Funds from the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (PARP)
In the autumn of 2018, the 1st stage of another edition of the Poland Prize acceleration programme began, with over 100 start-up submissions from all over the world. By way of selection, the Port of Gdansk Authority distinguished two start-ups (Geckomatics and LESS Industries), with which it established cooperation. They proposed solutions responding to the following challenges faced by the PGA:
- Creating an automatic system for the measurement, monitoring, and presentation of data on the level of sea water at the Port of Gdansk – with the aim of obtaining information on water levels at the Port based on wireless sensors (solution prepared by LESS Industries);
- Creating a complex system with the topography of the area within the premises of the Port of Gdansk – with the aim of streamlining control of the condition of the quays by mapping the area with smart cameras (solution prepared by Geckomatics).
Talks are currently ongoing, aimed at specifying the manner of executing the tasks in more detail. In March 2019, the start-ups will begin to physically implement their solutions. The 1st stage of the acceleration will be concluded on 31 May 2019.
The 2nd stage of the current edition of Poland Prize will start on 1 February 2019 and last until 31 December 2019.
In February 2019, the Port of Gdansk Authority and the BlueDot Solutions company signed a partnership and cooperation agreement concerning the “Space3ac Scale Up II” project within the framework of the Smart Growth Operational Programme 2014-2020 Priority Axis II: Support for the environment and capacity of enterprise for R&D&I activity Measure 2.5 Acceleration programmes.
It will support innovative projects from the area of space technologies, bioeconomy, and smart cities. The accelerator will allot up to PLN 1,500,000 to help implement the objective.
Currently, start-ups are sending in their submissions. The Port of Gdansk Authority has prepared 4 challenges for the aspiring start-ups. The programme will be concluded on 31 January 2021.