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Urząd Patentowy Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej

Thursday 3 September 2015​ - Day 1​​
Registration, coffee
 Alicja Adamczak, President, Patent Office of the Republic of Poland
 Virág Halgand Dani, World Intellectual Property Organization
 Grażyna Henclewska, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Economy 
 Krzysztof Jan Kurzydłowski, National Centre for Research and Development
 Marek Sowa, Marshal of the Małopolskie Voivodeship 
 Ron Marchant, United Kingdom
09.35Why is the Israeli Innovation Ecosystem one of the Most Robust and Sustainable in the World?
 Nava Swersky Sofer, International Commercialization Alliance, NanoIsrael, Israel


Coffee break

Are we on the right track yet?
 Instruments Supporting R&D and Innovation at National and Regional Level in the Period Up to 2023 


Łukasz Małecki, Ministry of Infrastructure and Development, Poland
Jakub Moskal, Industrial Agency Development, Poland
Michał Żukowski, National Centre for Research and Development, Poland

Topics for the debate:

  • Do the instruments of support under the operational programmes provide an effective transition from the research to the implementation stage?
  • How do these instruments contribute to creation of synergy between research and business?
  • Does the increased importance of contract research in public support programmes weaken the position of scientific institutions?
  • How to ensure adequate protection of one’s own solutions with innovative potential?

Luk Palmen, InnoCo sp. z o.o., Poland

Paweł Bochniarz, PwC Poland
Virág Halgand Dani, World Intellectual Property Organization
Ryszard Florek, Fakro S.A., Poland
Krzysztof Klincewicz, University of Warsaw, Poland
Rafał Solecki, Małopolska Entrepreneurship Centre, Poland
Paulina Zadura-Lichota, Polish Agency for Enterprise Development, Poland

Coffee break
The Role of Ecosystems in Fostering Innovation and Supporting Startups


Richard Zurawski, AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland / ISA Group LLC, USA

Asa Kling, Israel Patent Office, Israel
Eliza Kruczkowska, Startup Poland, Poland
Raymond Liao, Samsung Global Innovation Center, USA
Tomasz Szmuc, AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland
Jérôme Wittamer, Luxembourg Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (LPEA), Luxembourg
Diana Wu, University of California at Berkeley Extension, USA

 1. Is Polish Science Ready to Participate in the Global Innovation Race Within the Framework of the New EU Operational Programmes?


Olaf Gajl, National Information Processing Institute, Poland

Robert Dwiliński, Centre of New Technologies, University of Warsaw, Poland
Stanisław Trenczek, Institute of Innovative Technologies EMAG, Poland
Katarzyna Walczyk-Matuszyk, National Contact Point for Research Programmes of the EU, Poland

 2. How to Invent, Innovate and Solve „Impossible” Technical Problems Systematically
Presented by:
Sergei Ikovenko, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
 3. Understanding the Financing Stages – From Seed Stage to Series A
Conducted by:

Anna Hejka, Heyka Capital Group, Poland
Witold Załęski, The Bielsko Aviation Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation Park
Maciej Wieloch, Infini sp. z o.o., Poland
Coffee break


Development Trends of the Polish Economy in 2015–2020

 Is Polish Economy Mature Enough to Create a Positive Ecosystem of Innovation? 

Topics for the debate:

  • Role of big corporations in fuelling innovation: is it still an open issue?
  • Power of diversity (dispersion, individuality, a large number of start-ups) or consolidation (clusters, corporate groups, M&As)?
  • How to avoid disappointment: in what ways can the cooperation of business and science be profitable?
  • When the domestic market turns out to be too small – internationalisation as the opportunity for innovative products?
  • What are the expected effects and outcomes of smart specializations in Poland in 2015–2023 period?

Łukasz Cioch,, Poland

Czesław Bugaj, PKN Orlen S.A., Poland
Tomasz Kowalczyk, Deloitte Poland
Agnieszka Durlik-Khouri, Polish Chamber of Commerce, Poland
Zygmunt Grajkowski, Giza Polish Ventures, Poland
Małgorzata Starczewska-Krzysztoszek, Polish Confederation Lewiatan, Poland

Wrap up