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DR. ENG. AGNIESZKA KLUCZNIK-TORO

Start-ups coach/Mentor/Consultant/Entrepreneur/Associate prof.

Cover letter

Dear Madam/Sir,

I hereby submit my application for the Coaches for the UNDP Climate Technology Accelerator Programme.

Since 2014, I have been providing with consultancy, coaching and mentoring mainly to the green start-ups and entrepreneurial teams, such as those acting on market segments of Agri/Food Production with the respect to Climate-Change problem, Circular Economy, ICT, Smart Transportation, Health. 

My recent engagement includes start-ups coaching & mentoring for the green start-ups involved in the Horizon2020's accelerator programme - “ACTTIVATE – Pan European Clusters of Technology Transfer (www.acttivate.eu ).

In my consultancy for green start-ups, I actively turn social, environmental and technological challenges into entrepreneurial opportunities.

Since 2015 until now, I have been a business coach and co-designer of consultancy programme of Henley Business School (HBS) of Reading University. The programme addresses young consultants from the UK and the start-ups from Wroclaw region. My role in a programme is to:

−          Preparing a framework & active engagement in a project design to connect start-ups - young consultants - business experts in order to support business models' development of the start-ups,

−          Help start-ups to achieve their objectives & enable young consultants to participate in a real experience of the start-up process support,

−          Develop the ideas on programme content, training content, etc.

−          Support generation and development of innovative/novel solutions for addressing the identified by the start-ups and young consultants opportunities and challenges in a sustainable manner,

−          Seeking feedback from all participants and co-organisers in order to further improve ideas through informal discussions, reflections, and formal questionnaires.

Since the programme was initiated 4 years ago and continues, me together with the main organizer – Mr. Keith Heron, HBS, have a chance for a continues translation of the stakeholders – start-ups’ and young consultants’ feedback as well as a team of coaches’ feedback into a solution integrating various points of views. As a result, the programmes have been modified every year and in a process of planning, me and Mr. Keith Heron have been always taken into consideration all pieces of feedback received.

The programme is designed in a way that the facilitators, coaches, and speakers first provide basic solutions/prototypes. Afterward, young consultants together with other coaches, including myself, subsequently refine and enhance the solutions in order to satisfy the individual needs of the customers – that is start-ups participating in a programme.

 

Within my so-far business coaching of green start-ups and entrepreneurial teams, there have been mainly those which are/were acting on a market segments of AgriFood/Agriculture: Fine Bubble Technologies (www.finebubble.pl ), Mater Dynamics (www.materdynamics.com ), Almassence - Sustainable organic antioxidants, Y'ulu - production of breadfruit flour, Majesticks, Sea.D, Seselo Mello;   Circular Economy: Wise, Jemy Farmer, R3think, Watflow, WayCup, Almassence; as well as in an ICT area: NOLDUS IT (NL), Balonodrom - to limit transportation in a city, Plan-IT - to make cities more sustainable, R3think, Watflow, WayCup, SPARKS; Transportation: Velo City, Transport Quality Centre, Wheco, Sparo; Health: Health Sens, Emerald Air, We Sell Health.

 

I also coached 3 times the cohorts of 40 future change-makers in eco-innovation and in building sustainable business models on 5-week summer school programs “the Journey” in 2016, 2015, 2014, and were appointed a reserve coach in 2018. Among the involved institutions were Denmark Technical University, Warwick Business School, Berlin Technical University, University of Hamburg, Imperial College London, Munich Technical University,  European Institute of Technology in Wroclaw. The primary aim of “The Journey” is to provide Masters’ degree and Ph.D. students with practical support to extend and deepen their knowledge and interests in climate-change issues and to lead those interests towards innovative entrepreneurial ideas and professional business plans that can be funded and implemented. In particular, participants are mentored in a process of experiential action learning with the objective to produce innovative, team-based climate-related business start-up ideas. Learning-by-doing is at the heart of the programme and is supported by coached experimentation, site visits, and work in multi-disciplinary teams. The multi-disciplined nature of the participants and coaches is designed to provide a rich variety of perspectives to act as a catalyst for divergent and creative thinking.

My role as a coach was to organize coaching sessions, what meant making decisions under uncertainty when it comes to the progress of the participants and the outcome of the sessions. Coaching for an intensive programme „the Journey” gave me also a possibility for constant learning in a new environment and thanks to a cooperation with programme managers – to improve if needed, and to deal with mistakes and failure in a productive manner.

My tasks on “the Journeys” included three main components:

  1. Support for teaching/learning process, what meant convincing others of ideas/plans/approaches before taking any action,
  2. Business coaching and facilitating e.g. connecting participants of the programme with potential partners and important stakeholders, inspiring and empowering them, etc.
  3. Emotional support of the participants e.g. effectively collaborating within the teams.
  4. Providing guidance to a group of approximately 40 participants on a 5-week Journeys,
  5. Attendance of the full programme, including site visits and assisting participants in making use of the learning contents for their own business idea and plan development. I also facilitated and lead the coached learning activities,
  6. Business coaching of small student teams in the area of climate entrepreneurship, and specifically ensuring that all groups successfully write and present business concepts at the end of programme,
  7. Facilitate the learning and application of business skills by international participants of various backgrounds and coach them to develop their own business plans, what meant:
    • Facilitating programme elements, such as supporting ideation process and team formation,
    • Motivating dynamic groups of participants to apply their learning in a sustainable business context,
    • Supporting participants to link up with and exploit the knowledge shared by the speakers,
    • Acting as a mentor to participants,
    • Providing feedback to the participants and to the organising team.

