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Bain & Company

Bain & Company is one of the world’s leading business consulting firms. It works with top executives to help them make better decisions, convert those decisions to actions, and deliver the sustainable success they desire. The Warsaw office acts as a regional hub for the firm and has one of the fastest growing teams in Europe. As a result, Bain & Company needs smart, innovative thinkers who aspire to incredible things and value teamwork. For more information visit: www.bain.com and follow Bain on Twitter @BainAlerts.

Sponsors


ING Bank Śląski

ING Bank Śląski S.A. has been present in the Polish market since 1989. In its nearly 29- year history, ING Bank has become one of the largest banks in Poland. The Group renders services in the following areas: retail and corporate banking, leasing and factoring as well as money and capital markets. The Group serves over 4.5 million clients via a fledged network of branches and state-of-the-art remote service channels (online and mobile banking, phone service and text-messaging system). Competitive edge:

  • Fast organic growth capacity
  • Trailblazing, innovative client service channels
  • High Bank brand recognition
  • Strong capital base and high liquidity

“We inspire our customers to make good financial decisions. We deliver tools that make banking more friendly and transparent. We are available always and everywhere. An extensive branch network, ATMs and Cash Deposit Machines, as well as online account access provide customers with 24/7 banking services. We are constantly improving.”

Visa

Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is the world’s leader in digital payments.
The company’s mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, reliable and secure payment network – enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. Its advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second.
As the world moves from analogue to digital, Visa is applying its brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce.
For more information, please visit usa.visa.com/about-visa.html and www.visa.pl.

Amazon

Amazon is a Fortune 500 company, based in Seattle, Washington. Ever since Jeff Bezos opened our virtual doors in 1994, we have been pushing the boundaries of possible. Today, Amazon offers everything from books and electronics, to tennis rackets and diamond jewellery. Within the EU alone, Amazon maintains over 30 Fulfillment Centers, occupying a combined total of around 18 million square feet. This growth has largely been driven by the behind-thescenes work of Amazon Operations; this includes not only Fulfillment Centers, but also Amazon Logistics, Prime Now, Customer Service and other services, all critical in delivering our promises to customers. Using cutting-edge technology including fleets of Kiva robots, Amazon Operations has established itself as an industry leader in fulfillment and logistics. …And we’ve only just begun! Constantly innovating on behalf of our customers, Amazon is always pushing boundaries on what is possible.

CVC Capital Partners

CVC Capital Partners is a leading private equity and investment advisory firm. Founded in 1981, CVC today has a network of 23 offices and approximately 400 employees throughout the world. In total, CVC manages over US$50 billion of assets invested in 52 companies worldwide, employing 250,000 people in numerous countries. Together, these companies have combined annual sales of over US$80 billion.

Abris Capital Partners

Abris Capital Partners is an independent private equity fund manager which invests in Central & Eastern Europe. Abris manages the capital commitments of many prestigious, international institutional investors including university endowment funds, pension funds, insurance companies and private asset managers. Since its inception in 2007, Abris has secured cumulative commitments of approximately €1.3 billion from investors, all targeted at mid-market opportunities in CEE.
For the past 10 years, Abris funds have made more than 20 investments in Poland and elsewhere in CEE, investing in local medium-sized companies, with sound fundamentals and exceptional development potential. The typical financial commitment by Abris to such companies ranges from €30-75 million and the average investment horizon is 3-5 years. Portfolio companies benefit not only from the availability of additional capital, but also from the experience of the Abris
investment team in strategic and operational management.

TDJ

TDJ is a family-owned investment company operating in five business areas. Equity is the largest of them. The aim in this area is to build long-lasting value through investing in mature companies. The TDJ Equity portfolio consists of companies listed on the Polish Stock Exchange – including FAMUR, PGO and Zamet Industry, as well as non-public companies – FPM and NiUW Glinik. The capitalisation of the TDJ stock assets portfolio is valued at PLN 3 bln. TDJ also realizes investments in the office and residential properties sector through TDJ Estate. For TDJ Venture, through participation in the TDJ Pitango Ventures fund, investments are realized in innovative and technological start-ups of global potential. TDJ Finance focuses on investments in liquid financial assets.
TDJ shares its successes by investing in knowledge and human potential. TDJ Foundation operates in this area, realizing projects which focus on supporting the education and personal development of children and teenagers.

Bank Pekao S.A.

