Innovation Ecosystems: Polish innovation Clusters vs. Cambridge

Tuesday, May 26th 2020

08:48 – 08:48 (GMT)

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Registration deadline for local finals will vary. If you miss your local deadline you can still apply through the independent stream by the 14th of July 2016.

"The Innovation Ecosystems" conference series focuses on showcasing best practice in building and developing successful environments where science-based businesses can thrive.  

The conference will discuss the similarities and differences between leading Polish entrepreneurial ecosystems (e.g. Krakow) and Cambridge (UK). 

Join the global IMAGINE IF! network of Innovators across 16 branches world wide, competing for the non-dilutive $30,000 award.

The participation is free, don’t miss this opportunity and apply now !

Registration deadline for local finals will vary. If you miss your local deadline you can still apply through the independent stream by the 14th of July 2016.



Józef Pilch - Wojewoda Małopolski

Jacek Krupa - The Marshal of the Małopolska Region


The National Centre for Research and Development





Ministry of Science and Higher Education


AGH University of Science and Technology


Tadeusz Kościuszko Cracow University of Technology



AGH UST Faculty of Energy and Fuels 


Krajowa Reprezentacja Doktorantów



Association of Top 500 Innovators


Klaster LifeScience Kraków



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Krakowskie Centrum Innowacyjnych Technologii INNOAGH Sp. z o.o.

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8:00AM - 9:00AM

Registration and coffee

9:00AM - 9:15AM


9:15AM - 9:45AM

Opening keynote: Professor Tomasz Szmuc – Innovation in Poland –
the AGH perspective

9:45AM - 11:15AM

SESSION 1: Scientific innovation in Poland: Pitfalls, success stories and the way forward

9:45AM - 10:15AM

Keynote 1: Professor Wojciech Nowak – Polish achievements in advanced energy generation

10:15AM - 11:15AM

Discussion panel: Scientific innovation in Poland: Pitfalls, success stories and the way forward – (Katarzyna Walczyk-Matuszyk, Deputy Director in the National Contact Point for Research Programmes of the EU and Association of Top 500 Innovators; Krzysztof Oleksy, Vice-President of INTECH PK; Leszek Kotulski; Gradis; Michal Kosior; Akademickie Inkubatory Przedsiębiorczości and GoPhoto; Pawel Przewięźlikowski, Selvita Chief Executive Officer; Krystian Gurba, Deputy Director of CITTRU – technology transfer centre of the Jagiellonian University)

11:15AM - 11:45AM

Coffee break

11:45AM - 1:30PM

SESSION 2: The ecosystem for successful science business

11:45AM - 12:15PM

Keynote 2: Professor Alan Barrell – The Cambridge Phenomenon – and other examples of Building Entrepreneurial Ecosystems – Observations for Krakow

12:15PM - 12:45PM

Keynote 3: Professor Chris Lowe – The business of science and the science-based business.

12:45PM - 1:30PM

Discussion panel: Best practices for building innovation ecosystems in R&D industries – (Piotr Zień, Director of Research and Development in Polpharma Biologics; Tadeusz Uhl, AGH UST and EC Group; Nuno Alves; Innovation Forum and the Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst; Patryk Mikucki, AstraZeneca Pharma Poland Sp. z o.o. Site Management and Monitoring Director;. Kazimierz Murzyn, President of the Klaster LifeScience Krakow Fundation and Managing Director of the LifeScience Krakow cluster initiative)

1:30PM - 3:00PM

Lunch break

3:00PM - 4:45PM

SESSION 3: IMAGINE IF! pitch competition – presentations of innovative business ideas

