Richard Lucas’s January 2019 update
I definitely want to add Callpage, led by Ross Knap from Krakow to the list. Vivid-Q (based in Cambridge and London), has Aleksandra Pedraszewska is a co founder and squeaks in. Archdesk.co.uk led by Michal Mojzesz already had a mention, but they are now funded, and they continue to be a very high potential Polish Startup. Reality Games led by Zbigniew Woźnowski has rapidly growing revenue and has been pouring money into products that could be make 2019 a year of incredible success.
Other new arrivals include Autenti electronic signatures, Contellio – Infographics on demand Myrest.io – early stage, restaurant e-commerce and social marketing, and Posbistro (funded and doing well). Sinterit SLS 3D printing. Dr Omnibus Applied Behavior Analysis tool, BEIT Quantum Computing startup, headed by ex Googlers and brainy academics and Eventory Event management
A great year for Krakow 🙂
For detailed and informed commentary about the Krakow eco system check Bartosz Józefowski’s (KTP) annual review here . For Krakow Startups check out the much improved OMGKRK database . OMGKRK Foundation is functioning very well under Paul Kulon’s leadership. I’m pleased to support it and be an Ambassador.
If you feel you should be on this list, please fill in the form here
To be considered you must have clients who can be verified, unless there is something very unusual about your startup (like for example BEIT where the founders are have great reputations and I know them personally)
This blog post started when my friend Ralph Talmont of TEDxWarsaw asked me for suggestions in preparing a speech- in answering his e-mail I ended up creating this blog post. This is both an aggregation of other lists – (disclaimer – where I have done this I am neither taking the credit for the work done, nor claiming that the startups listed are good companies – in the sense of providing clients with something fun or useful, creating good jobs, paying taxes and proving a return to investors).
If you want to keep up to date with the startup community there are a few places to check regularly. My passive aggressive streak will take you here though this approach can lead you to strange EU funded lists like this. The best list of startups is here on Quora (note the total lack of government money). Hat tip to Borys at Reaktor Warsaw for this, it’s copy pasted below.. Ramon’s Tancinco gave this memorable TEDxKraków talk and build this free site which has a very good list including many startups.
There are places where local communities find out what is going on, For example OMGKRK’s Facebook page, and the #OMGKRK hashtag for the community. Proseed magazine in Polish and Bitspiration and Mam Startup Goal Europe has regional news. Probably Techcrunch is a great place to look. Mike Butcher and John Biggs know more about our eco-system than most, and regularly visit.
CEO Robert Gryn on the front page of Forbes Magazine moved to the US last year and is still growing the business without external capital.
- (previously BeSteady) – started as a camera stabilizer project (raised $300k+ on Kickstarter), now producing a set of tools for cinema-makers (backed by )
- – another Kickstarter rockstar from Poland, “the Slimmest Smart Wallet for the Modern Man”
- (personal Dropbox replacement)
- – FitBit for your penis (
- – bike aiming to revolutionize city cycling, as
- – smart swimming watch
- , also went through kickstarter
- – a robot that grows with your child and teaches it how to program
- – unmanned systems
- – universal board game controller – very well funded but struggling as of 2016
- – turns anything into a touch screen
Health & Wellbeing
- aka – doctor rating site popular in Poland and neighboring countries by . They recently acquired competitors in Turkey, Spain and South America and a 20m USD Series C.
- – online consultations with doctors ( from Docplanner founders)
- – ultraportable peak flow meter that connects to your smartphone ( article)
- – turns gagdets into health monitors
- – wearable medical device that monitors your health
- – clear the air around you
- – your robot physiotherapist
- – prosthetic hand
- meds dispenser (by )
- – AI-supported diagostics engine
- – a mysterious project, a “dream inducer” by , part of . Not much coverage is available, yet, except for this article:
- – produces neuro:on, a sleep-monitoring mask (backed by , raised $450k on Kickstarter) by
3D Printing Tech
According to, 10% of world 3d-printers are designed and manufactured in Poland, making us the market leader in that category.
- – leading 3d printer manufacturer with clients including Dell and HP, covered by TC multiple times ( , , )
- – a printer that can print an
- personal fabricators for you and your office
- – 3d printer designed for home, raised over $50k on Kickstarter in 2015
- – versatile 3D printer for your business
- – production, prototyping and design for 3d printing
- Sinterit As the name suggests Selective Laser Sintering 3D printing.
IoT and beacon-related tech
- – real world context for your apps ( 2013) by
- .io – another iBeacon company (backed by )
- – yet another iBeacon company (we’re good at that shit!) – this one is focused on smart cities and big deployments by (backed by )
- Synerise – connecting beacons, IoT and analytics
- – manufacturer of beacons with a focus on in-door navigation tech and custom deployments (backed by )
- – control your environment with a single app
- – home automation, recent valuation: $40m
- (previously ) – smart lighting platform by
- – smart environment sensor for measuring temperature, humidity and more
- – grow plants
- Dr Omnibus Applied Behavior Analysis tool
- with photo shopping and photo recognition software
- accountancy services
- SEO suppoting services
- appstore optimization software
- Startup Sauna participant
- – personalized video recommendations and analytics in the cloud
- Manubia –
The special one: by
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On 10 January 2015 at 09:53, Ralph Talmont <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Hey there you guys
Please let me know how I can help StartupPoland.
Also, I urgently need exaples of already successful or dynamically growing PL startups that are not getting enough press, ie. not Estimote 🙂 Giving a talk about this next week.