Poland Prize powered by Huge Thing aims to help non-Polish startups by:
We help you understand Polish business better so you can focus on acceleration with our Partners.
Some startups might want to focus on opening a company in a new country and high-quality mentoring and professional workshops at every stage. Others might be willing to test their product with partners. 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 a larger network — who knows maybe you will raise your next investment round in Poland.
If you want to participate in the Poland Prize program, you must meet the following requirements:
Poland is for your potential next market to enter
You are willing to set up a company in Poland – Don’t worry! If you get in, our legal team will help you through the process of registration, opening a bank account etc.
At least 50% of shares in the new Polish company will belong to the founders of the team from outside Poland and at least one of the management board members comes from outside Poland
Your Polish company wasn’t created through a merging or splitting of already-existing companies
Your team is ready to respond to areas of interest identified by partners of the accelerator
You have a proof of concept for your idea
Your business idea already generates revenue
Your team is well-motivated and ready for new challenges
Phase 2 is available only if your Partner is still interested in your solution and there's potential for PoC
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.
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.
Żabka Polska is the owner of the fastest-growing chain of convenience stores in Poland and one of the most dynamic formats in the world, opening more than 4000 new stores in 2016-21. There are over 8,400 stores operated by more than 7,100 franchisees under the Żabka brand. About 15.5 million Polish consumers live no further than 500 m from the nearest Żabka store. To provide them with convenience and the highest quality of service, Żabka Future develops technological and system tools for the future. As part of the Żabka Group responsibility strategy, the chain has made commitments in the areas of good nutrition, services that facilitate sustainable life, the development of entrepreneurship, diversity and inclusive organizational culture, corporate governance, as well as decarbonization and circular economy. More information about Żabka Polska on: www.zabka.pl.
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.
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 establishing the company, your meals and accommodation.
Do you have any questions? Contact us via email: email@example.com
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