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Author of the C-KIC CEE’s Acceleration Programme (CAP) Strategy

Climate-KIC CEE

Four niches were identified & proposed as a foundation of CAP operation:  1: Corporate Innovation Partnerships,  2: Mentorship-driven Accelerator Programme, 3: Venture Capital Fund/Stock Markets, 4: Start-up Programmes


Horizon2020 Registered Independent Expert & Coach

European Commission

Assignments include: Business Innovation Coaching, Evaluation of proposals, Monitoring of projects, and Evaluation of programmes, and Design of policy .

May 20142019

Business coach of "The Journey" programme & Network Member & Pool of Coaches Member

Climate - Knowledge & Innovation Community

Coached 40 future changemakers in eco-innovation and building sustainable business models on a 5-week summer school programs: 2018, 2016, 2015, 2014.
Locations: Univeristy of Hamburg - Imperial College London - Warwick Business School  - Denmark Technical University (Copenhagen) - Munich Technical University - Berlin Technical University - European Institute of Technology (Wroclaw).

Among the coached entrepreneurial teams were those operating in

AgriFood/Agriculture market: e.g. Almassence - Sustainable organic antioxidants, Y'ulu - Your Breadfruit - innovative production of breadfruit flour from Hawaii (MX+NL+DN+BE), Majesticks, Sea.D (CA+BE+NL), Seselo Mello, Flarmy, Souphearb, Jemy Farmer; in

Circular Economy: Wise, Jemy Farmer, R3think, Watflow, WayCup,
Almassence, etc.


Business coach & Co-organizer & Consultant

Henley Business School (HBS) of the University of Reading

Preparing a framework & active engagement in a project design to connect start-ups - young consultants - business experts in order to support business models' development. Coaching of the startups operating in ICT market: Balonodrom (PL) - innovation to limit transportation in a city, BleedingEdge (PL), CollBrain (PL), Q Codders School (PL), MyBudget (PL), Proway Consulting (PL),  Excelify (PL).


Business coach & Participant & Speaker

'Climathon' by Climate-KIC

Climathon is a global 24-hour climate change hackathon taking place simultaneously in 45 countries and 6 continents. It attracts innovators, entrepreneurs, students and professionals to create innovative solutions to cities climate challenges.

2017 - Participating in Climathon2017 gave me a great opportunity to develop business ideas tackling the climate-change problems. My outcome of this year edition – generating 109 business ideas in 15 min. (individual scoring, which actually gave me the winning position in this respect in Budapest), developing, together with the Team, the idea triggering my mind for the last months (!), and finally – after 24-hrs of non-stop working on its development – being on the stage and …as a Greenery team memberwinning the Climathon 2017 in Budapest! All of these – during just 24 hrs of the crazy entrepreneurial event! .

2016 - Budapest, coach & speaker, 2014 - Wałbrzych, Poland, coach

Oct 2017present

Associate professor

Jesuits University Ignatianum in Krakow /

Main areas of knowledge sharing: 

Innovation: Creating New Market Space, Lead User Method, Innovation Process, Assessment of Market Potential of New Business Ideas, Customer Utility Map, Blue Ocean Strategy, Improvement of Customer Experience, Experimentation, etc.

Management 2.0: IT Tools in Business, Creation & Application - Blogs, Forums, Wiki, Podcasts, Social Media,

Project Management: Ideation, Business Model Planning, Flourishing Business Canvas, Business Model Canvas, Hypothesis Canvas, Creativity Development, Work with Objectives and Goals, Expactations Management, Team Building, Creative Methods of Problem Solving, Market Research, Design Thinking, Pricing Strategies, Risk Management, Final Pitch Presentation, etc.

Oct 2010present

Founder & Managing director

International Center for Entrepreneurship (InCE)

InCE was launched as one of the winning projects in the European Social Fund competition in the region of Lower Silesia, Wroclaw, Poland, organised for the entrepreneurial women by the Foundation in Support of Local Democracy in 2009. The InCE's key activities include: Consultancy on Business Launching & Development, Start-ups Coaching, Training & Research on Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

Feb 2011June 2018

Visiting professor

Corvinus Business School, International Study Programs (ISP)

Main areas of knowledge sharing: Macroeconomics - Long-run economic growth, Banking system, Employment issues of modern economy, International trade, Comparative advantage and protectionism, Economics of developing and transitional economies. 



