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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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The founders of 6 early stage startups will be selected to participate in the program.

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  – September –  Workshops And Mentoring Sessions

October 25th, 2019 – Demo Day during Krakow Startup Week 2019

Who Is The Program For?


Students interested in entrepreneurship and looking to build something great.


Programmers, designers or computer scientists not satisfied with building another boring website.


Professionals successful in theircurrent profession but looking to build something that scales.

Program Goals

Two founders per team can participate in the program.

You will:

  • Learn and undertake the legal and tax fundamentals of operating a business.
  • Understand and begin implementing scaleable business models and technologies.
  • Build a working MVP of their product and service along with having a live website.
  • Secure first strategic partners and clients.
  • Develop detailed presentations and compelling pitching skills.
  • Create a roadmap post-program including financing, recruitment and full accelerators.

Dragons Cave Program

Workshop Location: Bióro Coworking (Plac Na Groblach 8)

Every 2nd Wednesday | 6:00pm -8:00pm

Workshop #1

The Tech Entrepreneur Mind

Date: July 17th, 2019

Led by: #OMGKRK Team, Richard Lucas, 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.

Workshop #2

Business Model Canvas & Legal/Tax Bootcamp

Date: July 31st, 2019

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.

Workshop #3

Storytelling, Pitching & Marketing

Date: August 14th, 2019

Led by: Przemysław Stanisz, Dominika Walec

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.

Workshop #4

Operations, Project Management & Sales

Date: August 28th, 2019

Led by: Wiktor Sarota, Wiktor Warchałowski

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: Szymon Janicki, Inno Venture, Innovation Nest,

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 25th, 2019

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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The most important component of the pre-acceleration program are the mentors. These experienced startupers, executives, innovators and experts are ready to share their knowledge and give their time to teach and feedback teams. Each of the six teams will be given a lead mentor who will support them throughout the program.

Lead Mentors

Lead Mentors Responsibilities:

  • Working with 1 team throughout the entire program (Minimum 4 one-on-one mentoring sessions)
  • Lead a workshop
  • Attendance of Demo Day
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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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Przemysław Stanisz - Sales Expert
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Janusz Kahl - South Poland Clean Tech Cluster
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Piotr Hołubowicz - CEO SEEDiA
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Maciej Gnutek - Investment Associate at Innovation Nest
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Tomasz Wesołowski - CEO Edward.ai
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Robert Sudiak - CyberSec Hub
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Jan Marczynski - Lawyer
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Hubert Pokrowiecki - CEO Funktional
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Iwona Gruszka - Archdesk
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Subhash C. Vashishtha - Site Lead at Symphony Solutions
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Łukasz Cieśla - Startup/Corporation Matchmaker
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Paweł Nowak - Serial Entrepreneur
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Itamar Zabari - CEO of Sky And Space Software


The deadline to apply is June 23rd, 2019 at 24:00.

Please do not delay in applying because there are immediate opportunities for early-stage startups.

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There are no formal minimum requirements to apply.

Startups will be selected based on how advanced they are and matchmaking with mentors and program partners.

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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.

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