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WHEN


To be announced

WHERE


LONDON, UK

WHEN


10TH – 11TH MARCH
2018

Starting at 9:00

WHERE


LONDON, UK

The Light at Friends House,
173-177 Euston Road,
NW1 2BJ

ł.pitch /ɛw/


Motivated by last year’s success of the LSE Polish Business Society Start-up Challenge, we decided to further develop the initiative. This year’s edition, ł.pitch /ɛw/, aims to select, reward and help the best data-driven Polish startups to grow their businesses.

 

As a pioneer of the oil industry and the inventor of the kerosene lamp, Ignacy Łukasiewicz significantly contributed to the development of entrepreneurship in Poland. He was also an important social activist. His figure has inspired us to name our competition ł.pitch /ɛw/ in order to show that its mission is to promote entrepreneurship in Poland and abroad. Thus, we would like startups to exhibit not only innovative, but also, if possible, prosocial characteristics.

 

The first edition received vast support from the investors and aroused tremendous interest among startups, with over 75 applications from which 5 finalists were chosen to present their ideas at the LSE Polish Economic Forum (PEF) in front of investors and other professionals. Then, the jury, which included such renowned industry leaders as Sebastian Kulczyk, Krzysztof Krawczyk, Tytus Cytowski, Marcin Kowalik, Wojciech Szaniawski, Karol Górnowicz and Jan Habermann, questioned and assessed the finalists’ ideas in a Dragons’ Den formula, and awarded prizes including dedicated support from an experienced consultant from Bain & Company and a place in the finals of the CVC Young Innovator Awards competition. The competition attracted extensive publicity, with numerous articles covering the initiative and its winner appearing in leading media outlets such as Forbes and Business Insider.

 

For the second edition, we have prepared some exciting improvements:

  • This year we will be organising a Semi-final in Startberry (Microsoft’s Hub) in Warsaw on 26th January 2019. This event will be open to the public, so that a wider audience can get to know more fascinating startup ideas. In the semi-final, 5 out of 15 startups will be chosen to compete in the Final stage during the PEF on 9th March 2019.
  • This year’s competition will focus on “data-driven” startups. Data-drivenness is about building tools, abilities, and a culture that acts on data. Employing data-driven approach means using vast amounts of data to improve products and make strategic decisions based on insights from its analysis.
  • This year the prizes are both more numerous and impressive than last year – there’s a lot worth fighting for! The winners will receive i.a. cash prize, help with business development from Microsoft, legal care package from Kondracki Celej legal office and one week stay in luxurious apartment in Egypt with wakeboarding course at Sliders Cable Park. There are also prizes for semi-finalists, which include place in the final of the Space3ac Poland Prize program with the possibility of winning a prize of 45,000 euro (equity-free) and legal care package for a selected startup which will not qualify for the finals.

 

ł.pitch /ɛw/ is a unique opportunity to present your company to investors from top Polish venture capital funds as well as an excellent chance to promote your project in media and to the wider public. If you believe that your startup has what it takes, be sure to apply!

 

The deadline for sending applications is 7th January 2019.

About us


The LSE SU Polish Economic Forum is the central initiative of the LSE SU Polish Business Society. It remains the largest student-led conference in London and year on year, it succeeds in attracting the most famous names in the Polish Business scene. The forum brings together influential Businessman as well as intellectually curious students to create a discussion about the most pressing, contemporary issues.  This year, under the theme “A Century of Independence: Romantic Aims, Realistic Means”, we will discuss the modern challenges and opportunities to grow and develop in the area of politics, business and economy.

About us


The LSE SU Polish Economic Forum is the central initiative of the LSE SU Polish Business Society. It remains the largest student-led conference in London and year on year, it succeeds in attracting the most famous names in the Polish Business scene. The forum brings together influential Businessman as well as intellectually curious students to create a discussion about the most pressing, contemporary issues.  This year, under the theme “A Century of Independence: Romantic Aims, Realistic Means”, we will discuss the modern challenges and opportunities to grow and develop in the area of politics, business and economy.

The Light at Friends House

173-177 Euston Road

NW1 2BJ


The Waldorf Hilton Hotel

Aldwych

WC2B 4DD


Contact us

LSE SU Polish Business Society Students’ Union


Contact us via e-mail

Localization

Saw Swee Hock Student Centre,
1 Sheffield Street, London WC2A 2AP

Start-up Challenge enquiries

INFO@POLISH-BUSINESS.ORG