Our offer

Big companies
and corporations

We are a team of enthusiasts who support organizations at every stage of the process of working with innovation. We percieve innovation as a meaningful change and a discipline that can be mastered by any organization. We translate the buzzword innovation into tangible benefits for your organization.

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Preparing the resources

For us, innovations are crucial to bringing real, measurable benefits. To make it happen, prepare your organization to work with innovations. Check out some first steps you should make to prepare your company for the future growth.

Preparing the resources:
Setting the innovation team/ roles
Setting the innovation team/ roles
Structure processes related to the innovation department and maintain them in a dedicated place
What is the result?
  • outline the framework for the innovation team,
  • identify the team’s place in the organization’s structures and critical partners,
  • discuss the communication methods of implemented activities,
  • develop the team’s first activities,
  • structure processes related to the innovation department and gather them in one place.
Implemented a.o for:
Preparing the resources:
Create a strategy framework
Create a strategy framework
Prepare a long-term strategy for working with innovations for an organization or an innovation department to choose the best way to move
the business forward.
What is the result?
We cocreate and coordinate the process of setting up a framework for the organization’s innovation strategy taking into account its business strategy, best market practices, and the level of innovation culture in the organization. We define which approach to work with innovations will give the company the most significant profits.  
Implemented a.o for:
Preparing the resources:
The path
of innovation
Defining or/and validating path of innovation in the organization

If you need to organize or improve the process of working with innovations in your organization.

What is the result?
We help to define critical conditions to be fulfilled to successfully verify, test, and implement innovations. During the workshop, we identify the main pain points for the startup to enter the organization and prepare a list of ideas to make the process run smoothy and in a more startup-friendly manner.
Implemented a.o for:
Preparing the resources:
Diving into the startup world
Diving into the startup world
Broadening knowledge and experience about startups, their specifics, working methods, networking, and innovation
What is the result?
Getting knowledge and experience about startups, their specifics, working methods, networking, and innovation.
Implemented a.o for:
Preparing the resources:
Mapping the innovation needs
in the company
Mapping the innovation needs in the company
Do you want to collect challenges effectively from different business areas?
What is the result?
A thorough understanding of the processes that should/can be optimized through innovation—creating a roadmap of areas requiring innovation with directional information on how to obtain and implement them. It can also be extended to identified technological trends in specified areas.
Implemented a.o for:
Preparing the resources:
Diving into the startup world
Diving into the startup world
If you want to find out what startups are, how they work, and the benefits of working with them
What is the result?
Getting knowledge and experience about startups, their specifics, working methods, networking, and innovation.
Realized a.o for:

Acquiring innovation

Suppose you already know what your organization needs, who will work with innovations, and how you will measure the effects of these activities. In that case, it's time to acquire innovations that will benefit your organization.

Acquiring innovation
Overview of startup technologies
Overview of startup technologies
If you want to be up to date with technologies in areas essential for your organization.
What is the result?
A list of the most interesting solutions that match the scope of the search with a general overview of the features and directions of technology development.
Implemented a.o for:
Acquiring innovation
Scouting
Scouting
If you seek new solutions for your company, business partners, or investment opportunities
What is the result?
A list of solutions from the indicated area with an overview of the critical functionalities which enable the client to establish cooperation or make an investment.
Implemented a.o for:
Acquiring innovation
Testing laboratory
Testing laboratory
If you need to research and try out new technological solutions for your company in order to address its current needs.
What is the result?
  • implementation of the so-called PoC (technology test) with selected startups,
  • testing cooperation models with startups,
  • verifying the company’s readiness to cooperate with startups.
Implemented a.o for:
Acquiring innovation
Acceleration program
Acceleration program
If you want to build and test relationships with startup founders in specific areas, acquire knowledge about startups and their needs through effective cooperation
What is the result?
  • a review of solutions in the indicated area,
  • establishing close relationships with startups in the process of cooperation aimed at test,
  • implementation of startup technology,
  • building the image of a company open to innovation.
Implemented a.o for:
Acquiring innovation
Design sprint/ service jam
Design sprint/ service jam
If you want to involve your employees in creating innovative solutions.
What is the result?

We finish the process with the MVP of the solution.

