Polish Startups 2018 Report

Polish Startups 2018 Report marks a fourth edition of a research series on tech entrepreneurs contributing to the growth of Polish digital economy. This year, over 1100 companies took part in the survey and helped us analyze the polish startups’ ecosystem.  Polish Startups Report 2018 give answers to the most interesting questions such as: What are the polish market’s main specializations? How do startups in Poland find its financing? Who builds polish startups? How much money do startups earn? How strong is polish export? And many, many more! 

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Polish Startups Report 2017

Polish Startups Report 2017 marks a third edition of a research series on tech entrepreneurs contributing to the growth of Polish digital economy. Above all, it is an undertaking that aims to exhibit Polish startup’s ambitions, expansion plans, sources enabling growth and its pace, specialisation areas, as well as their innovation stage. Thanks to our network of Startup Poland Ambassadors we publish a regional map of Polish startups which describes their regional strengths, important events, and presents local startups to watch.
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Visegrad Startup Report 2016/2017

In 2016, Startup Poland partnered with regional equivalent organisations to conduct a parallel regional ‘V4 Startups Survey’. The surveys were conducted from July to September by the Aspen Institute Central Europe in Prague, Startup Poland in Warsaw, the Slovak Alliance for the Innovative Economy in Bratislava, and from
February to April 2017 by Hungarian Startups and Global Traction in Hungary in Budapest. Together we collected almost 1000 surveys in total.
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  • The first publication on Visegrad startups that has ever been published!
  • We surveyed almost 1000 startups in total from Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary.
  • The first joint effort of Startup Poland, the Slovak Alliance for the Innovative Economy, Hungarian Startups, and Global Traction.
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  • Magdalena Beauchamp

    Project & Research Lead
    Director of Advocacy & Operations at Startup Poland. She gained her economic policy experience at the Trade Department of the Royal Danish Embassy in Warsaw and at the European Commission’s Taxation and Customs Union DG (TAXUD). She studied the European Single Market at the College of Europe as well as International Relations and Economics at Tischner European University and at the University of Fribourg. Co-author of “Visa Policy for Startups” and “Startup Entrepreneurship. An idea bank for local policymakers”.
  • Agnieszka Skala

    Methodology & Research Lead
    PhD graduate in economics at Warsaw School of Economics, Assistant Professor at Warsaw University of Technology, co-founder and CEO at Innovation Nest Entrepreneurship School SPIN. She is an entrepreneurship educator and researcher in the area of high-technology and e-busines environment. Member of Startup Poland Board of Advisors and graduate from Lean LaunchPad Educators Program at University of Berkeley (2012).

Slovak Startups Report 2016

The publication of Slovak Startups Report 2016 (Part of the V4 startups survey) marks the launch of a series of collaborative reports of startups operating in the Czech Republic, Poland, and Slovakia. It also highlights the symbolic cooperation among organisations that work for the digital economy and tech startups growth in our region. We surveyed startups in three ecosystems according to one research methodology.  We aim to conclude this publication series with a definition of a V4 startup identity.
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  • Petra Dzurovčinová

    Executive Manager at SAPIE
    Petra Dzurovčinová is the Executive Manager of SAPIE since its inception in 2014. The organization was set up to represent the needs of global and Slovak innovative companies, improve the state of IT education, boost the startup ecosystem and help companies scale globally. Among our members are tech giants as well as globally successful Slovak companies and rising stars. SAPIE acts as an industry body for over 40 companies, representing them before policy makers, and creates national and regional partnerships and advocates for innovation. In the past Petra worked as Digital Communications Manager at The Royal Institution of Australia, an organization promoting science and technical education. She studied International Business in Bratislava and École Supérieure de Commerce Bretagne Brest and Future studies at SKKU in Seoul, Korea.

Polish Startups Report 2016

Polish Startups Report 2016 marks a second edition of a research series on tech entrepreneurs contributing to the growth of Polish digital economy. Above all, it is an undertaking that aims to exhibit Polish startup’s ambitions, expansion plans, sources enabling growth and its pace, specialization areas, as well as their innovation stage.
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  • the only summary report on the Polish startup scene
  • growth and challenges od booming startup ecosytem
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Comments of experts

  • Jerzy Cieślik

    Director of the Kozminski University Center for Entrepreneurship
    "The real challenge facing the Polish digital economy is the lack of qualified IT specialists. Already every 4th startup is solving this problem by employing foreigners. We need to urgently consider speeding up the immigration process for IT specialists, especially from neighboring countries, and offering a wide range of international subcontracting services through Polish firms."
  • Piotr Wilam

    Partner at Innovation Nest, co-founder of the Startup Poland Foundation
    "As we look at the results of the Startup Poland Report, its answers show that 48% of startups get knowledge and develop their networks via industry meetings, 43% participate in competitions, 39% use mentorin, and 37% by participating in hackathons and Startup Weekend. The ecosystem is alive and the degree of relationships is significant. People and knowledge flow between organizations. This is a very good sign."
  • Anna Walkowska

    Startup & Accelerator programs director at the Polish-American Chamber of Commerce of Nevada
    "Founders are slowly learning to take away lessons from failures and launch more companies in the hope that this time they will succeed, because the idea is to not give up. Out of 100 startups only 15 will succeed, through hard work, consistency and luck. You can see them on foreign markets, which they usually acquire quietly, not in the spotlight."


