Wroclaw’s hot startup scene: SaaS, B2B and medtech

According to Startup Wroclaw, sectors such as e-commerce (Divante, Shoptrotter), digital health (Infermedica, SensDx), software (Tooploox, Droids on Roids), analytics (Piwik Pro), work and HR (Kadromierz, ChallengeRocket) and edtech (Lerni, Flash Robotics) are hot.

London and Berlin usually top the lists of European startup hubs, but Central and Eastern European countries like the Czech Republic, Estonia, Croatia and Poland have claimed a growing portion of the startup pie in the past few years. Looking at Poland in particular, Krakow and Warsaw have blossomed into fertile grounds for entrepreneurs to grow and nurture companies, but they’re not alone.

One of Poland’s oldest and most picturesque cities, Wrocław is an up-and-coming contender in the startup space, thanks mostly to its academic history and its proximity to Prague, Berlin and Warsaw. This city of 1.2 million people has a large student population that provides ready talent for the city’s startups. Indeed, since the beginning of the 20th century, this small city has been home to nine Nobel laureates.

So to find out what the startup scene in Wroclaw looks like, we spoke with local six investors, executives and founders. In short, the city appears to be strong in areas such as B2B, SaaS, marketplace, B2C, gaming and medtech.

The country’s capital Warsaw has an angel investment scene, but founders instead often look to Germany for smaller investments because “the distance from Wrocław to Berlin is exactly the same as Wroclaw to Warsaw,” one of the executives said.

There is an air of optimism about the future: “We will have more and more global companies grown from the Wrocław’s startup scene as well as global corporations deciding to base their Polish office in the city,” one founder said.

We surveyed:

Alena Hloba, community manager, RST Ventures for Earth
Jakub Karkocha, CEO, LightApply
Kamil Rudnicki, CEO, Timecamp
Paweł Łopatka, VP country manager, SoftServe
Michał Wędzicha, VP, CORE Services
Maciej Wilczyński, CEO, Valueships

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