Poland Prize powered by Huge Thing 10th Edition

2021 Edition

Ideas are easy, implementation is hard

Poland Prize powered by Huge Thing provides up to €65K funding for non-Polish startups. We help you accelerate your business in Poland so you can focus on validation with our partners.

Some companies might need help with soft landing in a new country. Others need high-quality mentoring and professional workshops at every stage. We help to find the best path for you and your team!


At Huge Thing, our goal is to connect startups with partners so you can show what you do best – develop tech solutions. This usually means: accelerating you to the point where you’ re ready to validate your business with corporations or VC funds. Then we can introduce you to larger network — who knows maybe you will raise your next investment round in Poland.

Program Highlights & Timeline of 10th Edition

We look for non-Polish startups with at least one founder without Polish citizenship and a at least 50% of shares belongs to non-Polish board members. Teams must have the ability to answer the technical challenges defined by our Partners.

Acceleration is for startups that already gained customers for their product who are ready to start into the Polish market.

The recruitment process consists of 3 stages: enrollment of application, interviews followed by verification, and Bootcamp.

Top teams are invited for an online, 3-day Bootcamp consisting of 1:1s, workshops and more.

The program consists of workshops, mentoring sessions, Polish lessons and individual work on your projects.

We share our best practices to support the strategic and measurable growth of your business at scale Startups chosen for the program will receive up to €65 000 in financial support & a huge dose of know-how.

You can take part in the program for free – no cost or equity. We do not cover the expenses of your meals and accommodation.

Do you have any questions? Contact us via email: hello@hugething.vc

You can learn more about the details of the program – check out the FAQ questions.


Do you want to join the group of program partners? Check HERE who can be a partner and what benefits from working with startups under the program.

Black Pearls VC is a Polish based early stage venture capital firm focused on seed, post-seed and Series A investments in leading tech startups from Northern & Central Europe. Focusing on supporting ambitious entrepreneurs in building companies with a global reach, Black Pearls VC is usually one of the first investors in the company, helping founders scale and reach their goals. Typical ticket ranges between €100k – €1m, with follow-on investments in later rounds. 

So far Black Pearls VC has invested in over 30 companies such as: Telemedi, Autenti, Nordigen, eAgronom, Insly, IamIP. Black Pearls VC is a part of a Kauffman Fellows program, a global venture capital leadership programme which includes over 650 leading VCs from over 50 countries worldwide.

Coca Cola HBC Poland & Baltics is a branch of Coca-Cola HBC AG, a strategic partner and the world’s second largest bottler of The Coca-Cola Company beverages, reaching over 590 million consumers. We operate on 4 among: Polish, Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian, and our portfolio includes: Coca-Cola carbonated drinks, Coca-Cola Zero, Coke Energy, Cherry Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Kinley Tonic, juices and nectars Cappy, Kropla Beskidu and Kropla Delice mineral waters, Burn energy drinks, Monster Energy and Predator and Fuzetea iced teas.

One brand, many companies, and many, many people – that’s us in a nutshell. Spread all over the world, we have a passion for home furnishing and an inspiring shared vision: to create a better everyday life for the many people. This, together with our straightforward business idea, shared values, and a culture based on the spirit of togetherness, guides us in everything we do.

EIT InnoEnergy is a leading fund investing in energy, cleantech, mobility, and broader smart technology solutions, both in Europe and beyond. Since its creation in 2010, and with the support of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), it has invested €560 million in sustainable energy innovation, providing funding and additional support to approximately 380 start-ups.

Innovation Nest is a European VC that invests in early-stage B2B software companies. We’re a group of serial entrepreneurs applying diverse perspectives within industries ready for a transformation. Our diversity gives us a broader perspective, allowing us to empower entrepreneurs working on different projects within various disciplines and sectors.
Market One Capital is a 45M pan-European VC, led by an experienced team of entrepreneurs. We invest tickets from 200k up to 1.5M EUR in early stage network effects platforms. We are a Pan-European early stage VC fund investing into marketplaces / digital platforms and SaaS. We founded and scaled 3 online platforms ourselves as entrepreneurs. We have invested in 60+ early-stage tech startups (majority of them being platforms or SaaS), including Docplanner, Brainly, Tier Mobility, Packhelp and Genial.ly

Veolia Group in Poland has been a reliable partner of cities and industry throughout the country for over 20 years. Based on knowledge and experience, it offers innovative services tailored to the needs of Customers. By investing in the expansion and modernization of its production and distribution infrastructure, as well as developing activities in the area of effective energy management, water and wastewater management and waste management, it ensures the highest quality of services. Veolia constantly looks for innovative solutions in areas such as decarbonization, energy efficiency, e-mobility, indoor air quality and energy balancing. Taking into account the circular economy model, it creates and implements economically and environmentally effective solutions contributing to the sustainable development of cities and industry.

Key Criteria

If you want to participate in the Poland Prize program, you must meet the following requirements:


At least 50% of shares in the company belong to the founders or members of the team from outside Poland and at least one of the management board members comes from outside Poland 


You have a proof of concept for your idea and motivated team ready for challenges and acceleration


Your team is ready to respond to areas of interest identified by partners of the accelerator


You are willing to set up a micro entreprise or SME in Poland


You are not listed on the stock exchange up to 5 years after registration


You have not yet distributed profits


You have not created as a result of the merger


You do not operate in one of the excluded industries (check the regulations specified in the Rules of recruitment procedure for details)


Do you have any question?

We’ll be more than happy, to answer you!

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