Welcome to the TDJ Pitango
Seed Competition

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TDJ Pitango Ventures

About the Competition

That’s right, we are giving away our capital, energy, and knowledge for one special purpose: we’re looking for the best of the best in several areas at the intersection of technology and business. Are YOU developing scalable products in the following areas (including but not limited to): AI / Machine learning, FinTech, Blockchain, E-sports, Quantum Computing or E-health?

Check us out – TDJ Pitango Seed Competition is the competition for you.

What drives us?

Our mission is to strengthen the startup community in Poland and connect it with the ecosystems of large corporations, technological hubs, and international investors.  We want to work with the best teams who are building innovative, technology companies and support them in their growth to global greatness.

The ideal candidate

This competition is directed at teams which are from Poland or are planning to incubate the company in Poland. We are looking for companies which have been on the market for less than 3 years, are in the process of developing a prototype, are ready to implement their first technology, or are looking for customers for their novel solution. Another important criteria is the imagination and foresight to develop cutting-edge products or solutions.

What’s the Goal?

Our goal is not to simply talk about the mission, but rather to quickly build innovative companies. The jury of the TDJ Pitango Seed Competition will select companies and technologies that have the ability to scale globally and make significant contributions to improving our everyday lives.
The Prizes

Up to 1 million PLN financing, in exchange for a minority stake in the company, provided for each winning team to finance product and technology development. In addition, as part of the TDJ Pitango family, the winners will obtain access to the fund’s support and connections network.



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Details of the competition

Application process
01

Application
process

Applications will be accepted until midnight March 11 this year. It's simple: just fill out the form in English language.
Project / Team Selection
02

Selection
of projects

The jury will select the finalists from all startups entered in the competition. The applicants will be evaluated on the criteria such as team qualifications, technology, market environment, and global potential.
Presentation of Startups
03

Presentation
of Startups

The winners will start their climb to the top of the startup world during the final gala event in April in Warsaw, where they will present their companies and receive awards.

We have finished collecting the applications.

Filling out the form is considered as acceptance of the Competition Regulations. If you have any questions, please message our Facebook profile or send us an e-mail directly to p.gacek@tdjpitango.com. We will be happy to answer your questions!

The Jury

Adi
Ben-Artzy

Google

Adi Ben-Artzy joined Google almost a decade ago, recently moved to the newly created role of site program manager- an internal COO function- in Google Warsaw. Prior to that, she focused on bringing strategy and excellence into recruitment and was leading Google’s hiring efforts in Israel and the Nordics, as well as for a couple of other global companies earlier on. Adi holds a Master’s degree in Labor Studies from the Tel Aviv University.

Tomasz
Domogała

TDJ

Tomasz Domogała is an entrepreneur, and owner of an investment firm TDJ operating in five business areas – Equity, Venture, Estate, Finance and Foundation. Currently, Equity is the largest investment area. This includes companies from the mining, energy, founding and offshore sectors which are listed on the Polish Stock Exchange. Venture embraces investments in innovative technological start-ups, while Estate includes residential and commercial properties. His favourite area is TDJ Foundation, which supports the education and personal development of children and teenagers.

Wojciech
Fedorowicz

TDJ Pitango Ventures

Wojciech Fedorowicz is the managing partner of TDJ Pitango Ventures where he focuses on Medtech, AI and SaaS companies. He  graduated from the MBA program at Stanford University in the US, where he headed the High Tech Club, an organization strongly associated with the environment of technology companies in Silicon Valley.  Prior to joining TDJ Pitango Ventures, he has lead small and large organizations, focusing on scaling and international expansion.  He combines a strong technology understanding with thorough business and investments experience.

Łukasz
Grass

Business Insider

Łukasz Grass is the Editor-in-Chief of Business Insider Polska.

For over fifteen years associated with electronic media and online. Former Deputy Editor-in-Chief of TOK FM, radio and TV journalist: TVN24, TVP, Polsat, Discovery Channel.

