Start up in Poland and get

50K $ non-equity


Build Tech, Get Seed

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About Poland Prize

Is your head full of business ideas but you just don’t know where to start? Or maybe you’ve already embarked on your business adventure but you could use some help with the development? No worries, Poland’s got you covered!

With Poland Prize, you get a chance to win the support of experts who will be your mentors helping your startup enter the Polish market, and up to
50K $ to accelerate your business. Sounds great, doesn’t it?

Poland Prize is an acceleration programme that aims to help foreign startups establish in Poland. We provide up to

50K $ non-equity funding and the opportunity to raise a seed round of
800K$ from one of our partner VC funds.

seed opportunity




What you can expect


with Polish startup ecosystem

office, tax and legal

Company setup

Experienced mentors

from startups, VC's and enterprises

Demoday & assessment

with VC funds


Who can apply?

Teams (second time founders) of 2 to 4 people

At least one member of the team must come from country of our interest (Germany, UK, Sweden, Finland, Norway)

At least 50% of company shares must belong to founders/team members from abroad

You develop a project where ICT is used to build a competitive advantage in a well-defined market niche (especially Fintech, Insurtech, TelecomTech, Space Technologies)

We provide

Up to 50k $, non equity

Softlanding package

Technical (80%) and business (20%) mentoring

Office spaces (coworking, offices)

Access to industry partners and VC funds

Here you can check Regulations of the project

Here you can check Evaluation form


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Application process

Submit the application form and your pitch deck

Meet our advisors for an interview

Get selected and join our acceleration



1st batch:

Recruitment: August – October 2018

Softlanding: November – December 2018

Acceleration phase: January – April 2019

Demo Day: April 2019

2nd batch:

Recruitment: November 2018 – February 2019

Softlanding: March – April 2019

Acceleration phase: May – August 2019

Demo Day: August 2019

3rd batch:

Recruitment: March – June 2019

Softlanding: July – August 2019

Acceleration phase: September – December 2019

Demo Day: December 2019

Poland Prize Operator

Starter is a space to gain knowledge and network. We are a community of entrepreneurs.

We change ways of thinking by creating future winners.

It is easier and quicker to develop with us.

Starter increases start-ups’ chances for success by motivating them to think out of the box and to be creative from the start.

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What are the terms of the program?

We invest in 2 to 4 people teams from markets such as Germany, United Kingdom, Norway, Finland and Sweden (at least one member must come from countries above and at least 50% of shares must belong to foreigners)

The acceleration programme (4 months) will be concentrated on technology (80%) – prototyping and preparation for seed investmentWe offer up to 50k EUR, non equity + acceleration services worth up to 10k EUR (mentoring, consultancy, business development).

We expect to work with at least one member of your team in our location here in Gdańsk (we offer softlanding package to help you register your company in Poland and set up in Gdańsk)

Participation in the programme is free of charge and non - equity

Strongly technological acceleration

Expert technical support for MVP building

Top technology and business mentors

Access to Polish talents’ tech pool

Support in seed funding

You can fund your product development with up to 50k EUR non equity


International reports (Global Competitiveness Report 2017, The fDi Report 2018), describe Polish economy as a safe business environment offering investment and development opportunities.

Poland offers:

Successful economy

According to McKinsey&Company Poland is the eight-largest economy in the European Union in real GDP terms with expected annual 4.2% GDP growth for the next 20 years

Qualified and competitive labor force

The number of persons employed as ICT specialists in Poland grew by 25% during the last 5 years

Highly-qualified workers and well-educated specialists (competitive in terms of costs comparing to Western Europe).


Poland’s convenient location in the centre of Europe, makes the country a perfect business destination for startups targeting both East and West.

Labour cost

Labour costs are still lower than in most European countries - in 2017 average hourly labour costs for Poland were estimated at EUR 9,36, for EU at EUR 26,8.Large domestic marketPoland economic growth steadily rises – in 2017 GDP growth was 4,6%. About 10% of total GDP comes from 75k ICT companies. It is the EU’s 6th largest country both size and population.

Why Poland?

Active startup community

ICT is one of the most dynamically developing sectors in Gdańsk

Business infrastructure – office space, 2 science and technology parks as a headquarters for i.a. Polish Space Agency, business incubators

Tech talent pool – every year almost 3500 students are developing skills on the one of the top Technical University in Poland

Strong academic centres with innovative laboratories, i.a. cubic virtual reality cave and spherical walk simulator

Attractive place to live - unique location that ensures close proximity to beaches , forests and lakes,good medical carevarious entertainment, cultural and sporting offers,

Why Gdańsk?

Legal advisory free of charge

Financial advisory free of charge

Softlanding package (including individual advisor, finding accommodation, office space, getting to know local ecosystem, networking, cultural and social support) free of charge

Fast-track visa process with support from Polish Goverment

What support from do I get in registering my company in Poland?

You will become a member of our Starter family and we will offer you our post - acceleration programme including:

Support of VC Funds

Support in applying for grants

Possibility to participate in other programmes led by Starter (especially those helping companies go global)

Sharing network of contacts

Administrative, legal and financial advice

What can I expect after the program?

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1. The administrator of personal data is the Gdańsk Foundation of Entrepreneurship with its registered office in Gdańsk (hereinafter: GFP), ul. Lęborska 3b, 80-386 Gdańsk, KRS: 0000234045, NIP: 5832907440, REGON 220049622; tel. 58 731 65 00, e-mail:

2. In GFP, the Data Protection Supervisor was appointed, which can be contacted by e-mail: or by phone number 58 731 65 81.

3. Personal data is processed by GFP based on the provision of art. 6 par. 1 lit. a) Regulation – ie. on the basis of voluntary, unambiguous and specific consent expressed by the person to whom personal data pertain, in writing by submitting a signed statement of consent to the processing of personal data in accordance with the form created for a specific purpose by the Administrator containing all information consistent with the information obligation laid down in Article 13 of the Regulation. Consents to the processing of personal data by GFP expressed by you before May 25, 2018 remain in force until their revocation.

4. The processing of personal data by GFP is done for the purposes of the application for the Poland Prize project. In the event of a change in the legal basis for the processing of personal data, the Administrator will inform the person affected by the change - immediately, no later than at the first action to process personal data.

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