European Commission Project "WINGS" on Female Entrepreneurship 

Development of a  network of entrepreneurs, experts, policy makers to facilitate ICT systems for learning & training of female entrepreneurs; Bringing widespread visibility & maximizing the exploitation of innovative good practices in the field; Fostering new business opportunities by creating Virtual Market for e-commerce. Budget: 0,6 mln euro / Lifelong Learning Programme: Comenius, ICT and Languages / KA3 ICT Multilateral Networks  


Leader of the work packege 'Events'

European Commission project "PRAXIS" - European Center for Project & Internship Excellence

PRAXIS was launched as a consortium of higher education institutions (HEIs), research labs, chambers of commerce and firms, all committed to enhance cooperation between HEIs and industry on projects & internships basis. It has been composed by 64 international partners and covered all EU countries. Budget: 1,15 mln euro / Lifelong Learning Program

Feb 20142016

Visiting professor

McDaniel College (U.S) in Budapest, 

Course on Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management

Main areas of knowledge sharing: Recognizing opportunities and generating business ideas, Feasibility analysis, How to write a business plan? Developing an effective business model, Industry and competitor analysis, Preparing the proper ethical and legal foundation, Introduction to financial management, Building a new-venture team, Getting financing or funding, Unique marketing issues


MA in Management + Eng., Individualized Education Plan at 2 Faculties

Faculty of Management + Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Opole Technical University

The diploma thesis focused on auditing in a multinational manufacturing company and concentrated on the cost reduction innovation. The last 2 years of study organized within an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) at 2 faculties simultaneously: Faculty of Management and Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Automatic Control & IT.

Recent Professional Training

Completion of:
SAP R3 Academy on Finance by SAP Training Centre - covered topics: Configuration & utilization of the organizational units, Mastering data & documents from financial accounting;  

Climate-KIC's Coach Training -


Coaching training for "The Journey" coaches, Berlin, IV.2018;

TRAIN THE TRAINER, Frankfurt, 2014 - covered topics: Coaching techniques, Business Model Canvas (BMC), Business Plans (BP) exercises, T-GROW;  

Coaching training for "The Journey" coaches, Brussels, 2015, covered topics: Financial Template, Climate Impact Mapping, BMC, BP exercises; 

TRAIN THE TRAINER, Frankfurt, 2016 by Provadis - covered topics: Design Thinking, Coaching methods, e.g. 5W&2H, 6 hats of Eduardo de Bono, 5W, Fishbone, Professional Education Approach, Workshop Design-Delivery, Conflict management;  


Climate-KIC Coach &Trainer Training - Brussels'2017 - covered topics: Skills Building & Knowledge Exchange, Facilitation Leadership, Sustainable Business Design, Systems Innovation, Challenge-based Workshop Design, Gamification; 

Climate-KIC Leadership Training - Brussels'2017 - Transformational Leadership from within: A model for moving sustainability beyond incremental change;  

Cambridge English course by British Council - Proficiency (CPE) level;


