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.

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.

Upcoming webinar: How to get 65k€ equity-free & corporate clients?

Meet our teammates and learn more about our program:

  1. details about admission & evaluation criteria
  2. the schedule of the program and its phases
  3. main rules and formal stuff
  4. paths for startups interested in getting clients or investment

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

Join Poland Prize powered by Space3ac

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:


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.

Challenge 1

ICT solutions exerting new capabilities of the 5G technology.

Industry Partner: Orange Polska SA

Challenge 2

IoT solutions based on LTE-M technology with integration capabilities with Orange Live Object platform.

Industry Partner: Orange Polska SA

Challenge 3

Green solutions supporting limitation of the negative environmental impact.

Industry Partner: Orange Polska SA

Challenge 4

System for monitoring the technical condition of the quays of the Port of Gdansk. Automatic IoT system for measurement and aggregation of data on the technical condition of the port infrastructure, e.g. wall piles thickness measurement, sheet wall tightness monitoring and testing, concrete quality testing etc.

Industry Partner: Port of Gdansk Authority SA

Challenge 5

Designing and equipping an electric drive integrated with the structure of stairs ZREMB Wojkowice LSP 3S (number to be determined)

Industry Partner: WELCOME Airport Services 

Challenge 6

Air cargo management and warehousing systems.

Industry Partner: WELCOME Airport Services 

Challenge 7

System for marking and scanning company’s assets (fixed assets) based on RFID / TRID tags and readers

Industry Partner: WELCOME Airport Services 

Challenge 8

An application that checks entry restrictions related to COVID

Industry Partner: WELCOME Airport Services 

Challenge 9

Creation of a new corporate passenger check-in program, equipped with a message sending module (similar to AlteaFM)

Industry Partner: WELCOME Airport Services 

Challenge 10

Displaying/exporting the work schedule as an online version. A platform for managing the work schedule and publishing live updates for employees

Industry Partner: WELCOME Airport Services 

Challenge 11

An application for PPP Leaders that shows in real time the schedule and informs about changes of agents

Industry Partner: WELCOME Airport Services 

Challenge 12

An application made for modifying and identifying the status of the maintenance crew and daily handling of airport equipment and operational vehicles, with the possibility of adding instructional videos: daily service and emergency malfunction

Industry Partner: WELCOME Airport Services 

Challenge 13

Automation & robotics. Including technologies for intelligent control of devices and machines

Business Partner: Solidarity Transport Hub Poland

Challenge 14

IoT, sensors and smart sensor networks

Business Partner: Undisclosed

Challenge 15

Power engineering, including smart electricity grids, intelligent storage systems, efficient technologies for the production and processing of energy from renewable sources.

Business Partner: Undisclosed

Challenge 16

Project management & productivity tools

Business Partner: Solidarity Transport Hub Poland

Challenge 17

Software for infrastructure projects planning and management

Business Partner: Solidarity Transport Hub Poland

Challenge 18

Real estate & proptech solutions

Business Partner: Solidarity Transport Hub Poland

Challenge 19

Development of downstream services based on data gathered by satellite platforms or  unmanned aerial vehicles.

Business Partner: Silesian Science and Technology Centre of Aviation Industry Ltd.

Challenge 20

Measurement and 3D control of composite structures for automotive and aerospace sectors.

Business Partner: Silesian Science and Technology Centre of Aviation Industry Ltd.

Challenge 21

Implementation of modern composite materials for the production of lightweight components in automotive and aerospace applications.

Business Partner: Silesian Science and Technology Centre of Aviation Industry Ltd.

Challenge 22

Treating (purifying) formation water in the oil&gas industry.

Business Partner: PGNiG

Challenge 23

Optimization of the processes (based on AI). 

Business Partner: PGNiG

Challenge 24

Data science, use of big data. Data Analytics.

Business Partner: PGNiG

Challenge 25

Strategy, processes and Marketing Automation class tools that will allow to increase sales funnel, customer education.

Business Partner: PGNiG

Challenge 26

Creating an effective employer branding strategy to increase loyalty of employees and improving the efficiency of recruitment processes.

Business Partner: PGNiG

Challenge 27

Tools supporting sales for people working in the field, applications, digitization.

Business Partner: PGNiG

Challenge 28

Bots performing repetitive activities for employees.

