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Bridge to MassChallenge Warsaw is an international startup competition that identifies and accelerates the top startups in the Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) region, and connects those startups to the global market and MassChallenge's global network.


Who are we?

Through Bridge to MassChallenge Warsaw, MassChallenge has teamed up with PKO Bank Polski, Poland's largest commercial bank, Visa, a major payments technology corporation, and the Foundation for Technology Entrepreneurship, an influential Polish startup ecosystem player, to support the best CEE startups in scaling their businesses.


Who can participate?

We look for entrepreneurs who want to take their businesses to the next level. We accept applications for early-stage startups:

  • From across all industries
  • From anywhere in the world, especially from the CEE region
  • With a validated product/service and market traction (generated revenues are preferable, but not required)
  • That have raised less $1M in equity-based funding, generated less than $2M in revenue in the last 12 months

If a startup has exceeded these guidelines, we still recommend the startup apply to the program.


When is the program?

  • May 31: Bridge to MassChallenge Warsaw announced at impact 17
  • September 1: Applications open
  • November 6: Applications close (11:59pm CET)
  • January 15-18: Boot camp in Warsaw
  • February 26-March 1: Boot camp in Boston

For more details, please see the timeline below.


What's in it for startups?

Following an international application process, selected startups will participate in intensive, multi-day boot camps in Warsaw and Boston where they will receive:

  • Tailored training and workshops
  • One-on-one mentorship from top international experts
  • Support in scaling their business to global markets
  • Networking opportunities
  • Unique access to the cities’ business ecosystems
  • Opportunity to fast-track to semi-final judging for a 2018 MassChallenge accelerator program


What's in it for partners?

MassChallenge is an essential entry point for organizations that want to support, engage with, or leverage startups’ game-changing ideas. We provide partners with:
  • Privileged access to high-growth, high-impact, high-potential startups across all industries
  • Exclusive experiences with other top industry leaders in MassChallenge’s network
  • Brand exposure and visibility opportunities as a global leader in innovation
  • Interactive employee engagement in MassChallenge programming as mentors and judges.

Applications now closed

Applications for Bridge to MassChallenge Warsaw are now closed. Check back in early December for the announcement of the top 25 startups!

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About Bridge to MassChallenge

Bridge to MassChallenge strengthens innovation ecosystems and drives the creation of high quality jobs by supporting entrepreneurs and connecting them to MassChallenge’s global network. The program collaborates with local entities to understand the potential and strategic value of their unique ecosystem, empowers them to build their innovation communities, and connects them to global markets.


About MassChallenge

MassChallenge is the most startup-friendly accelerator on the planet. To date, 1,211 MassChallenge alumni have raised over $2 billion in funding, generated approximately $900 million in revenue, and created over 65,000 total jobs.

Warsaw timeline

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