In addition what has been described above, I also share knowledge about identified opportunities for creating sustainable value in the environment. One of the examples is about multiple support programmes published by EuroScientist Magazine, titled Entrepreneurship: the ‘she’ factor (  http://www.euroscientist.com/entrepreneurship-the-she-factor/  )

 

Particular areas of expertise in climate-change business development: Climate-smart Agriculture, Agrifood, Circular Economy.

I would be available for the coaching in Armenia between 15-20 Dec. and in December more widely.

Coaching fees:  daily rate: 400 euro; Workload: A) 7 days (4 days of preparation and follow up/ 3 days of delivery), B) 9 days (5 days of preparation and follow up/ 4 days of delivery), C)  12 days (7 days of preparation and follow up/ 5 days of delivery).

Please kindly find further infirmation in Reference 1, which includes the most important coaching assignments in the last years, and List of References, which can be delivered on a request.

Yours Faithfully:

Agnieszka Klucznik-Törő

Reference 1 - List of latest the most important coaching events

2018

ACTTIVATE Acceleration Program for Start- ups of Horizon2020, Coaching and Mentoring of startups and SMEs operating on the markets of AgriFood/Agriculture: Fine Bubble Technologies sp.z o.o. www.finebubble.pl/en/ , Mater Dynamics (PT) - www.materdynamics.com , Health Sens (PL) http://healthsens.co/en/ , ICT: Noldus IT (NL) -
innovative solutions for behavioral research https://www.noldus.com;

Business coaching of start-ups and young consultants under the programme of Henley Business School (HBS) of the University of Reading;

Coaching of 12 groups of 4-6 students working on development of business ideas and business models on a basis of business model canvas as a part of the courses: Management 2.0, Project Management at Academy Ignatianum;

Coached 56 international students enrolled in a course of economics in the International Study Programs of Corvinus Business School (Ref 4);

2017

Business coaching & consultancy in a team with Keith Heron & Sebastian Puculek - supporting clean-tech start-ups, e.g. Balonodrom - project devoted to educating and engaging city residents to improve air quality, Bleeding Edge - organizers of first Bleeding Edge Hackathon in Wrocław to create disruptive projects in two areas – Smart City and FinTech, VeloCity - delivery of goods and consignments in cities using electric bicycle to significantly reduce traffic and pollution, etc. (XI-XII.2017) - (Ref 3)

Participation and development of winning business idea during Climathon 2017 in Budapest, developing, together with the Team, the idea triggering my mind for the last months and after 24-hrs of non-stop working on it – being on the stage and …as a Greenery team memberwinning the Climathon 2017 in Budapest!

Business coaching & active engagement in a project designed to connect start-ups - young consultants - business experts in order to support business models' development of Henley Business School (HBS) of the University of Reading (Ref 3);

2016

Coached particiapants of Climathon 2016, Hungary;

Coached over 40 young consultants and 8 start-ups in a consultancy programme of Henley Business School (HBS) of the University of Reading (Ref 3);

Participant of the Climate-KIC Coach Training - Amsterdam,

Participant of the Climate-KIC Coach Training - Frakfurt 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;  

Coached 40 future changemakers in eco-innovation and building sustainable business models on a 5-week summer school programmes travelling to Hamburg - Imperial College London - Warwick Business School / Ref 13;

Coached international students in recognizing opportunities and generating business ideas, feasibility analysis, business plan writing, Developing an effective business model, Industry and competitor analysis, Preparing the proper ethical and legal foundation, Financial management, Building a new-venture team, Getting financing or funding, etc. Participants were enrolled in a course on entrepreneurship in McDaniel College in the USA, Budapest campus / Ref 6;

Coached 70 international students enrolled in a course of economics in the International Study Programs of Corvinus Business School / Ref 4;

2015

Coached participants of Climathon 2015, Wałbrzych

Coached international students in recognizing opportunities and generating business ideas, feasibility analysis, business plan writting, Developing an effective business model, Industry and competitor analysis, Preparing the proper ethical and legal foundation, Financial management, Building a new-venture team, Getting financing or funding, etc. Participants were enrolled in a course on entrepreneurship in McDaniel College in the USA (campus in Budapest) - Ref 6;

Participant of the Climate-KIC Coach Training - Brussels - covered topics: Financial Template, Climate Impact Mapping, BMC, BP exercises;

Coached over 30 young consultants and 6 start-ups in a consultancy programme of Henley Business School (HBS) of the University of Reading /Ref 3, 7, 8;

