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Mikolaj Norek

Karl-Adam Bonnier Foundation & Mikolaj Norek

Stockholm, Sweden
Think Tanks
  1. Karl-Adam Bonnier Foundation,
  2. Ashoka,
  3. Jarskog Consulting & SIPU International
  1. SE Forum,
  2. Silicon Vikings,
  3. Ratio
  1. University of Vienna
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Karl-Adam Bonnier Foundation

Karl-Adam Bonnier Foundation

Managing Director

– Present

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Mikolaj is the Managing Director of FIM, the Forum for Innovation Management. FIM is an activity within the Karl-Adam Bonnier Foundation focusing on bringing together senior policy makers and selected high-level representatives from academia and the private sectors in closed-door seminars.

Mikolaj obtained a Master in Business Administration and a MA in Philosophy from the University of Vienna with studies at the London School of Economics and Stockholm School of Economics.

An entrepreneur since early years, he has founded and run a number of ventures, ranging from a theatre festival catering, a cosmetics production line to an exclusive contemporary art gallery.
Currently he also runs a growing consultancy focusing on the design and execution of educational programmes.

Passionate about social entrepreneurship Mikolaj is Member of the Board of the Social Entrepreneurship Forum, Expert Reader at Reach for Change and Member of the Venture Board of Ashoka Scandinavia.

Specialties: Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship Education, Innovation Policy, Innovation Management, Business Ethics, Social Philosophy, SME Management, Startups, Coaching


Managing Director

Karl-Adam Bonnier Foundation
– Present (4 years 5 months)Stockholm, Sweden

I am the Managing Director of FIM (Forum for Innovation Management).
FIM is a Swedish non-profit research organization with a mission to improve the conditions for innovation and entrepreneurship. We organize exclusive seminars and closed-door salon debates, bringing together influential policy makers with selected leaders from business and academia.

FIM was created in 1999 by Karl-Adam Bonniers Foundation.

Board Member of the Ashoka Scandinavia Venture Board

– Present (4 months)Stockholm, Sweden

The Ashoka Scandinavia Venture Boards supports Ashoka in building a strong pipeline of Ashoka Fellow candidates.

Ashoka is the world’s first and largest association of leading social entrepreneurs – men and women with systems-changing solutions for the world’s most urgent social problems. It is this insight into the power of social entrepreneurs that led Bill Drayton to found Ashoka in 1980 and that continues to guide Ashoka today. Ashoka has elected over 3,000 Fellows in over 50 countries, providing them with living stipends, professional support, and access to a global network of peers.

Lecturer & Facilitator (ITP-Sida), Private Sector Sector Growth and Strategic Business Management

Jarskog Consulting & SIPU International
– Present (4 months)CEE

International Training Program in Private Sector Growth and Strategic Business Management for and in Eastern and Southern Africa as well as Eastern Europe - for business, member driven organisations and governmental agencies and ministries.
My role is being part of the Program Management and acting as Lecturer, Tutor & Facilitator.
The programs are financed by the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida).

Trainer & Speaker

Mikolaj Norek
– Present (3 years)Global

I design and lead workshops as well as speak on Entrepreneurial Networking, Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
Amongst others I have worked with organisations like: Kauffman Foundation Global Entrepreneurship Week, Swedish Institute, Stockholm School of Economics, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship, Stockholmsmässan, The Hub, The Council of the Baltic Sea States.

Programme Design & Facilitation

Balticlab - Development Programme
– Present (2 years)Batlic Sea Region

The aim of the Balticlab Project Development Programme is to create a link between individuals with potential to drive change and innovation on the one hand and the policy making and policy enacting community (politicians, civil servants and NGO’s) engaged in Baltic Sea region territorial cooperation on the other.
The participants are provided with tools and perspectives needed to manage macro-regional cross-border collaborations in areas related to their own interests, but with a link to the themes addressed by the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) and the South Eastern Baltic Area Modernization Partnership (SEBA) initiative.

Since it's inception in 2012, I co-designed and facilitated the entire programme with amongst others workshops in Sweden, Poland, Lithuania and Russia. The different modules are designed to aid participants in developing their projects, namely by providing them with management tools, contextual knowledge and coaching.

Balticlab is a joint project by the Council of the Baltic Sea States and the Swedish Institute aimed at increasing integration in the Baltic Sea Region through creativity and entrepreneurship.