Bank Pekao S.A. was founded on March 17th, 1929 and nowadays is one of the largest financial institutions in Central and Eastern Europe. It is a Polish, international universal bank, the largest corporate bank, and the leader of the private banking market in Poland. Pekao S.A. serves over 5 million customers, every second Polish company becomes the bank’s client. Bank Pekao S.A. is one of the of the safest banks at the Pan-European level. Within the Pekao’s capital group there are several companies which are national leaders in the area of brokerage, leasing, factoring and financial investments. With over 15 000 employees Pekao is one of the largest employers in Poland.
The history of Bank Pekao S.A. is the history of Polish banking system: it was the first bank in Poland that launched an ATM, issued the first credit card, opened a brokerage house, applied in practice biometrics in banking industry.
Since 1998 Pekao has been listed on Warsaw Stock Exchange in WIG20 index. It is one of the five largest companies on the Polish stock exchange.
Bank Pekao S.A. is a part of the PZU Group – the largest financial group in Central and Eastern Europe.

Daftcode

Daftcode is a Polish venture builder – a company that creates its own tech enterprises. From concept stage, onwards and upwards – transforming bold ideas into fast growing products and businesses.

Among Daftcode ventures there are Nethone – a company that offers business intelligence based on data analysis to help grow and transform businesses, Skriware – an educational platform that uses 3D printing to teach STEAM skillset, as well as companies that offer indoor location (Indoorway), payment processing (Straal), or even food ordering app (Rocket Luncher).

Daftcode also offers digital B2B services, that use latest technologies to help grow and transform businesses. Including digital product house EL Passion, performance marketing agency Performante, mobile app development studio DaftMobile, or a provider of comprehensive customer support Customer Heroes. What is more Daftcode also invests in fast-scaling businesses as a venture capital firm.

Visit their website here:  www.daftcode.com

CEC Government Relations

CEC provides professional public affairs and strategic communications services to multinational clients across a full range of policy areas, including but not limited to Internal Market, Digital Agenda, Financial Services, Energy, Pharmaceuticals, Infrastructure and Defence. Through wholly-owned offices in Warsaw, Prague, Bratislava, Budapest and Sofia, as well as a network of affiliates and consultants in Bucharest, Kiev, the Baltic States, Balkans and beyond, CEC delivers integrated services at a local, national, regional and European level. CEC’s offices employ over 40 people across the region, combining senior management with years of experience in the region between them, alongside young, dynamic, and multilingual staff to service client communication needs.

PKO Bank Polski

PKO Bank Polski is the leader of the Polish banking sector, the biggest commercial bank in Poland and the market leader in terms of equity, total loans, total deposits, number of customers and the size of the distribution network. The Bank’s strategy is focused on its customers’ needs and the evolution of business model is a result of digitization of social and economic life. The Bank invests in innovative products and organizational solutions, creates new standards on the market. The PKO Bank Polski Corporate Group is ranked among the biggest financial institutions in Poland and is one the largest financial groups in Central and Eastern Europe.

Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego

Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego (BGK) is a state development bank. Its mission is to support the social and economic development of Poland and the public sector in the fulfilment of its tasks.
The history of BGK dates back to 1924 when the President of the Republic of Poland, at the initiative of then Prime Minister and Treasury Minister Wladyslaw Grabski, issued a decree establishing BGK.
Today, The Bank is a financial partner actively supporting the entrepreneurship and making effective use of development programmes. It is the initiator of and the participant in cooperation between business, public sector, and financial institutions.
Together with other development institutions, the Bank plays a significant role in implementation of the Strategy for Responsible Development, adopted by the Council of Ministers on 14 February 2017, which is the key document of the Polish state in the medium- and long-term economic policy.
One of the important tasks of BGK is also to support the activities of Polish companies abroad. BGK manages European programmes and distributes EU funds at the national and regional level. BGK is involved in programmes aiming at improvement of access to housing on the residential market.

For more information please visit: https://www.bgk.pl/

Elite Sailing powered by MRES Consulting

MRES was founded two years ago by two young professionals Michal Maurycy Mazur and Michał Radek, both of whom, for the past four years, have been running their own brand – Elite Sailing, which operates mentoring and leisure cruises in Poland.

The idea to create Elite Sailing was born from a passion for sailing and its rapid development was fuelled by the innate entrepreneurial spirit of its founders. Since its founding, the company has witnessed a steep growth curve with over 200 satisfied clients to date. As Elite Sailing continues to expand, we are currently recruiting for the position of Academic Mentors for our July and August mentoring cruises. If you think you have what it takes to provide advice on the application process to British and American universities to aspiring students, send your CV to: join@elitesailing.pl

Elite Sailing is an (ad)venture of MRES Consulting – a rapidly growing business, which runs a variety of different projects ranging from co-ordinating rebranding processes to providing sports agent services to a Porsche Supercup racing driver. MRES’s area of expertise lies in brand development, with all the accompanying services such as business consulting, educational consulting, conference support and video production. If you would like to become part of a highly motivated team then get in touch with Michal Mazur and Michal Radek for more information.