Coached 40 future changemakers in eco-innovation and building sustainable business models on a 5-week summer school programmes travelling to Warwick - Copenhagen - Munich / Ref 10, 12, 14;

Coached 70 international students enrolled in a course of economics in the International Study Programs of Corvinus Business School / Ref 4;

2014

Participant of the Climate-KIC Coach Training - Frankfurt - covered topics: Coaching techniques, Business Model Canvas (BMC), Business Plans (BP) exercises, T-GROW;   

Coached 40 future changemakers in eco-innovation and building sustainable business models on a 5-week summer school programmes travelling to Warwick - Berlin - Wroclaw / Ref 11;

Coached Polish participants of the Pre-ideation session of the Journey, Climate-KIC Poland, Wroclaw;

Coached international students in recognizing opportunities and generating business ideas, feasibility analysis, business plan writting, Developing an effective business model, Industry and competitor analysis, Preparing the proper ethical and legal foundation, Financial management, Building a new-venture team, Getting financing or funding, etc. Participants were enrolled in a course on entrepreneurship in McDaniel College in the USA (campus in Budapest) / Ref 6;

Coached 70 international students enrolled in a course of economics in the International Study Programs of Corvinus Business School / Ref 4;

2013

Coached 70 international students enrolled in a course of economics in the International Study Programs of Corvinus Business School / Ref 4;

2012

Coached 70 international students enrolled in a course of economics in the International Study Programs of Corvinus Business School / Ref 4;

Coached 40 mentors at the Environmental Protection College in Slovenia / Ref 17;

Coached 25 international students enrolled in a course on entrepreneurship at Budapest Metropolitan University (formerly Budapest College of Communication, Business and Arts);

2011

Coached 25 international students enrolled in a course on entrepreneurship at Budapest Metropolitan University (formerly Budapest College of Communication, Business and Arts);

Coached 70 international students enrolled in a course of economics in the International Study Programs of Corvinus Business School / Ref 4;

Coached and trained 10 workers of Career and Professional Development Office of Wroclaw Uniwersity of Economics, which served as a foundation for 25 hour-long training programme and was successfully implemented by the trainers of the Career Office / Ref 5; .

List of References

Superiors’ References:
Reference 2 –dr. Daria Tataj, Chairwoman of High-Level Advisors to Carlos Moedas, the EU Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, former founding Board member of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), CEO of Tataj Innovation
Reference 3 – Mr Keith Heron, Henley Business School, University of Reading 
Reference  4 dr. Zita Kelemen, director of International Study Programs, Corvinus University
Reference 5–Mrs. Alla Witwicka-Dudek, Wroclaw University of Economics
Reference 6 – dr. Matthew Adamson, director of Academic and Student Affairs, McDaniel College
Co-Coaches’ References:
Reference 7 – dr. Marrisa Joseph, Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, Senior Tutor for UG & PG Pre-experience Business & Management Programmes, Department of Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour, Henley Business School
Reference 8 – dr. Martyna Surma, Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences, Coach and Dr Maks Belitski, Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation,  Henley Business School
Reference 9 – Mrs Katarzyna Klein, Coach, Wrocław
Reference 10 – Mr Peter  Sims, Education Designer, Kaospilot, Denmark, co-coach of 'The Journey'15
Coached „Journeys” References:
Reference 11 - Feedback & Testimonies of ‘Journey’/14 Participants
Reference 12 – Feedback from ‘The Journey’/15 Participants and Final speech of ‘Journey’/15 Participants
Reference 13 – Feedback from ‘The Journey’/16 Participants
Reference 14 – Golden plate from ‘The Journey’ 2014 participants (photography) 
Educational References:
Reference 15 – Certificate, training for mentors, Environmental Protection College (Slovenia)
Reference 16 – Certificate, learning for entrepreneurship, Environmental Protection College (Slovenia)
Reference 17 – Contract, training on entrepreneurship, Environmental Protection College (Slovenia)
Reference 18 –  Certificate of coaching maps training
Reference19 - Doctoral diploma (photocopy)

Reference 11- 'The Journey'14 Feedback & Testimonies

This Journey allowed me to deepen my understanding of the entrepreneurial philosophy, how success and failure are part of the process and how wonderful entrepreneurship can be when you have the possibility to integrate it as part of your studies. This Journey also proved the ability of a small team to develop business idea and to write a business plan based on it, in a really short time.

