Leopolis for Future is a unique project that allows students of Lviv universities to gain international professional experience. The author of the project and the founder of the foundation under name Leopolis for Future is Grzegorz Waluszewski, the entrepreneur and founder of many successful companies. Members of the Foundation’s Council: Beata Krzyżagórska-Żurek and Paweł Gieryński are deeply involved in the Foundation’s activities. A key role in the development of the foundation was also played by Artur Gabor – the first President of the Management Board of the foundation and the next President of the Management Board – Michał Kobosko. Currently, the function of the President of the Management Board of the foundation is held by Marcin Bielski, with the support of the other Members of the Management Board – Bartosz Chytła and Karolina Erwin.
Despite the fact that the Leopolis for Future foundation was established relatively recently (in 2014), significant successes can already be seen on its account. We started assuming that every year the Foundation will organize attractive monthly internships for small groups of students who during their stay in Poland will become familiar with the activities of the best Polish enterprises and public institutions. When selecting candidates to participate in the program, we are guided by the topic of internships being similar to the field of studies. It took less than three months to prepare the first edition of the program, from the idea to the end of its implementation. So far, over 160 of the most talented students of Lviv universities have already benefited from the internship, and the hardest working have been rewarded with the option of extending their stay in companies. Although several months have passed since the end of the last edition of the program, some Alumni still enjoy the privilege of extended internships.
Thanks to the activities of the Leopolis for Future foundation, students from Ukraine have the chance to undertake attractive internships in the best Polish companies. In each of the completed editions of the program, 20-25 students from the whole Ukraine visited Poland, the next edition is already in process of preparation. The Foundation’s Alumni Club, which was created after the first edition, includes both economists, humanists, engineers and artists.
In the first years of operation, our program received strong support of the late President of Gdańsk Paweł Adamowicz, whose work is currently being continued by President of Gdańsk Aleksandra Dulkiewicz, and Professor Leszek Pawłowicz, the founder of the annual European Financial Congress in Sopot. Currently we cooperate closely with the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Lviv and the Embassy of Ukraine in Poland under the leadership of Ambassador Vasyl Zvarych. We also implement joint projects with the European College (Campus in Natolin) under the management of Vice-Rector Ewa Ośniecka-Tamecka. We receive expressions of support and sympathy for our activity from the American think-tank Atlantic Council and the former US Ambassador to Poland- Daniel Fried. The law firm Krzyżagórska Łoboda & Partners, represented by Managing Partner- Beata Krzyżagórska, has been providing pro bono legal services for our project since the beginning of our operation.
We cooperate with the following Universities:
- Ivan Franko National University of Lviv,
- Lviv Polytechnic National University,
- Lviv National Academy of Arts,
- Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv,
- National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy,
- National Technical University of Ukraine “Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute”,
- Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.