Startups coach  -  Entrepreneurship expert  - Business owner

Some coached entrepreneurs' teams

Recent publications in English

  • The C-KIC CEE’s Acceleration Programme (CAP) Strategy (for the internal use only)
  • Women Entrepreneurs: It's not all about money!, Daily Planet Magazine, 2016
  • Entrepreneurship: the 'she' factor,  Euroscientist Magazine, January 2016 (TEXT);
  • Coaching & facilitating young entrepreneurs from the perspectives of a coach, an education manager and a jury member – the case study of the Climate-KIC Journey programme, I. Hancox, K. Heron, A. Klucznik-Tӧrő, ICERI2015 Proceedings, Sevilla 2015;
  • How to boost female entrepreneurship in Europe? Agnieszka Klucznik-Tӧrő, Lisa Mahajan, Valentina Castello, Juan Guerrero, ICERI2015 Proceedings, Sevilla 2015, ISBN: 978-84-608-2657-6,
  • Report on female entrepreneurship in Poland, focus groups findings, International Center for Entrepreneurship 2015
  • Results of the Systematic Literature Review on Entrepreneurship and Its Influencing Factors, Forum Scientiae Oeconomia, Volume 2 (2014) No 1, (TEXT)
  • Assessing the importance of internships and soft skills on employability of university students [in:] Project Work and Internship - Theory and Practice, International Center for Entrepreneurship - PRAXIS 2013,
  • Report on the research on higher education, partnership and innovation [in:] Higher Education, Partnership, Innovation, (2009) eds.: A. K.-Toro, A. Csepe, D. K.-Ciotucha,
  • Entrepreneurial education in the international literature on the subject  / in Polish:  E-mentor, nr 5 (47) / 2012  (TEXT) How to improve the efficiency of entrepreneurial education  [in:] From Higher Education to Innovation, (2010) eds.: A. Klucznik-Toro, K. Bodis, I.Kiss Pal,

Labour market forecasting - towards increasing the employability of graduates [in:] International Technology, Education and Development Conference. INTED2008 Proceedings,G. Chova, D. M. Belenguer, I. C. Torres (eds.), International Association of Technology, Education and Development (IATED), Valencia, Spain, ISBN: 978-84-612-0190-7

Co-operation between Higher Education Institutions and Industry – the Case Study from Wroclaw in the Lower Silesia Region [in:] European Higher Education in a Changing World. A view from the Danube Region, : I. Tarrósy, S. Milford, Publikon Books, Budapest 2007, ISBN: 978-963-06-3975-0,

From higher education to faster development [w:] International Technology, Education and Development Conference, :L. G. Chova, D. M. Belenguer, I. C. Torres, International Association of Technology, Education and Development (IATED), Valencia, Spain 2007, ISBN: 978-84-611-4517-1,

The quality of human capital and its significance in the competitiveness of the region - the European perspective [in:] The Dynamics of Science and Technology Policies, Izmir University of Economics, eds.: Erkan Erdil, I. Hakan Yetkiner, Izmir, Turkey 2007, ISBN: 978-975-8789-13-9,

The employability of  doctoral graduates - some conclusions and reflections after Bologna Process meeting in Nice. [in:] International Technology, Education and Development Conference. INTED2008 Proceedings, G. Chova, D. M. Belenguer, I. C. Torres (eds.), IATED, Valencia, Spain 2007, ISBN: 978-84-612-0190-7,

Kształcenie i zatrudnienie inżynierów w gospodarce zmierzającej w kierunku gospodarki opartej na wiedzy (Education and employment of engineers in the economy transforming into knowledge-based economy), readers: R. Rauziński, M. Dworczyk, ATUT Publishing House, Wrocław 2007– in Polish, ISBN: 978-83-7432-225-6,

Programmes of supporting the employability of university graduates with a case study, [in:] Analles, Tomus I,  ed: Jolán Róka, Századvég, Akademia Budapestienis Communicationis et Negotii, Budapest 2007, ISBN: 978 963 7340 59 8,

Zarządzenie kapitałem ludzkim w warunkach tworzenia gospodarki opartej na wiedzy (Human resources management in the knowledge-based economy), [in:]  Zarządzanie organizacjami gospodarczymi w wieku informacji, Publishing House of Technical University of Łódź, editor: Jerzy Lewandowski, Łódź, 2006 – in  Polish, ISBN 83-7283-186-6,

Konstruowanie programów kształcenia oraz jego planowanie w ujęciu jakościowym i ilościowym z wykorzystaniem modelu Correa-Tinbergena (Constructing of educational programmes and its qualitative and quantitative aspect with the support of Correa-Tinbergen model) [in:] Materiał konferencyjne z Międzynarodowej Konferencji Naukowej „Metody oceny jakości kształcenia specjalistów w zakresie zarządzania”, scientific ed.: Lidia Białoń, Wyższa Szkoła Menedżerska, Warszawa 2006 in Polish, ISBN 978-83-7520-000-3

