agencies – 121PR and Isobar Poland, then, working in the biggest social media training company, Socjomania, conducted training on the subject. Since 2020, he has been working at OVHcloud as Social Media Manager for the CEE region.

Maciej Kraus

Ph.D, Partner at Movens Capital

Maciej spent 20y in pricing. Corporate roles, consulting, lecturing, startups, software- Maciej did it all in pricing.  Guest lecturer at Stanford and London Business School. Authored 2 book on pricing. His TedTalk on behavioral pricing has over 150k views.

Anna Wojciechowicz

Facilitator DT HUB UEW

Experienced in facilitating Design Thinking and Design Sprint workshops for entities such as Wrocław Technology Park, Skanska Property, Nokia, PwC, Manus Foundation at Wrocław University of Science and Technology and Main Library of the Wroclaw University of Economics and Business.


Co-author of the DT TOOLS manual dedicated to workshops organized by DT HUB. Marketing and communication specialist. After working hours – dancer and visual arts and architecture enthusiast.

Chris Podeszwa

Sales Director at Vue Storefront

Sales Director at Vue Storefront – lightning-fast PWA Frontend platform for headless commerce backends. The follower of the mobile-first approach, data analysis possibilities, and innovative character of the latest eCommerce business models.

His mission is to support Digital Transformation in global organizations. Entire career has been related to the eCommerce industry, both on the SaaS and System Integrators side.

SHOWCASE CONTEST

Pitch your business idea to a panel of expert judges, investors and live audience. Each startup has 3 minutes for presentation and one minute for questions. This is your chance to share your vision, get feedback, and gain exposure for your startup!

 

The winner of the Pitching Contest will receive a grand prize of… we will announce soon! Stay tuned!

SHOWCASE CONTEST

Pitch your business idea to a panel of expert judges, investors and live audience. Each startup has 3 minutes for presentation and one minute for questions. This is your chance to share your vision, get feedback, and gain exposure for your startup!

The winner of the Showcase Contest will receive a ticket to the European Startup Champions League in Prague, which can lead to the Global Finals of Startup World Cup in San Francisco and a $500,000 investment! The top 3 places will receive grants of a total of €230,000 to use in OVHcloud.

Apply to pitch your startup!

Present your idea to experts, investors and live audience! During the application, you will need to send your pitchdeck.

JURY

JURY

Mateusz Bodio

Founder & Managing Director, RKKVC

Mateusz Bodio is a Founder & Managing Director in RKKVC, focusing on the whole spectrum of the investment processes: business origination, venture analysis, negotiations and exits. Some of the flagship investments includes SpaceX, KarmaCheck or MoveAI. He is an entrepreneur with a demonstrated work experience in the USA, United Kingdom, Poland and Kazakhstan, on the other hand he has successful exit from a start-up in transport industry.

 

Before joining RKKVC, Mateusz worked in family office that that core business was heavy industry. The office has its own VC arm that invest in IoT and data science companies. Mateusz served as an adviser to portfolio companies and leveraged his professional network to create new opportunities and open business channels. Mateusz also held position as a management board and supervisory board member in companies from IoT 4.0 and data science/big data industry. 

Pawel Maj

Partner at Warsaw Equity Group

Pawel previously co-managed three VC funds. To date, he completed more than 60 investments, over 20 exits, and has served on the supervisory and management boards of more than 30 companies. Between 2021-2022 he also supported startups with pre-seed and seed rounds, closing on average one round per month. 

Pawel graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (USA) with a degree in Management.

Magda Surowiec

Partner at Unfold.vc

Graduate of the University of Economics in Wroclaw. She has years of experience in creating business strategies, procedures for building effective teams, managing crisis situations, planning and implementing sales and marketing strategies.

From 2010-2014, she served as CEO of Lemon Sky, one of the leading digital agencies in Poland, eventually co-managing a team of 100 people. The agency’s market position, value and client portfolio attracted the interest of global advertising concerns: in March 2014. Lemon Sky became part of the world’s oldest network agency J. Walter Thompson. Its experience in management and marketing includes co-creation and implementation of effective marketing campaigns, for brands such as: Nestle, Orange, Tesco.

In July 2021, she joined our Fund as Managing Partner.

Maciej Kraus

Ph.D, Partner at Movens Capital

Maciej spent 20 years in pricing. Corporate roles, consulting, lecturing, startups, software- Maciej did it all in pricing.  Guest lecturer at Stanford and London Business School. Authored 2 book on pricing. His TedTalk on behavioral pricing has over 150k views.

Ondrej Smykal

Czech Founders VC

As a member of Czech Founders VC’s investment team, Ondra routinely engages with promising CEE startups and their founders. His primary responsibilities involve evaluating investment opportunities and actively participating in the transaction process, where he can leverage both his previous entrepreneurial experience and legal background. Outside of work, Ondra enjoys spending his free time in the mountains, reading, or doing sports.

ORGANIZERS

KONTAKT

Paulina Muszyńska

paulina.muszynska@araw.pl
+48 880 788 918