Sponsors


ING Bank Śląski

ING Bank Śląski S.A. has been present in the Polish market since 1989. In its nearly 29- year history, ING Bank has become one of the largest banks in Poland. The Group renders services in the following areas: retail and corporate banking, leasing and factoring as well as money and capital markets. The Group serves over 4.5 million clients via a fledged network of branches and state-of-the-art remote service channels (online and mobile banking, phone service and text-messaging system). Competitive edge:

  • Fast organic growth capacity
  • Trailblazing, innovative client service channels
  • High Bank brand recognition
  • Strong capital base and high liquidity

“We inspire our customers to make good financial decisions. We deliver tools that make banking more friendly and transparent. We are available always and everywhere. An extensive branch network, ATMs and Cash Deposit Machines, as well as online account access provide customers with 24/7 banking services. We are constantly improving.”

Visa

Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is the world’s leader in digital payments.
The company’s mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, reliable and secure payment network – enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. Its advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second.
As the world moves from analogue to digital, Visa is applying its brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce.
For more information, please visit usa.visa.com/about-visa.html and www.visa.pl.

Amazon

Amazon is a Fortune 500 company, based in Seattle, Washington. Ever since Jeff Bezos opened our virtual doors in 1994, we have been pushing the boundaries of possible. Today, Amazon offers everything from books and electronics, to tennis rackets and diamond jewellery. Within the EU alone, Amazon maintains over 30 Fulfillment Centers, occupying a combined total of around 18 million square feet. This growth has largely been driven by the behind-thescenes work of Amazon Operations; this includes not only Fulfillment Centers, but also Amazon Logistics, Prime Now, Customer Service and other services, all critical in delivering our promises to customers. Using cutting-edge technology including fleets of Kiva robots, Amazon Operations has established itself as an industry leader in fulfillment and logistics. …And we’ve only just begun! Constantly innovating on behalf of our customers, Amazon is always pushing boundaries on what is possible.

PKO Bank Polski

PKO Bank Polski is the leader of the Polish banking sector, the biggest commercial bank in Poland and the market leader in terms of equity, total loans, total deposits, number of customers and the size of the distribution network. The Bank’s strategy is focused on its customers’ needs and the evolution of business model is a result of digitization of social and economic life. The Bank invests in innovative products and organizational solutions, creates new standards on the market. The PKO Bank Polski Corporate Group is ranked among the biggest financial institutions in Poland and is one the largest financial groups in Central and Eastern Europe.

CVC Capital Partners

CVC Capital Partners is a leading private equity and investment advisory firm. Founded in 1981, CVC today has a network of 23 offices and approximately 400 employees throughout the world. In total, CVC manages over US$50 billion of assets invested in 52 companies worldwide, employing 250,000 people in numerous countries. Together, these companies have combined annual sales of over US$80 billion.

Bank Pekao S.A.

Bank Pekao S.A. was founded on March 17th, 1929 and nowadays is one of the largest financial institutions in Central and Eastern Europe. It is a Polish, international universal bank, the largest corporate bank, and the leader of the private banking market in Poland. Pekao S.A. serves over 5 million customers, every second Polish company becomes the bank’s client. Bank Pekao S.A. is one of the of the safest banks at the Pan-European level. Within the Pekao’s capital group there are several companies which are national leaders in the area of brokerage, leasing, factoring and financial investments. With over 15 000 employees Pekao is one of the largest employers in Poland.
The history of Bank Pekao S.A. is the history of Polish banking system: it was the first bank in Poland that launched an ATM, issued the first credit card, opened a brokerage house, applied in practice biometrics in banking industry.
Since 1998 Pekao has been listed on Warsaw Stock Exchange in WIG20 index. It is one of the five largest companies on the Polish stock exchange.
Bank Pekao S.A. is a part of the PZU Group – the largest financial group in Central and Eastern Europe.

CEC Government Relations

CEC provides professional public affairs and strategic communications services to multinational clients across a full range of policy areas, including but not limited to Internal Market, Digital Agenda, Financial Services, Energy, Pharmaceuticals, Infrastructure and Defence. Through wholly-owned offices in Warsaw, Prague, Bratislava, Budapest and Sofia, as well as a network of affiliates and consultants in Bucharest, Kiev, the Baltic States, Balkans and beyond, CEC delivers integrated services at a local, national, regional and European level. CEC’s offices employ over 40 people across the region, combining senior management with years of experience in the region between them, alongside young, dynamic, and multilingual staff to service client communication needs.