Przygotowanie zawodowe jako jeden z celów szkolnictwa wyższego (Preparation for employment as one of the aims of higher education), A. Klucznik, M. Szewczyk, [in:] Współczesne problemy zarządzania i marketingu, editor: S. Pajączkowski, H. Węgrzyn, Legnica 2004 -in Polish,

Programowanie kształcenia i zatrudnienie inżynierów (Programming of education and employment of engineers), doctoral paper, Publishing Office of Warsaw University of Technology, Warsaw 2004 – in Polish

Problemy zatrudnieniowe inżynierów (wybrane aspekty) {Some aspects of the problems with employment of engineers (the chosen aspects)}, [in:] Komputerowo Zintegrowane Zarządzanie, Tom I, editor: R. Knosala, WNT, Warszawa 2004 in Polish, ISBN: 83-204-2952-8

Programowanie kształcenia na poziomie wyższym w kontekście istniejących tendencji gospodarczych (Programming of education at university level in the context of economic tendencies), [in:] Komputerowo Zintegrowane Zarządzanie,
editor: R. Knosala, WNT, Warszawa 2003in Polish,

Szkolnictwo wyższe w procesie budowania gospodarki opartej na wiedzy w kontekście wstąpienia Polski do Unii Europejskiej (Higher education in the knowledge-based economy in the context of Polish accession to the European Union), [in:] Materiały z 23 Międzynarodowego Sympozjum Naukowego Studentów i Młodych Pracowników Nauki, Tom: Mechanika (Mechanika Edukacja Techniczna), Uniwersytet Zielonogórski, Zielona Góra 2002in Polish,

Edukacja  jako  element  rozwoju  regionalnego (Education as a regional development’s tool), [in:] Zrównoważony rozwój regionalny w aspekcie integracji europejskiej problemy ekonomiczne, ekologiczne i społeczne, editor: K. Malik, „TRIADA”, Bytom 2002in Polish,

Zarządzanie odpadami na miarę XXI wieku na przykładzie Zakładów Azotowych w Chorzowie – Holding S.A., Materiały z 22 Międzynarodowego Sympozjum Naukowego Studentów i Młodych Pracowników Nauki, Tom: Budownictwo i Inżynieria Środowiska, Politechnika Zielonogórska, Zielona Góra 2001in Polish,

Aspekt komunikacyjny  wykorzystania  narzędzi informatycznych przez  małe  i średnie  przedsiębiorstwa, Nauki Społeczne z.48, Zeszyty Naukowe Nr 273/2001,  editor: H. Lewandowski, Politechnika Opolska, Opole 2001 in Polish,

Przeobrażenia na giełdzie papierów wartościowych jako jeden z objawów globalizacji, Zeszyty Naukowe Politechniki Poznańskiej – Zeszyt nr 32/2001, Organizacja i Zarządzanie – Konkurencyjność Podmiotów Gospodarczych w Procesie Integracji i Globalizacji, Wydawnictwo Politechniki Poznańskiej, Poznań in Polish

Wybrane społeczno-ekonomiczne aspekty prywatyzacji kapitałowej w przedsiębiorstwach polskich na przykładzie regionu Opolszczyzny [in:] Rozwój regionalny w perspektywie Integracji Europejskiej, eds: A. Zagórowska, K. Malik,  M. Miszewski, „TRIADA”, Bytom 2001 in Polish,

Wpływ pracowników na prywatyzację kapitałową, Zbiór referatów, Tom I,  [in:] Komputerowo Zintegrowane Zarządzanie, ed: R. Knosali, WNT, Warszawa 2001 in Polish,

Internet jako szansa rozwoju polskich przedsiębiorstw, [in:] Małe i średnie przedsiębiorstwa w obliczu integracji europejskiej. Wybrane problemy teorii i praktyki zarządzania, editors: H. Lewandowski, K. Malik, M. Miszewski, Tom II, „TRIADA”, Bytom  2000,