This Journey, and more generally the KIC's experience both gave me the passion to innovate and demonstrated that together, we have much more impact on our environment rather than by our own skills, that we don't have to be afraid of sharing our idea with other people, than there is still a difference between "you just have to" and "you actually do it". I have the feeling that nowadays, everybody has good ideas but few of us are willing to bring these ideas to a further step, the one that could allow you to end-up with a real product/service. This journey also convinced me that I wanted entrepreneurship to be part of my daily life, that's why I successfully applied to a master's degree in technological innovation & entrepreneurship at Ecole Polytechnique.
” (Florian Cochard)

 

I feel that my self confidence and spoken skills have improved a lot. I learnt the business side of my project as well as how I can market my PhD project in the future. What should be the target markets and how can I convince them. I learnt a lot from The Journey and now have lots of friends from all over Europe.” (Maida Zahid)

What this summer school made me realised is that even young people can be taken seriously as entrepreneurs and have their own businesses. I think my perception of the business world was too stiff, and having another international experience was very mind-broadening”. (Alice Bourdet)

When it comes to the outcomes of the school, I would like to mention that out of nine teams, which were built during “The Journey” 6, two of them - had already found their first customers during the fourth week of the summer school. This was an impressive result. Encouraging are also some other the Journey’s 2014 projects – Watflow and R3thINK, which will be the subjects for the master and Ph.D. thesis. The product of Watflow should be ready for manufacturing by the completion of the thesis. What is more, some Watflow team members already successfully applied to the greenhouse programme in London CLC, and some R3thINK team members will do the same in the incoming weeks.

SPARO team, which business idea focuses on waste collection from the Ocean, already got the Climate-KIC Berlin Greanhouse programme admission. And finally, another team – Majesticks - was represented during the Climate-KIC’s Innovation Festival in Valencia and is very much eager to implement its business plan.

Application letter

Dear Madam/Sir,

I hereby submit my application for the announced vacancy of 'The Journey'18 Coach. Climate-KIC can rely on my following experiences and qualifications:

With respect to the basics of business  – my professional experience began during my studies at technical university through various traineeships, e.g. SAP Academy on finance, and  while co-operating with SMEs, listed and multinational companies. I combined this experience and my MA studies specialisation in the management of enterprises and started to elaborate projects on planning of restructuring of SMEs, as well as  programming of financial applications. Consultancy, training and tutorial assignments on the application of management methods, technological systems and cost-saving solutions for various enterprises allowed me to learn about the nature and needs of diverse forms of business organisations while my doctoral studies in management enriched my practical preparation with theoretical and analytical knowledge at an advanced level. My sustained interest in the practical aspects of entrepreneurship and my personal motivation inspired the establishment of my own enterprise (International Centre for Entrepreneurship) in Lower Silesia Region, Poland.

As a professional coach I can rely on my higher educational preparation (both MA and PhD degrees in management, Ref 19), professional training for coaches and mentors (Ref 15-18, CV) as well as more than 5 years of practice in support of my students to succeed. This professional and dedicated approach to coaching was was recognised and appreciated by the participants of three previous 'Journeys' with my guidance and support (Ref 11-14). My coaching method usually consist of three important components: 1) a preliminary - before the start of a coaching session – identification of the needs at of individual and group level, 2) an actual coaching through  interactive engagement and raising/addressing stimulating questions, 3) an follow-up support with mentoring, consultancy and further instructions and orientation (coaching).

Furthermore, I have also acquired high level experience in facilitation, observation and feedback skills  practiced and sustained  on a daily basis. My extended experience in providing support for groups of varying size from small (4-5 participants) to very large (full lecture hall with up to 120 persons) alike has its roots in professional practice in academic teaching (as  tutor and lecturer), in consultancy activities for small, listed and multinational companies as well as in start-ups coaching. My applied method and process ensures the "discovery experience" of the participants and include: 1) Strong stimulation of discussions, especially by series of questions, 2) Teamwork, learning-by-doing, exchange of ideas, 3) Introduction of elements of competition between groups, 4) Encouragement of high standards of integrity, social responsibility and ethics, 5) Focus on participants’ generic skills development, 6)Presentations of best practices, 7) Organisation of additional interactions with participants, e.g. via the on-line-learning-centre. My contribution and experience as facilitator in educational programmes has been successfully offered to, and widely appreciated by  international HEIs, venture capital managers, some international associations and by co-coaches (Ref.2-14, competencies).

In the field of business plan formation including an application of the Business Model Canvas, I have developed close familiarity with the application of planning concepts and methods in business through  my teaching  and professional activities for more than 10 years. These encompass 1) Academic experience of business planning teaching, 2) Business planning was an important part of my courses: ‘Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management’ at the Budapest Campus of McDaniel College (US) and the ‘Course on Entrepreneurship’ at Metropolitan University of Budapest, 3) Practical experience with the preparation of several business plans, including my own application which won the Business Plan Contest in the European Social Fund competition (more in: CV, Ref 3, competencies).

I have also acquired solid knowledge of and ability to facilitate and support various ideation methods and team development from my practical experience of leading ideation & team development sessions in the last 9 years. It has been honed during my numerous classes with students, on three occasions as coach in previous “Journeys” and during the EIT+ pre-ideation sessions. In the field of expert team development, I obtained valuable practical experience by preparing, launching and leading various international project components (more in: CV and competencies).