4:45PM - 5:15PM

Coffee break

5:15PM - 6:15PM

SESSION 4: Dr Nuno Alves – How to pitch successfully workshop

6:15PM - 6:45PM

Announcement of winners of IMAGINE IF! pitch competition

7:00PM - 11:00PM

Evening networking event


Wojciech NOWAK was born in 22 April 1954 in Czestochowa, Poland, he is a Professor at AGH University of Science and Technology and Director of the AGH Centre of Energy. He has M.Sc. in thermal power engineering from Institute of Metallurgy, Mariupol, Ukraine obtained in 1979. He holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering and Doctor of Sciences (habilitation) both received from Czestochowa Univ. Techn. in 1983 and 1991, respectively. In 1987 he was awarded the scholarship from the Japanese Ministry of Education. He had belonged to the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Tokyo from 1987 to 1989. From 1991 to 1994 he began his affiliation as a professor in chemical engineering with Nagoya University, Japan. Author or co-author more than 500 papers, 7 books, 4 monograph, 26 chapters in books and 17 patents on such topics as energy utilization, coal combustion, fluidized bed hydrodynamics and combustion, the clean use of coal, advanced coal combustion systems, dry desulfurisation and advanced sorbents. More than 300 works for power industry and several industrial implementations.

Coordinator of international research programs (4 and FP5, FP7 EU, Norwegian Mechanism, INCO Copernicus, Human Capital Operational Programme, ERA NET Biomodelling, NEDO Japan), Chairman of the Scientific Council of the national project "Supercritical power units" (2008-2010). Project Coordinator of the National Strategic Programme "Advanced technologies for energy generation", a task 2 on oxy-combustion (2011-2015), coordinator of several research grants, special projects, development and implementation work in the domestic and international energy industries. Representative of Poland in the International Energy Agency (IEA) Fluidized Bed Conversion. Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Salzburg.

Alan Barrell has spent almost 30 years in senior executive positions in technology based industries and has become one of Cambridge's most articulate promoters of entrepreneurship. He was a founder shareholder in Library House Ltd, and is now Entrepreneur in Residence at the University's Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning and Visiting Professor of Enterprise at the University of Bedfordshire School of Graduate Business Studies. He is also Distinguished Guest Professor at Xiamen University, Visiting Professor at Shanghai College of Science and Technology and at the Fujian International School of Economics and Business, Fuzhou and Guanzi University, all in China. He has taught at Tsinghua University Beijing, Fudan University in Shanghai and Minjiang University, Fuzhou City. He acts as Consultant to the China Public Practicing Base for Entrepreneurs. His interest in China, its history, people and culture has become a major feature of his life and work. Other appointments include Senior Enterprise Fellow, University of Essex, International Fellow, Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge, and International Research Fellow, Laurea University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki.

He has been Chairman of Health Enterprise East Ltd, an organisation seeking to exploit innovative inventions, processes and procedures in the National Health Service within the Eastern Region since it was set up five years ago. Following a scientific training and six years working in clinical laboratory medicine in the NHS at the start of his career, he worked around the world with Baxter Healthcare and was its UK Chief Executive for six years. Subsequently, he joined Domino Printing Sciences plc as Managing Director. Domino became a public company and now has a market capitalization of more than Euros half a billion. Following six years with Domino ,he joined Willett International Group, an industrial electronics company, and was its CEO, building its global business into a major success.

He was then instrumental in launching the Cambridge Gateway Fund, a 70 millions Euros fund, to support early stage technology businesses in the region and became its Managing Partner, and has been involved with a number of charities including the Papworth Trust, the Royal Society of Arts, the Centre for Tomorrow's Company and The Prince's Trust. He is currently International Advisor to Youth Business China

He has also chaired the Cambridge Enterprise Conference and works closely with a number of Science Parks and Innovation Centres in Cambridge, elsewhere in the UK and overseas. He received The Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion in 2006.

Most recently, Alan has become Chairman of Eagle Genomics Ltd, and Pneumacare Ltd., and a Director of Probe Scientific Ltd. All are entrepreneurial early stage Life Science Companies. He is a Director of two Chinese Companies – Golden Bough Intellectual property Company and Oriental Investments Ltd.

