POLISH TECH DAY 2019

ABOUT

Polish Tech Day in London is the main platform for bilateral business relations between the Polish and British innovation and technology sectors. Since its first edition in 2015, Polish Tech Days hosted over 100 speakers and 1000 of attendees, who have found here inspiration, business partners, key employees or funding for growth. The theme of the 2019 event will be CHANGES - to sum up the 30 years of Poland's (digital) transformation and discuss its future in the light of disruptive technical and environmental changes.

As part of our efforts to integrate and support Polish Innovation Diaspora we have added a new element to the program. Ambassadors Of Polish Innovation awards aim to recognize and promote the most globally impactful Polish technology enterpreneurs whose activities change the image of Poland and Poles in the world of innovation and technology.

SPEAKERS

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Agenda

Participants Registration

Welcome by organisers

Poland - from communism to FTSE developed-country in one generation

The personal perspective on one country impressive growth story.

Panel #1: Taming the unicorns: can British corporations work with Polish startups?

GSA has prepared best practices for corporations to work with startups. We want to explore this even further and see what does it take for Polish startups to work with British corporations?

Panel #2: “How would you like your project to be served?” Cross-cultural and cross-border management in IT.

Managing teams across different cultures, borders and time zones can be challenging. We have gathered a multiverse set of experts with practical experience working across 5 continents with dozens of cultures. Stories abound guaranteed!

Panel #3 Fintech Nations: what digital banking in Poland, in the UK and Ireland can learn from each other

British and Polish are two very different fintech ecosystems, but both are amongst the most interesting in Europe. Poland is known to be a pioneer of digital banking, while the UK currently undergoes a true fintech revolution backed by financing far beyond reach of other European country. What can they learn from each other?

Panel #4: Show me the Money: what do CIOs really plan to invest in

Buzzwords vs Budgets. There's lots of technologies talked about at the conferences, but what are the real spending priorities of decision makers? Find out from themselves!

Fireside chat with Daniel Korski (CEO Public)

Daniel Korski CBE is a former special adviser to Prime Minister David Cameron and is the co-founder and CEO of PUBLIC, a venture capitalist firm focused on helping technology startups transform public services. He is also Chairman and co-founder of the GovTech Summit, an event for the govtech sector.

Lunch break

Bird & Bird: Investing in Polish fintechs

Certain specific issues may arise when investing in tech companies in Poland. This workshop will focus on Polish regulatory environment, structure issues regarding the Polish Tax regime and Polish labour law environment.

Bird & Bird is an international law firm with a focus on helping organisations being changed by technology and the digital world.

Paweł Bajno (M&A, PE & VC practice, Bird & Bird Warsaw), Struan Penwarden (M&A & VC practice, Bird & Bird London) and Kuba Ruiz (Counsel, Bird & Bird Warsaw) will host this workshop.

Pawel is dealing with Mergers and Acquisitions, both private and public, and private equity transactions.

Struan is the International Head of Venture Capital at Bird & Bird, focusing on domestic and international corporate transactions for emerging and high-growth companies and the investors in and lenders to those companies.

Kuba is a Counsel in the Polish Commercial team. He focuses on major IT and commercial projects and transactions, as well as developing his dispute resolution practice.

Katarzyna Lanucha: How to sell in the UK

When selling across cultures, too often we focus exclusively on the cultural differences in a broader sense, ignoring the fact that that we may actually be using the wrong sales model. In this workshop, you will examine how the way you're doing business might affect the company's performance on the British market.

Kasia is an Intercultural Trainer and Coach at SpeakCulture and at the University of Cambridge. She has a Certificate in Business Culture Training and she did Masters in German, French & Polish.

Louise Sheridan: Keynote address

Louise Sheridan, Head of International Digital and International Tech Hub Network, Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS)

UK - Polish Tech Hub. Building upon synergies and adding value for both ecosystems

Topics to be discussed:
- Getting PL & UK VC’s co-investing in both PL & UK enterprises
- Fundraising in the UK – demystifying the process
- Tech landscape in Poland & the UK: the high time for intensive collaboration
- Looking beyond London

How London & Partners can help overseas companies expand to London Ted Edwards (London & Partners)

Bird & Bird: Cloud computing and the financial market in Poland – obstacles and practical solutions

Cloud computing solutions are at the backbone of most modern solutions supporting the financial market and its major players (banks, insurers, payment institutions). Using cloud computing tools and services on the financial market is regulated, and anyone who wants to provide such solutions/services to that market needs to meet certain requirements.

Bird & Bird is an international law firm with a focus on helping organisations being changed by technology and the digital world.

The workshop will be led by Kuba Ruiz (Counsel, Bird & Bird Warsaw) and Gavin Punia (Associate, Bird & Bird London).

Kuba is a Counsel in the Polish Commercial team. He focuses on major IT and commercial projects and transactions, as well as developing his dispute resolution practice.

Gavin is a senior financial services regulatory specialist with a particular focus on advising firms who are digitally transforming the way financial services are being delivered.

Paweł Bochnowski: Cross border & cross cultural project management

In the current world we are cooperating with people across the globe. How to build engagement and deliver projects with success in this reality? We will focus on that during this workshop. We will also discuss how to scale effectively in cross-border and cross-cultural projects.

Paweł is an experienced project and program manager and helped delivering projects in different cultures, with teams and stakeholders from different parts of the world. He is working with startups, SMEs and multinational corporations."

Exploring the UK tech environment beyond London. The case of Northern Powerhouse

With Nigel Jones, Northern Powerhouse, creative and digital sector specialist

Open space workshop: UK - Polish Tech Hub. How to create synergy and added value for both ecosystems?

Pitching & Media training with Grzegorz Nawrocki

Grzegorz Nawrocki will share a few practical tips and exercises on how to polish up your public performance and put your message across effectively.

Panel discussion: Changing realities: future of Polish-British business relationships (Brexit and beyond) with Andrew Wrobel

This will be a panel discussion on the future of Polish-British business relationships with Neil Ross, (Policy Manager for Digital Economy, TechUK), Andrew Wrobel (Emerging Europe) and Elis Luige (Investment Project Manager at DIT).

Polish Tech Day: Registrations and networking

Opening by organizers

Pitch to London Finals Startup battle

Keynote: Our future. Our responsability.

"This is the best time to be alive" say some. It's true - despite many problems still in existence, state of humanity overall has never been better. But this may not last. We have lots of hugely disruptive changes coming, the biggest being climate crisis, but worrisome may also be the raise of AI, virtual money, jobs automation or deep fakes. Technology and startups world aren't also still free from inequality, gender and racial prejudice, and managerial malpractices . It depends upon us how do we respond to these challenges and shape up the future of humanity.

Pitch To London and API Awards Ceremony

Changes. 30 years of Poland's digital transformation and counting. Panel discussion

30 years ago Poland became a free country and a free economy. It's been quite a journey. Let's have a look at it from the technology sector perspective. What did we achieve? Where did we fail? What's left to be done?

Conference closing by organisers

Networking cocktail and afterparty


PITCH TO LONDON is an annual competition for startups with „the Polish element”, at the heart of POLISH TECH DAY. We invite winners of the most prestigious startup events in Poland to compete at Google HQ in London, in front of a Jury of British and international investors and experts.

Founders of participating companies have 5 minutes to present their business idea and persuade the Jury that they are the ones who deserve the title of a PITCH TO LONDON Winner. Apart from the exciting main prize and Start-up Growth Package, they get exposure to the UK start-up ecosystem and corporate partners, and gain access to the vibrant international network of PLUGin.