Poland Prize
(2018 - 2020)

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.


Cunundrum provides AI-based software platform, which helps industrial companies to predict equipment failures better and earlier, prevent or decrease unscheduled downtime, diagnose and fix quality issues.
Eiravato is a technology platform and materials marketplace, helping manufacturers to de-risk sourcing and trading of recycled materials whilst protecting from legislative changes by implementation of practical Circular Business Models.
Ferret Video – service that allows you to make educational and involving games from any video selling. 

GreenBin PackagiNation is a solution for verifiable tracking of recycled packaging.

Linx4 – combining industrial IoT with the blockchain technology to enable new flexible financing tools for banks based on real-time machine data.

Metricso is a social media intelligence platform providing brands with deep knowledge about their customers.

Ninja Lender – exchange of rejected loan applications for banks and credit institutions.

PAGO – app for receiving, managing and paying all your utility bills from one app.

Parcela Ja – consumers can pay their purchases up to 12 installments at the store checkout at no extra cost whatsoever.

Peekd.ai helps brands improve their online sales performance through 3rd party eCommerce sites.

Tap.2.pay accept seamless payments – anytime, anywhere.

Think Out – makes the business analysis and forecasting accessible for SMEs, providing a real-time overview of their performance based on the transaction history from their bank accounts.

TimeFlip builds an ultimately simple and user friendly IoT tool to help individuals and businesses in tracking time and workload.

Saffe provides payment and authentication solutions via anti-fraud facial recognition.

SmartSub – AI marketing service for small businesses.

VIMIX analyzes and tracks user-generated videos at scale using AI and engagement data, to understand how customers perceive and feel about a brand’s products, and helps optimize video marketing ROI.

Visor.ai automates interactions using Artificial Intelligence and Chatbots.

Webtotem is a Saas platform for monitoring and protecting your website.

WeGroup helps insurance providers to connect with their digital customers.


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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Zduńska Wola - challenges

Cyber Security

We are looking for solutions to increase the level of cyber security in the city and to protect the data of residents and businesses in Zdunska Wola. The area of interest also includes technologies to repel cyber attacks to which the public administration is exposed in the current geopolitical situation. As part of the challenge, we are also looking for solutions to increase citizens' awareness and knowledge of cyber security.

Rainwater channels

We are looking for technology that will allow us to inventory technical data on rainwater channels and drainage ditches and monitor their filling status. Based on the data, the local government should be able to estimate the necessary materials and the cost of repairs in case of failure.

Attractive city app

We are looking for solutions that will create an attractive city application that will allow us to integrate existing solutions, such as reporting faults, checking public transportation schedules and making medical appointments. The city also aims to increase users of three types of Zduńska Wola cards.

CPI Property Group - challenges

Digitalization of building documentation

We are looking for a solution that will enable secure and fast digitization and archiving of building documentation, which will be carried out directly at the facility to which the documentation relates. The solution should provide quick, easy and intuitive access to the archived documents.

Joanna Kozioł

Project Manager/ Interim Innovation Specialist

Joanna joined Huge Thing in 2024. As an Interim Innovation Specialist she is responsible for cooperation with bigger organisations in the area of innovations management. Her professional experience is based on academia and R&D projects related to Disaster Risk Reduction and safety engineering. Moreover last year she decided to switch industry and entered the “innovative” ecosystem of start-ups and acceleration which inspires her more and more. She is a huuuge fan of city breaks and the art of cafe hopping.

Alior Bank - challenges


We search for solutions which can help us to provide the best possible customerexperience for our clients, regardless of the chosen customer service channel. The solutions should provide seamless connection between various channels (mobile app, phone-calls, branches etc.)

Main digital relationship

We search for solutions which can intensify customers’ engagement in our banking mobile app. We want to provide new, innovative functions and value-added services for our customers and encourage them to use our mobile app more frequently. The solutions should address our clients’ needs on daily basis or help us to improve banking processes inside the app to make it more engaging. New functionalities and services can be implemented on-premise or using mobile SDK.