My confidence to work in scientific and technology fields is sustained by  years of university studies with graduation from two technical universities: once as an engineer with MA title and secondly as a doctor of Management after completing my doctoral studies at Warsaw University of Technology. I earned my PhD in Management of Production, Transfer of Technology, Productivity, Technological Innovations, which enabled me to to attain deeper and more comprehensive understanding of HE, R&D, innovation, and business organisations – in their relational context. My insight into the co-operation with a broad variety of business enterprises - from SMEs to listed companies - comes also from: 1)Successful knowledge transfer from Academia-to-Industry while working on commercialisation of my M.A. research, 2)Innovative tutoring on IT applications with several listed companies such as Remak SA, Rafako SA Boiler Engineering Company, 3)Preparation of modernisation and reorganisation plans, together with budget calculation application, for the regional leader in cartography OPGK, 4)Verification of the IT application for managerial financial analysis and reports for the plant of BOSCH in Wroclaw.

My ability to lead, energise and motivate groups of 40 students from diverse cultural and academic backgrounds  has constantly improved during my professional experiences and includes continuous practice in the HEIs on delivering seminars, workshops, lectures, as well as tutoring, coaching, mentoring, facilitating of professional and personal development of students. The results of my efforts in this aspect of my professional activities have been recognized by my superiors, co-workes, co-coaches and students (more: Ref 3-14, CV).

Supporting the development of others has always been a part of my coaching, consultancy, training and tutoring activities. In my work I have developed a comprehensive knowledge of the methodological aspects of personal and professional growth. Finding the best methods to move my students to action – for example, students peer assessment, introduction of various games and competitions – belongs to my daily practicies. These methods help me to elevate students’ potential and to motivate them to work efficiently on a regular basis. Since I believe that self-discovery, rather than getting solutions from the instructor, leads to a better understanding of problems, I stimulate my students with numerous questions to develop problem-solving, creativity, innovative thinking, etc. These methods also improve their affective skills and traits, e.g. self-confidence, enthusiasm, etc.

My proficient level of English (C2) is related with the fact that for the last 12 years, I have been working as a business coach, trainer, consultant and regular university lecturer almost exclusively in English. I am also an author of nearly 30 articles in English published by international journals, including Daily Planet Magazine and Euroscientist Magazine (more in CV). I was also invited to edit 5 books written and published in English, including the book of dr. Daria Tataj, chairwoman of High-Level Advisors to Carlos Moedas, the EU Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science (see CV). I use English at various international conferences and meetings. It is also a language of my every-day communication in private life.

I command good knowledge of design thinking processes as well as other relevant methodologies and tools. In particular, I am able to offer a solid understanding of entrepreneurial process,  technical capabilities in the appropriate selection and use of business models including Design Thinking, Technology Adoption theories, Value Proposition and Business Model Canvases, Customer Persona, organisational awareness of the challenges facing start-ups as they overcome initial resistance and how they look to the external world for resources and  opportunities using network theory, PESTEL in environment and stakeholder models, and the theory of implicit contracts for overcoming consumer information asymmetry and purchase reluctance (more: Ref 4 and competencies).

My vital interest in and understanding of climate change adaptation and mitigation started during my Individualized Education Plan, which included MA studies in Management and in Electrical Engineering in order to better conduct an energy auditing in some international plant and to commercialise its results.  It brought about a substantial decrease of production costs and since it was the cement factory – it also resulted in the significant reduction of the pollution in the region.  In the following years, I have supported of and worked on approximately 50 numerous business ideas development and business plans, which focused on climate-change adaptation and mitigation. Moreover, as part of my teaching in HEIs, I constantly deepen my knowledge on and interest in climate-change issues and include it in my teaching. Additionally, among my latest engagements is 1 million euro EU project focusing on social entrepreneurship where I lead the activities related to sustainability (more: competencies and CV).

My ability to collaborate closely with co-coaches, programmes leaders and education teams has been developed thanks to the continues practice in co-operation with co-coaches (see: Ref 7-10, 12). It is also a result of work with my superiors, co-workers and mentors, such as dr. Daria Tataj, Mr. Keith Heron, MBA and others (see: Ref 2-6)

 I am glad to confirm that I have been working as an Entrepreneurship Trainer including soft skill support . I began to elaborate possible ways and means of sharing my insight and interest in entrepreneurship by a launch of a course on "Entrepreneurship" at the Metropolitan University of Budapest, and continued while teaching "Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management" at McDaniel College (U.S.) in Budapest. Moreover, I have coached numerous start-ups and young entrepreneurs, which allowed me to polish my trainer skills (see: CV, Ref 3-6, ).

I was also trained on coaching maps, on mentoring tools and methods, and on coaching itself - six times in the Climate-KIC Training (see CV) and by coaching institutions such as Reflexive (Ref 18), the Centre for Career and Professional Development of Wroclaw University of Economics (Ref 5), the Environmental Protection College (Ref 15). 

I can also prove an entrepreneurial financial literacy, which comes from my practical experience of book-keeping for my firm (International Center for Entrepreneurship), from participation in a SAP R3 Academy on Finance, and from coaching and teaching at HEIs topics such as: Financial statements, Income statement, Balance sheet preparation, Statement of cash flows, Financial ratios, etc. (see: CV).

