On July 29th, all startup world is gathering for a birthday celebration at Reaktor – an old-fashioned Żoliborz-based mansion, where startups and freelance developers regularly work, collaborate and network. What brings them here? The founders explain it is all about the unique atmosphere, a favorable environment to talk to others about your ideas; here people will listen to you and will be interested in what you to say.
It all started with three people. The idea of the name came from Adam Zygadlewicz, the guy from Poznan, who wanted to create such a project in his city. It was supposed to be “A House of Creativity” in the first place. Later, in 2011, Borys Musielak and Kuba Filipowski (the early co-founders) met at one of Open Coffee meetings and came up with an idea of creating a place for startups, networking, and work. It started with quick decisions like “Just do it”: let’s move in, find other startups, etc. From the very beginning, the idea was not just to make a place for people to work, but also the place where people could meet.”
They did not have any funding, not even startups to fill the rooms. No sponsors. Nobody wanted to invest money in this “fresh idea.” Nowadays, there is no such a place in Poland like Reaktor. Of course, there are coworking spaces, but there is nothing similar to Reaktor. “Maybe we did not expect it to grow so big.” Borys points out with a smile.
During the past few years, many other local and global coworking spaces started their activities in Poland. However, Reaktor Warsaw is still keeping its place among startupers, and OpenReaktor events are getting better and better.
Now ReaktorWarsaw is celebrating six years of its existence!
What are we celebrating? In 2017 we run our first pre-acceleration program – ReaktorX. Its graduates have already raised more than 1 million PLN funding, two of the startups are preparing for ICO this autumn. Applications for the next edition will be accepted until 6th of September.
Moreover together with Fundacja Kronenberga, we initiated events that aim at connecting business and technical students: ReaktorY. Vinarte wine will be served at the event, and thanks to Vinarte. Also, JustChopped, IVENT, Trio Legal Snażyk Granicki, Publicis, BusinessEdge, iTaxi, Fakturownia, Beesfund, Toolbox for HR, 7N, decided to be Reaktor’s Partners. The 6th birthday of ReaktorWarsaw is going to be Legendary! Reserve your tickets here: 6thReaktorBirthday!
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