EIT InnoEnergy

EIT InnoEnergy is looking for solutions in the following areas:

  • Hydrogen Economy Equipment
  • Water Tech
  • Raw materials (mining efficiency & impact)
  • Point source carbon capture
  • Biogenic CO2 (BECCS: carbon capturing, removal, and storage)
  • Decarbonization of industrial heat
  • Aluminum value chain & aluminum-air batteries
  • Heavy road transport electrification
  • Digital solutions (smart grid and energy consumption management)
  • Textile recycling

Saint Gobain - challenges

Efficient and ecological recovery of flat glass

We are looking for solutions to recover as much flat glass as possible in a safe manner. We are not limited to the technology used, but at the same time we want a solution that is environmentally friendly and does not use toxic chemicals.

Waste glass collection technology

We are looking for solutions that can be used in manufacturing plants to collect flat glass waste generated during the production and handling of glass products. We want to automate the process of cleaning glass cullet that can be reused in the production process. Consider that the distance between the floor and the production line at the lowest point is 60 cm.

Laminated glass production process

We are looking for solutions to identify bottlenecks on a laminated glass production line . The line handles the production of different types of glass, with different process parameters. The purpose of the test is to improve the efficiency of production by minimizing the duration of its various stages, based on information obtained from the system planned for implementation.

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We are looking for:

    • Technologies supporting PZU in insurance prevention and mitigation of life, health and property insurance risks for individual and corporate customers, this includes solutions that support physical and mental prevention;
    • Technologies which will support call center workers in their everyday job – simplify their job and reduce the risk of errors;
    • Ideas and technologies that will help our distribution partnersto increase sales and improve workflow. These solutions can include development of alternative sales channels and improvements in the process.
    • Actuarial solutions for risk assessment and pricing excellence in motor insurance
    We aim not only to respond to development in insurtech but also to stay ahead of these trends. PZU is looking for startups operating in various areas, particularly in insurtech, advanced analytics solutions, digitalization, and new customer interactions.
  • Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship

    The Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship of the University of Nevada, Reno was founded in 2014 by a gift from Eren and Fatih Ozmen. Headquartered in Sparks, NV, Sierra Nevada Corporation is a privately held company under the leadership of Chief Executive Officer, Fatih Ozmen and President, Eren Ozmen. SNC-owned Sierra Space has been tasked by NASA to build a Dream Chaser Space Plane.Ozmen Center’s goals are to focus on the development of entrepreneurial skills, improve northern Nevada’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and attract high- growth tech companies from all over the world to successfully land and succeed in the US with a help of our mentors & entrepreneurs in residence. Our major initiatives include an international startup school, Sontag Entrepreneurship Competition, LaunchNevada, International Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium, IREX Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge, and Aerospace and Defense Academy.

    Jagoda Bujno

    Communication Intern

    Jagoda joined the Huge Thing team in 2024, where she was part of the communications team with Damian. Together, they manage the company’s external and internal communications. This includes working with business representatives, business environment institutions, public administration, media, and the academic community. Jagoda also supports marketing and PR activities. Before joining Huge Thing, Jagoda was actively involved in an organization related to the Erasmus+ program. In my free time, she’s passionate about graphics, drawing, and cinema. She’s also a huge fan of traveling!.

    Katarzyna Maryanska

    Program Manager

    Kasia joined Huge Thing in 2024 and strengthened the acceleration team. Together with Maria and Mateusz she creates and leads acceleration programs and creates the startup environment.

    Before joining the Huge Thing team, she gained experience in other startups organizations such as Business Link, Digital Knowledge Observatory and Startup Academy, where she was responsible for coordinating incubation, acceleration projects and community events.

    Huuuuge fan of Erasmus + project (especially related to gamification and visual thinking topics) During her spare time she enjoys low cost traveling, festivals, and good tea :)

    ACE.SG (Action Community for Entrepreneurship)

    ACE.SG (Action Community for Entrepreneurship) is the national voice for the Singapore startup ecosystem, and a key trade association representing the interests of startups in Singapore. Working closely with the Government and startups, ACE.SG aims to promote entrepreneurship, catalyse new growth opportunities, scale startups and build champion enterprises.

