Polish startup momentum is growing, trailing European powerhouses like Berlin, London, and Lisbon. It is yet to rank in the top 20 best start-up ecosystems in the world, according to the Compass Startup Ecosystem Ranking 2016 report, but based on its current trajectory, Warsaw is rapidly become Europe’s new growth engine. Poland has a rising tally of digital success stories, a well-developed startup infrastructure, and the new Google Campus in Warsaw is set to provide a catalyst for innovation throughout the CEE. Poland has already produced a number of global tech startup successes, among them social learning network Brainly . The company reports more than 40 million unique users every month across more than 35 countries. Filmaster, acquired in 2016 by Samba TV for €1 million ($1.09 million), is another. Online healthcare appointment booking platform DocPlanner closed a $10 million Series B round, bringing total funding secured to $14 million. It is now operational in 25 markets in Europe, Africa, and Asia.
As part of the BerlinBalticNordic.net programme, media:net invites companies from the capital region, and companies from the wider BerlinBalticNordic country partner network to join in a 48h innovation tour to Warsaw, 9-10 October 2017. You will have the opportunity to look into the capital of Poland’s digital economy, a city which is rich in innovation and tech talent. We will meet the key players in the Warsaw ecosystem driving its growth and housing its talent including HubHUb, Startup Poland, Inovo VC Fund. The programme will include company visits to local startup heroes, networking lunch with representatives from the Warsaw investment community, a meetup with Reaktor. We will take a tour of the Google campus and understand transformation approach to incubating and accelerating growth. We will visit Coders Lab, the largest programming school in Poland.
Alongside a packed 2-day programme, there is the opportunity to book 1-2-1 meetings tailored to the interests of your own company. Register here for participation in the event!
Have a look at the preliminary programme here: 48 h Warsaw Programme_preliminary
For those interested in booking some individual meetings, places are limited to 10 companies – you must also complete an online registration profile -> Registration for 48h Warsaw (additional to Eventbrite registration).
And as always with BBN.net, the programme including networking lunch and dinner is free of charge! Participants only have to pay their travel expenses (flight, hotel)!
Reasons to join us!
- In a recent poll by Startup Poland of just over 2,400 startups, 39% were software development enterprises, mainly selling their products as SaaS.
- Of the startups with more than 50% annual growth, most were doing so through the sale of mobile and big data services to large corporations.
- Over half (54%) of Polish startups are exporting overseas.
- Learn from the Experts! 60% of Poland’s digital entrepreneurs have been profitable from the outset. Others have used EU funding and domestic and overseas VC funding.
- Warsaw startups are diverse and numerous. Many are providing solutions to some traditional business sectors using AI, Big Data, Gamification technologies etc.
- Warsaw startups are naturally keen to enter the neighbouring German market– and look to Berlin as a likeminded entry point ; IndaHash, Bivorst, Photon Fitqbe
- Motivated and talented workforce, a market of 38 million people
- Easy market access and good geographical proximity to Berlin
- High English proficiency & some German