At the beginning of the year we joined the PwC Startup Collider program in Warsaw Poland as our first steps into that market. From our company point of view the past few weeks have been exceptionally exciting as we have been able to attend several corporate-startup matchmaking events in Poland and met with a large variety of companies to understand their needs when it comes to AI and automation.
In mid-March we attended The Heart Demo Day at the awesome Warsaw Spire building. The Heart is a leading corporate-startup matchmaking incubator in Eastern Europe and this demo day was focused on marketing and communications related startups. The level of the participants was high as most startups were more mature and some having raised already multi-million dollar funding rounds. Was great to see companies pitch their products and really emphasize their use cases with existing customers. In the B2B world, use cases and references are everything.
In addition we attended at the end of Marh the ING Bank startup demo day at their Polish headquarters. ING has setup an Innovation Lab at their HQ and the event was focused on startups in the AI and fintech space. The lab is run by a great team of innovation professionals. Startups were again of high quality and it was a great example of how large corporations are really doing focused innovation work with technology players in the market.