In October 2009 The Regional Strategic Health Authority for the East of England appointed Alan Chairman of the NHS Innovation Council and in November he accepted an invitation to act as Chairman of the Trustee Board of NACUE - an organization which grew in its first year to have 40,000 members and embrace 80 University Enterprise Associations. He is also advisor to Start Up Generation an international organisation supporting start up companies around the world.

Alan is a member of Cambridge Angels and Sophia Business Angels (France) and advises numerous early stage companies internationally.

During 2010 Alan has devoted increasing time to supporting Innovation in Health care and was appointed in October 2009 Chairman of the NHS East of England innovation Council. In August 2010, Alan was elected Entrepreneur in Residence, Walter G. Booth School of Engineering Practice, McMaster University, Hamilton Ontario and was re-appointed in March 2013. Alan has been doing extensive work on cross border investing and technology transfer involving UK and Canada, supported by Industry Canada, the Government of Ontario and The Canadian High Commission in London.

On February 1st, on behalf of the President of Finland, Ms. Tarja Hanonen, Alan was conferred the honor of Knight First Class – Order of the White Rose of Finland by the Finnish Ambassador to UK – Mr. Pekka” in recognition of his services to the development of Creative and Innovative University Education in Finland – largely through his activities at Laurea University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki.

During a working visit in February 2011 to Sendai in Japan, Alan was appointed Distinguished Guest Professor at Tohoku Fukushi University, by the President, Professor Koki Hagino

In 2012 Alan Barrell, worked as a founder director of the International Commercialization Alliance which seeks to encourage best practices in turning research into good products.

During 2012 work on the development of new approaches to entrepreneurial education and new pedagogical methods to develop effective entrepreneurs has proceeded through more collaborations between Universities and companies in UK, Finland, USA and China and Alan has been significantly involved. This includes work on the Advisory Board of the Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship at University of Cambridge. Extensive work has been undertaken in Entrepreneurial Education in Latvia and other Baltic States. In 2013 further educational development work with University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Polytechnic University as well as Singapore Institute of Management has been undertaken.

In August 2013 the book “Show Me The Money – How to raise the cash to get your business off the ground” co-authored by Alan Barrell, David Gill and Martin Rigby was launched and the first printing was sold out inn six months. Now reprinted and selling worldwide.

Professor Christopher R. Lowe is Director of the Institute of Biotechnology in the Department of Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology at the University of Cambridge. He is a Fellow of Trinity College, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Physics and the Royal Society of Chemistry.

The principal focus of his biotechnology research programme over the last 35 years has been the healthcare biotechnology sector. The work is characterised by not only being highly inter- and multi-disciplinary and covering aspects of biochemistry, microbiology, chemistry, electrochemistry, physics, electronics, medicine and chemical engineering, but also covering the entire range from pure science to strategic applied science, some of which has significant commercial applications.

He has 345 publications, 8 books and monographs, >100 patents and has many collaborations worldwide, is an editorial board member of many academic journals, a member of research council, grant awarding and government committees, and is active in various legal and entrepreneurial roles. He has supervised >90 PhD students and won a number of national and international prizes.

The Institute has been awarded a “Queen’s Award for Technological Achievement” and a “Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education” and he the title of “Most Entrepreneurial Scientist of the UK”. He was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours and the title BBSRC Commercial Innovator of the Year in 2011.

He has been the driving force for the establishment of 10 spin-out companies, including ProMetic BioSciences Inc, Purely Proteins Ltd, Affinity Sensors Ltd, Cambridge Sensors Ltd, Ceroma Ltd, Smart Holograms Ltd, Psynova Neurotech Ltd, Paramata Ltd, Rebha Ltd and BioJo Ltd.

