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For public sector organizations

We are a team of enthusiasts who support public organizations at every stage of the process of working with innovation. We perceive innovation as change that has impact and a discipline that can be mastered by any organization. We turn the buzzword "innovation" into the benefits for public sector. We provide knowledge based on experience; we use proven methods and practical (including proprietary) tools. At the same time, we like to experiment and constantly look for new ways of doing things. And by the way, we love people 🙂

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Preparing the resources

Every journey, especially the one into the unknown, requires good preparation. It is worth considering e.g. what is sought and what are the expected results and who will be responsible for the defined actions. Check which of the steps at the beginning of your work with innovations you have already completed and which ones you will need support for.

Preparing the resources:
Setting the innovation team/ roles
Setting the innovation team/ roles
If you to create an innovation department or define the roles of people responsible for working with innovations.
What is the result?
  • outline the framework for the innovation team/Innovation Lab,
  • 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:
    Creating a strategy framework for public sector
    Creating a strategy framework for public sector
    To prepare for local governments or central administration dedicated strategy for working with innovations or innovation department to choose the best way to work.
    What is the result?
    We are developing a framework for the organization’s work strategy with innovations taking into account its strategy, best global practices, and the level of innovation culture in the organization. We define what approach to work with innovations will be the best and give the organization the most significant profits.
    Implemented a.o for:
    Preparing the resources:
    Defining or/and validating path
    of innovation in the public sector
    Defining or/and validating path
    of innovation in the public sector

    If you need to organize or improve the process of working with innovations in local or central administration.

    What is the result?

    Driving the real way of innovation inside the company – identifying critical conditions to be met to verify, test, and implement innovations. During the workshop, we recognize the main barriers for the innovators to enter the organization and prepare a list of ideas on how to make the process faster and more innovations friendly.

    Implemented a.o for:
    Preparing the resources:
    Diving into the innovation world
    Diving into the innovation world​
    If you want to find out what what innovation is, how it work, and the benefits of working with innovation in context of local od central government.
    What is the result?
    Getting knowledge and experience about innovation including startups, their specifics, working methods, networking and inspiration.
    Implemented a.o for:
    Preparing the resources:
    Mapping the innovation needs
    in the public sector
    Mapping the innovation needs in the public sector​
    Do you want to collect challenges effectively from areas critical for good government development?
    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:
    GovTech inno_Lab
    GovTech inno_Lab​

    Become a public sector innovator with PARP and GovTech program in partnership with Huge Thing. 

    What is the result?
    The goal of the program was to develop digital competencies among public sector employers and to implement innovative technological solutions for public administrations in chosen regions.
    Implemented a.o for:

    If you already know what your organization needs and where it is going with innovation, it's time to choose the best source of innovation that will allow you to achieve your goals in a given time. Check how we can obtain innovations for your organization.

    Acquiring innovation:
    Overview of startup technologies
    Overview of startup technologies

    If you want to be up to date with technologies in important areas for your organization.

    What is the result?
    A list of the most interesting solutions that fit into 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 are looking for new solutions for your organization or development opportunity.

    What is the result?

    A list of solutions from the indicated area with an overview of the key functionalities on the basis of which the client decides to establish cooperation or make an investment.

    Implemented a.o for:
    Acquiring innovation:
    Testing laboratory
    Testing laboratory
    If you need a quick search and test new solutions by addressing the current needs of the organization, searching for and testing technological solutions.
    What is the result?
    • implementation of the so-called PoC (technology test) with selected startups,
    • testing cooperation models with startups,
    • verifying the organization’s readiness to cooperate with startups
    Implemented a.o for:
    Acquiring innovation:
    Acceleration
    or education program
    Acceleration or education program
    If you want to building relationships with startup founders in interesting areas, acquiring knowledge about startups and their needs through cooperation with them and help to startups local ecosystem growth.
    What is the result?
    • 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 local government open to innovation and the city as a good place to build tech startups
    Implemented a.o for:
    Acquiring innovation:
    Design sprint/ service jam
    Design sprint/ service jam
    Do you want to involve your team or organization employees in creating innovative solutions or ideas?
    What is the result?
    Let us know what is the intention and we choose the best way to work around. We choos the metod, design the process nad facilitate all activities to help the team achieve the goal.
    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:
    Do you have any questions?
    Contact for:
    Public sector organizations

    Magda Stachowiak

    Project Manager

    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.

    New episode of the HugeThing and MamStartup podcast!

    How to verify which innovations your organization needs? What are methods of business needs mapping? Check the 4th episode of our podcast 😍 📌 Zuzanna and Maryla asked these questions to Marcin Kurczab, head of the Innovation Lab at PZU, one of the most recognizable and experienced insurance companies operating in the Polish market. 📌 In this episode we also asked about PZU's strategy of working with innovations - how did the company define the key areas? Which needs are addressed by the innovations? If you enjoyed this episode, follow MamStartup Podcast for more 🎙️

    The #3 episode of the HugeThing and MamStartup podcast

    so...🥁🥁🥁... from the Google for Startups studio, with Zuzanna, Maryla and our next guest Daniel Maksym at the microphone! 🎙️ The third episode of our podcast created together with MamStartup is on air! 😍 📌 Who should be responsible for working with innovation in large organizations? 📌 What competencies and skills are necessary to work effectively with startups? 📌 How much time do you need to give an innnovation team to prove the value it brings to the organization?

    HT Case Study – How to Building Efficient Pathways for innovations

    How to Building Efficient Pathways to Keep the Innovation Process Moving? Check one of our Case Studies, when The Huge Thing team has worked with businesses facing such challenges to map current innovation pathways and create a modification that would speed things up.

    The #2 episode of the HugeThing and MamStartup podcast

    This time Zuzanna and Maryla invited to the conversation ⤵️ 🎙️Michalina Łagunionok, Zduńska Wola City Hall 🎙️Konrad Ozdowy, PKO Bank Polski What did they talk about? 🤔 📌 What barriers can be encountered when working with innovation? 📌 How do organizations acquire innovations? 📌 What can you gain from working with startups? ...and these are just some of the topics they discussed! 🙌 so grab your headphones and enjoy it!

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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.

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