← Polish Development Fund Group (PFR Group)
Ikonka wiedza.

Practical knowledge

The program guides participants through the stages of developing a start-up, connecting participants with different competences in teams.

Ikonka warsztaty.

Ultra-practical workshops

The program provides unique access to the knowledge of Polish and foreign experts from technology companies, VC funds and start-ups.

Ikonka kurs.

Intensive Course

More than 130 hours of workshops covering practical knowledge in many fields, as well as competences necessary to run your own company.

Ikonka szanse.

Real Development Opportunities

Programme alumni carried out a number of rounds of financing, obtaining a total of over PLN 130 million.

International Education and Incubation Programme

Pioneers' School PFR is the first pre-acceleration step for beginner entrepreneurs and technological visionaries. After 3 weeks of intensive workshops, you will build a team, validate the business idea and create an MVP ready for the investment pitch!

PFR School of Pioneers will allow you to meet people with diverse talents, with whom you will create a complementary team ready to build a startup. An intensive program of workshops and mentoring will take you through the entire process of startup building, from generating an idea, through validation and prototyping, to presenting it to investors and accelerators during the Final Gala.

See what the last edition looked like:

What awaits you in the program

Weekend bootcamp

? Bootcamp nearby Warsaw that allows individuals to team up and the teams to find co-founders.  

Ultra-practical workshops

? Leading through the successive stages of developing a start-up from an idea to business validation. Workshops will be held in Warsaw from Monday to Friday 9am-5pm.  

Demo Day

? Teams present the results of their work. The best teams will qualify for the Final Gala and a trip abroad.  

Final Gala

? The culmination of the program is the Final Gala with financial prizes (PLN 110,000) and a trip abroad for the best teams.  

International trip

? Selected teams have the opportunity to validate the project on the foreign market and build a cooperation network.  

In the beginning, we'll take you to a weekend bootcamp that allows individuals to team up and the teams to find co-founders. During it, you will take part in workshops on personal development, effective group work and project management.

The main part of the program consists of ultra-practical workshops leading through the successive stages of developing a start-up from an idea to business validation, i.e. Lean Model Canvas, Prototyping, Validation, Pricing and Financial Analysis.

After the workshop, the teams continue to build their MVP during remote sprints with the support of mentors. The results of the works will be presented during Demo Day. The best teams will qualify for the Final Gala and a trip to a startup hub city abroad.

The programme ends with the Final Gala with financial prizes from a pool of PLN 110,000. The Gala will be a chance to meet representatives of accelerators and VC funds. The best teams will take part in an international business trip allowing for the validation of the project on the foreign market and building your business networks.

Sustainable Development Goals


The fifth edition of the PFR School of Pioneers is built around the UN Sustainable Development Goals. When applying to the program, you can choose the path you are interested in:

  • Climate Tech   
  • Health Tech  

You also have the opportunity to select another area of interest within the selected Sustainable Development Goal.

Sustainable Development Goals


What will you gain?

Who are we looking for?

🧑🏻 When applying as an individual, you choose your profile and the role in the team you would like to occupy. 

👨🏻👧🏻👩🏻‍🦱 When applying as a team, you indicate the division of roles in the team, taking into account the co-founder(s) you are looking for. 

You may already have an idea for a project or a startup - that's great, tell us about it in your application! If not, you will join or expand the team in which you will develop a solution together. Regardless of the path you choose, remember that your idea should evolve, taking into account the perspective and abilities of the members of team with which you will cooperate during the workshops in September.

The best projects are the ones that connect scientists and engineers with the business world. So come to the program with an open mind, don't be afraid to question and synthesize! 

Want to know more? Meet the LumeLabel team.

How do I apply?

All you need to do to enroll in the program is to fill out an electronic application form.

The form consist of:

- personal questionnaire;
- CV (CV)
- personal development plan

- team member questionnaire
- CV of team members
- description and roadmap of the project

Click the "Apply" button below and take the first step to qualify for the PFR Pioneer School! 



If you qualify for the final group of 50 participants of the PFR Pioneer School, you will receive a scholarship fully covering the costs of participation in September workshops and a foreign business trip.  

Before the start of the program, you only have to remember about the administration fee: 

  • 350 PLN gross – if you applied between 1 – 13 June 2022. (Early bird)
  • 550 PLN gross – if you applied between 14 - 30 June 2022. (Angry Bird)

The administrative cost is to be covered upon receiving the information on admission and is obligatory for each qualified participant, both the applicant and the members of the team.

Before you complete the application form, please read the Program Terms and Conditions.


start of recruitment

final day of Early Birds admission

completion of I recruitment stage

II recruitment stage: Assessment Center

Announcement of the results

Our experts

See who supported previous editions' teams in the topics of business validation and skill acquisition:

Eliza Kruczkowska


Member of the Programme Board

Aleksandra Sroka-Krzyżak


Member of the Programme Board

Marta Mikliszańska


Member of the Programme Board

Kamil Wyszkowski

UN Global Compact

Member of the Programme Board

Aleksandra Przegalińska


Member of the Programme Board

Olaf Żylicz

Wyższa Szkoła Bankowa

Member of the Programme Board

Konrad Krajewski


Member of the Programme Board

Maciej Kraus

Movens Capital

Robin Weninger

German Tech

Aleksandra Jarośkiewicz

CD Projekt

Andrzej Burgs


Róża Szafranek

HR Hints

If you want to know more:

Projects by School of Pioneers Alumni

Warunki RODO

Warunki RODO