Toruń is clearly emerging as an important place on the start-up map in Poland. Not only the number of technology companies increases, but what's more important, we can see the local entrepreneur scene forming, stimulated by numerous events and organizations. There are strong communities of developers, entrepreneurs, IT-gurus, designers and investors gathering around Mission Torun, Smart Space and Business Link. The ecosystem is forming and it's really, really great to see (and be part of)!
There is one special event in Toruń I would like to invite you to. It's Startup Weekend, on 7-9 November.
"Startup Weekends are 54-hour long events that bring entrepreneurs, designers and developers together to form teams and work on startup projects. Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts."
I am really happy to be one of the mentors at the event, on-site. Yep, you can spot it right away on the website :-) This means I will help the teams by advising and sharing my experience, hopefully to build great projects during the weekend.
To make things more spicy, Wikidot is one of the sponsors of the event. Startup Weekend is not just an acceleration event but also a competition. Wikidot will provide top-level Pro+ accounts for all members of the winning team (as selected by the judges on Sunday).
If you are anywhere near Toruń, make sure you get to the event! If not for the prizes, then for fun!