My background experience in the field of climate change and working with clean-tech start-ups was proved during three previous Journeys in which I could participate and gain valuable practice in this crucial aspect of my professional engagements, during post-HBS programme in Wroclaw, which included clean-tech start-ups coaching & consultancy, and during Climathon'2015, '2016, '2017 - and actually even winning (more in: competencies and CV).

For all the reasons presented above (and  illustrated by supporting evidence in the attached 19 references) I am convinced that my participation as a coach  would present an excellent opportunity to offer my contribution to the successful accomplishment  of  ‘The Journey’18.  In case I was selected, I could be available for the coach training on 18.-19. April, for any required periods of 'The Journey' coaching - five or three weeks long, and also for three days of formal preparation and feedback.

Yours Faithfully: Agnieszka Klucznik-Törő

Reference 12 - ‘The Journey’/15 Feedback

 “Dear Aga, thank you so much for the amazing 5 weeks. I actually don’t know where to start. Pete and you were an amazing team and all together we did it. Thank you for the girls night, your love and your caring. You are amazing J AND thank you for pushing us into SEA D, without you, we wouldn’t have done it, so you were on stage with us yesterday! Love, Brenda” Brenda Deden, Wageningen University – the award for Best Business Idea: Sea D – biodegradable plastic from seaweed used for 3D printing

“Dear Aga, when I started the Journey I thought it will be difficult for me to integrate with others and to find a way to go on with my PhD and with the Journey at the same time. But seeing you I was so inspired that I get new inspiration and dreams for my future life. You are for me an example of integrity, of teacher and motivational coach. It was a pleasure for me to be a part of this amazing Journey 3. I hope, one day, to be able to listen to the others and to understand their needs and feelings, as you! I hope to see you again. Saveria” Saveria Boulanger, University of Bologna team member of PLAN-IT, which got an interest and after-the-Journey support of Technical University of Munich.

“Dear Aga, I’ll use symbolically the backside of my next 9-months objectives on climate-change. You are an amazing facilitator and enabler to let people grow as persons and professionals. Your radical belief in us make us thieve and gave us endless opportunities to fight, change and experiment. Thanks! Vince” Vince Bellinkx, Ph.D, University of Antwerp team member of PLAN-IT, which got an interest and after-the-Journey support of Technical University of Munich.

“Aga, watching you work over the past weeks has been inspirational! The amount of time and effort you put into everything while maintaining an energetic & positive demander is amazing! We would not have been able to pull of SEA D without your suggest of 3D printing and guidance throughout the process! Please, please, please keep doing this (coaching) and continue to inspire young adults to make connections & have the guts to start businesses! Thanks for all you’ve done for me and my team - Kale” Kale Jewell, Utrecht University - The award for Best Business Idea: Sea D – biodegradable plastic from seaweed used for 3D printing

“Dear Aga, thanks for spreading love to the whole group. I will never thank you enough for this inspirational journey. Max” Maxime Bedouet, Imperial College London – team member of “Sesolo Mello” - The award for Best Business Plan + The audience award given out by Journey 4:– replacing paraffin by a biofuel made from waste cooking oil in South Africa

“Dear Aga, Thank you for taking so much care of us. We really felt you as a figure of authority, but also one that we could share our problems with. I hope you get the position you were talking about earlier, and also I hope the best for you. Best wishes – ArturoArturo Herández Mora, Technical University of Catalunia – team member of Y'ulu – Your Breadfruit (an idea is currently under development)

“Aga, you are an amazing person! I still cannot believe how patient you are! J I feel grateful that I was in the journey with you. I see the end of the journey as this picture… Now it is time to fly! Hope to see you again… DimitraDimitra Mamali, TU Delf,

“Dear Aga. Thanks for everything in this journey! And also the understanding of my team’s issues. I couldn’t make it finished if I didn’t talk with you and know your personal “recipe” for such situation. Wish you all the best and hope to see you again!!! Don’t forget to contact me when you visit China! Love: Muyun SunMuyuan Sun, Wageningen University, team member of We Sell Health

“Post-its are awesome! Thanks for steering the amazing flow of ideas in these 5 weeks! Best, Vince

“Dear Aga, it was a pleasure to meet you. You are a very kind person and I was amazed by you still shining and being happy after only a few hours of sleep! CharlotteCharlotte Walther, Wageningen University, team member of SoupHerb

“Dear Aga, tanks for all nice conversations and your openness & understanding, and especially for the support for my friend. Thank you!!! AdriaanAdriaan Bovendeert, TU Delf, – team member of Y'ulu – Your Breadfruit (an idea is currently under development)

“Dear Aga, You bring so many good vibrations to the group. I could see you would be a great coach from the day we met (on the coach). Heartiest wishes. MukundMukund Gupta, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, team member In the Loop

“Dear Aga, it was a privilege to meet you! I will never forget you as the mama of the group taking care of everyone! I hope to see you again on the reunion. Keep being the lovely person you are! Keep doing what you’re doing and I wish you the best in life. Love - NinaNina Daniëls, University Ghent