  • defining the problem,
  • testing the solution MVP with clients,
  • creating a business model as an additional asset.
Implemented a.o for:
Acquiring innovation
Huge Innovators' Map
Huge Innovator's Map
Together with PFR Ventures, we have developed a map of large organizations and corporations that operate in Poland and are actively looking for innovations.
What is the result?
Huge Innovators’ Map is to help startups prepare for cooperation with large organizations and answer the most important questions, including: in what areas, at what stage of technology advancement, in what form of cooperation do corporations seek innovative solutions? Our map includes, among others: PKO Bank Polski, Inpost, PZU, Grupa Żabka and 14 other organizations. We are constantly working on developing our map!
We are constantly extending our map! If you are actively looking for innovation, join our Huge Innovator's Map! MamStartup is the media sponsor of the map.
Preparing the resources:
Design sprint/ service jam
Design sprint/ service jam
Do you want to involve your employees in creating innovative solutions
What is the result?
MVP (prototypes) of solutions after the first tests with users (possibility of extending by developing a business model) and employee’s new competences.
Realized a.o for:
Preparing the resources:
Diving into the startup world
Diving into the startup world
If you want to find out what startups are, how they work, and the benefits of working with them
What is the result?
Getting knowledge and experience about startups, their specifics, working methods, networking, and innovation.
Realized a.o for:
Do you have any questions?
Contact for:
Big companies and corporations

Monika Synoradzka

CEO and Managing Partner
at SpeedUp group

Don’t hesitate to reach out.
We’ll be more than happy, to answer you!

We enjoy sharing our knowledge

Because innovations grow in open environment.

Samorządy&innowacje – podręcznik dla samorządów

Ten podręcznik do pracy z innowacjami to unikatowy zbiór wiedzy, dobrych praktyk oraz informacji o narzędziach, które mogą być pomocne w pracy samorządów z innowacjami. Powstał w wyniku połączenia doświadczeń naszego zespołu w pracy z organizacjami, które wdrażają innowacje, wiedzy na temat specyfiki działania startupów oraz obserwacji zebranych w trakcie realizacji programu GovTech Inno_lab*, którego celem było wsparcie jednostek samorządowych w zamawianiu produktów i usług opartych na nowych technologiach.

Culture of innovation – new podcast episode!

🥁🥁🥁....and here it is! the next episode of our podcast created together with MamStartup and with the support of Google for Startups 🚀 This time our guest was Tamara Bińczak, Principal Expert Innovation Lead at ING Polska with whom Zuzanna and Maryla talked about the culture of innovation 🤔 📌 What is a culture of innovation? 📌 How to start building it in a company? 📌 How to involve employees in building a culture of innovation ? 📌 How does it affect the functioning of the company? Sounds interesting, doesn't it? 🙌

Can innovation be measured?

Can innovation be measured? 🤔 That was the main topic of conversation of our next podcast episode created together with MamStartup and with the support of Google for Startups 🚀 Zuzanna and Maryla's guest was 🎙️ Jan van der Saar, Head of Innovation Lab at Bank Pekao S.A. 🙌 Sounds great? 🤔

How to match the sources of innovation with the stage and readiness of the company?

How to match the sources of innovation with the stage and readiness of the company? 👉 that's the main question we're looking to answer in the next episode of our podcast created together with MamStartup and with the support of Google for Startups 💙 This time Zuzanna and Maryla invited to the conversation 🎙️ Katarzyna Wszola, Director of Innovation at Veolia Poland 🚀 Grab your headphones and check it out 🎧

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Maryla Wojcieszek

Interim Head of Knowledge, Innovation Shaper

As Innovation Shaper at Huge Thing, Maryla supports large organizations in processes related to innovation. That includes, among others:  ‘as is’ diagnosis, analysis and (re-)design of processes, innovation framework design, structuring the work of innovation teams, and facilitating cooperation with startups. As the Interim Head of Knowledge, Maryla is responsible for the materialization and transfer of knowledge as well as talent management within the Huge Thing team. She designs and creates new products/services based on internal knowledge resources as well as new models of delivery and dissemination. She’s also a workshop designer and facilitator.

Experienced designer of (public) programs supporting the startup ecosystem in Poland. In her professional experience, as an Expert in the Startup Development Department at PARP, Maryla co-created, among others, the Scale UP program – the first public acceleration program connecting startups and corporations.

A gardener and a LEGO fan.

Nala

Cummunity Builder

Since 2022 Nala has been working like a dog to build the Huge Thing community.

She’s always happy to welcome you in our office and you can be sure to get a huuuge hug from her!

PS: don’t forget to bring some treats.

Mateusz Szymański

Junior Program Manager

Tech and innovation enthusiasts, especially those with positive social impact, Greentech, and health tech solutions. In Huge Thing, Mateusz is responsible for co-running acceleration programs. In 2022 he was co-running the 12th edition of the Google for Startups pre-acceleration program. 

Previously he worked in the sales and product departments, where he was responsible for outreach activities and product communication. He’s also gained experience in project coordination and internal communication, working as a Spokesperson for Poznań’s department of NGO organization The Polish Forum of Young Diplomats. He was a co-creator of the social campaign “Paragraphs without blunder” which mission was to educate high school students about their rights.

