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We’re looking for startups that can help our corporate retail partners solve their warehousing, workload, sales, and other retail challenges.

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Scale your Retail Technology with StartSmart CEE’s Acceleration Program

Develop your retail technology with the support of an MIT-affiliated startup accelerator and Poland’s biggest corporate retail chains. 


Get connected to a partner that’s looking for a startup just like yours to solve their retail challenges. Get valuable feedback, access a wealth of resources and data, and test-drive your idea in real-life scenarios. 


Develop your proof of concept, polish your innovation, and go from a growing startup to a fully operational business. 


Leverage the expertise that came from 300+ success stories and become our next successful retail tech startup.

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Why join our Retail Tech Acceleration Program?

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Get an Edge over Other Startups

Get access to resources, know-how, and guidance from an established corporate partner. Scale faster and get to market before your competitors.

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Understand Real Challenges

Join networking and brainstorming sessions and get a better look at the issues experienced by your target audience.

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Avoid Costly Mistakes

Get guidance from experienced business professionals. Avoid costly business mistakes and save time and money you can invest in scaling.

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Access R&D Support

Accelerate development by testing your innovation in a test environment created by one of our corporate partners.

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Give Your Brand a Visibility Boost

Work with established, well-known corporate partners and Increase your brand’s visibility.

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Commercialize Your Idea

Get a chance to get your first high-value client even before you finish the accelerator.

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Get up to €90,000 Non-Equity Grant

Receive funding for testing and technology development, in partnership with our corporate sponsors. *This grant is available for a limited number of startups meeting the formal requirements.

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Join StartSmart CEE (formerly MIT Enterprise Forum CEE) Alumni Club

Become a member of an exclusive startup ecosystem that connects tech startup entrepreneurs, investors, and service providers. Access alumni-only offers and networking events.

Our Corporate Partners

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Rossmann has been operating in Poland since 1993, establishing a formidable reputation as a leader in the industry. With an unwavering commitment to providing a diverse range of superior products and exceptional service, their 17,000 strong team operates across over 1,800 drugstores, 4 distribution centers, and an independent IT center, allowing them to confidently serve over 9.3 million customers with a selection of over 24,000 products.

How to create a personalized omnichannel shopping experience? Deliver solutions that work both online and offline, to be used in drugstores addressing, for example, the ability to purchase or check information about the full Rossmann product offer. Support decision-making, make it easier to navigate in the drugstore while relieving the burden on our staff. Solutions should support all customers avoiding digital exclusion.
How to enhance the quality of the customer experience in the Rossmann online store, from the moment of reaching out to customers, through the entire shopping process and the stage of picking up the order from the courier or at the drugstore. Deliver both online and offline solutions from MarTech, Industry 4.0, Logistics and others to support the process.

Who should apply?

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You’re Developing a Retail Tech Innovation

We’re looking for innovative ideas that fit the industry needs of our Startup Acceleration Program.

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You Can Solve Our Partner’s Problem

During each round, we partner with established businesses looking for innovative startups to help them solve their key business challenges.

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You Have a Verified Idea

Our accelerator requires all applicants to have market traction or at least a functioning prototype of their innovation.

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You’re Ready to Commercialize Your Innovation

One of the goals of the Startup Acceleration Program is to commercialize your idea – usually, with the help of your corporate partner.

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Recruitment is open

Our Acceleration Program is back! Unlock unparalleled mentorship, funding, and resources to skyrocket your startup’s growth. Apply before July 25 – don’t miss out this incredible opportunity to take your startup to the next level.

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Use Retail Tech to Help Other Businesses Become More Competitive

Retail Technology is crucial in helping reduce inefficiencies, building better processes, and making businesses more competitive. 


At StartSmart CEE (formerly MIT Enterprise Forum CEE), we’re working with the leading Polish and international retail companies looking for innovative, agile startups that can help them solve their retail challenges. 


If you believe your startup can leverage modern technology to address one of our partner’s retail challenges – apply today to Poland’s only MIT-affiliated Retail Tech Startup Accelerator.

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Application Guide

Learn detailed information about application requirements, key dates & deadlines, as well as necessary documents. Start the application process, join StartSmart CEE (formerly MIT Enterprise Forum CEE) Startup Accelerator, and scale your innovation!

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Rules & Regulations

Learn the eligibility criteria for StartSmart CEE (formerly MIT Enterprise Forum CEE) Accelerator Programs. Discover the formal regulations and rules your startup must comply with to apply.

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Scale your Retail Tech Innovation with StartSmart CEE Acceleration Program

Over the last few years, we helped 300+ startups reach their business goals. 


Apply to one of our Acceleration Program today and become our next success story.

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