Our bank is constantly looking for the most interesting Polish start-ups to test their solutions which can expand our offer to meet customers’ expectations and provide them with the highest quality service. In the process of cooperation with start-ups, the bank supports the Accelpoint accelerator. The cooperation covers recruitment, testing and launch of start-ups mainly from the FinTech sector. Start-ups participating in the project called AccelUp receive financial support and mentoring of industry experts.
The AccelUp acceleration program is designed for mature start-ups offering solutions ready to be implemented by a partner. Companies qualified for the program have the opportunity to apply for support from international investors, including Santander InnoVentures Fund.
In the first round of the program, conducted in 2019, 51 start-ups submitted applications to the accelerator and 42 of them were positively evaluated. In the bank, we selected and carried out five pilot accelerator projects, two of which are being prepared for implementation.
The second round of the programme is currently underway and we are preparing for the third round. The project is implemented in cooperation with the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development.