The 6th edition of Huge Thing was carried out as a part of Poland Prize Initiative. For this edition, we partnered with Santander Bank Polska, Procter and Gamble and SpeedUp Venture Capital Group.
The program lasted 16 weeks and was hosted by Google for Startups Campus in Warsaw. The goal was to give startups the tools and knowledge which will allow them to build strong and profitable businesses. That’s why we offered up to 45 000 euro equity free financial support as well as 11 500 euro in expert services for each team.
Each of the startups accepted to the accelerator got a chance to work with one of Huge Thing’s program partners.
GreenBin PackagiNation is a solution for verifiable tracking of recycled packaging.
Saffe provides payment and authentication solutions via anti-fraud facial recognition.
Santander Bank Polska is the third largest bank in Poland which provides financial solutions to personal customers, micro, small and medium enterprises, and Polish and global corporations. In 2011, the Bank joined the international Santander Group, which is a leading retail and commercial financial Group, founded in 1857 and headquartered in Spain. It is the largest financial Group in the eurozone by market capitalization. At the end of June 2018, Santander Group had EUR 981 billion in customer funds (deposits and mutual funds), 140 million customers, 13,500 branches and 200,000 employees.
Procter & Gamble a global company operating in 170 countries has been serving consumers for over 180 years with one of the strongest, most diverse and innovative brand portfolio with 65 trusted, quality, leading brands including Always®, Ambi Pur®, Ariel®, Vizir®, Fairy®, Gillette®, Head & Shoulders®, Lenor®, Old Spice®, Oral-B®, Pampers® and Pantene®, making a difference in people’s everyday life. For P&G innovation is the cornerstone of its business and the company considers Poland as one of its key hubs for global innovations. P&G in Poland provides unique opportunities for local startups to combine their innovation with the global scale of the company, work directly with top internal experts to develop solutions that can be implemented on a global scale, while at the same time growing their business capabilities.
SpeedUp Venture Capital Group is a leading group of venture capital funds, investing in enterprises in an early stage of development (seed, pre-revenue, early growth). Areas of our interest include enterprises and entrepreneurs in Central and Eastern Europe, who want to conquer the global market by utilizing their self-developed solutions. Their cooperation with companies is based on a 3-8 year investment horizon. SpeedUp is looking for innovations from areas such as: consumer internet, fintech, martech, adtech, medtech, IoT and hardware. They’re interested in technologies like Machine Learning,Picture recognition, Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality, VR and Blockchain.
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