“Aga, thanx for the support during the Journey. And of course the reflection sessions! It was great!! Cheers, DennisDennis Van der Linden, Utrecht University

“Dear Aga, thank you so much for your support during the journey, I learned a lot with you and I want to thank you for creating the unique atmosphere of CCM with Pete! I hope we can all stay <in the loop> J Cheers. RemyRémy Ruat, UPMC/IEP

“Dear Aga, I want to thank you for your patience and calmness. Even in the stressfulness moments, you were our rock. But you have been critical as well and for our dreamy idea that was useful. I was really happy that you joined girls night, but also showed us that women can be strong, patient and successful. For all that, I want to thank you. All the best - SophieSophie Baar, Lund University

“Dear Aga, I did not meet any person as carrying and friendly like you. You definitely meet your objectives J Many thanks for caring for me when I felt bad because of my cyclist in Warwick. You and Pete were not like coaches or supervisors but part of the group. Many thanks for making the Journey enjoyable! NanjaNanja Nagorny, Goethe Universität FFM, team member of PLAN-IT, which got an interest and after-the-Journey support of Technical University of Munich.

“My dear Aga, thank you very much for your support during this Journey. I’m sure that it was a valuable experience and that I learned a lot. Please keep your encouraging nature and your tolerance for (slightly) drunk people burning English lawns. Your SvenSven Djokic, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University

“Dear Aga. Thank you a lot for all your positives moments, great feedback and being the mother of the group. I learned a lot from you and you were great at setting up the objectives. Furthermore, I will also thank for you all the feedback for SEA D. Journey 3 rocks, just because you made us rock! Thanks a lot and I hope I will see you again soon. Big hug - SachaSacha de Koning, VU University

“Dear Aga, Never underestimate the power of a coach. You have really showed me this! Your absolutely loving character is something that sometimes conceals the absolute perfect, to the point, advice you can give. You have been an inspiration; both personally and “entrepreneurially”. Thank you so much Aga. I will never forget!! Warm regards and till we meet again. MichielMichiel van den Baar, Delft University of Technology

“Dear Aga, how did you manage it. Every day, no exceptions, you spoke to the group and the members with a smile that unew no end! It is truly amazing that someone has such a positive personality, even though the group made it hard, you seemingly had no trouble to maintain that smile! Five weeks, that’s 35 days. For all your objectives, I consider all of them achieved. You were great and with Pete as “father”, you made an awesome “mother” with 40 “little” kids. Thank you for taking care of us. Keep smiling! Atse J Atse van Pelt, University Utrecht

“Dear Aga, What a journey. Prior my departure I had mixed feelings: why did I extended an intensive year of studies with five more weeks of lectures, workshops and hard work? Curious about the experience, I borrowed a suitcase from my uncle, last minute as an under…, and set out. From day one it turned out to be great. The mix of cultures, personalities, interests and attitudes made it interesting from the start. Question to peers on what drives them, why they were here and what they hoped to get out of it. Like you, these are things that interred me. In my opinion you facilitated this in an inspiring way. Making people tea with every … known to me and cleaning it has healing powers stressed the burner point. Thank you for a great experience, who knows we will meet again. JochenJochem de Jong, TU Delft - The award for Best Business Idea: Sea D – biodegradable plastic from seaweed used for 3D printing

“You did great. You didn’t loose any one – haha. Moreover, I felt you were really there for us. Thank you very much for that.”

“Dear Aga, I really want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for this 5 amazing weeks. You have a really warm heart, and maybe didn’t fulfil your objective of speaking to 15-20 people a day. But you gave us a greater gift than that. You were there when we needed and showed honest interest in everyone. And I can tell that I have great difficulties with opening up to everyone. I cannot say that I passed this objective of opening up more. But this Journey made me think about it a lot. And you probably don’t know but you were a central person in putting me in the right direction. So I want to thank you for your warm heart, openness and sharing of knowledge. I hope for you all the best in the world. I will take this experience with me to the rest of my life! Sandra ps. Hopefully something good will happen in 9 months (and I don’t mean a baby)” Sandra

