Let’s do this business together

The fourth edition of Think Big from UPC Biznes has been launched under the new formula. UPC expands the realms of the programme and invites to cooperate entrepreneurs from CEE region

The fourth edition of Think Big programme has been launched - the programme for entrepreneurs organised by UPC Biznes, the operator of advanced telecommunications services for businesses. The key idea of Think Big is supporting business projects developed by people who are devoted to new technologies. This year the programme will be carried out based on new provisions: competing for the opportunity of global business development, under the wing of the largest provider of digital services in Poland in the form of the chance to cooperate and win a financial prize from UPC, will be entrepreneurs from Poland, Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia and Hungary.

Think Big is a programme addressed to entrepreneurs who want to develop their businesses based on new technologies. Under the programme they will have an opportunity to use  the global experience and knowledge of UPC experts. The aim of the programme is supporting entrepreneurs by enabling them to improve their products and services. UPC has been successfully running the programme since 2013. Until the previous edition nearly 500 entrepreneurs with various backgrounds and business experience had submitted their applications.

According to the new provisions of the programme the submitted project must carry business potential in one of the three areas: B2B, customer experience, IT & technology, and must be run on the Polish, Czech, Romanian, Slovakian or Hungarian market. The success in the competition will depend on the business potential, originality and maturity of the submitted solution as well as its synergy with the solutions desired by UPC. The winner will receive 10.000 euros and the opportunity to develop a model of cooperation with UPC. A Special Jury Prize in the amount of 10.000 euros will also be available.

The organisers point out that participation in the competition can be, as seen in the previous editions, a chance for global development of business. The participants of Think Big not only make new contacts in the course of the competition but also attract attention of investors and the largest media covering business trends

- The development of innovative entrepreneurship is sky-rocketing now and the business creators from Central-Eastern Europe are particularly courageous and determined to build their competitive advantage. In addition, along with the development of the internet and the increase of devices with network access, the communication barriers disappear, which makes running a company with global ambitions much more feasible than ever before. Think Big is a programme we use to give the chance to the creativity of the generation which uses modern technologies in their everyday work. We want to contribute to the further growth of digital economy. - says Frans-Willem de Kloet, President of UPC Polska.

This year's edition of Think Big will be divided into three stages. To participate in the competition it is necessary, between 18 October and 15 December 2016, to fill in and submit the form available on the programme's website: www.thinkbig.pl. Simultaneously, in Poland and outside its borders, the process of scouting will be carried out by the substantive partner of the programme - D-Raft. Under this stage the Jury will select 20 solutions. The semi-finals, including internal sessions in UPC, will last from November till January 2017. This stage will end with the selection of 10 best projects whose creators will participate in the final workshops of Think Big and will subsequently be evaluated by the Jury during the Grand Finale in March 2017.

This year's Jury of Think Big will feature independent business experts and Members of the Board of UPC Polska, including: Michał Olszewski- Vice-mayor of Warsaw, Łukasz Wejchert- founder of Dirlango, Arkadiusz Piechocki - Managing Partner in SpeedUp Venture Capital Group, Cezary Szymanek - Editor-in-Chief of Bloomberg Businessweek Polska and "Sukces" magazine, Artur Kurasiński-  blogger, entrepreneur and creator of Aula Polska, and Piotr Chęciński - economic journalist.

The Honorary Patronage over the programme is taken by the Ministry of Development and the Mayor of Warsaw, D-Raft is the programme's Substantive Partner, the media is managed by Forbes, Bloomberg Businessweek and Spider’s Web, and the Partners of the programme are: SpeedUp Venture Capital Group, Aula Polska, THINK TANK and Think Tank Cyfrowy.

More information available on: www.thinkbig.upc.pl

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