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Dragons Cave Pre-Accelerator

Growth Program For Early Stage Startups

The Story

In classic Krakow folklore, a ruthless dragon once terrorized the city. The legend goes that traditional thinking and classic methods that were predicted to destroy the beast had failed. The solution to successfully destroy the dragon required innovative thinking. There has been startup thinking in Krakow from its beginning. This legacy continues at the Dragons Cave Pre-Accelerator where instead of slaying dragons, the program intends to help you conquer the market.

The Dragons Cave Pre-Accelerator will develop 6 promising early-stage startups from Małopolska over the course of ten weeks with six workshops, extensive one-on-one mentoring sessions, testing concepts with partners and concluding with a Demo Day in front of the general public and invited angel investors. Founders of selected startups will develop an entrepreneurial mindest, learn tools and gain knowledge, find a product-market fit and create a roadmap for after the program finishes.


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Lead Mentors

Lead Mentors Responsibilities:

  • Working with 1 team throughout the entire program (Minimum 4 one-on-one mentoring sessions)
  • Lead a workshop
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Program Timeline

May 23rd, 2019 – Dragons Cave Pitches At Cracow Tech Week

June 18th, 2019 – Dragons Cave Pre – Accelerator Info Day

June 23rd, 2019 – Deadline To Apply For Program

July 1st, 2019 – Selected Startups Announced

July 17th, 2019 – Workshop #1: The Tech Entrepreneur Mind

July 31st, 2019 – Workshop #2: Lean Canvas

August 6th, 2019 – Workshop #3: Powerful Pitching

August 13th, 2019 – Dragons Cave Office Hours

August 23rd, 2019 – Pitch at Summer Jam 2019

September ??? Workshops #4: Project Management

September ??? Workshop #5: MVP

October ??? Workshop #6: Recruitment & Financing

October ??? Dragons Cave Office Hours

October 24th, 2019 – Demo Day during Krakow Startup Week 2019

Dragons Cave Workshop Program

Workshop #1

The Krakow Tech Entrepreneur Mind

Date: July 17th, 2019 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Led by: #OMGKRK Team, Szymon Janicki, Vincent Vergonjeanne & Piotr Hołubowicz

Description: The program opens by setting high expectations for founders and dispelling any illusions that entrepreneurship and startups will be easy. Here we outline the skills and approach founders need to be successful, especially in our Krakow setting.

Workshop #2

Business Model Canvas & Legal/Tax Bootcamp

Date: July 31st, 2019 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Led by: Project: People Team & JWMS Law Firm

Description: In the second session, founders will roll up their sleeves and get straight to the hard work developing their business plan along with the many back end requirements to operate a firm. Founders without a validated business model, a registered company and accounting capacity will be supported in achieving these needs.

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Workshop #3

Storytelling, Pitching & Marketing

Date: August 6th, 2019 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Led by: Dominika WalecPrzemysław Stanisz

Description: In the third session, founders will begin crafting a message that will communicate their business to the world, develop a brand and expected to grow their marketing reach. Startups will all deliver a 3-minute pitch at the workshop.

Workshop #4

Operations, Project Management & Sales

Date: August 28th, 2019

Led by: Wiktor Sarota, Wiktor Warchałowski, Itamar Zabari

Description: Half way through the program, founders will refresh their strategic objectives, create KPIs, begin using a project management tool, forecast growth and push to sell their project to partners and potential clients.

Workshop #5

Achieving MVP

Date: September 11th, 2019

Led by: Bartosz Józefowski & Krakow Technology Park Team

Description: The operations team from Małopolska’s most respected accelerator KPT ScaleUp arrive to give startups a final push toward launching a functional MVP.

Workshop #6

Recruiting, Financing & Accelerators

Date: September 28th, 2019

Led by: Innovation Nest Team

Description: Startups conclude what their goals are for the Demo Day and outline plans post program including review of full accelerator opportunities. We are joined by a Venture Capital firm and recruitment expert to guide teams into the future as the program concludes.

Demo Day

Dragons Cave Demo Day 

Date: October 24th, 2019

Location: Plac Nowy 1

The Dragons Cave Pre-Acceleration Program comes to a grand conclusion at Wawel Dragons Cave Pitch during Krakow Startup Week 2019 on Friday, October 25th, 2019. The event takes places in the -1 level of Hotel Forum where program partners, angel investors and the general public are invited to hear the startup final pitches. The event focus on both substance and audience experience that will create a memorable finish to an intense program. Startups are expected to fully leverage the Demo Day toward their goals.

View Demo Day Recap Video

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Support Mentors

Support Mentors Responsibilities:

  • Teach during workshop in your area of expertise
  • Available to meet with teams upon request (4 one-on-one mentoring sessions)
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Beata Mosór -Szyszka CEO Project: People
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Vincent Vergonjeanne
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Piotr Hołubowicz - CEO SEEDiA
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Tomasz Wesołowski - CEO Edward.ai
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Maciej Gnutek - Investment Associate at Innovation Nest
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Przemysław Stanisz - Sales Expert
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Itamar Zabari - CEO of Sky And Space Software
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Jan Marczynski - Lawyer
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Hubert Pokrowiecki - CEO Funktional
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Filip Moscicki
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Łukasz Cieśla - Startup/Corporation Matchmaker
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Subhash C. Vashishtha - Site Lead at Symphony Solutions
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Paweł Nowak - Serial Entrepreneur
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Robert Sudiak - CyberSec Hub
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Janusz Kahl - South Poland Clean Tech Cluster


The deadline to apply for the program was on June 23rd, 2019 at 24:00.

However, if you are an early-stage startup interested in receiving support from #OMGKRK, you can still fill out the Dragons Cave form.

Past Batches

Wawel Dragons Cave Pitch 2017

1000 Realities | InMotion | Framewhere

Craftfinity | Aioria Studios | Spokoloko

Wawel Dragons Cave Pitch 2018

Locky | Rent And Lend | MyRest.io

Piloci Studio | Carrybear | Deko Eko

Full Recap Here


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Strategic Partner

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These investment funds are recieving regular updates about the development of teams in the program.

All investors in the #OMGKRK network can be found in our Investors Database.

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