Co-founder of the largest online portal for triathlonists www.akademiatriathlonu.pl

Cultivates amateur triathlon distances:
Ironman (4km swim / 180km bike / 42km run) = 10h
Ironman 70.3 (2km swim / 90km bike / 21km run) = 4.30h

Julia
Krysztofiak
-Szopa

Startup Poland Foundation

Julia Krysztofiak-Szopa, President of the Startup Poland Foundation. She has been working in the startup industry for almost a decade. She gained most of her experience in Silicon Valley and in Switzerland. She was the first program director of the California Blackbox.vc startup accelerator. She is also an entrepreneur and co-owner of the global brand of Wellfitting underwear produced in Poland. Since September 2016, she has been the president of the Startup Poland Foundation, building awareness among decision makers, politicians and local government officials of the great potential of startups from Poland.

Prof. Aleksander
Nawrat

NCBiR

An expert in the field of R&D for science, defence industry and government agencies. In addition to his academic career at universities in Poland and abroad, he was also a member of management boards of both private and state-owned companies. Professor Nawrat actively participated in business activities, dealing with research commercialisation and supporting the development of start-ups. He focused mainly on the development of new technologies for state defence and security as well as for the civil sector. He was many times the head of EU-funded strategic projects undertaken for private and state-owned companies.

Professor Nawrat is the author or co-author of several patent applications, industrial designs, more than 170 science works and publications as well as a reviewer in a number of renowned foreign journals. He has received many state distinctions and won numerous national and international awards.

Adam
Niewiński

OTB Ventures

Adam Niewiński began his career in 1997 at The Boston Consulting Group, where he worked as a consultant specializing in the services sector. The founder of Expander, one of the first Polish FinTechs, in 2015, he became the vice-president of the Management Board of Bank Pekao SA, where he was responsible for private banking. He was also chairman of the supervisory boards of Xelion Investment House and Private Equity Managers, vice-chairman of the supervisory board of the Central Brokerage House of Bank Pekao SA. He is also a member of the board of the Society for the Encouragement of Fine Arts at the Zachęta Gallery – National Art Gallery.

Jacek
Ratajczak

Fundacja PLUGin

Jacek Ratajczak is the founder of the PLUGin Foundation and the Polish Tech Day conference promoting Polish technologies in London, as well as co-founder of the Business Development Director at Devops.ly. He cooperates with the techseed.me programme, where he is responsible for gaining international startups for acceleration in Poland as part of the Poland Prize programme. Digital native, settled former nomad.

Daniel
Star

TDJ Pitango Ventures

Daniel Star is a managing partner for TDJ Pitango Ventures. He brings 30+ years of experience in managing VC investments at Intel Capital in the US, Israel, and Central Europe. Before investments, his career included building technology products and managing marketing programs worldwide for Intel Corporation.

mec. Nina
Zys

NCBiR

A graduate of the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Lodz and the graduate of the National School of Public Administration in Warsaw. Member of the Bar Association in Warsaw.

She has a long-term experience in working for public institutions, including the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, in the field of EU Funds for research and development and commercialisation, in the field of granting state aid for R&D&I. As a lawyer specializes in state aid, civil law and the law of competition as well as in the legal aspects of financing the high-risk investments.

Michał
Kramarz

Google

Michał Kramarz is Head of Startups, Export & Entrepreneurship Development at Google. In the Internet industry for last 15 years. In Google since the beginning of its presence in Poland, that is from 2006. Since 2015 leading a team responsible for helping Polish startups in global expansion. Earlier for over 8 years responsible for digital development of key businesses in retail, e-commerce, finance & travel industries. Graduate of the International Faculty ofEngineering from Technical University of Lodz and Executive MBA from Towson University/University of Maryland

Rami Kalish

Pitango VC

Managing General Partner and Co-Founder at Pitango. Prior to founding Pitango, he held sales and marketing positions at IBM and senior executive roles at Orbotech. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Avantis Team, Flash Networks, ForeScout Technologies (NASDAQ: FSCT) and Neura. Previously he served on the Board of Directors of several portfolio companies that went public on NASDAQ, including: ITXC, CardGuard, VocalTec, Retalix, Optibase, RADWARE and on the Board of Optonol (acquired by Alcon), Red Bend Software (acquired by Harman), RocketPlay (acquired by American Gaming System – AGS) and SkyCure (acquired by Symantec). Rami is a member of the advisory boards of the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology) Yazamut-Bronica Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center, The Merage Foundation for U.S.-Israel Trade and The Educational Center for Tolerance and Peace of the Hebrew Reali School in Haifa. He earned a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and Information Science from the Technion Institute of Technology.

