9 Polish startups to watch, according to venture capitalists

Poland is the largest market in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), but remains a rising star on the European start-up scene.

Even though it has all the makings of a successful startup ecosystem — a great pool of tech talent, a huge home market, and more and more venture capital — DocPlanner health tech remains the country’s only unicorn.

But that doesn’t mean the ecosystem has nothing to offer: There are plenty of soon-to-be icorns hungry for global success, and a growing number of early-stage startups that have only just started but have already attracted the attention of investors.

Sifting gathered responses from the top six venture capitalists in the region and included all startups nominated twice.

Ramp

Founded: 2017
Number of employees: 153
Founders: Szymon Sypniewicz and Przemek Kowalczyk
Money: Ramp raised a $52.7 million Series A round last December led by Balderton Capital, along with existing investors NFX, Galaxy Digital, Seedcamp and Firstminute Capital and angel investors including Taavet Hinrikus (Wise) and Francesco Simoneschi (TrueLayer).

Ramp offers a non-custodial, full-stack payment infrastructure that aims to open up cryptocurrencies and digital assets to more businesses and users. Ramp enables websites, apps or services to integrate payment infrastructure into their existing systems, without requiring users to switch to other apps to purchase crypto assets.

infirmary

Founded: 2012
Number of employees: 200
Founders: Piotr Orzechowski and Irving Loh
Money: The startup raised a $30 million Series B in January led by One Peak with participation from existing investors Karma Ventures, Inovo Venture Partners, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and Heal Capital.

Infermedica uses AI to support doctors and medical workers in diagnosis and care. The company’s technology uses artificial intelligence to analyze a patient’s symptoms, suggest possible causes and recommend further actions.

tydium

Founded: 2013
Founders: Tytus Golas and Marcin Wiktor
Number of employees: 153
Money: Tidio raised a $25 million Series B round led by PeakSpan Capital in May, with participation from Inovo and Polish businessman and billionaire Rafał Brzoska.

Product: Tidio develops a customer support platform for small and medium-sized businesses, offering features like live chat and AI-based chatbots. Tidio’s tools integrate with email, Facebook, Instagram, WordPress, and Shopify, allowing business owners to serve customers from all channels in one inbox.

Symmetric.ai

Founded: 2019
Number of employees: 72
Founders: Piotr Smoleń, Daniel Wartołowski and Maciej Noga
Money: It raised an $18.5 million Series A in April in a funding round led by Target Global, with participation from Global Founders Capital, Finch Capital, Partech, Market One Capital and Inovo.

The fintech creates a global payroll infrastructure, making it easy for clients to access, analyze and manage salary data.

Vue storefront

Founded: 2017
Number of employees: 102
Founders: Bart Roszkowski, Patrick Friday, Filip Rakowski
Money: In February, Vue Storefront closed a $17.4 million Series A round led by Creandum along with Earlybird Venture Capital and Paua Ventures.

Vue Storefront helps eCommerce businesses improve website performance, helping them react faster to customer needs.

space elevator

Founded: 2019
Number of employees: 49
Founders: Paweł Hytry, Marcin Wyszyński
Money: It raised $15 million in Series B funding last October led by Insight Partners, with participation from existing investors: Blossom Capital, Inovo and Hoxton Ventures.

Spacelift helps DevOps teams manage complex cloud infrastructure servers and enables them to scale products quickly. The plug-and-play platform that enables teams to quickly automate infrastructure management, collaborate remotely, and monitor server access.

heroize

Founded: 2021
Number of employees: 10
Founders: Maciej Lotkowski, Paulina Wardega
Money: In June, the startup raised 1.7 million złoty (€350,000) in a pre-round led by SMOK VC with the participation of Movens Capital and angels.

Heroify helps recruiters hire by analyzing candidates’ actual skills, not the content of their CVs. It offers a platform with tailor-made sales and marketing competency tests that allow recruiters to check candidates’ skills before inviting them for an interview.

Doctor.One

Founded: 2021
Number of employees: sixteen
Founders: Tomasz Rudolf, Maciej Malenda
Money: Doctor.One raised €2.1 million in a seed round in April this year, led by Atlantic Labs and Movens VC.

Doctor.One is a virtual clinic that allows doctors to create and manage a private medical practice with a subscription model.

more growth

Founded: 2021
Number of employees: 25
Founders: Kuba Koziej, Piotr Sosnowski, Ariel Finkelstein
Money: It raised a $5 million pre-seed round from Inovo Venture Partners, bValue and Market One Capital in July.

This business builder creates online brands and products in the area of ​​wellness, parenting, and personal finance. He helps startups build websites and apps, increase their reach, and attract new users.

The data was collected in Dealroom.

Zosia Wanat is the Central and Eastern Europe reporter for Sifted, based in Warsaw. She tweets from @zosiawanat

Add Comment