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Corporates & startups to invent the future

One more time we brought top-class international startups to Gdańsk, Poland. We support their growth within the Polish market. The accelerator is financed by Poland Prize program.

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Why it’s worth it?

I participated in person in Poland Prize chapter of Space3ac and the Startup Wiseguys. Space3ac is a great source of new valuable contacts. You can also gain a different perspective and reorganize certain things when it comes to business development. In a short time, you get feedback from many people who have a lot of experience and knowledge to help you. And I would give the advice to any founder just take the opportunity the life gives as you might miss something very valuable.

Liudas Kanapienis

CEO, Ondato

We decided to participate in Poland Prize because we were looking for chances and opportunities for us to enter the European market. Poland Prize program was the perfect option for our startup in terms of what it offers. Accelerator helped us to make initial market research which was really helpful in entering the new country. We also found local persons that helped us in getting valuable contacts to business partners which were really beneficial to our expansion in Poland.

Jenny Kay

CEO, Fuchem Korea

Poland Prize powered by Space3ac benefits for startups

Up to 65 000 € equity free in cash

for each team in the acceleration phase and much more of potential investment from investors.

Soft landing in Poland

Support in registering company in Poland, training in Polish business law, accommodation, dedicated VISA track for non-EU citizens

Demo Day

Show your startup in front of our community – corporates, investors, mentors, alumni, partners, local governments, and media.

Gdańsk: TOP 5 "Destinations on the Rise" by Trip Advisor.

Work and live in city of Gdańsk, a place with great history, atmosphere and thriving startup ecosystem.

Business Partners

Leading companies in their industries in Poland for which accelerated startups will develop their innovative solutions

Business and technical mentorship

Customer development & acquisition help on every level from experienced entrepreneurs and mentors from all over the world.

Dedicated patron for each team

For the whole acceleration phase will track your progress and help you with the organization of work and meetings.

Place to work

Office + space for mentorship & meetings in Gdansk

Great networking opportunities

With representatives of mentors, investors, industry, companies, business, academia and public administration.

Join Poland Prize powered by Space3ac

Upcoming: Webinar for applying startups

Meet our teammates and get more insights about the accelerator. You’ll get:

– details about admission & evaluation criteria

– the schedule of the program and its phases

– main rules and formal stuff

– paths for startups interested in getting clients or investment

All of that will help you in better planning your activities in Poland.

Poland Prize accelerator is eligible for:

» Teams (companies, scientific and academia teams, TT center spin-offs) of at least 2 people.

» At least 50% of their company shares must belong to founders/team members from abroad (outside Poland).

» Technology readiness: TRL 3+

» At least one Board member must be from abroad (outside Poland).

» Capability of answering the technical challenges defined by our Partners (tech recipients).

Previous editions:

Industries:

Space sector

Smart City

Transportation & Logistics

Sector Agnostic

Challenges for startups

Our Poland Prize powered by Space3ac industry partners are looking for solutions for some crucial problems. They not only would like to test your solutions but also to pay for them. Your chances for the acceleration phase will grow if you help our partners with their pains. A full list of challenges will be published soon. You can still apply outside challenges and try to attract our Partners with your team & technology.

Poland Prize powered by Space3ac organizers:

Partners:

How does it work?

I. Application & evaluation phase

Step 1 – The rules

Check program regulations and conditions. Learn more about business needs of our Industry Partners which might be your first big clients in Poland

Step 2 – Get more details

Join one of our information meetings or webinars and learn more about the program

Step 3 – Apply

Fulfill application form, wait for an interview with our team and the results of the evaluation process. At least 15 teams will be selected for next phase of evaluation – Preparation Camp.

II. Preparation Camp

Step 4 – Meetings with Industry Partners

Visit Gdansk and talk with representatives of Industry Partners, mentors and startup patrons that will help you during acceleration phase

Step 5 – Pitch

Prepare 5-minute pitch about things that you’re doing and show the idea of your solution for the pains of Industry Partner that you would like to work with

Step 6 – Access to the accelerator

Accelerator will select at least 8 teams that will get access into acceleration phase and receive equity-free funding

III. Soft landing

Step 7 – Visit Gdansk

Our team will help you in accommodation and show you the local startup ecosystem, mentors, business partners and help you in better understanding the rules of making business in Poland

Step 8 – Company registration

We will help you in registering your company in Poland and prepare formal documents for acceleration phase

Step 9 – Acceleration agreement

Sign acceleration agreement and receive the first tranche of equity-free funding – up to 10 000 €

IV. Acceleration phase

Whole Poland Prize powered by Space3ac acceleration program will be hosted in the biggest coworking place in Poland – O4. We’ll provide you a place to work, meeting rooms, access to hardware lab, social area and chillout space, unlimited tea and coffee and a lot of side events around Olivia Business Centre.

Step 10 – Mentorship

For a couple of months you will get up to 80 hours of technical and business mentorship. The rest of the time you will spend on really hard work and business development

Step 11 – Work with corporate or VC business partner

Prepare a test implementation plan for your solution and deliver it to a Corporate Partner or work with one of our VC funds. Receive more equity-free funding, a total up to an additional 55 000 €.

Step 12 – Demo Day preparation

Prepare final pitch deck and improve your presentation – use wisely access to 150+ investors and companies looking for innovations during Demo Day.

V. Demo Day

VI. Post-acceleration

Step 13 – Lighthouse deal

Negotiate conditions of commercial cooperation with your Industry Partner and make a lighthouse deal!

Step 14 – Investment round

Get extra funding from investors and move your business to the next level

Step 15 – Alumni network

Get additional support and become a part of our alumni network. Help other startups in making their first steps in cooperation with large business partners

Poland Prize powered by Space3ac latest batch agenda

Summer batch:
Recruitment: Mar – Jul 2021
Soft landing & growth: Aug – Oct 2021
Acceleration phase (individual: 3-8 months): Nov -…
Demo Day: Nov 2021

Winter batch:
Recruitment: Aug-Oct 2021
Soft landing & growth: Nov-Jan 2021/22
Acceleration phase (individual: 3-8 months): Feb-…
Demo Day: Oct 2022

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Space3ac is trademark and brand of Blue Dot Solutions

The Programme is financed under the Smart Growth Operational Programme, Priority Axis II Support for the environment and capacity of enterprise for R&D&I activity, Measure 2.5 Acceleration Programs – Poland Prize

The total amount of received funds is 7 353 000 PLN.