Mateusz has been actively involved with start-ups for many years. In 2016 he became an ambassador and a judge of Chivas The Venture project, an international competition for start-ups. Chivas The Venture is the first such programme to support the idea of noble business in Poland and the world.
The Venture is a global project, which aims at promoting and supporting community involved young companies and START-UPs. The programme’s target group are young businessmen, whose goal is not only financial success, but above all, solving relevant social, ecological, or economic problems.
The programme aims to support the development of the most interesting, socially engaged young companies from around the world. For this purpose, the programme offers business expert support and a financial grant worth a total of one million dollars.
The initiator of the project is Chivas Regal brand, whose motto is “Win the right way” and its manifesto, “The measure of personal success is the respect of others. When we do something, in what we believe, we change the world together. ”
The Venture programme’s participants are both: entrepreneurs who are only just forming their business idea, as well as those whose companies are already up-and-running and they’ve been present on the market for no longer than three years.
The second edition of the programme in 2015/2016 was attended by companies from 25 countries from around the world.
The winner of the global edition 2015/2016 was Conceptos Plasticos from Colombia. This company, who aims to transform difficult to remove plastic waste into building material that can be used to build housing, temporary shelters and mobile structures. It prevents contamination from plastic and creates very much needed construction materials which can be used to build physical infrastructure. From the pool of one million dollars, Conceptos Plasticos managed to get $ 300,000.
Applications will be accepted until 14 December, 2016. The results of the Polish edition will be announced on 26 January, 2017 and the finalists of the project will have an opportunity to participate in a specially for them prepared series of mentor workshops, prepared by the best Polish experts in the field of business. In addition, the winner will have an opportunity to present their idea in the international arena on Chivas The Venture global stage, where the total prize pool is one million dollars.