Program duration:September 2023
Financing amount:covering the cost of program
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 abroad, 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.
How do the workshops look like?
- Week I: Personal growth and building a team
- Week II: Market validation and digital tools
- Week III: Sales, marketing and financing
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 final stage is the international business training. 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.
The programme will be held physically in Warsaw, or online, depending on the pandemic situation.
PFR School of Pioneers is conducted thanks to the cooperation of PFR with the Strategic Partner – Allegro.pl
What are the requirements?
We are looking for people who are working on their development path and have ideas for their own business, but still work well in the team. Whether you are a scientist, come from business, tech or creative sectors – 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.
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, you will be invited to an evaluation group meeting - Assessment Center, which will be held on 6 July this year. in Warsaw. During the meeting, each applicant will perform individual and group tasks as well as fill out surveys, on the basis of which the Commission will evaluate, among others, soft competences of the participant, the ability to teamwork and the potential for development as a technology entrepreneur.
Remember that even if you do not successfully qualify for the program, participation in this meeting will allow you to better diagnose your skills and areas of individual development.
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.
While preparing for the program, remember to pay an administration fee of PLN 550. The scholarship covers all costs of foreign training and food during workshops. The organizers are not responsible for accommodation during the workshops taking place in Warsaw.
PFR School of Pioneers will be inaugurated on 1th September this year. After the official inauguration, the first classes begin. 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.
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.
General Director of UN Global Compact in Poland
Irena Pichola is a partner responsible for counselling in sustainable growth in Poland and CEE in Deloitte. She has worked with the biggest Polish companies, conductiing over 300 projects from the area of sustainability and CSR. She is a councellor of the Polish Government in the field of sustainable growth, she also seats in a number of councils, e.g. by the Ministry of Economy.
EEC Ventures Partner
Cofounder and partner of EEC Ventures, a holding company governing venture capital/private equity funds. He governs funds from Central and Eastern Europe specializing in sustainable energy, environment and cleantech (EEC).
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).
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