Daniel Maksym

Director, Startups & Acceleration Projects @ PGE Nowa Energia

 Expert and experienced practitioner in the field of management of R&D and innovation programs. Currently, as a Director at PGE Nowa Energia, he is managing an accelerator program for start-ups.

In 2017 as a Vice President of a department in the Polish Investment and Trade Agency he was responsible for the strategy of promotion and internationalisation of innovative technology companies (Polish Tech Bridges).

In 2011-2017 he worked in the National Centre for Research and Development. As a Director of a department he was responsible for the management of technology transfer programs and projects supported by the national and the EU funds. He co-created and implemented financing instruments, introduced the concept of the expect selection panel, co-created the mechanism of the financial progress and physical project verification through milestones.

He built a partnership network of the cooperating business environment institutions around SMEs and big corporations. Together with a team he generated more than 120 co-financed projects in foreign acceleration, 4 projects of startup accelerators and more than 100 projects in grant support schemes. The projects were from such areas as smart grids, materials engineering, environment protection, efficient energy use, robotics or artificial intelligence.

On many occasions he represented the National Centre for Research and Development at conferences and foreign visits, including a visit to the US organised by managers from DARPA and dedicated to the problem-driven research methodology. This method is now applied by the National Centre for Research and Development in its emission-free public transport program.

Formerly in 2008-2011 he was employed in the Ministry of Science and Higher Education as the Vice Director of the Department of European Funds and the Department of Higher Education Financing.

From 2002 he held various positions related to financial control and internal audit in the Ministry of Finance.

A certified internal auditor.

A graduate in law of Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin and the National School of Public Administration in Warsaw.