Abris Capital Partners

Abris Capital Partners is an independent private equity fund manager which invests in Central & Eastern Europe. Abris manages the capital commitments of many prestigious, international institutional investors including university endowment funds, pension funds, insurance companies and private asset managers. Since its inception in 2007, Abris has secured cumulative commitments of approximately €1.3 billion from investors, all targeted at mid-market opportunities in CEE.
For the past 10 years, Abris funds have made more than 20 investments in Poland and elsewhere in CEE, investing in local medium-sized companies, with sound fundamentals and exceptional development potential. The typical financial commitment by Abris to such companies ranges from €30-75 million and the average investment horizon is 3-5 years. Portfolio companies benefit not only from the availability of additional capital, but also from the experience of the Abris
investment team in strategic and operational management.

Daftcode

Daftcode is a Polish venture builder – a company that creates its own tech enterprises. From concept stage, onwards and upwards – transforming bold ideas into fast growing products and businesses.

Among Daftcode ventures there are Nethone – a company that offers business intelligence based on data analysis to help grow and transform businesses, Skriware – an educational platform that uses 3D printing to teach STEAM skillset, as well as companies that offer indoor location (Indoorway), payment processing (Straal), or even food ordering app (Rocket Luncher).

Daftcode also offers digital B2B services, that use latest technologies to help grow and transform businesses. Including digital product house EL Passion, performance marketing agency Performante, mobile app development studio DaftMobile, or a provider of comprehensive customer support Customer Heroes. What is more Daftcode also invests in fast-scaling businesses as a venture capital firm.

Visit their website here: www.daftcode.com

TDJ

TDJ is a family-owned investment company operating in five business areas. Equity is the largest of them. The aim in this area is to build long-lasting value through investing in mature companies. The TDJ Equity portfolio consists of companies listed on the Polish Stock Exchange – including FAMUR, PGO and Zamet Industry, as well as non-public companies – FPM and NiUW Glinik. The capitalisation of the TDJ stock assets portfolio is valued at PLN 3 bln. TDJ also realizes investments in the office and residential properties sector through TDJ Estate. For TDJ Venture, through participation in the TDJ Pitango Ventures fund, investments are realized in innovative and technological start-ups of global potential. TDJ Finance focuses on investments in liquid financial assets.
TDJ shares its successes by investing in knowledge and human potential. TDJ Foundation operates in this area, realizing projects which focus on supporting the education and personal development of children and teenagers.

Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego

Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego (BGK) is a state development bank. Its mission is to support the social and economic development of Poland and the public sector in the fulfilment of its tasks.
The history of BGK dates back to 1924 when the President of the Republic of Poland, at the initiative of then Prime Minister and Treasury Minister Wladyslaw Grabski, issued a decree establishing BGK.
Today, The Bank is a financial partner actively supporting the entrepreneurship and making effective use of development programmes. It is the initiator of and the participant in cooperation between business, public sector, and financial institutions.
Together with other development institutions, the Bank plays a significant role in implementation of the Strategy for Responsible Development, adopted by the Council of Ministers on 14 February 2017, which is the key document of the Polish state in the medium- and long-term economic policy.
One of the important tasks of BGK is also to support the activities of Polish companies abroad. BGK manages European programmes and distributes EU funds at the national and regional level. BGK is involved in programmes aiming at improvement of access to housing on the residential market.

For more information please visit: https://www.bgk.pl/

Elite Sailing powered by MRES Consulting

MRES was founded two years ago by two young professionals Michal Maurycy Mazur and Michał Radek, both of whom, for the past four years, have been running their own brand – Elite Sailing, which operates mentoring and leisure cruises in Poland.

The idea to create Elite Sailing was born from a passion for sailing and its rapid development was fuelled by the innate entrepreneurial spirit of its founders. Since its founding, the company has witnessed a steep growth curve with over 200 satisfied clients to date. As Elite Sailing continues to expand, we are currently recruiting for the position of Academic Mentors for our July and August mentoring cruises. If you think you have what it takes to provide advice on the application process to British and American universities to aspiring students, send your CV to: join@elitesailing.pl

Elite Sailing is an (ad)venture of MRES Consulting – a rapidly growing business, which runs a variety of different projects ranging from co-ordinating rebranding processes to providing sports agent services to a Porsche Supercup racing driver. MRES’s area of expertise lies in brand development, with all the accompanying services such as business consulting, educational consulting, conference support and video production. If you would like to become part of a highly motivated team then get in touch with Michal Mazur and Michal Radek for more information.

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