Our goal is to become the heart of open innovation in Europe
We focus on three elements:
The Heart is a collaboration center that aims at fostering business relations between corporations and ready-to-scale startups in Europe and Israel.
The Heart's story
Tomasz Rudolf and Jędrzej Iwaszkiewicz set up a spin-out from 10-year old innovation consulting firm Innovatika to support open innovation with startups. Initial model assumes setting up of a corporate accelerator.
First D-RAFT Corporate Club
34 invited corporate leaders co-create the vision, format and focus for community of innovation practitioners, meeting at regular D-RAFT roundtables.
First Corporate Demo Day
We launch regular sessions matching ready-to-scale European startups with corporate executives.
We go international, organizing a roundtable of corporate accelerator leaders hosted by Wayra in London. Final decision to drop corporate accelerator model and focus on matching later stage startups with corporations for joint business development.
D-RAFT S.A. is founded.
Executive Startup Search service launched
D-RAFT launches its startup scouting services with a project for P&G.
Together with Ajay Banga, CEO of Mastercard and Paul Gheysens, founder of Ghelamco Group we announce the agreement to create The Heart Warsaw, European Center for Corporate-Startup Collaboration at 38th floor of Warsaw Spire.
Launch of Fintech Program
We launch first vertical program focused on Fintech, with London-based expert Dorota Zimnoch for a leader.
Opening of The Heart Warsaw
D-RAFT opens The Heart Warsaw hub and starts providing all coporate and startup services under that brand.
Co-Founder & CEO of The Heart
Co-Founder and CEO of The Heart, European Center for Corporate-Startup Collaboration. Entrepreneur and business model innovation expert. He has almost two decades of experience working with corporate partners such as Marstercard, Ghelamco, Alior Bank, PKO BP, Philips, Orbis and more. Tomasz is a frequent speaker and workshop facilitator in the field of corporate-startup collaboration, innovation & entrepreneurship. Top rated (#1) Founder Institute mentor. The Heart is a single point of contact for corporate innovation leaders who want to engage with ready-to-scale startups in Europe and Israel.
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Co-founder of The Heart Warsaw
Co-founder of The Heart Warsaw, responsible for business development and strategic partnerships. Mentor for acceleration programs such as Mind The Bridge, Alfa Ac, Starter. Expert in bringing corporations and startups together for joint business development. Named as an Influencer by MIT “Innovators Under 35”.
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