Central Eastern Europe Innovators Summit

27-28 March 2017 Warsaw

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CEE Innovators Summit is an international congress taking place on 27-28 March 2017 in Warsaw. Prime Ministers from Visegrad Group countries will be participating.

Innovators, startups, NGOs working on innovation in the V4, heads of R&D departments of large companies seeking innovation and representatives of public administration from the region are invited to attend the two-day meeting in Warsaw. The congress will be an opportunity to present the practical dimension of innovation and a venue to discuss the cooperation in this part of Europe.

Prime Ministers of the Visegrad Group Countries

Beata Szydło

Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland

Born on 15 April 1963. Deputy for Sejm of the V, VI, VII and VIII term.

In 1987, she completed studies at the Department of Ethnography of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. In the years 1989 – 1995, she was a PhD student at the Philosophy and History Faculty of that university. In 1997, she completed post-graduate studies for managers of culture at Warsaw School of Economics, whereas in 2001 at Kraków University of Economics - management of local government in the European Union.

In the years 1995 - 1997, she was the manager of Libiąż Culture Centre, which she created from scratch. In the years 1997 – 1998, she was the director of the culture centre in Brzeszcze. In 1998, she became the mayor of Brzeszcze - the youngest mayor in Małopolska. In the years, 1998–2002 she also held the position of a councillor in Oświęcim poviat. In 2002, she was elected councillor of Małopolska Regional Assembly. In 2004, she became a vice president of the Voluntary Fire Service in Brzeszcze commune.

In 2005, she joined Law and Justice, and from its list was elected deputy for the 5th term of the Sejm with the best result in Chrzanów constituency. She is a member of the Economy Committee as well as Local Government and Regional Policy Committee. In 2010, she became a vice=president of Law and Justice.

She is married. Mother of two sons: Tymoteusz and Błażej.

Victor Orban

Prime Minister of Hungary

Born 31 May 1963 in Székesfehérvár. He graduated from the Faculty of Law at the Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest in 1987. During 1988-1990 he studied political science at Pembroke College, Oxford.
2014 – after the elections he remained Prime Minister. The coalition of FIDESZ and KDNP (Hungarian Civic Union and the Christian Democratic People’s Party) received 45% of the votes and the majority of seats in the National Assembly.
Since 2010 – Prime Minister of Hungary. Following the elections, the FIDESZ-KDNP coalition received a supermajority of 2/3 of the seats .
1998-2002 – Prime Minister of Hungary. During this period Hungary became a member of NATO.
1993 – elected Chairman of FIDESZ, which he transformed into a conservative civic party (in 1999 Fidesz joined EPP).
1990 – elected to the National Assembly.
1988 – co-founder of the Alliance of Young Democrats (FIDESZ)

Robert Fico

Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic

2002 habilitation, title of Doc. (Assoc. Prof).
1988 - 1992 postgraduate studies at the Institute of State and Law of the Slovak Academy of Sciences
1987 - 1988 judicial trainee, judicial examination
1982 - 1986 ComeniusUniversity - Law Faculty, Bratislava, doctoral degree of JUDr.
Professional experience:
2016 -Prime Minister
2012 - 2016 Prime Minister
2010 - 2012 Deputy Speaker of National Council
2006 - 2010 Prime Minister
2002 - 2006 Member of the Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights, National Minorities and Women's Rights
2002 - 2004 Observer in the European Parliament
1995 - 2003 Chairman, Prison Commission of the Parliamentary Constitutional Committee
1994 - 2005 Member of the Slovak delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (1999 - 2001 - Head of Delegation)
1992 - 2002 Member of the Parliamentary Constitutional Committee
1994 - 2000 Governmental agent representing the Slovak Republic before the European Court of Human Rights and the European Commission of Human Rights
since 1992 Member of the Slovak Parliament
1986 - 1995 Law Institute of the Ministry of Justice (1992 - 1995 Deputy Director)
1986 - 1987military service - assistant military investigator
Professional activities:
since 2000 Member of the Slovak Bar Association, representation of crime victims
since 2003 defence counsel training for the International Criminal Court in the Hague
Political activities:
2002 - 2006 Leader of Parliamentary Group of SMER - Social Democracy
since 1999 Chairman of Political Party SMER - Social Democracy
1996 - 1999 Deputy Chairman of the Party of the Democratic Left
1994 - 1996 Leader of Parliamentary Group of the Party of the Democratic Left

Bohuslav Sobotka

Prime Minister of the Czech Republic

Mgr. Bohuslav Sobotka was born on 23 October 1971 in Telnice near Brno. He is married and has two children.

