Skip to content

Pilot Ready Cohort. Find a Partner Who Scales Your Idea

Already got traction and want to scale? Apply for StartSmart CEE Pilot Ready Cohort and find a corporate partner who’ll help you unlock your innovation’s true potential.

poc hero
poc 1 1

StartSmart CEE’s Pilot Ready – time to support your growth

If your startup is already in the growth stage and you want to focus on scaling the idea – this is the cohort for you.


During the Pilot Ready Acceleration program, you’ll work directly with a corporate partner who’ll help you scale your idea.


Run proof of concept projects, validate your product-market fit and get the opportunity to meet potential business partners and investors.


Take advantage of the accelerator’s network to access new customers and resources your startup needs to take your idea to market and turn it into a successful business.

Find a partner who can take your business to new heights

When you get admitted to the Pilot Ready Cohort, you get connected to a corporate partner who’s looking to work with a startup just like yours.


Usually, that partner is one of the key players in their industry.


Use your time in the accelerator to leverage their resources and know-how to scale your innovation and take your idea to market.

Solve challenging problems in innovative industries

One of the key admission criteria is whether your startup can address the problems of one of our partners.


The Pilot Ready Cohort gives you a unique opportunity to work with established corporate and business partners on solving challenging problems in your industry.


Learn from their experience, exchange ideas, and build your network. Use the opportunity to polish your innovation and grow your business.

Why join the Pilot Ready Cohort?

home tiles 1
Showcase at Demo Day

Gain marketing exposure by presenting at our Demo Day, connecting with potential investors and innovation leaders.

home tiles 2
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.

home tiles 3
Alumni Club Access

Join our thriving alumni network for ongoing support, investor connections, and exclusive offers and events.

home tiles 4
Expand Your Network

Meet potential business partners and investors to expand your network and gain access to valuable resources.

home tiles 1
Compete for €25,000

Stand a chance to win the CVC Young Innovator Award, recognizing social impact in startups.

home tiles 2
Join Our 300+ Success Stories

Benefit from our extensive experience with hundreds of startups, turning ideas into thriving businesses.

home tiles 3
Access 220+ Expert Mentors

Receive guidance across all business areas from our diverse team of mentors and experts.

home tiles 4
Keep 100% Equity

Retain full ownership of your startup as an equity-free accelerator, scaling with our support.

background featured
poc 2

Let’s get straight to business

Don’t have the time or feel the need to attend all the startup workshops? The Pilot Ready Cohort is dedicated to those startups that want to put more focus on business growth.


If you’ve already got market traction and want to put all your effort into growth, this is the cohort for you. Get straight to work with corporate partners on growing your business and solving their (and yours) key business challenges.

Apply Now

The Pilot Ready Cohort Roadmap

Recruitment Phase

Key Dates: 17.06.2024 – 25.07.2024


During this phase, we welcome you to apply to the Pilot Ready Cohort. This is also the time when you can find us during online meetups and webinars.


Get to know us and our partners, and get all your questions answered. And, of course, don’t forget to submit your application!

Startup Selection Phase

Key Dates: 26.07.2024 – 30.09.2024


This phase is divided into three stages:

  • First, we check your application against all our formal requirements for admission.
  • Next, we evaluate your business idea.
  • Lastly, invited to a 45-minute-long interview. You’ll get a chance to talk about your business and meet potential future corporate partners

Startup Acceleration Phase

Key Dates: 29.10.2024 – 05.12.2024


This phase is split into several stages:

  • You’ll discuss the terms of cooperation with your corporate partner.
  • You’ll set milestones and create a roadmap for the coming months.
  • You enter the actual acceleration program.
  • After six months of running a proof of concept project, you and your partner will review the progress and achievements and discuss a potential commercialization agreement.

Who can apply?

home tiles 1
You Meet Our Formal Criteria

We’re looking for startups with at least two co-founders who can support each other in the technical and business aspects of their startup.

home tiles 2
You Have at Least a Functional Prototype of Your Innovation

You have an idea that’s original and truly innovative and you’ve got its functional prototype or already got market traction.

home tiles 3
You’re Willing to Enter Into a Commercialization Agreement

All startups participating in the Pilot Ready Cohort will work closely with one of our corporate partners on growing and commercializing their innovative idea.

home tiles 4
Your Innovation Can Solve Our Partner’s Problem

To get admitted, your innovation has to be in one of our preferred industries and be able to address one of our partner’s key business challenges.

background featured
image with photo

Recruitment is open

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

Apply now

Past participants about the Pilot Ready Cohort

“StartSmart CEE (formerly MIT Enterprise Forum CEE) is a perfect place to take your company to the next level and meet fantastic people who are always ready to help–not only during the program.”

Maja Shaefer

Maja Schaefer

CEO at Zowie

“StartSmart CEE (formerly MIT Enterprise Forum CEE) is infecting with a can-do attitude! It is not enough for startups just grow. They need to grow and develop in a structured manner. This is why they need StartSmart CEE acceleration program.”

Piotr Smolen Symmetrical

Piotr Smoleń

CEO & Co-Founder of

Startups we accelerated:

l404 300x300 1
telemedico 300x300 2
photon 300x300 1
zowie logo
ender turing logo
xtpl logo
PLANTALUX 300x300 2
New Omniaz logo Marc Giovannini
lerta 300x300 1
Genomtec Logo color RGB
billon logo
CUX logo
poc 3

Applying from abroad? Get access to CEE’s leading market for innovation

Our Pilot Ready Cohort is open to both Polish and international startups.


It’s an excellent choice for all foreign startups that already got traction in their home countries and would like to expand into Poland.


Check application dates, submit the documents, and get matched with a corporate partner who can help your idea expand into a new market.

Apply Now

Acceleration Agreement

Review and download the Acceleration Agreement and all necessary documents for our Pilot Ready Cohort.

Download the Acceleration Agreement Download

Rules & Regulations

Review the rules and regulations of StartSmart CEE’s Pilot Ready Cohort. See the rules of the program and find out whether your startup meets the criteria for qualification.

Check the Regulations Document Check out

Read Startup Success Stories

The Successful Partnership Between CUX & PZU
The Successful Partnership Between CUX & PZU The Startup: CUX CUX is among the first tools to automate Digital Experience Analytics, transforming emotions into data and numbers to help businesses understand and improve… Read more
Vetasi and Digital Engineering Solutions
Vetasi and Digital Engineering Solutions The Startup: DES A startup on a mission to help solve the growing global issue of aging infrastructure.  They’re a pioneer in connecting AI with image… Read more
Cream Finance Poland and Ender Turing
Cream Finance Poland and Ender Turing The Startup: Ender Turing Story of the Ender Turing starts with research on the topics they later used to build their product. Co-founders were researching everything… Read more
background featured
rethink 3

Find a Partner Who’ll Help You Scale

So far, our accelerator has helped over 300+ startups scale their innovation. Apply now to become our next success story.

Apply Now