During his spare time, he likes to read about international politics and the economy. Strategic games enjoyer. He’ll surely like to play chess with you.

Kaja Kulas

Program Manager

Kaja joined the Huge Thing team in May 2022. For several years she’s been connected with the startup ecosystem. She helps international startups in growing their businesses in Poland and across Europe.

In Huge Thing, Kaja is responsible for project management which include running educational programs for startups in their development and acceleration phase. She organizes events, workshops and trainings for the program participants. She monitors their growth and connects with partners and technology recipes. Also, Kaja takes care of relations, community building, recruitments and explorations of startups’ needs to bring them the best value of our programmes.

Before Huge Thing, she gained her experience in Poznan Science and Technology Park developing international projects funded by the European Commission. Kaja was a part of the PSTP Capital Fund and Regional Contact Point for Research Programmes of the European Union. She is passionate about travels, sports, music and dogs. Kaja is a happy “dog mom” of our team member – Nala whom you can pet while visiting us. :)

 

Zuza Kowala

Innovation Manager, Program Manager

Zuza joined Huge Thing in 2021. She is responsible for acceleration programs like GovTech Inno_Lab and Żabka Future Lab.

Also as Maryla, Zuza supports large organizations in processes related to innovation. That includes, among others: design of processes, innovation framework design, structuring the work of innovation teams and facilitating cooperation with startups.

Before joining Innovation Monsters, Zuza led projects at Żabka Polska, earlier connected with automotive at Volkswagen Group Polska. In Żabka, she was responsible for project management, coordinating the teamwork according to the best practice – she was looking for the best way to keep the process alive.
Zuza is also a sportaholic, innovation seeker, and book lover.

Magda Stachowiak

Project Manager

Magda joined Huge Thing in 2021. Responsible for our Gov Tech inno_Lab acceleration programs and cooperation with the public administration. She runs projects for smart city. She is also responsible for building bridges between innovators – corporations, startups and the administration.

Previously, since 2015, she cooperated on our projects for Gov Tech and corporations. Connected with the Poznań Startup Community. Experience in organizing events for the MedTech community. She worked in advertising and interactive agencies, creating brand campaigns and loyalty programs. She helped implement technologies into the organization.

Passionate about personal development, psychobiology, and supporting women in creating businesses. The creator of the projects Kobiecy Poznań Przebudzenie and Joy of Life.

Damian Wielechowski

Senior Marketing and Communication Manager

Damian manages the external and internal communications of SpeedUp Group, including Huge Thing. He joined the team in 2017 and since then has been working with business representatives, business environment institutions, public administration, media, and the academic community.

In addition to activities related to Speedup Group, Damian supports the fund’s portfolio companies in the area of marketing and PR. He has served on the jury of many competitions, including ImpactCEE, and acted as a mentor at startup events such as hackathons and Startup Weekend.

Damian is also the author of the Poznan Startup Guide and co-author of the Krakow Startup Guide, as well as organizer of many events dedicated to startups and investors.

Agnieszka Cichocka

Head of Acceleration

Agnieszka joined Huge Thing in 2021. She is responsible for our acceleration programs. She is passionate about art, technology, and gendered innovations. Previously, Director of District Hall Warsaw and Startup Development Department Manager at Incubator Starter. 

Co-creator of Techseed.me technological acceleration program and the first coliving space in Poland for digital nomads. 

Natalia Sadownik

Delivery Lead, Senior Program Manager

Natalia joined Huge Thing in 2019. As a Senior Program Manager, she implements acceleration and educational programs (Poland Prize, PlusJeden do Rozwoju) in line with Huge Thing’s standards.

As a Delivery Lead, she focuses on the operation of Huge Thing as an organization, financial issues, team planning, and quality of activities carried out by the company. Natalia loves to sail around Masuria and Croatia, and on gray days eats sushi and watches tennis.

Monika Synoradzka

CEO of Huge Thing and managing partner at Speedup group

Monika together with the HT team is responsible for the company’s development in startup acceleration and activities aimed at supporting organizations from the private and public sectors in their work with innovations.

She specializes in implementing innovations in organizations and building a culture of innovation in companies from various sectors. For years, she has supported the development of Poland’s startup environment.

Monika is also a Managing Partner at SpeedUp Venture Capital Group.
Thanks to her knowledge and experience, she helps portfolio companies to understand the operation of large organizations and corporations and prepare to work with them. She also supports them in building business relationships.

Preparing the resources

Acquiring innovation

Preparing the resources

Acquiring innovation

Huge Thing Programs

Monetizing innovation

Acquiring innovation

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