He graduated from the Faculty of Law at Masaryk University in Brno in 1995.

Professional and public activity
He has been a member of the ČSSD (Czech Social Democratic Party) since December 1989 and participated in renewal of the activity of the ČSSD in Brno and in the Vyškov district. He co-founded the Young Social Democrats in 1990.
In 1996, he was elected for the first time to the Chamber of Deputies as the ČSSD candidate for the South Bohemian Region. He was repeatedly elected Member of Parliament for the ČSSD in this region in 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010.
From 1998 until 2010, he worked as a member of the town council in Slavkov u Brna (1998-2010).

He was repeatedly elected to the office of Chairman of the ČSSD Parliamentary Group. From 2002 until 2006 he worked as Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister, was the Chairman of the Budget Committee of the Chamber of Deputies and Statutory Vice Chairman of the ČSSD. He has headed the Mandate and Immunity Committee of the Chamber of Deputies since December 2011. He has been Chairman of the ČSSD since March 2011.


Mateusz Morawiecki

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and Economic Development

Mateusz Morawiecki graduated from the Faculty of History at the University of Wrocław, Business Administration studies at the Wrocław University of Technology and from the Central Connecticut State University. He holds an MBA title earned at the Wrocław University of Economy. He is also a graduate of the University of Hamburg, University of Basel and the Kellogg School of Management at the Northwestern University in Evanston, the United States. He was one of the negotiators of Poland’s accession to the EU in the areas of competition, single market, finance and banking. Co-author of the first EU law book published in Poland. Honorary consul of the Republic of Ireland to Poland during 2007-2015. From May 2007 to November 2015 he was President of the Management Board of Bank Zachodni WBK. Awarded the Freedom and Solidarity Cross and the Knight's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta.

Jarosław Gowin

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Science and Higher Education

Jaroslaw Gowin was born on 4 December 1961 in Krakow. In the 1980s, he was a member of the Independent Students' Association and the ‘Solidarity’ trade union. He was a holder of the University of Cambridge scholarship.

From 1989 to 1994, he worked as an assistant editor for the monthly magazine Znak and from 1995 to 2005, he was its editor-in-chief. Jarosław Gowin was the mind behind the Tischner Days and the ZNAK Flying University. He is an author of many books, articles, reviews and memories.

He was a founder and former rector of the Tischner European University in Krakow, established in 2003. In 2005, Jarosław Gowin was elected to the fourth term Senate. He was a member of the Science and Education Committee and the Local Government and Public Administration Committee.

In 2007, he was elected to the sixth and seventh term Sejm. He was a Chairman of the Zjednoczona Prawica Parliamentary Club in the seventh term Sejm. In his parliamentary work, Jarosław Gowin led the Team for Bioethics Convention and chaired an extraordinary committee considering parliamentary draft bills to amend the Constitution. He is also a member of the National Security Council.

Jarosław Gowin cooperates with the Santa Claus Foundation, which supports the establishment of homes for single mothers and hospices, and the Siemacha association. He is also a member of the Board of Patrons of the Józef Tischner Krakow Children's Hospice.

Anna Streżyńska

Minister of Digital Affairs

Urodzona 11 maja 1967 r. Prawnik.

W latach 1995 - 1997 pracowała w Urzędzie Ochrony Konkurencji i Konsumentów. W latach 1998 - 2000 była doradcą trzech kolejnych ministrów łączności. W latach 2001 - 2005 prowadziła działalność doradczą. Od listopada 2005 do maja 2006 r. była podsekretarzem stanu w Ministerstwie Transportu i Budownictwa, właściwym w sprawach łączności. Od stycznia do maja 2006 r. pełniła obowiązki, a następnie w maju 2006 r. została powołana na stanowisko Prezesa Urzędu Komunikacji Elektronicznej (funkcję tę sprawowała do lutego 2012).

