Startup Session – a series of training courses for leaders in innovation and young entrepreneurs – aims to provide practical knowledge on how to build business ventures. The programme includes, among others, training workshops on financing of projects, design thinking, customer development, marketing and PR for startups, as well as e-commerce.
The project’s initiators are the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer at the SGH Warsaw School of Economics and To Reforge, a Polish company builder.
– Our objective is to create business communities through education – explains Albert Tomaszewski, coordinator of the project on behalf of the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer. – We are keen for students to graduate from their alma maters knowing the current trends in the world of startups and being aware of ways in which they can finance and efficiently manage their own businesses.
Teams which contact Concept Hub are provided with the assistance of experts specialising in different fields, who carry out, among others, a professional analysis of the business concept and run consumer tests, as well as prepare the project for growth on the global market. Participation in the programme is free of charge. The best projects can strive towards further development as part of the To Reforge company, which develops businesses in 26 countries of the world.
Some are on a quest for a unicorn, some copy successful ideas or headhunt the best people in the market. It certainly is useful to be acquainted with the three philosophies of building start-ups, which have been tried and tested in the West; however, it should be remembered that a company is created with other people, for the people and thanks to these people.
Telemedicine, or the provision of remote medical services using modern technology is a hot topic at present. In the face of ageing societies and still unresolved problems linked to enormous queues to medical specialists, telemedicine has the opportunity to change the healthcare market.
An increasing number of young entrepreneurs, instead of joining an investment fund, contact company builders – experienced company creators which help develop start-up ventures. This phenomenon originates from Silicon Valley, and for some time now it has also been developing in Poland.
To put it simply, company builders are companies building other companies. They are also known as venture builders or start-up builders. Although there are some subtle differences – some invest resources only in their own ideas, while others encourage external initiators to participate in building business ventures together – for the most part, the objective is the same: creation of viable enterprises to provide financing for other business ideas to come.
Solid employment in a corporation or a new company with developmental potential? Do start-ups have a chance of winning with corporations in the race for the best employees?
Ewa was employed by one of the largest media companies in Poland – she had good earnings and company benefits. She knew what was expected of her. Ewa worked from 9 to 5 (at least theoretically), and every day arrived punctually at a modern office building located in the business district of Warsaw. However, after some time she became tired of the inflexibility of her position and this predictability began to wear her down…
A new initiative addressed to entrepreneurs has been introduced to the Polish market. To Reforge is a company which builds other ventures (so-called company builder). It combines the potential of an accelerator programme and seed fund, but its key objective is the construction of new companies with the participation of a team of experts.
– We don’t want to invest in companies which are fully developed. We build new companies by providing them with dedicated teams – explains CEO of To Reforge, Łukasz Krasnopolski. To Reforge focuses on business experiments to be able to verify within a short period of time whether a particular business is scalable and has the potential for international development.