    ACE.SG was established in 2003 by the Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry, and re-launched as a private sector-led, non-profit organisation in 2014. ACE.SG’s Patron is Dr Tan See Leng, Minister for Manpower and Second Minister for Trade and Industry.

    ACE.SG constantly seeks to build a vibrant and sustainable startup ecosystem in Singapore, and focuses on five key pillars: Startups, Corporations, Institutes of Higher Learning, Risk Capital, and Public Sector. As the driving force behind Singapore as an Innovation Island, ACE.SG is creating a virtual and physical space where ideas, knowledge, and capabilities are transformed into value efficiently.

    Weve Acceleration

    WEVE Acceleration is NYC’s premiere acceleration program for international startups expanding to the US. Formerly NUMA New York, WEVE enjoys more than twenty years of experience introducing the world’s most promising startups to the world’s largest market. Since opening our NYC office in 2017, we’ve accelerated over 350 startups from 35 different nationalities. Weve Acceleration offer:
    • Workshops and curriculum in US go-to market, sales, marketing, fundraising, and key cultural business practices
    • Customized events for business development, demo-days, custom thought leadership panels, and networking cocktails
    • 1:1 mentorship – connection to a lead and dedicated mentor based on their industry and US objectives, as well as other 1:1 mentor introductions to solve the most pressing business challenges
    • Business match-making – connecting companies directly to WEVE’s network of corporates across industries of Retail, Financial Services, The tech giants, Manufacturing, Health and Pharma, and more.
    • Investor Preparation and Matchmaking, supporting companies in the preparation of their deck, story and assets, and direct introductions to relevant investors
    • Connections and discounts to vetted partners, including legal, banking, accounting, taxes, hiring, and more
    • Over $1M in perks and discounts for things like cloud services, CRM services and other.

    CIC Innovation Campus

    CIC is a global leader in building and operating innovation campuses that support the growth of entrepreneurs and startups. Founded in 1999 with a single location in Kendall Square, the company now operates more than 1 million square feet of shared workspace, wet labs, and event space in the US, Europe, and Asia. Its collaborative work environments support thousands of individuals in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors who are focused on innovating solutions to local and global problems. As part of the Go Global program, CIC offers customized packages to meet startups at their stage of growth and global exploration. Learn more at cic.com.

    About Veolia Poland

    For over 25 years, Veolia has been a proven partner for industry and Polish cities in the process of ecological transformation. Based on knowledge and international experience, it offers innovative environmental services and solutions based on unleashing synergies and maximising the benefits of implementing the circular economy concept. Operating in the three sectors – energy, water and waste – the Group is involved in, among other things, the production and supply of heat, the provision of district heating services to some 3 million customers, the trading and sale of energy, as well as the transmission and treatment of water. It continuously invests in the expansion and modernisation of its infrastructure and develops modern services such as energy efficiency and Total Waste Management, contributing to the sustainable development of the whole country. Veolia in Poland has more than 4,600 employees whose mission is ‘Resourcing the world’. It operates in 123 towns and cities and manages district heating networks in 58 cities. It operates through companies: Veolia Energia Polska (holding), Veolia Energia Warsaw, Veolia Energia Łódź, Veolia Energia Poznań, Veolia term, Veolia Energy Contracting Poland, Veolia Industry Polska, Veolia EKOZEC, Przedsiębiorstwo Wodociągów i Kanalizacji in Tarnowskie Góry and their subsidiaries. www.veolia.pl
    Berlin Innovation Agency​ is a boutique transformation studio and academy. We partner with organizations of all sizes to create bespoke learning, change, and innovation journeys.

    We have an extensive track-record supporting entrepreneurs, having accelerated +80 startups through our own accelerator programs: Future City, Future Health, and ClimateX Accelerators. In addition to open-cohort startup programs, we create customized learning journeys based on the challenges and needs of our customers.

