JWP Patent and Trademark Attorneys became a content partner of the MIT Enterprise Forum Poland’s acceleration program. It is a project for startup companies which offers a substantive support to growing enterprises, especially regarding effective commercialization of patented technologies. Its author – the MIT Enterprise Forum is the only global non-profit organisation aimed at supporting technology entrepreneurship, which through the MIT Technology Review is affiliated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – the best technological university in the world.
The MIT Enterprise Forum Poland’s acceleration program is dedicated to young researchers from the field of technology as well as to technology entrepreneurs in the early phase of their development. Those interested in joining the program may file an application available at http://mitefpoland.org/acceleration-program/. There are two routes of enrollment. The first is dedicated to teams consisting of minimum two individuals (At least 50% of the participating team members must be Polish nationals), who are planning to establish a start-up company. The second route is for already existing start-ups based in Poland which have been incorporated less than 3 years as of the submission and have not accepted any Institutional Funding in excess of 1 000 000 PLN.
During the first stage participants will attend four half-day workshop sessions held in Warsaw based on the Bill Aulet’s methodology “Disciplined Entrepreneurship. 24 steps to a successful startup”, who is the managing director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship. During the workshops, teams will work on their projects under the eye of knowledgeable coaches. Two mentors will be assigned to each project. This stage also includes educational sessions with experts in the fields of law, taxes, grants and investor relations.
During the second stage, 5 teams with best projects will be chosen and assigned educational programs tailored to their specific needs. The finalists will have the opportunity to meet with investors as well as to network with entrepreneurs from the Polish innovation sector and MIT’s /Harvard’s ecosystem.
On 19.05.2016 the MIT Enterprise Forum will organize the StartSmart Conference dedicated to the co-operation between science and business. Its aim is to inspire and inform how to achieve success in the technology industry. The final of the acceleration project will take place in the second half of June 2016 on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The acceleration project is organised by the Technology Entrepreneurship Foundation of MIT Enterprise Forum Poland. Other project partners are: PKO Bank Polski, Adamed Group, The National Centre for Research and Development, PwC, Wardyński Wspólnicy, Weil, JWP Patent and Trademarks Attorneys and Intel.
The MIT Enterprise Forum was founded in 1978 in the USA. It is the only global, non-profit organization affiliated with the university, providing support technology entrepreneurs. MIT gathered around itself a highly effective support network dedicated to startup companies which engages over 25 000 entrepreneurs offering employment to over 3 million people and with total annual revenue of 3 billion USD. Each year, over 1000 new start-ups are formed around MIT.