R/3 jako zintegrowany system wspomagający zarządzanie, [in:] Rola małych i średnich przedsiębiorstw w rozwoju regionalnym, editor: R. Kośmider,  „IMPULS”, Kraków 2000in Polish,

Reengineering jako nowa metoda zarządzania, Zbiór referatów z Ogólnopolskiej Konferencji Studenckich Kół Naukowych i Młodych Pracowników Nauki,
Tom II: Elektrotechnika, Informatyka, Marketing i Zarządzanie, Publishing House of Białystok University of Technology, Białystok 1999in Polish

Racjonalizacja zamawiania energii elektrycznej przez zakłady przemysłowe, [in:] Społeczno-ekonomiczne aspekty przekształceń ustrojowych w gospodarce kraju i regionu, editor: M. Ciepaj, Materiały konferencyjne, „IMPULS”, Kraków 1999 in Polish

Older work experiences

Nov 2007Aug 2012

Associate professor

Budapest Metropolitan University / formerly Budapest College of Communication, Business and Arts

Lecturer and initiator of the Course on Entrepreneurship. Main areas of knowledge sharing:

1. Introduction to entrepreneurship
2. The questions every entrepreneurs must answer to
3. How to write a great business plan?
4. How entrepreneurs craft strategies that work? 
5. How much money does your new ventures need?
6. Milestones for successful venture planning
7. Strategy vs. tactics from a venture capitalist
8. Bootstrap finance: the art of start-ups
9. Commercialization of technology: what the best companies do?

Lecturer of the International Economics and Management. Main areas of knowledge sharing: Trade Patterns, Scale Economies & Lecturer of the EU Economics.Main topics: Growth Effects, Capital Market Integration, European Monetary System,

Leader of the international projects: IHEPI2010 - International Conference on Higher Education, Partnership and Innovation; IHEPI2009 - International Conference on Higher Education, Partnership and Innovation; Praxis Center for Excellence; Leaonardo da Vinci - Transfer of Innovation;

Initiator of international exchange programs, e.g. with University of Luxembourg, Wroclaw University of Economics, Linneus University (Sweden).

Nov 1997Sep 2007


Faculty of Management, Opole University of Technology

Lecturer of the courses: 1)Business Planning, 2) Integrated Systems of Management (based on SAP R/3 Finance and Controlling, 3)Microeconomics (some topics: Theory of Enterprises, Allocation of scarce resources, Market structures, Consumer behaviour), 4)Macroeconomics (some topics: Calculations of national products: GDP, GNP, NNP, Monetary and fiscal policy, Banking systems, Employment and labour market issues, Theory of economic growth, Aggregate demand and supply, Inflation, Tax system)

Some detailed information about coached program 'The Journey'

Supporting and carring about groups of 40 young entrepreneurs and future change makers within 5-weeks long intensive summer school program with generating business ideas tackling climate-change problems, team building, exploring and developing business ideas up to their final pitch presentations in front of the professional jury, consisting of investors, among others. 

Venues:  2016/J6: Hamburg University of Technology - Imperial College London - Warwick Business School; 2015/J3: Warwick Business School - Denmark Technical University - Munich University of Technology; 2014/J6: Warwick Business School  - Technical  University of Berlin - European Institute of Technology EIT+ (Poland).

  • Presentation of The Journey in The Journey kick-off meetings
  • Delivering pre-ideation sessions
  • Preparation of Climate-KIC Contextual Learning Journey together with Climate-KIC Education Team and Co-Coaches in the area of entrepreneurship & business planning
  • Providing guidance to a group of 40 students
  • Assisting students in making use of the learning content for their own business idea & plan development
  • Business Coaching of small students teams in the area of entrepreneurship
  • Facilitating the learning and application of business skills of international students with various backgrounds and coach them to develop their own business plans
  • Travelling with the student group to 3 countries
  • Providing feedback to the students and to the Education Managers & Teams.