W latach 2012 - 2015 prowadziła działalność doradczą, jednocześnie sprawując w latach 2014 - 2015 funkcję Prezesa Zarządu Wielkopolskiej Sieci Szerokopasmowej SA oraz w 2015 r. funkcję CEO Projektu Internetu dla Mazowsza. W latach 2014-2015 członek Rady ds. Cyfryzacji przy Ministrze Administracji i Cyfryzacji.

W 2008 r. została uhonorowana nagrodą im. Andrzeja Bączkowskiego za walkę z monopolem Telekomunikacji Polskiej. Dwa lata później otrzymała Odznakę Honorową „Bene Merito”.

Tomáš Novotný

Vice Minister of the Ministry of Industry and Trade

Tomáš Novotný was born on 15th September 1968. He completed his schooling at the Secondary school in Prague — Vysočany in 1988 and he graduated from the Faculty of International Affairs at Prague´s University of Economics in 1993 with specialization in International Politics and Diplomacy. In 1997 Tomáš Novotný graduated from the Faculty of Law at Charles University in Prague where he completed in 2001 his JUDr. study focused on the Law of European Communities. After that in 2007 Tomáš Novotný completed his Ph.D. study at Prague´s University of Economics focused on European Studies.In the period 1997—1998 he began his career as secretary of the organizational committee of the Chamber of deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic. From 1998 to 2000 he worked as expert on the EU affairs at Investiční a Poštovní banka, a.s. From 2000 to 2002 he worked as deputy director of the State fund of environment, director of the implementation agency and advisor to the minister focused on the EU funds.In the period 2002—2006 Tomáš Novotný held the position of deputy minister of environment and director of the section of external relationship of the Ministry of environment. From 2006 to 2008 he worked as director of the Section for drawing the EU funds and deputy general director at Technoexport,a.s. From 2009 he worked as director of the Regional Council office of Central Bohemia. Tomáš Novotný was named Vice Minister of the Ministry of Industry and Trade as of 11th February 2014 and he manages the Section of EU Funds, Research, Development, Innovations and Investment Incentives.

Jadwiga Emilewicz

Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Economic Development

Appointed to the post of Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Economic Development on 27 November 2015.
In 1999-2002, she worked in the Department of Foreign Affairs in the Office of the Prime Minister.In 2009, she was appointed the Head of the PRL (the People’s Republic of Poland) Museum in Krakow. She is a councillor of the Małopolska Regional Assembly and the Chairperson of the Innovation and New Technology Committee.
She is a graduate of the Institute of Political Studies at the Jagiellonian University. Jadwiga Emilewicz started working on her doctoral dissertation at the Faculty of International and Political Studies, the Jagiel-lonian University. She was a scholar of the Oxford University and the American Council on Germany, Dräger Foundation, ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius. Since 2003, she has been collaborating with the Tischner European University in Krakow.
Jadwiga Emilewicz is a social activist and the author of numerous scientific publications. She was the Presi-dent of the “Lepsza Polska” (Better Poland) Foundation.
Jadwiga Emilewicz speaks English, German and French.
Mother of three sons.

Paweł Borys

President of the Management Board of the Polish Development Fund

Recognised Polish economist and manager, with rich and successful professional track record in banking, capital markets and insurance, who has worked for Polish and international financial institutions. He is an expert at investments, management, macroeconomic analysis, strategic and financial planning and business restructuring. He has experience as a manager of large teams and complex projects involving the development and implementation of growth strategies for businesses and financial institutions.
He started his career as chief economist for the Erste Bank Group in Poland. Subsequently employed as a funds manager and head for investment within investment funds with the Deutsche Bank Group, the second-largest asset management company in the world. He was also involved in the development of a Polish private equity and venture capital business as President of the Management Board of AKJ Investment TFI. Since 2010, he has been the managing director at PKO Bank Polski, responsible for economic analysis, group strategy and development, and investor relations.
His professional work was supplemented by theoretical studies in finance, banking and economics during his time as an employee of the Warsaw School of Economics (SGH) in 2001-2005, where he conducted research in economic convergence theory and dependence between the financial sector and economic growth.

