Once again Sebastian Kulczyk, leading Polish investor and promoter of startup businesses invites the best hard-tech startups to his invitation-only accelerator InCredibles. 5 best pioneers of innovation will benefit from private and equity free grant of USD 50,000 each.
The InCredibles story
InCredibles, the brainchild of Mr. Sebastian Kulczyk, was launched in a Pilot format last year with a mission to promote the best hard-tech startups in Poland. This year (2018), InCredibles returns with a broader vision of promoting startups throughout the CEE region, including Poland.
The acceleration program aims at identifying and supporting startups with the highest growth potential and those that are ready to cross borders and expand into new geographies. Although in its second edition in 2018, it’s for the first time that InCredibles counts on Startup Hub Poland as an expertise partner – a foundation with a mission to develop the high-tech innovation ecosystem to CEE with Poland at the center.
Business and personalities
Thanks to such initiatives the number of innovative companies in CEE is growing every year. Bloomberg’s Innovative 2017 Rating distinguishes Warsaw as one of the fastest growing technology hubs in the world. It is home to a Google Campus, one of only 6 such campuses in the world. However, it is not just numbers that are fostering the development of startup ecosystem, but also the mentors. The 5 selected startups will have access to international mentors with a deep understanding of the global VC market. And, during London part of acceleration, meetings and workshops with investment professionals, consultants, intellectual property specialists and high-tech business practitioners from, will ensure that the startups get a big boost in their global growth ambitions.
Thus, in an intensive two-month period, Incredibles wants to give the startups the best of two worlds: the rapid growth and excellent tech talent pool that a booming Polish and Czech economy has to offer; and the sound client base and expertise available in a mature market like UK.
Only excellent startups
The program wants to gather all kinds of knowledge driven solutions, like for example bots, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, computer games, life science or material engineering and robotics. “With particular interest I will look at companies from the healthtech, fintech and cybersecurity sectors. Blockchain companies can also count on special
investment attention” – said Mr. Sebastian Kulczyk, initiator of the InCredibles program, CEO of Kulczyk Investments.
The recruitment for InCredibles second edition is underway and ends soon (31-Aug-2018). Startup Hub Poland cannot promise that date will be prolonged. By the end of September, a short-list of 10 projects with proven business models or technological excellence, from across CEE, will be establish by the Startup Hub Poland foundation that for 7 years works with startups from CEE. The organization is well known for their international accelerators, among which The Prize is the newest format constantly supporting regional ventures A pitch day organized in the beginning of October in Business Link Astoria will select 5 winners that will go on to participate in 2 month acceleration program. It will run between Oct-Dec 2018.
At the end of 2-month acceleration program the best teams will be invited to negotiate with leading VC funds from Poland and United Kingdom.
The call to apply to InCredibles’18 ends on 31st of August. The application form is available at https://incredibles.eu/#zgloszenia.
– July 31st: deadline for application form
– October 4th: Pitch Day and selection of the winners
– October 5th – December 4th: acceleration phase for best startups based in Warsaw and London