  • Agnieszka Skala, PhD

    Economist and Lecturer at Warsaw University of Technology
    "Research on a representative sample is the next stage of the research that we intend to carry out next year. This will allow us to draw much more bolder conclusions and courageously and respectfully confront the impact startups have on the economy of the country in 2017."
  • Eliza Kruczkowska

    Director of Innovation at Polish Development Fund
    "Polish startups are very Polish – 95.4% of employees and 94.9% of startup founders are native citizens. This is a high score compared to other EU countries, where 12% of founders and subsequently 32% of employees come from countries other than the country of incorporation. Cultural pluralism generates far greater potential for innovation and productivity."

Visa Policy for Startups

Already more than 16 countries around the world (including 9 in Europe) have recognized this need and over the past few years have introduced or plan to introduce solutions that facilitate access to the talent that local companies need to grow. The decision to introduce policies that facilitate hiring specialists and granting them the right to run innovative businesses also follows from the universal awareness in Western countries of the positive impact that entrepreneurial talent has on the local economy. There have been many studies on this topic that have concluded that the entrepreneurship of international experts positively affects the economic development of the host countries.
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Polish Startups Report 2015

The Polish Startups Report 2015 marks the launch of a research publication series that aim to showcase enterprises that represent the Polish digital economy. This Report is the first attempt to understand the industry and show the Polish startup ecosystem structure to the outside world. Above all, it is an undertaking that aims to exhibit Polish startup’s ambitions, expansion plans, sources enabling growth and its pace, specialization areas, as well as their innovation stage.
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  • The first publication showcasing Polish startup industry
  • The economic significance of the Polish digital industry
  • An initial calculation on the size of the Polish startup ecosystem
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Comments of experts

  • Prof. Anna Giza-Poleszczuk

    University of Warsaw Vice-Rector for Development and Financial Policy
    “The fact that such startups are being created in the largest metropolitan areas, with their operations primarily geared towards B2B, suggests that the main impulse for establishing startups is a market created by large companies. The influence of foreign markets is also clear: startups which export are larger and grow more quickly. It seems a barrier to growth would be insufficient demand generated by Polish companies – of which over 90% are SMEs making only minimal use of modern technologies.”
  • Leszek Grabarczyk

    Deputy Director of the National Center for Research and Development
    “From the perspective of the needs of the economy and the need to increase innovation in individual industries, a basic challenge for Polish startups remains changing the way they function and basing their growth on R&D projects. Too few companies are involved in research and development, which – though costly and time-consuming – can be successfully financed from public and private sources. We are still dealing with an oversupply of money on the market.”


  • dr Agnieszka Skala

    Economist, PhD
    Warsaw School of Economics graduate, adjunct lecturer at Warsaw University of Technology, co-founder of Innovation Nest Entrepreneurship School (SPIN). Graduate of the first Lean LaunchPad Educators Program at University of California Berkeley, Startup Poland Advisory Board Member.
  • Eliza Kruczkowska

    CEO of Startup Poland
    University of Warsaw Journalism and Public Communication graduate, studied Communication at the Middlesex University. Currently, a Ph.D candidate at Warsaw School of Economics Collegium of Socio-Economics.
  • Magdalena A. Olczak

    Ph.D Candidate at Warsaw School of Economics Collegium of Business Administration
    Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University Media Education and Journalism graduate. Currently, a Ph.D candidate at Warsaw School of Economics Collegium of Business Administration. She conducts research on venture capital funds and startups in Poland.

The Global Startup Ecosystem Ranking 2015

The Report published by Compass explains the factors behind the emergence of “Entrepreneurial Enlightenment”, the transformation from the Industrial to the Information Revolution, and the phenomenal explosion of startups that it has caused. Owing to Compass’s analysis everyone can understand the reasoning behind the belief that technology startups should be the primary growth engine of the Information Era and how nurturing startup ecosystems can keep the world on a path to greater prosperity.
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  • The Great Transition: Industrial to Information Revolution
  • Why is performance declining?
  • The rise of the startup explained
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  • Compass

    Provider of automated management reports and benchmarks
    With 34,000 signups, Compass is the leading solution for automated management reports and benchmarks for small and medium-sized online businesses. Compass, formerly Startup Genome, has published three globally recognized reports on startups. The Global Startup Ecosystem Report 2012 has been downloaded over 100,000 times, added to academic curricula of over 100 universities and mentioned in over 100 publications including Financial Times, The Economist, and The Wall Street Journal.

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