Board Member

SE Forum
– Present (2 years 10 months)Stockholm

SE-FORUM is a platform and a meeting place for people wanting to promote social entrepreneurship. Through our activities we aim to turn social entrepreneurship into a recognized way of doing business. SE-FORUM works as a knowledge provider, catalyst, and initiator of the creation of projects within the field of social entrepreneurship. The vision of SE-FORUM is to promote activities that lead to sustainable ways of doing business on the private, public and civic level.

Skills Trainer

Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship
– Present (3 years)

Leading workshops in Entrepreneurial Networking

Chairman of the Board

SE Forum
(1 year 2 months)Stockholm, Sweden

SE-FORUM (Social Entrepreneurship Forum) is a platform and a meeting place for people wanting to promote social entrepreneurship. Through our activities we aim to turn social entrepreneurship into a recognized way of doing business.
SE-FORUM works as a knowledge provider, catalyst, and initiator of the creation of projects within the field of social entrepreneurship.
The vision of SE-FORUM is to promote activities that lead to sustainable ways of doing business on the private, public and civic level.

Board Member

Silicon Vikings
(2 years 2 months)

Silicon Vikings is a collaborative non-profit organization for networking and promotion of technologies and businesses intersecting Silicon Valley (San Francisco Bay Area, California, U.S.A.) and the Nordic countries (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden).
Silicon Vikings delivers value to its members through technology and business driven events and social networking events. We connect "Nordic assets" to Silicon Valley's networked business and educational ecosystems.


(2 years)Stockholm, Sweden

I am conducting research on “Virtues in Entrepreneurship” as part of the Ratio project “Entrepreneurship and human flourishing”.

My research is made possible by a grant from the Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation as part of the project “Entrepreneurship and human flourishing” at the Ratio Institute.

The Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation is a private foundation whose principle objective is to facilitate scientific research with a focus on liberal arts and the social sciences. It was founded in 1947 by the late Consul General Axel Ax:son Johnson (1876-1958) together with his wife Margaret, owner of the Nordstjernan group.


Future Entrepreneurs Programme
(3 years)Stockholm, Sweden

The Future Entrepreneurs Programme FEP is the first entrepreneurship programme connecting Swedish secondary-school and high-school pupils with startup entrepreneurs inspiring tomorrow's entrepreneurs.
The programme builds since November 2011 on intense, weekly meetings between both teachers and pupils and entrepreneurs experiencing entrepreneurship first hand in vibrant startup environments.
Every term a new intake of students are accepted into the programme. Here some details of the Spring 2013 term: (Swedish only)

FEP is made possible with the support of the Education Administration of the City of Stockholm.

Since November 2012 are participants of FEP asked to be the youth panel for choosing the next intake of social entrepreneurs to the Reach for Change Programme (

Workshop producer / moderator

Tällberg Foundation
(9 months)

I co-produced & moderated workshops and conversations on future thinking, education and innovation at the Tällberg Fall Forum, the Swedish Tällberg annual meeting and the Tällberg Forum 2012.

Campus Liaison, Training & Events

Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship
(2 years)Stockholm County, Sweden

As Campus Liaison I promoted and co-organized Entrepreneurship activities (like and, education and trainings. A special focus of my work rested on the establishment of SSES at the Stockholm University, the newest member institution, now having grown into a strong partner in the network.

After that I moved on to planning and coordinating all training activities at SSES, including Weekend-, International- and Summer Workshops. I furthermore managed the school’s participation in a number of global entrepreneurship competitions and I have been engaged in the creation and execution of the first SSES PhD Course within Entrepreneurship.


(1 year)

I have been engaged as trainer within venture creation at the YUMP programme. YUMP (Young Urban Movement Program) is an intense programme for young and aspiring entrepreneurs that have been chosen to participate in a 6-months training. YUMP helped the entrepreneurs in building their companies from idea to strong ventures with network, support, coaching and training.


Norek Kunstgalerie
(8 years)

Planning, marketing and organization of regular contemporary art exhibitions and events in Melk/Austria.


Theater Catering Norek
(4 years)

Planning, organization and management of catering around theatre festivals in Austria

Founder & CEO

Gezielt Vital Norek
(4 years)

Development, marketing and sales of skin analysis equipment and treatments

Assistant Product Manager

(1 year)

Assistant to the Product Manager of Microsoft Technet


BalticLab - Programme for the Baltic Sea Region(Link)

– Present

A network for emerging talent with unique, creative business and project ideas in the Baltic Sea region.

Young, creative minds in the Baltic Region can drive innovation and integration. BalticLab aims to bring these minds together in the same space, to create and explore new perspectives and sources for inspiration.

This is a platform for creative and active minds to share their project ideas, connect with their counterparts and find possible collaboration partners from across the region.