Pawel Przewiezlikowski, co-founded Selvita in 2007 and holds the position of Chief Executive Officer of the company, responsible for the strategic management, as well as business and corporate development of Selvita. Mr. Przewiezlikowski is also a member of the Economic Council of the Malopolska region. From 1994 to 2007 he worked at Comarch, a Polish information technology company. As a management board member since 1996, he was responsible for the divisions offering solutions for the pharmaceutical, banking, manufacturing and services industries, and took part in the organic transformation of a university spin-off to the largest organically grown IT company in Central and Eastern Europe, employing over 2 700 people in 20 countries. During his time at Comarch in 1999-2000 he was also the co-founder and the first CEO of, the third largest portal in Poland. Mr. Przewiezlikowski holds an MBA from the joint program of the University of Teesside (United Kingdom) and Krakow School of Economics (Poland) as well as master degree in computer science from AGH Technical University in Krakow.

Member of Polish Cluster Policy Group established to work out directions and background for cluster policy in Poland (2011 – 2013); The expert in the project “CluStrat – Boosting Innovation Through new cluster concepts in support of emerging issues and cross-sectoral themes”; European Territorial Cooperation Objective CENTRAL EUROPE Programme (2011). Invited expert in the project INNO-Grips - Innovation Intelligence Studies to comment on report titled: Exploring the potential for Open Innovationin the EU 2020 Strategy “A comprehensive insight into trends and determinants of innovation performance” (2012); Invited expert to foresight exercise in the INGINEUS - Impact of Networks, Globalisation, and their INteraction with EU Strategies (2009-2011). Business development expert for consulting companies including Polinvest Ltd., European Management Partners (Germany), Arup (Denmark) (2001-2006).

Received Masters’ degree from Tech University of Krakow. Further education completed: Polish–American Business School in Krakow, Mini-MBA Global BioPharma Entrepreneurship at Rutgers University, New Brunswick NJ, USA; Complex Business Problems - Systems Dynamics at Sloan Business School, MIT Cambridge, MA, USA, and others.

Have been involved from the very beginning in development of the concept and following realisation of the initiative LifeScience Klaster Krakow in the position of Managing Director. Have initiated and collaborated to establish Global Innovation Network – the non-profit company in North Carolina, USA (holds the position of V-ce President); Have collaborated to initiate and establish European Diagnostics Cluster Alliance (Brussels), actually member of the EDCA Board; Responsible for promotion of polish biotech sector on Bio International Conventions in USA (2007-2012);

Expert in management of innovations, modelling business processes and behaviour of complex adaptive systems; expert in the application of the systems dynamics methods to organisational learning, problems solving, strategic research and analysis, scenario planning; Project Management Expert - responsible for development and implementation of different type of projects; Knows PM methods (PMI, Prince 2, Logical Framework Approach) and tools (i.e. software supporting PM like MS Project, Mind Manager);

Have experience in the field of economic and business development, including large scale projects financed by PHARE, ISPA (evaluation of environmental, social and economic issues); has developed and/or evaluated tendering documentation for PHARE, ISPA projects in areas incl. HRD, job creation and employment projects in different regions in Poland; influenced policies and conducted economical & financial analysis and evaluations.

Graduate of Law, PhD candidate at the Institute of Economics, Finance and Management at the JU. Coordinates cooperation between university and companies, advises academics about intellectual property management and commercialization. Author of numerous academic publications and co-author of commercialization rules at Jagiellonian University. In 2015 participant of the „Top ‎500 Innovators” program at the Stanford University.

Rozpoczął karierę naukową w Lublinie, zdobywając tyt. magistra na wydziale Biotechnologii UMCS, a następnie doktorat w Katedrze Biologii Molekularnej, KUL. Rozwój naukowy kontynuował na University of Western Ontario w Kanadzie. W 2005 roku rozpoczął pracę w Adamed Sp z.o.o. gdzie kierował projektami badawczo-rozwojowymi, skupiając się na innowacyjnych cząstkach przeciwnowotworowych – zarówno syntezowanych chemicznie jak i biotechnologicznych.
Od 2010 pracuje w Polpharma S.A. gdzie od samego początku został zaangażowany w tworzenie nowej struktury – Polpharma Biologics. W ramach organizacji jako Starszy Kierownik Projektu był odpowiedzialny za projektowanie i uruchomienie laboratoriów Polpharma Biologics w Gdańsku. Obecnie jako Dyrektor ds. Badań i Rozwoju odpowiedzialny jest za działanie laboratoriów jak i projekty biotechnologiczne skierowanych na rozwój terapeutycznych przeciwciał monoklonalnych.
Polpharma Biologics, specjalizuje się w rozwoju leków biopodobnych. Skupia się głównie na rozwoju, produkcji i wdrożeniu do sprzedaży na rynkach międzynarodowych terapeutycznych przeciwciał monoklonalnych. Laboratoria Polpharma Biologics w Gdańsku zajmują się ich rozwojem od linii komórkowej aż po produkcję GMP.