    Our learning formats include interactive masterclasses, coaching, as well applicable and actionable workshops (including compact and/or multi-day Bootcamps, Blueprints, Design Sprints, etc.). In the startup acceleration realm, our services cover the entire acceleration span – from ideation to investment readiness, expansion and growth (see comprehensive list below). Additionally, we also support our clients with stakeholder mapping, market analysis, soft landing (incl. event organization, placement and introductions), and more.

    Starta Capital

    Starta.vc is a New York-based venture ecosystem that includes three early-stage VC funds, a co-investment platform for angel investors, and acceleration & immersion programs for startups and scale-ups. Its flagship batches run twice a year in the New York office. In addition, Starta also runs four associate programs annually in collaboration with some of the Ivy League and top schools around the world.

    This in-person program takes place in both New York and Silicon Valley and focuses on entering and validating the US market, as well as building a strong client and investor network. It’s an ideal option for companies looking to establish sales, launch pilot projects, fundraise, and gain a comprehensive understanding of the US ecosystem. Key focus areas include market research and competitive analysis, hands-on work on building a client pipeline, identifying grant opportunities, setting up an effective investor outreach campaign, guidance on incorporation and business immigration, and legal advice on fundraising tools and processes. The program also emphasizes in-person connections, featuring multiple networking events per week and two Investor Showcases (Demo Days), one in Silicon Valley and one in New York. Duration options are 12 weeks or 6 weeks.

    The program also emphasizes in-person connections, featuring multiple networking events per week and two Investor Showcases (Demo Days), one in Silicon Valley and one in New York. Duration options are 12 weeks or 6 weeks.

    Maria Tyka-Majewska

    Senior Project Manager

    Project manager, Expert in creating innovation and acceleration programs.

    As a member of the Huge Thing team, she is responsible for the creation and coordination of acceleration programs and direct cooperation with startups.

    Before joining the Huge Thing team, she gained experience at the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development, Startup Academy and the Polish Development Fund, where she was responsible for coordinating incubation and acceleration projects. 
    Italian and Spanish cuisine enthusiast.

    Marta Truś

    Innovation Designer

    Marta joined Huge Thing in 2023 and strengthened the consulting team.
    Together with Maryla and Zuza she supports large organizations in processes related to innovation. That includes, among others: design of processes, innovation framework design, structuring the work of innovation teams and facilitating cooperation with startups.

    Before joining Innovation Monsters, Marta worked in consulting and was involved in business process mapping, user experience research and design. She is interested in digital accessibility and the changes that digital reality brings to our lives. A careful observer of change. Hackathoner, yogi and dog mom.

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    Maryla Wojcieszek

    Interim Head of Knowledge, Innovation Shaper

    As Innovation Shaper at Huge Thing, Maryla supports large organizations in processes related to innovation. That includes, among others:  ‘as is’ diagnosis, analysis and (re-)design of processes, innovation framework design, structuring the work of innovation teams, and facilitating cooperation with startups. As the Interim Head of Knowledge, Maryla is responsible for the materialization and transfer of knowledge as well as talent management within the Huge Thing team. She designs and creates new products/services based on internal knowledge resources as well as new models of delivery and dissemination. She’s also a workshop designer and facilitator.

    Experienced designer of (public) programs supporting the startup ecosystem in Poland. In her professional experience, as an Expert in the Startup Development Department at PARP, Maryla co-created, among others, the Scale UP program – the first public acceleration program connecting startups and corporations.

    A gardener and a LEGO fan.

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    Cummunity Builder

    Since 2022 Nala has been working like a dog to build the Huge Thing community.

    She’s always happy to welcome you in our office and you can be sure to get a huuuge hug from her!

    PS: don’t forget to bring some treats.

    Mateusz Szymański

    Program Manager

    Tech and innovation enthusiasts, especially those with positive social impact, Greentech, and health tech solutions. In Huge Thing, Mateusz is responsible for co-running acceleration programs. In 2022 he was co-running the 12th edition of the Google for Startups pre-acceleration program. 

    Previously he worked in the sales and product departments, where he was responsible for outreach activities and product communication. He’s also gained experience in project coordination and internal communication, working as a Spokesperson for Poznań’s department of NGO organization The Polish Forum of Young Diplomats. He was a co-creator of the social campaign “Paragraphs without blunder” which mission was to educate high school students about their rights.

