The accelerator was an initiative implemented within the framework of the “Scale UP” competition organized by the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development, based on the government programme “Start In Poland”. The accelerator’s mission was to develop the Polish space sector by combining the needs of the industry and state-owned enterprises with the start-ups’ potential, experts’ experience and financing. This resulted in specific solutions designed by 23 start-ups, adapted to the needs of 11 large enterprises: such as PZU Lab, Grupa LOTOS, Orange Polska, Zarząd Morskiego Portu Gdynia (the Gdynia Port Authority), Zarząd Morskiego Portu Gdańsk (the Gdańsk Port Authority), International Paper – Kwidzyn, Celsa Huta Ostrowiec, Pol-Miedź Trans, OT Logistics, X-Kom, and Instytut Morski (the Maritime Institute).
In total, almost 170 start-ups applied to participate in two editions of this programme. Twenty seven of them qualified to the acceleration phase where they received financial and consultancy/mentor support. We allocated PLN 4 million to the development of ideas of selected start-ups. Each team received between PLN 160 000 to 200 000.