President of INTECH PK, the special purpose vehicle of Tadeusz Kościuszko Cracow University of Technology.

She has over 20-year experience in business enterprises, building sales network and managing international investment projects. She specializes in intellectual property management, commercialization of R&D results, financing innovations as well as spin-offs incubation. Coordinates following commercialization processes: Geopolymer materials for construction applications, Reciprocal gait orthosis with mechatronic assistance, Flexible polymer joints. Co-founder and proxy in technology start-ups: ALSITECH and FlexAndRobust Systems. The member of Revisory Commission in TOP 500 Innovators Association. Manager and project coordinator of The National Centre for Research and Development “SPIN-TECH” program (2014-present). Co-creator and coach of “CaseLab – The Lab of Good Practices” seminars and workshops for using business models and design thinking methodology in launching technology partnerships and oriented at solving science, business or social problems. Co-organizer of technology innovations events: Design Thinking Week (2014/2015), Polish-American Innovation Bridge PAMI (2015), The Day of Inventions (2016), Maloposka Edition of Commercialization Academy (2016). Mentor in Polish-first start-up academy for women from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) “Girls Go Start-Up! Academy”.
Graduate of Law and Administration at Jagiellonian University and postgraduate in strategic planning, marketing, finance and management. The laureate of prestigious government program Top 500 Innovators Science-Management-Commercialization at Stanford University (2013).

Vice-President of INTECH PK, the special purpose vehicle of Tadeusz Kościuszko Cracow University of Technology.

Since 2002, he works at Cracow University of Technology as specialist for industry cooperation, since 2007 he is engaged in commercialization of university knowledge. Since 2014 he participates in creating technology partnerships and in the process of managing of intellectual property. Coordinates following commercialization processes: Geopolymer materials for construction applications, Reciprocal gait orthosis with mechatronic assistance, Flexible polymer joints. Runs the project within “SPIN-TECH” program by The National Centre for Research and Development. Co-creator and animator of “CaseLab – The Lab of Good Practices” seminars and workshops for using business models and design thinking methodology in launching technology partnerships and oriented at solving science, business or social problems. Co-organizer of Cracow edition of Design Thinking Week (2014/2015), Polish-American Innovation Bridge PAMI (2015), The Day of Inventions (2016) and the Malopolska Edition of Commercialization Academy (2016).
Participant of government program Top 500 Innovators Science-Management-Commercialization at Stanford University (2013), foreign internships at Cambridge University, Imperial College, Innovation and Technology Transfer Centre of Andalusia.
Graduate of Information Technology and Econometrics at Economic Academy in Krakow and postgraduate of project management at AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow.

On a daily basis supports Centres of Excellence, research institutions, innovative SMEs, start-ups and large companies in obtaining funds for the development of innovation projects. Her fields of specialization are innovation, cooperation industry-academia, synergies between EU financial sources and international cooperation. Katarzyna is a member of the Programme Committee for SMEs and Access 2 Risk Finance and Strategic Committee at the European Commission. She has a long-lasting experience in management and implementation of the European projects financed under Framework Programmes Structural Funds and Norway Funds. Katarzyna is an alumni of the TOP 500 Innovators Programme and holds a post of the President of the Association of Top 500 Innovators since May, 2014.