Mariana Mazzucato

Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value, UCL

Professor Mariana Mazzucato (PhD) holds the Chair in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value, University College London (UCL) where she is establishing a new Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose (launching Autumn 2017). Mazzucato’s highly-acclaimed book The Entrepreneurial State: debunking public vs. private sector myths (Anthem 2013; Public Affairs, 2015) was on the 2013 Books of the Year list of the Financial Times. She is winner of the 2014 New Statesman SPERI Prize in Political Economy and the 2015 Hans-Matthöfer- Preis and in 2013 she was named as one of the ``most important thinkers about innovation`` in the New Republic.
She has advised policy makers around the world on innovation-led growth and is currently a member of the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisors; the World Economic Forum’s Council on the Economics of Innovation and SITRA’s (Finnish Innovation Fund) Advisory Panel. Her current research projects include two funded by the EC Horizon 2020 programme: Innovation-fuelled, Sustainable, Inclusive Growth (ISIGrowth) and Distributed Global Financial Systems for Society (Dolfins) and a new project on Rethinking Medical Innovation by the Open Society

Foundations. Her recent research includes projects funded by the Ford Foundation and the Institute for New Economic Thinking, and work commissioned by NASA, the European Space Agency and the Brazilian Ministry for Science and Technology. She is co-editor of a new book Rethinking Capitalism: Economics and Policy for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth (Wiley lackwell, July 2016), and is currently writing The Value of Everything, which will be published by Penguin’s Allen Lane in 2017.

Susan Wojcicki

CEO, YouTube

Susan Wojcicki is CEO of YouTube, the world’s most popular digital video platform used by over a billion people across the globe to access information, share video, and shape culture. An early champion of online video who was instrumental in Google's 2006 acquisition of YouTube, Susan now oversees YouTube's content and business operations, engineering, and product development.

Prior to joining YouTube in February 2014, Susan was Senior Vice President of Advertising & Commerce at Google, where she oversaw the design and engineering of AdWords, AdSense, DoubleClick, and Google Analytics. She joined Google in 1999 as the company's first marketing manager and led the initial development of several key consumer products including Google Images and Google Books. In 2002, Susan began working on Google’s advertising products and over the next 12 years she led teams that helped define the vision and direction of Google’s monetization platforms.

Susan graduated with honors from Harvard University, holds a master's in economics from UC Santa Cruz, and an MBA from UCLA. In 2015, Susan was named to Time’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Zuzana Nehajova

Former Director of the Innovation Council of the Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic

Zuzana Nehajova is former Director General for Innovation and Business Environment at the Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic. She currently acts as an Advisor to the Minister of Economy on Innovation and Smart Industry related topics.
In her previous role as Director General, Zuzana established the concept of Smart Industry in Slovakia, on the national level as well as part of its priorities as the Presidency of the EU. Promoting Public-Private Partnerships and close collaboration with all relevant stakeholders, she co-authored the Smart Industry Strategy for Slovakia, and has advocated support for clusters and up scaling and modernization of SMEs.
Recently, Zuzana Nehajova has joined the ranks of EY in their campaign to promote innovation and modernization of industry and societies alike. She now leads a newly formed team dedicated to helping companies of all sizes as well as public administration within the CEE region and beyond to adopt new technologies and trends, rendering optimization of processes and higher resource efficiencies.
With academic and professional background in Law andFinancial Management, Zuzana started her career in public administration at the Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic where she became Director at the Department of Financial Strategy for Economic Growth, responsible also for the implementation of financial instruments, PPP projects, and the national strategy for supporting innovation, clusters and startups, improving the business environment and digital economy.

Linnar Vikk

President of Pocopay

Profesor Linnar Viik is the co-founder and President of Pocopay, a company providing digital banking services, and a long-serving Member of the Board of the European Institute of Innovation & Technology and the Nordic Investment Bank. He is best known as the father of the digital success of Estonia. In the 1990s he was actively involved in the computerization of the country. He has contributed heavily to every Estonian citizen having access to the Internet, all local schools having computer equipment and the right to Internet access being included in the constitution.

Marek Gutt-Mostowy

Founder of euroLoop

Marek Gutt-Mostowy is the founder of euroLoop, a company working on the creation of the full-scale Hyperloop prototype based in Poland. He is also the Controls Team Leader at rLoop inc., a non-profit, open-source, crowd-funded company that won the Innovation Award during the first ever SpaceX Hyperloop Pod competition organised by Elon Musk. Before working on Hyperloop he was a Mechanical and Controls Engineer at CERN where he worked on the CO2 cooling systems for ATLAS experiment and automatic alignment of CLIC, a potential successor of the Large Hadron Collider.