Business Partner: PGNiG

Challenge 29

Gamification platforms to increase the effectiveness of teams expressed by growth of the operational and sales Key Performance Indicator levels.

Business Partner: PGNiG

Challenge 30

Automatic assessment of conversations conducted by consultants using AI, evaluation of emotions, if there are such solutions.

Business Partner: PGNiG

Challenge 31

Platform for managing information on energy consumption, consumption management, power management.

Business Partner: PGNiG

Challenge 32

Building effective supply chains during developing new services and products for customers, e.g. design, construction, operation and service of renewable energy and heating installations based on natural gas. Digitization, visualization.

Business Partner: PGNiG

Challenge 33

Development of the sales offer – Smart home and smart metering devices, medical devices, wearables.

Business Partner: PGNiG

Challenge 34

Optimization of heat and power production (modeling the optimal one on-line operating point).

Business Partner: PGNiG

Challenge 35

Implementation of an IT tool that calculates online the energy effects of the new technology in the context of current regulations and prices of CO2 emission allowances with the function

Business Partner: PGNiG

Challenge 36

Optimization of repair costs and equipment availability (power engineering and heat engineering).

Business Partner: PGNiG

Challenge 37

New production forecasting tools en. electricity and heat taking into account changing technical and economic environment.

Business Partner: PGNiG

Challenge 38

Implementation of an internal communication tool for the purpose of sharing knowledge on the subject of projects, technologies and potential contractors.

Business Partner: PGNiG

Challenge 39

Development of a system for managing the circulation of information and the circulation of documents in the process of preparing offers, contracts, sales and debt collection with the necessary database (required integration of the solution with systems operating in the company, e.g. with the system TETA) with mobile access for field workers.

Business Partner: PGNiG

Challenge 40

Hydrogen technologies, fuel cells.

Business Partner: PGNiG

Challenge 41

Tech startups from Northern & Central Europe

Business Partner: Black Pearls VC

Challenge 42

Deep Tech focus –  startups working across various sectors.

Business Partner: Black Pearls VC

Challenge 43

Ambitious entrepreneurs who want to build companies with a global reach.

Business Partner: Black Pearls VC

Challenge 44

Ambitious entrepreneurs who want to build companies with a global reach.

Business Partner: Black Pearls VC

Challenge 45

ESG: Digital footprint

  • Technologies bringing control over the clients’ presence in cyberspace
  • Raising awareness of cybersecurity

Business Partner: Bank Pekao

Challenge 46

ESG: Impact investing

  • Solutions introducing possibilities to finance projects and enterprises positively impacting both the environment and the society
  • Offers potentially offsetting carbon footprint
  • Integration of ESG goals into investment processes

Business Partner: Bank Pekao

Challenge 47

ESG: Financial management and financial health technologies

  • Solutions monitoring condition of finances and spending behaviours
  • Supporting data-driven business decisions making

Business Partner: Bank Pekao

Challenge 48

ESG: Carbon footprint

  • Digital tools measuring, limiting and offsetting carbon footprint (especially digital carbon footprint solutions)
  • Technologies based on data analytics (e.g. spending behaviours)
  • Digital advisory functionalities supporting the pursuit of climate neutrality
  • Raising ecological awareness through banking products and functionalities

Business Partner: Bank Pekao

Challenge 49

Payments: International money transfer

  •  A solution that allows for fast and safe transfers between accounts in different countries.

Business Partner: Bank Pekao

Challenge 50

Operations: Verification and signing of documents

  • Verification and signing of documents by authorized persons. A tool that will be able to verify whether a given person is authorized to sign the document (according to the company’s status) and will create and manage the optimal signature path.

Business Partner: Bank Pekao

Challenge 51

VaS: Smart payments

  • Smart payments – Providing customers with access to tools that facilitate online or contactless payments.
  • Solution for kids&teen – Supporting financial education of young people through tools introducing them to the world of financial services, potentially with elements of gamification.
  • Subscription management tool – A subscription management model for retail bank customers
  • Cash Flow Manager – Tools for managing cash-flow in small and medium-sized companies
  • e-governance services
  • Another value added services (frequent usability)

    Business Partner: Bank Pekao

    Poland Prize powered by Space3ac organizer:

    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: January – March 2022
    Soft landing & growth: April – May 2022
    Acceleration phase (individual: 3-8 months): May -…
    Demo Day: December 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.