Currently we bring Startup Hub Poland goals into life by providing expertise in commercialization process and offering seed funding for technological projects at the early stages of development.
Till the end of 2015 we offered a financial and investment support through StartVenture@Poland seed fund managed in strategic partnership with Giza Polish Ventures – a Polish-Israeli venture capital fund and supported by the National Centre for Research and Development of Poland (NCBR). This year we will increase the scope of our support in order to identify best technologies and finance 14-16 best ones.
We also provide scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs from the CEE Region with a support by arranging their visa to Poland and helping with a “soft landing”.
EXPERTISE IN COMMERCIALIZATION & SEED FUNDING
StartVenture@Poland seeded 8 startups from 35 preselected projects out of over 600 applications. We provide professional advice and start financing R&D stage of a technological project by providing seed capital directly to a research team. Continue it by an investment from Giza Polish Ventures Fund and follow by a public grant from the National Centre for Research and Development.
Learn 6 areas of our support:
1. Exploring commercialization potential and creating a business strategy
We prepare a detailed technology analysis and assess its business potential: scale of the market, legal and regulation conditions, assessment of competitive technologies. Our support also includes development of a commercialization strategy and a tailored R&D plan necessary for its realization.
2. Preparing an IP protection strategy
We help create an IP strategy that is able to provide a comprehensive legal protection of a technology during the commercialization process on regional and global markets. IP protection of a new technology is crucial both for bringing it to the marketplace and finding a private investor willing to finance its development.
3. Building a research and business team
Once you decide to continue your R&D in Poland and take the first steps in commercializing technology, here we will introduce you to scientists and professionals that may help bring your project to life. We will also help to shape a business team – if needed – to lead a commercialization strategy.
4. Providing pre-seed funding
StartVenture@Poland seed fund invests up to €50.000 in initial experimental verification of critical technology features (proof of principle and proof of concept), creating an IP strategy and commercialization business plan. Capital is provided directly to research teams. In other words we can cover the expenses of creating a sound technology commercialization plan that will define potential risks and opportunities.
5. Starting a company and seed funding
We assist you in starting a company in Poland by preparing legal documentation in IP transfer, investment structure and providing necessary advice during the process. As soon as a new company is started it can be backed by up to € 250 000 of seed financing for further R&D and business development provided by Giza Polish Ventures and the National Center for Research and Development.
6. Business development support
The first day your own company will start to operate in the EU, we will use our ideas, local and international network to accelerate your company by supporting you in finding partners, test clients, R&D associates and further investors so you can feel more comfortable with bringing your business and R&D plan to life.
If you come from outside the Schengen Area we provide with obtaining a long term visa and experiencing a “soft landing” after your arrival. Once you arrive we’ll be ready to help with legal matters concerning the stay as well as introduce you to the local community of scientists, technology professionals and entrepreneurs – everything to make you feel comfortable with your EU journey.