Dr Nuno Alves works on a joint position between the Innovation Forum and the Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst proactively facilitating new corporate and scientific connections and expanding the interdisciplinary network of academics, entrepreneurs, industry professionals and policy makers of both organisations.

He has completed his doctoral studies in Clinical Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge. His clinical research focused on the regeneration of nerves after injury to the central nervous system. This project resulted in a new clinical treatment to reverse the low ability for nerves to regenerate.

Originally from Portugal, his experience has spanned throughout 5 different European countries.

Patryk Mikucki, is the Site Management and Monitoring Regional Director in AstraZeneca Global Medicines Development, leading the whole Europe region. Patryk has a background of over 10 years in Clinical Research and since joining AstraZeneca in 2003, he has held different positions in the Site, Process and Quality Management areas, gathering insights in different countries. Before taking the current role, Patryk has held the position of the Director of the AstraZeneca R&D Warsaw Hub, one of the 3 main Clinical Operations centers in AstraZeneca. From the very beginning, he was involved in the development of this unique and innovative organization, which in 2012 received the first ever Warsaw Business Journal's Investment of the Year Award.

Throughout his career, Patryk has focused on fostering the environment of innovation and entrepreneurship both inside and outside his organization, promoting partnerships within the industry and cooperation with academia to accelerate and increase the effectiveness of clinical research.

Patryk has a 4-year academic background, PhD in Veterinary Immunology with several publications in this field. He holds an MBA from Warsaw-Illinois Executive MBA Program. Recently, he graduated from the Academy of Leadership Psychology at The Business Psychology Institute and Warsaw University of Technology Business School. In addition, he supported Polish Association for Good Clinical Practice (GCPpl) working as the Board Member.

Prof. Leszek Kotulski is currently the Head of the Department of Applied Computer Science at the Faculty of Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Automatics, Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering as well as the Chairman of Supervisory Board of GRADIS.

He has the Professor title in Technical Sciences as well as PhD and DSc titles in the discipline of Computer Science. Author of 134 original creative works, including 3 books, 68 articles published in journals (out of which 18 are on the Philadelphia list) and 61 papers published in conference proceeding. He has supervised 2 defended PhDs as well as a few dozen of MSc and BSc theses, with several more PhD candidates close to completing their dissertations.

He has led several international research projects, funded by Horizon 2020, KIC InnoEnergy, Polish National Centre for Research and Development – NCBiR, Polish National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management as well as other EU and National research funds.

Within a KIC InnoEnergy project entitled "Alive & KICing: Products and Services of Living Smart Energy City Lab", he supervised the development of algorithms for optimisation of energy consumption of outdoor lighting systems. Further research conducted by his research team in that field led to development of practical solutions with real-life advantages and, ultimately, to establishment of GRADIS, an AGH and KIC spin-off company.

Currently, GRADIS offers services related to application of modern IT solutions to design and control of outdoor lighting systems, with special focus on replacing human designer workload with automated algorithms, as well as utilising formal models to achieve scalability in large smart city environments.

Prof. Kotulski's previous experience includes leading departments and institutes at the Jagiellonian University, as well as founding and leading Sawan Softbank Group Plc, an IT company specialised in developing data warehouse systems (with client base including several largest Polish banks) and employing more than 150 people.

Prof. Kotulski is a member of ACM, IEEE, FIPA and KES.

Michal Kosior graduated in Logistics at University of Science and Technology in Krakow. Entreprenuer. He used to run businesses in Spain, United Kingdom and Ucraine. Speaks fluently in 4 languages. He is a co-founder of London Business Society – an organization that helps startups.

He was a member of many business organization in London like: Business Junction, Brand Exchange, Business Network International, Rockstar Hubs, Russo-British Chamber of Commerce, Spanish Chamber of Commerce, The German – British Chamber.

Now he is a managing director of a new startup GoPhoto. In a free time he likes riding his cruiser Yamaha Virago 535.


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