Join the 4th edition of equity free acceleration program for European startups.

This time we are bringing top-class startups to Gdańsk, Poland and will supporting their growth within the Polish market by linking them to B2B clients. The accelerator is financed by Poland Prize program.

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Benefits for startups

Up to 45 000 € equity free in cash

and up to 12 500 € in expert services 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 at infoShare 2019

Show your startup at the biggest startup conference in the CEE region!

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.

5 Industry 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 at O4 coworking

Office + space for mentorship and a workshop for dirty job

Great networking opportunities

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

Eligible for:

» Teams (companies, scientific and academia teams, TT center spin-offs) of 2 to 4 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:

Data Science

Transport and Logistics

Prop Tech

Industry Partners:

LPP is a Polish clothing company operating in 20 countries in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

#transportationandlogistics

Olivia Business Centre is the biggest business park in Northern Poland. Over 5 000 people work for 200 companies at OBC

#proptech

The Port of Gdansk Authority is a sole entity managing the port in Gdansk – the Port of primary importance to the national economy.

#transportationandlogistics

Pekabex is a leading manufacturer of prefabricated structures in Poland. The company produce traditional reinforced elements, as well as modern prestressed elements used in enclosed structures

#transportationandlogistics #proptech

PZU Lab is dedicated for testing and implementation of innovative solutions for individual and corporate clients of the biggest insurance company in Poland.

#datascience

Challenges for startups

Our 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 acceleration phase will grow if you help our partners with their pains.

Challenge 1 

Warehouse and finished products management system of a construction company.

Industry Partner: Pekabex

#proptech #transport&logistics

Challenge 2

Management of warehouse space and storage of prefabricated elements in the factory.

Industry Partner: Pekabex

#proptech

Challenge 3

Concrete sampling and analysis system

Industry Partner: Pekabex

#proptech

Challenge 4 

Work registration system and cards identifying the location of employees

Industry Partner: Pekabex

#proptech #transport&logistics

Challenge 5

Transport of reinforcing steel between production halls in the factory

Industry Partner: Pekabex

#proptech

Challenge 6

Autonomous cleaning robot for the production hall and area around the factory

Industry Partner: Pekabex

#proptech

Challenge 7

Intelligent hall lighting system to reduce power consumption

Industry Partner: Pekabex

#proptech

Challenge 8

Insurance loss management and inspection system for mobile experts

Industry Partner: PZU Lab

#datascience

Challenge 9

Water detection system based on wireless sensors that do not require a network connection

Industry Partner: Olivia Business Centre

#proptech

Challenge 10

Monitoring of people on each floor in an office building and security management system

Industry Partner: Olivia Business Centre

#proptech

Challenge 11

Electricity, air conditioning, and media management system, as well as automation and optimization of resource consumption

Industry Partner: Olivia Business Centre

#proptech

Challenge 12

Solutions integrating OBC with the environment in the areas of public, private, shared transport and information on mass events

Industry Partner: Olivia Business Centre

#proptech

Challenge 13

Application for quick search of information about investment plans of global corporations in Europe

Industry Partner: The Port of Gdansk Authority

#datascience

Challenge 14

Automatic system for measurement, monitoring and presentation of water & sea levels in the Port of Gdansk

Industry Partner: The Port of Gdansk Authority

#transport&logistics

Challenge 15

Complex Geographic Information System for Port Gdansk

Industry Partner: The Port of Gdansk Authority

#proptech #transport&logistics

Challenge 16

Use of the “Industry 4.0” concept in risk management of industrial plants by using the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

Industry Partner: PZU Lab

#datascience

Don’t forget to check for updates. Our list of the challenges will grow during the application phase. You can also apply with a project which is not connected to reported problems. Each great downstream startup idea has chances to get access to the acceleration phase.

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 provide you accommodation and catering and show you 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

IV. Acceleration phase

Whole 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 3 months you will get up to 80 hours of technical and business mentorship. Rest of the time you will spend on really hard work and business development

Step 11 – Test drive with an Industry Partner

Prepare a test implementation plan for your solution and deliver it to an Industry Partner. Receive more equity-free funding, a total up to 33 000 €.

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 at infoShare 2019. Fight for bonus equity-free funding €12 000.

V. Demo Day

Accelerator’s Demo Day will be a part of the biggest festival of new technologies in the CEE region – infoShare conference. In the last edition, Gdansk was visited by 6 048 people from 55 countries. Use all opportunities offered by infoShare.

Compete for the infoShare Startup Contest main prize funded by the City of Gdansk – € 20 000 in cash. Present your product among 100 top-notch startups at Startup Expo to 6k+ attendees. Show your business card in the “Grow with Tech” magazine distributed for free in printed and online version.

infoShare by the numbers

attendees

investors

business partners

journalists

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

Space3ac 4th edition agenda

1st batch:
Recruitment: Sep-Nov 2018
Acceleration phase: Feb-Apr 2019
Demo Day: May 2019

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