Organizer:

TDJ Pitango Ventures
TDJ Pitango Ventures, a fund born from the potential of TDJ, the leading Polish family-owned firm, and Pitango Venture Capital, one of the largest Israeli venture capital funds. Both partners have teamed up to combine their passion and experience related to realizing successful business operations. This enabled the creation in 2017 of a fund that can effectively and repeatedly invest in the latest technologies, drive building global businesses and craft international partnerships. TDJ Pitango Ventures was created with the support of public funds from the National Center for Research and Development.

Partners:

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Narodowe Centrum Badań i Rozwoju

The National Center for Research and Development supports Polish scientific units and enterprises in developing their ability to create and use solutions based on the results of scientific research in order to give the development impulse to the economy and for the benefit of society.

OTB Ventures

OTB Ventures, with over 20 years of partners’ international VC and entrepreneurial track record, is a leading venture capital firm in Central & Eastern Europe investing in early growth, post product, and high-tech startups with unique technologies. OTB Ventures typically provides series A funding to empower and support talented entrepreneurs to scale their businesses globally, while keeping a strong focus on technology advancement.

Pitango Venture Capital

It is one of the largest Venture Capital funds in Israel . The value of the capital under management is $ 2 billion. Pitango has been operating since 1993 by investing in technology companies in a variety of areas, including: network solutions, wireless and mobile technologies, enterprise software, Internet and media, health and medical devices, and clean technologies. Since its inception, the fund has invested in over 200 companies and has completed more than 80 exits. Some companies now operate globally and others have become part of corporations such as Apple, Microsoft, Cisco, Intel, Facebook and Oracle.

PLUGin

PLUGin – Polish Innovation Diaspora – is a vibrant international community, uniting and supporting the Polish innovation diaspora around the world. It connects leaders and future leaders of this industry who identify themselves as Polish and share common values, regardless of their current place of living, national identity or ethnicity: migrants, transmigrants, expats, digital nomads or simply – global minds.

PLUGin operates actively in London, Paris, Singapore, Wroclaw, Warsaw and many more cities around the globe. Polish Tech Day – their flagship event hosted in London since 2015 – brings together over 250 tech professionals every year. PLUGin connects community members to enable a better flow of capital, talent, and ideas by organizing networking events and providing community networking tools.

Startup Poland

Startup Poland is a non-governmental organization. Since 2015, it has been building public awareness of the potential of startups in public administration. Every year, it publishes the Polish Startup report, and organizes Startups at the Palace – a pitch event for startups in the most prestigious location. It operates in the area of education and entrepreneurship promotion. It combines startups with large businesses.

TDJ

TDJ is a family-owned private investment company. It conducts activities in the areas of Equity, Venture, Estate, Finance and Foundation. The largest investment area is private equity, where the capitalization of portfolio companies is EUR 0,9 bln. In the Venture area TDJ invests in innovative, technological startups whereas TDJ Estate is an active property developer. TDJ shares its successes investing in education and personal development of children and youth through the TDJ Foundation.

News

Even up to 1 million PLN for each of the best startups. The TDJ Pitango Seed Competition starts.

TDJ Pitango Ventures is looking for gems in the seed and pre-seed phase – the best teams can expect high funding and participation in tailor-made mentoring programs. The best startups in the field of AI/machine learning, fintech, the blockchain, e-sport, quantum computing or e-health among others can apply to the Competition at the www.tdjpitango.pl. The deadline for submissions is 11.03, and the winners will be announced during the great gala in April 2019.

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