Poland

Poland Challenge

The country spreads from the Baltic Sea down to the mountains in its southern region. In addition to several urban areas with over 500,000 inhabitants, Poland boasts a number of places virtually untouched by civilization.

Poland is also one of the biggest markets for IT, mobile, transport, and entertainment products and services within the European Union. It has a very vibrant investment scene with an increasing interest in funding new applications and technological solutions. Having joined the European Union in 2004 and become a European Space Agency member state in late 2012, Poland is now able to realise, fund, or co-fund several space-related programmes.

Space3ac
This is a unique acceleration programme that combines needs identified by large industrial entities with the capabilities of start-ups. Space3ac is a mechanism that facilitates the introduction of GNSS-based applications, products, and services to various industries.

Polish Space Agency
This agency’s mission is to support the Polish space industry by combining the worlds of business and science. POLSA also provides services designed to aid entrepreneurs in obtaining funds from the European Space Agency (ESA). Another important aspect of the agency’s activity involves promoting the development of satellite technology that can be used in everyday life, including for communication, navigation, environmental monitoring, and weather forecasting.

Prize 2019

The winning team of the Poland Regional Prize will receive:

Piggy bank

Easier Access to Space3ac

Easier access to space sector acceleration programme - Space3ac - with possibility to receive EUR 50,000 for R&D activities

Piggy bank

Secure Investment

The opportunity to secure investment, up to EUR 500,000

Six months of office space

And services on site, worth EUR 2,500 (for two people)

Internships

At companies involved in GNSS, GIS, and the wider space industry

Support

Business, technical, and scientific consulting provided by organisers and partners of the 2019 Poland Challenge, worth in total EUR 5,000

team meeting

Marketing and networking opportunities

Travel on Airplane

Travel costs

Travel and accommodation to Final Gala is provided (up to EUR 1,000)

Chance to win E-GNSS Accelerator incubation

Chance to win one of 3 tailored E-GNSS Accelerator incubation prizes worth EUR 62,000 (find out more)

E-GNSS Accelerator crowdfunding

Chance to win an E-GNSS Accelerator crowdfunding prize worth EUR 35,000 (find out more)

Regional BENEFITS

Poland

Market

One of the biggest markets for IT, mobile, transport, and entertainment products and services within the European Union

Investment

Very vibrant investment scene with an increasing interest in funding new applications and technological solutions

Acceleration

European Space Agency member state with unique acceleration programme Space3ac that introduces GNSS-based applications, products, and services to various industries

Interdisciplinarity

Interdisciplinary team offers a broad range of engineering, B2B, investment, and consulting services to the space sectors.

Contact

Blue Dot Solutions Ltd

Wojciech Leonowic

+48 665 528 589

Wojciech Leonowicz - Poland

Partners

Regional Organiser

Blue Dot Solutions Ltd

Blue Dot Solutions Ltd

Thanks to years of combined experience in space technologies and business, BDS’s interdisciplinary team offers a broad range of engineering, B2B, investment, and consulting services to the Polish and European space sectors. BDS realises its own R&D projects in the fields of GNSS and EO. In addition, it owns the biggest Polish website dedicated to space news, Kosmonauta.net.

Regional Partners

Black Pearls VC

Black Pearls VC

Apart from investing, Black Pearls VC’s consulting activities support companies, public administrators, and the science sector with the knowledge and experience they need. It also provides potential for private funding, indispensable expertise, and quick international growth. The company’s efficiency and work ethic are reflected by its achievements, including the PLN 170,000,000 it has obtained thus far in capital for its clients. Black Pearls VC is also coordinating a Horizon 2020 project called POSITION, which focuses on supporting the development of Polish GNSS applications. www.blackpearls.vc

E-GNSS Accelerator Partner

European Commission

The prize pool is co-financed by the European Commission’s DG Grow. The aim of the “E-GNSS Accelerator” is to foster the market uptake of Galileo/EGNOS and high technologies in EU28, the EEA and ENP countries.

Winners

Discover all previous winners of the Poland Challenge