Poland. Business Harbour Programme for Start Ups – how does it work?

It creates an opportunity for young teams developing technologically advanced solutions or a non-standard business models who currently find themselves in one of the early stages of development and are now looking for venture capital and commercial partners.

Thanks to the Poland. Business Harbour Progamme, these young teams may apply for immediate one-time financial support for the founder, their family and employees. The support is limited to 5100 PLN and can be spent on:

  • refunding the travel costs
  • renting apartments
  • other necessary expenses

In addition, the selected teams will be assigned a concierge and will receive access to office space, accommodation assistance, as well as consulting and legal assistance with the legalization of stay and starting a business. They will also be integrated with the high-tech community in Poland.

The plan of the Programme is to support initially 20 teams, although extensions cannot be ruled out during the Programme’s duration if the program is met with sufficient interest.

In the next step, after the relocation, startups may apply for support for projects answering the needs of Polish industrial partners as part of the Poland Prize programme. The programme will consist of:

  • Smooth transition funds + development and partner acquisition funds: up to PLN 50 000
  • Proper acceleration, together with a corporate investment partner: up to PLN 250 000
  • Preparations are ongoing for allowing Belarusian teams to work in the best coworking offices in Poland.

Belarusian teams will  be eligible  to participate  in a wide array of development and grant programmes, including :

  • For new commercial companies – support from the Regional Operating Programs: up to PLN 4000
  • Support for research and development projects from the National Centre for Research and Development: from PLN  1 000 000. 

In order to register your willingness to participate in the program, you need to fill in the application form, which is available on the website.

The Startup Hub Poland team (a foundation supporting international startup teams interested in starting or expanding their activities in Poland) will quickly assess your application and look for potential business partners matching your profile. The selection committee will then consider your application and let you know if your team will be fast-tracked for visa application and/or receive the funding described in the section above. After your arrival in Poland the Startup Hub Poland team will help you with the necessary formalities (work permits, registering a company, legalisation of longer stay). In Poland, you will meet VC investors and receive information about the upcoming events and acceleration programmes currently looking for startups, as well as business and legal mentoring.

All the information about Start Ups support possibilities within the Poland. Business Harbour Programme you can find on the website.

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