Mikołaj Małaczyński

President of Legimi

Mikolaj Malaczynski is the CEO and co-founder of Legimi Sp. o.o., which is running and further developing Poland's first e-books lending platform (www.legimi.com) and all technologies for the e-book market (biz.legimi.com). Since 2016 company operates also in Germany and China. From a startup launched in 2009 Legimi, under his leadership, was recognized by experts in the Global Media market as the company of the Year for 2013. The monthly magazine ``Brief`` ranked him as one of the 50 most creative people in the business industry for 2014. He was designated number 16 in the ranking of ``Puls Biznesu`` (the most influential business daily newspaper in Poland) of the top 500 managers of 2013. He was among the 100 finalists of innovation leaders from the region of Central and Eastern Europe in the New Europe 100 ranking (according to. ``Financial Times``, Google and Res Publica). He is an author of numerous presentations and studies relating to the development of the market for electronic publications in Poland and abroad, among these: ``Tools of Change for Publishing in New York and Frankfurt.``

Mikolaj is a graduate of the University of Technology from the Department of Computer Science and Management as well as the Harvard Business School Management Program. He is also a winner of many international competitions in the field of computer science, including the international finals of the Microsoft Imagine Cup in Seoul and Paris. He is also a graduate of the School for Civil Society Leaders. He also studied at the University of Nottingham in the UK and in Siegen in Germany.

Michal Pechoucek

AI professor, co-founder of Cognitive Security

Michal Pechoucek is an AI professor out of Czech Technical University, serial entrepreneur and a venture partner with Evolution Equity Partners and Credo Ventures. With a fellow scientist and a former PhD student he co-founded Cognitive Security, a cybersecurity machine learning startup, that was in 2013 acquired by CISCO Systems. From 2103 until 2016 he was running CISCO R&D Center in Prague. He also co-founded AgentFly Technologies and BlindSpot Solutions and advices and angel funds several startups out of the CEE region. More than 15 years ago he founded the Artificial Intelligence Center at the Czech Technical University, successful research laboratory known for applied research and technology transfer in AI. In 2015 he has been put on the New Europe 100, the list of outstanding challengers who are leading world-class innovation from Central and Eastern Europe.

Wiktor Schmidt

CEO Netguru

Since 2008 Wiktor Schmidt has been focusing on expanding Netguru - a software development consulting agency that grew from 50 to 200 people in just two years. Wiktor actively participates in the development of the European startup community in Poland, Ireland and in the UK. He is one of the organizers of Dublin and Poznan Startup Weekends. Internet, new technologies and marketing are his main fields of interest. In his spare time, he enjoys reading life-hacking and business books, running and traveling.

Aleksandra Przegalińska

PhD in Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence

Assistant Professor at Kozminski University, recent visiting scholar at The New School for Social Research/ Brown University in New York City (2014). Currently Research Fellow at the Center for Collective Intelligence at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston. In 2011 Aleksandra worked as the Chairman of Audiovisual Working Party at the Council of European Union in Brussels and as an international representative of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. As a William J. Fulbright Scholar Aleksandra also majored in Sociology at The New School for Social Research in New York (2012), where she participated in research on identity in virtual reality, with particular emphasis on Second Life. Aleksandra’s primary research interest include consequences of introducing artificial intelligence systems to people’s social and professional sphere.

Krzysztof Szubert

Secretary of State, The Government Plenipotentiary for Digital Single Market

Graduate of the Warsaw University of Technology, Faculty of Industrial Organization and Management, specialization in industrial IT systems (Master of Science). He has held managerial posts in both polish and foreign enterprises in the ICT industry for more than twenty years.
Polish entrepreneur, since 1998 he has held the post of President of the Management Board and Chief Operations Officer at CONNECT DISTRIBUTION, which specializes within CEE region in value added distribution of specialist software - the company has won numerous prizes including the European Medal, Business Gazelle, Forbes Diamonds, award of the Minister of Economy and title of Ambassador of the Polish Economy 2016.
He has been actively involved in the ICT industry and environment for a dozen or so years. Author of many articles and commentaries in the daily press, specialist press and television. He was nominated for the title of “Personality of the IT” for his contribution to the IT industry.
Since 2012 Minister of Digitization, the BCC Economy Shadow Cabinet. Initiator and Chairperson of the Coalition for the Development of the Information Society (KRESI) - a platform for dialogue and the cooperation of the most important environments and organizations related to the communications and IT industry in order to accelerate the development of the information society in Poland. In 2015 awarded “Polish ICT - Man of the Year ” prize given annually by the Burda-Magazine / CRN. United Nations IGF MAG Member.
In the years 2015-2016 member of the Digitization Council at the Ministry for Digital Affairs. Since the end of 2015, Strategic Advisor to the Minister (Ministry of Digital Affairs), from May 2016 Plenipotentiary of Minister for International Affairs.
Since March 2017, Secretary of State / Deputy Minister of Digital Affairs, responsible for international affairs and The Government Plenipotentiary for Digital Single Market.