Final speech for Aga and Pete from J3/2015 witnessed by Rahul Bansal

Dear Aga, Dear Pete,
This amazing 5 week journey is sadly coming to an end. But before we are going to end this with an
amazing big bang, we have a few announcements to make. It will take about 5ish minutes, but we
have learned that time is a very flexible concept.
Firstlu, this journey was like a fantastic birthday cake. You know, you need a lot of ingredients to
make a good cake. The ingredients just need to have the right quality. We –CCM- are the ingredients
and every single one had its own amazing qualities. But in order to create something fantastic, you
need the perfect blend. We –CCM- are the perfect blend. But you can’t build a cake without GREAT
COOKS. Pete, Aga , you were the masterchefs of this cake. You put the oven at the right temperature.
Let us FLAME, when we needed warmth and power, and cooled us down, when we were overheating.
Oh Yeez, sometimes we did not made it easy for you. Get us on our feet to do another energizer, when
we are all terrible hangover or just wanted to work on our projects. However the energizers were
absolutely great and helped creating this incredible group bounding from day 1.
Or almost setting the Warwick campus on fire, and then this really nervous moment when we had to
knock on Aga’s room in the middle of the night, to tell her that the security wanted to speak to our
supervisors. Pfff We thought we were grounded for the rest of the journey, but we simply got away
with a “Go to your beds, NOW”. Of course… with a big smile;)
Pete, Aga, it was hard working. But it was such an amazing, unforgettable experience. We have
learned so much, we grew into this whole new family and NAILED those pitches!!
We simply couldn’t have done it without you.
So, altogether, lets put this delicious cherry on this amazing cake altogether.
KALE (not Kate.. oops), CCM, Can we GIVE IT TO THEM one more time?!
Pete, Aga, to keep being such amazing coaches, we wanted to give you some inspiration for in the
future. Keep the energizers going. Hopefully you will now never run out of ideas.
And ofcourse, we wrote you some personal love letters;) ENJOY.
Lots of love, lots of thanks
CCM

Reference 13 - 'The Journey'16 Feedback

 Sandeep Punwasi/ Delft University of Technology : “Dear Aga, it was an honour for me to have you as my coach for ‘The Journey 6/2016’; your feedback and reflection sessions helped me a lot in developing the social part in myself. Your encouragement and stimulation also helped me in pitching my business idea during those amazing 5 weeks.
Please continue inspiring other students and showing them the potential they possess. You are doing a great job with the heart on the right place, Aga
!”

 Noor Figdor / Environmental Sciences: ‘’You are the best Aga :-) I had such a great time the last week thinking back about our conversations and I feel so grateful to have met you. I learned a lot and have this newfound extremely positive energy to tackle so much things in life!”

Hanna Kozak-King / Sustainable Energy Futures, ICL: “Aga, Thank you for being a great coach! You have endless patience & encouragements for us! Your support & guidance really helped with team work  & encouraged me to push myself to pitch! All the best for the future!”

Hedvig Sveistrup / Climate Change:  “Dear Aga, thank you for being you! Always engaged, always positive and always welcoming. You are supportive, yet critical, which is exactly what a start-up needs. Thanks for starting up our amazing group, you coaches managed to make us all become best friends! Thanks for your guidance!

Mathilde: “Dear Aga, Thank you for being so patient and inspiring! You gave us great advices and pushed us out of own comfort zone! ”

Elisabete: “Aga, your positive attitude is contagious. The same with your friendly smile. Thank you for the advice”

Vivien: “Thank you very much Aga for the positive and peaceful mood you brought to the Journey!”

Abel: “Dear Aga, you helped me discover myself and to get the most out of the Journey. Thank you for everything!”

Dorothea: “Dear Aga, thank you very much for your advice and support during this Journey! Your patience and your smile were priceless! I will always keep in mind your advice. Hope to see you soon.”

Nicolas: “Dear Aga, I want to thank you abundantly for joining us during the Journey and making it the great experience it was. Thank you very, very much for teaching me how to set goals (SMART) and using them as a tool to achieve them! Best of regards”

Eli: “Dear Aga, thank you so much for all your positive energy, good feedback and support! You really helped us in reflecting and thinking about all amazing experiences we had. Thanks and I hope to stay in touch! You are great!”

Casper: “Dear Aga, I would like to thank you a lot for all your support during the Journey. I felt always supported by your positive attitude and it definitely helped us pull together!”

Sanne: “Dear Aga, thank you for caring and listening and always smiling. I love your scan cards, great concept!”

Alexandra: “Hey Aga! Thank you for your coaching in this Journey! You have also made this experience awesome! Hope to see you soon! You are welcome in Ecuador!”

Rhea: “Dear Aga, Thank you so much for accompanying us on this Journey, for your kind words and inspiration!”

Macarena: “Dear Aga, Thanks for sharing your experience with us! I really appreciate your insight and personal help! I can’t wait to see where the future takes us! Lots of love!”

Ale: “Aga: You are such an amazing and interesting person. I am so glad you were our coach. I thank you for all your feedback. Whenever you want to go to Mexico you are very welcome!”

Julien: “Thank you for opening your heart and sharing your passion and expertise. I sincerely hope we will stay in touch. I wish you all the best for the future”

Carina: „Dear Aga, your positive attitude is inspiring! Thank you for these valuable five weeks! See you in Warsaw! All the best!”

Marc: “Dear Aga, thank you for 5 weeks of guidance. I really appreciate how you taught me to be more grateful for things that happen to me. Also your positivism really resonated with me. Thanks a lot!”

Amber: “Dear Aga, Thanks for helping us to get the best out of our Journey!”

Marika: “Thank you for being an amazing coach! Your smile & calmness always made us feel better! Thank you for your guidance throughout the Journey! Stay in touch!”

Stella: “Dear Aga, thank you for everything! For your caring support and listening! I’m really grateful for all your guidance and suggestions! You’re awesome & sweet! It is a first class memory!”   

Ben: “Dear Aga, thank you for keeping ‘the family’ together and guiding us into making this the best experience!”