    During his spare time, he likes to read about international politics and the economy. Strategic games enjoyer. He’ll surely like to play chess with you.

    Kaja Kulas

    Program Manager

    Kaja joined the Huge Thing team in May 2022. For several years she’s been connected with the startup ecosystem. She helps international startups in growing their businesses in Poland and across Europe.

    In Huge Thing, Kaja is responsible for project management which include running educational programs for startups in their development and acceleration phase. She organizes events, workshops and trainings for the program participants. She monitors their growth and connects with partners and technology recipes. Also, Kaja takes care of relations, community building, recruitments and explorations of startups’ needs to bring them the best value of our programmes.

    Before Huge Thing, she gained her experience in Poznan Science and Technology Park developing international projects funded by the European Commission. Kaja was a part of the PSTP Capital Fund and Regional Contact Point for Research Programmes of the European Union. She is passionate about travels, sports, music and dogs. Kaja is a happy “dog mom” of our team member – Nala whom you can pet while visiting us. :)


    Kuba Radzikowski

    Innovation Consultant

    Kuba is a seasoned professional with a 20-year background in FMCG, IT, and healthcare, skilled in digital transformation, strategizing market entry, enhancing sales, and understanding consumer behavior. His contributions have bolstered both startups and multinational firms. As a mentor and advisor at Huge Thing, he has spearheaded the launch and growth of numerous startups, securing their successful market presence. Outside of work, Kuba is deeply committed to aiding homeless animals, has a passion for kitesurfing, and is fascinated by cognitive science related to human behavior.

    Magda Stachowiak

    Project Manager

    Magda joined Huge Thing in 2021. Responsible for our Gov Tech inno_Lab acceleration programs and cooperation with the public administration. She runs projects for smart city. She is also responsible for building bridges between innovators – corporations, startups and the administration.

    Previously, since 2015, she cooperated on our projects for Gov Tech and corporations. Connected with the Poznań Startup Community. Experience in organizing events for the MedTech community. She worked in advertising and interactive agencies, creating brand campaigns and loyalty programs. She helped implement technologies into the organization.

    Passionate about personal development, psychobiology, and supporting women in creating businesses. The creator of the projects Kobiecy Poznań Przebudzenie and Joy of Life.

    Damian Wielechowski

    Senior Marketing and Communication Manager

    Damian manages the external and internal communications of SpeedUp Group, including Huge Thing. He joined the team in 2017 and since then has been working with business representatives, business environment institutions, public administration, media, and the academic community.

    In addition to activities related to Speedup Group, Damian supports the fund’s portfolio companies in the area of marketing and PR. He has served on the jury of many competitions, including ImpactCEE, and acted as a mentor at startup events such as hackathons and Startup Weekend.

    Damian is also the author of the Poznan Startup Guide and co-author of the Krakow Startup Guide, as well as organizer of many events dedicated to startups and investors.

    Natalia Sadownik

    Delivery Lead, Senior Program Manager

    Natalia joined Huge Thing in 2019. As a Senior Program Manager, she implements acceleration and educational programs (Poland Prize, PlusJeden do Rozwoju) in line with Huge Thing’s standards.

    As a Delivery Lead, she focuses on the operation of Huge Thing as an organization, financial issues, team planning, and quality of activities carried out by the company. Natalia loves to sail around Masuria and Croatia, and on gray days eats sushi and watches tennis.

    Monika Synoradzka

    CEO of Huge Thing and managing partner at Speedup group

    Monika together with the HT team is responsible for the company’s development in startup acceleration and activities aimed at supporting organizations from the private and public sectors in their work with innovations.

    She specializes in implementing innovations in organizations and building a culture of innovation in companies from various sectors. For years, she has supported the development of Poland’s startup environment.

    Monika is also a Managing Partner at SpeedUp Venture Capital Group.
    Thanks to her knowledge and experience, she helps portfolio companies to understand the operation of large organizations and corporations and prepare to work with them. She also supports them in building business relationships.

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