Krzysztof Klimczak

Co-founder and CEO of ZenCard

Since September 2013 he is the co-founder and CEO of ZenCard. A management and IT specialist with 20 years of experience in banking. He began his career at the Brokerage Office of Bank Gdański where he was responsible for IT systems implementation. At Societe Generale he was the deputy director of the IT Departament and the main computer security architect for the Bank. He joined Toyota Bank Polska as Director of the IT Department in 2006 and later became Director of the Business and Processes Support Division as the management board member responsible for IT operations. He was responsible, inter alia, for the design and implementation of the IT architecture necessary to implement the bank’s new business model.

He is a graduate of Computer Science at the Warsaw University of Technology.

Grzegorz Pawlicki

Director of the Innovation and Customer Experience Bureau at PKO Bank Polski S.A.

An experienced manager creating innovative solutions, products and services which meet the expectations and needs of customers and achieve the business goals. He has 20 years of experience in carrying out development projects both in Poland and abroad in the telecommunications, finance and IT sectors. He has built up his experience working at the international consultancy KPMG on projects in the areas of: streamlining business processes, implementing strategies and information systems, electronic banking and integration of financial and telecommunications services. He has worked as Director in financial institutions (Inteligo Financial Services i PKO Bank Polski) for the last seven years. At PKO Bank Polski he is responsible for implementing innovation processes and for cooperation with startups.

He is a graduate of the Warsaw School of Economics’ Faculty of Finance and Banking and of post-graduate studies at SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities.

Radosław Domagalski-Łabędzki

President of Board, KGHM



27 March 2017
Arkady Kubickiego

Partner workshops and innovators’ Evening Gala with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland


28 March 2017
Służewiec Racetrack
Stand no. 2 (entry from Puławska St. 266)

Main Congress with V4 Prime Ministers

Day 1 – 27 March 2017, Royal Palace, Arkady Kubickiego, Warsaw

17.00 – 18.00

A Tour of the Royal Palace for our international guests

18.00 – 22.00

Evening Gala with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland

Day 2 – 28 March 2017, Służewiec Racetrack, Stand no. 2 (entry from Puławska St. 266)

8.30 – 9.30

Guest registration

9.30 – 10.00

Congress opening

Opening statement

Mateusz Morawiecki
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and Economic Development

Welcome address on behalf of the Prime Minister and the organising committee

Paweł Szefernaker
Secretary of State, Chancellery of the PM



10.00 – 11.15

Keynote “Government – investor, risk-taker, innovator”

Prof. Mariana Mazzucato
Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value, UCL

Keynote “Financing of high-risk innovation in Central and Eastern Europe”

Paweł Borys
President of the Manangement Board of the Polish Development Fund

Fireside chat “The role of economic policy in improving innovativeness of the region”

Prof. Mariana Mazzucato
Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value, UCL

Mateusz Morawiecki
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and Economic Development

11.15 – 11.30

Coffee break



11.30 – 12.30

Opening statement “The Estonian e-revolution phenomenon”

Prof. Linnar Viik
Member of the e-Government Council of Estonia and the European Institute of Innovation & Technology

Discussion panel “Full digitization of public administration – utopia or realism? Where are we?””

Krzysztof Szubert
Secretary of State, The Government Plenipotentiary for Digital Single Market

Zuzana Nehajova
Former Director of the Innovation Council of the Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic

Tomáš Novotný
Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade, Czech Republic

12.30 – 13.15




13.15 – 14.15

Opening statement “The legislation on supporting innovation in Poland. Where are we? What is in store for us?”

