Connect Poland Prize is an acceleration program that aims to support foreign start-ups to develop their business in Poland.
For whom is the Connect Poland Prize project created? The Connect Poland Prize Accelerator is addressed to start-up teams coming from abroad (outside Poland), which, by applying to the program, are declaring their willingness to establish and register a company on the territory of Poland.
The program invites originators operating in the areas of: Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), bioeconomy, pharmaceutical biotechnology, but also accepts solutions that are in line with the scope of the National Smart Specializations (NSS) - https://smart.gov.pl/en/.
What does a start-up receive? 🚩 financial support (I stage: max 50K PLN; II stage: max PLN 250K) 🚩 equity-free Acceleration and Soft-landing programs 🚩 expert support during the entire development process 🚩 the possibility of attracting investors and business partners
… and more!
Project Connect Poland Prize co-financed by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund within the Smart Growth Operational Programme 2014–2020, Priority Axis II: Support for the environment and capacity of enterprise for R&D&I activity, Measure 2.5 Acceleration Programmes- Poland Prize
Project value: 9 996 815 PLN
Participation of the European Union: 9 684 452 PLN
The program is operated by Lublin Science and Technology Park (LSTP), working for the economic development and innovation of the Lublin region.
The Connect Poland Prize project runs from 1 July 2021 to 31 October 2023 and consists of the following rounds of recruitment: ROUND I - Completed ROUND II - Completed ROUND III - Completed ROUND IV - Completed
Submit your idea by defining the business product and the problem(s) you want to solve. Present your start-up team in your application, and tell us about the added benefits of your idea (e.g., does your idea correspond to the principle of equal opportunities? Is the product accessible to people with disabilities? and so forth).
Participation in the Connect Verification Track - online B2B meetings with start-ups. As part of the pitching session, you will be able to present and defend your business idea in front of a panel of experts.
At this stage, you and your start-up will adapt to the new working environment and start your business in Poland. Key activities in this stage include: signing the grant agreement (max 50K PLN - grant); legalization of stay in Poland; creating a work plan with a start-up assistant; business registration in Poland; entering the Acceleration Platform ecosystem.
This stage will prepare you and your start-up for entry into the Polish market. The key activities of this stage include: regular learning sessions; working with a start-up assistant; legal service and expert help; securing business partners.
This stage will allow you and your start-up to finally develop a business model and begin to bring your idea to the market. The key activities of this stage include: signing the grant agreement (max. 250K PLN - grant); workshops and consulting service; development and market testing of your MVP.
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