The project is a joint venture between the Swedish Insititute and The Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS). More information: and

Team members:

Future Entrepreneurs Programme(Link)

– Present

The Future Entrepreneurs Programme is the first public entrepreneurship programme connecting public Swedish secondary school and high school pupils with university students and ventures inspiring tomorrow's entrepreneurs.
The programme builts on intense, weekly meetings with both teachers and pupils experiencing entrepreneurship first hand in different startup environments every week. Here some key details to the programme: (Swedish only)
Future Entrepreneurs is made possible and created in close cooperation with the Education Administration of the City of Stockholm.
In November 2012 participants of FEP were asked to be the youth panel for choosing the next intake of social entrepreneurs to Reach for Change (

Team members:

Stockholm Summer Startups

Together with the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia and the Batten Institute ( I am putting together a Summer Internship Programme for Darden MBA Students to work at Stockholm based startups.

The Summer programme aims at
1. energizing hand picked swedish Startups and VCs with the strong management expertise of Darden's top-ranking MBAs and
2. creating an opportunity for Darden MBA students to get to know and work with the innovative Nordic Startup Scene.

Casewriter CEMS/Stockholm School of Economics Course on "Corporate Entrepreneurship"(Link)

I write the class-room cases for the CEMS/Stockholm School of Economics course on "Corporate Entrepreneurship".

Lunch For Change

Lunch for Change creates lunch meetings between job seekers and decision makers.

Global Entrepreneurship Programme

Bringing entrepreneurship and a global mindset to Swedish high schools.
Started in late 2011 GEP brings high school students in Stockholm close to experiencing entrepreneurship on a global arena.
GEP is supported and run in cooperation with the Education Administration Stockholm and the National University of Singapore.
The Future Entrepreneurs Network, started in autumn 2012 is a succession programme to GEP.

Volunteer Experience & Causes

Expert Reader Reach for Change

Reach For Change
– Present (1 year 3 months)Children

Expert Readers are hand picked by Reach for Change based on their extensive knowledge within the Entrepreneurial Sector. They are an essential part in choosing the best applicants to move forward to the interview stage and contribute to the process of making difference for children in Sweden.


Social Entrepreneurship Forum/Outreach Accelerator
(1 year)Disaster and Humanitarian Relief

I am mentor to Martha Sanchez and her venture TRIU.

Martha is part of SE-Forum's Accelerator Team 2012. The Accelerator Program is comprised of a diverse team of social entrepreneurs looking to transform the social entrepreneurial landscape globally. All startups address social or environmental challenges in emerging markets, with the overall goal to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Martha's venture TRIU transforms the traditional plastic and cardboard bottles. TRIUs are not only containers used for holding liquids but also elements to building living spaces.

Learn more about Martha and Triu here:

Opportunities Mikolaj is looking for:

Causes Mikolaj cares about:

Organizations Mikolaj supports:


University of Vienna

MA, Philosophy

Special interest in Business Ethics, Sustainability, Social Philosophy and Philosophy of Language

Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien / Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration

M.Sc., Business Administration

studies interrupted for founding of ventures between 2002 - 2005

Special interest in SME management and entrepreneurship



  1. English

    Native or bilingual proficiency
  2. Swedish

    Full professional proficiency
  3. German

    Native or bilingual proficiency
  4. Polish

    Professional working proficiency
  5. French

    Elementary proficiency


  • Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship...
  • New Venture Creation
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation Policy
  • Business Ethics
  • Social Philosophy
  • SME management
  • Innovation Management
  • Workshop Leader
  • German
  • Swedish
  • Polish
  • English
  • Training Skills
  • Inspiration
  • Presentation Coaching
  • Intrapreneurship
  • Moderation
  • Entrepreneur
  • Event Management
  • Start-ups
  • Public Speaking
  • New Business Development
  • International Business
  • Teaching
  • Higher Education
  • Policy
  • Coaching
  • Business Planning
  • Team Management
  • Intercultural Skills
  • Innovation
  • Leadership
  • Business Strategy
  • Strategy
  • Business Modeling
  • Training
  • Corporate Social...
  • Marketing Communications
  • Research
  • Nonprofits
  • Project Management
  • Management
  • Sustainability
  • Marketing
  • Management Consulting
  • International Relations
  • Social Innovation
  • Social Networking
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London School of Economics and Political Science

  • Global Civil Society
  • Worlds in Collision

Handelshögskolan i Stockholm

  • Ideation
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Negotiation Skills
  • International Presentation Skills
  • Development Economics
  • Sustainable Management

Stockholms universitet

  • Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries


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