Jarosław Gowin
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Science and Higher Education

Keynote “Export: How the Polish Spotify for books is taking over China and Germany”

Mikołaj Małaczyński
CEO of Legimi

Keynote “Machine Learning Security Startup out of Czech Republic acquired by CISCO: Challenges and Opportunities”

Michal Pěchouček
AI professor, co-founder of Cognitive Security

Keynote “How to survive brain drain? Tactics for growing a company in a competitive talent market”

Wiktor Schmidt
CEO of Netguru

Keynote “Chatbots – coworkers or employees of (near) future?”

Aleksandra Przegalińska
PhD in Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence

Keynote “Future of transportation: Why the Polish winner of Elon Musk’s competition is moving the international team from California to his home country”

Marek Gutt-Mostowy
Founder of euroLoop

14.15 – 14.45

Coffee break

14.45 – 15.00

Keynote of special guest

Susan Wojcicki
CEO of YouTube

15.00 – 15.10

Keynote “What is the Warsaw Declaration?”

Jadwiga Emilewicz
Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Economic Development



15.10 – 16.00

Opening statement

Beata Szydło
Prime Minister of Poland

Debate “Regional cooperation towards the development of the innovative economy”

Beata Szydło
Prime Minister of Poland

Viktor Orban
Prime Minister of Hungary

Robert Fico
Prime Minister of Slovakia

Bohuslav Sobotka
Prime Minister of the Czech Republic

16.20 – 16.30

Signing of the “Warsaw Declaration”


Congress conclusion

*The organiser reserves the right to change the agenda.

During the CEE Innovators Summit the intergovernmental Warsaw Declaration on innovation in our region will be signed and a report by the Polish Development Fund on the venture capital market in the region will be presented

The special guest of the first part of the congress dedicated to the economy will be professor Mariana Mazzucato, the author of “The Entrepreneurial State” which explains why the state should be active in the economy, what role it should play in the market and how it is all relevant for the innovativeness of the economy.

The author provides examples of numerous inventions or development stimuli for business which would not have come about without the involvement of the state. The foreword for the Polish edition was written by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mateusz Morawiecki. This will be the first meeting between Minister Morawiecki and the book’s author and their first discussion on the visions for the development of the economy.

During this part of the congress the President of the Polish Development Fund, Paweł Borys, will present the report on venture capital financing in Central and Eastern Europe. Under its “Start in Poland” program, PDF is creating the largest capital investment platform in Central and Eastern Europe for innovative companies at early stages of development.

Parts two and three of the congress concern the digitization of Central and Eastern Europe and Challenges for Innovators. 10-minute TED talks and discussion panels will touch on the challenges facing our region – digitization of administration, financing of innovation, cybersecurity, investment in start-ups and high-risk investment.

Guests who play key roles in specific fields within their countries will take the stage.

During the last part of the congress we will consider how our region can effectivelyc ooperate to createi nnovation policy. The crises currently hitting the European Union clearly indicate that it is the duty of the countries of our region to build institutions resilient to political and economic shocks.

Therefore, the Prime Ministers of the Visegrad Group recognize the need to continue the cooperation towards the modernization of national economies. Improving innovativeness and supporting entrepreneurship is clearly the only way to go.

The panel of the four Vidsegrad Group Prime Ministers will concentrate on innovation policy which is aimed at supporting innovation in the economy by assisting in the introduction of new products, services, technological processes and management techniques. The panel will be concluded with the signing of the Warsaw Declaration, acknowledging the intent of the Prime Ministers of the V4 Group to undertake efforts towards the development of an innovative economy in the region.


Signing the Warsaw Declaration on innovation in the region
Signing the Warsaw Declaration on innovation in the region
Discussion on state participation in financing innovation – Presentation of the PRF report on the Venture Capital Market in CEE
Discussion on state participation in financing innovation – Presentation of the PRF report on the Venture Capital Market in CEE
Presenting the practical dimension of Polish innovation in the CEE region
Presenting the practical dimension of Polish innovation in the CEE region












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Type of room Price per night
Single Deluxe room (standard) 455 PLN
Double Deluxe room (standard) 529 PLN

Offer expires: 17.03.2017

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Służewiec Racetrack, Stand no. 2 (entry from Puławska St. 266)

The organiser provides a bus transport across Służewiec Racetrack. Bus starts every 10 minutes from the station near Puławska Street to Stand no. 2 (and back).