Hottest Polish Startups in 2024

Borys Musielak
7 min readMar 5, 2024

This is a fully biased, personal list of my favorite Polish ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ startups that I also believe have a chance to become some of the hottest companies in the world in the coming years.

Even though the list is subjective, I did use some criteria to filter out companies. Iโ€™m only listing:

  • private companies that are still controlled by their founders, i.e. not bought out by private equity firms,
  • companies that are either based in Poland or have a strong connection to Poland, e.g. a mix of Polish founder(s), Polish investor(s) or the majority of staff based in Poland,
  • tech companies with a scalable product and a business model focused on distributing this product, i.e. no service companies, infrastructure companies, software houses or agencies,
  • companies with venture capital funding (not excluding bootstrapped companies completely, but I have less data on those and most are not as ambitious as their VC-funded counterparts),
  • only companies operating globally or at least in other markets than Poland.

The Champions

These are the unicorns ๐Ÿฆ„ (i.e. private companies worth over $1B USD) and the soonicorns (soon-to-be unicorns, hopefully, if things donโ€™t go south, which they always can!) of the Polish startup scene.

  • Docplanner โ€” a booking platform and management software provider for doctors. Raised ~$140M USD from Enern ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ, One Peak Partners ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง, Target Global ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง, Goldman Sachs ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ, EBRD ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ.
  • ICEYE โ€” empowers others to make better decisions in B2B and B2G industries by providing access to timely and reliable satellite imagery. Raised over $250M USD from True Ventures, Space Capital, Services Group of America, Seraphim Space, Promus Ventures, OTB Ventures ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ, Molten Ventures ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง.
  • Eleven Labs โ€” the latest Polish unicorn, global leader in AI voice generation and text to speech. Raised a little over $100M from Sequoia ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ, A16z ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ, Credo ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ.
  • Booksy โ€” an online platform for finding and booking beauty and wellness appointments. Raised $120M from Open Ocean ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ, Piton ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง, Inovo ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ, Enern ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ, Manta Ray ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ.
  • Brainly โ€” an online learning platform where students and parents get homework and study help from peers and experts. Raised ~$150M USD from Point Nine Capital ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช, Runa Capital ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡บ, Manta Ray ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ, Learn Capital ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ, General Catalyst ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ.
  • Uncapped โ€” a provider of revenue-based financing that enables founders to raise growth capital without interest or equity. Raised $80M USD from GFC ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช, White Star ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง, Mouro ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง, All Iron ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ and Seedcamp ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง.

The Challengers

Bored of the Booksy/Brainly/Docplanner mafia at the top? These are the challengers, the startups that grew significantly over the last few years, raised a lot of capital and are potential candidates to move up the ladder in the next 2โ€“3 years.

  • Ramp โ€” crypto purchases as a simple SDK built for developers. Raised $70M+ from Mubadala Capital ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช, Korelya Capital ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท, Balderton ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง, NFX ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ, Firstminute ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ, Seedcamp ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง, MakerDAO ๐ŸŒŽ.
  • Packhelp โ€” an online platform for creating and ordering custom-branded packaging in a web browser; raised $60M from investors like InfraVia Growth ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท, Portfolion ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ, Market One ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ, Profounders ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง, Speedinvest ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น and White Star ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง.
  • Vue Storefront โ€” a lighting fast frontend for headless commerce funded by Felix ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท, Creandum ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช, earlybird Digital East ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท, Y Combinator ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ, SquareOne ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช, SMOK Ventures ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ and Movens ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ for a total of over $40M USD.
  • Spacelift โ€” an operator of a terraforming platform used to manage any cloud, infrastructure, or service. Raised $23.5M from Insight Partners ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ, Inovo ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ, Hoxton ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง and Blossom Capital ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง.
  • Silent Eight โ€”a Singapore-based company with Polish founders and office developing AI-driven compliance models for finance. Raised over $35M from Wavemaker Partners๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ, TYH Ventures ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ, SC Ventures๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ, OTB Ventures ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ, HSBC Ventures ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง, Aglaia ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ.
  • Sunroof โ€” a start-up developing fully solar 2-in-1 roofs and faรงades as well as solutions to support smart energy management. Raised over $30M USD from Klima ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ, World Fund ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช, NAP ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช, L&G Capital ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช, SMOK Ventures ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ.
  • tylko โ€” a D2C furniture brand offering high-quality, perfectly fitting shelving that can be ordered in the easiest way possible. Raised $33M from TDJ Pitango ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ, Experior ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ, Evli Growth Partners ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ, G+J Digital Ventures ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช.
  • infermedica โ€” a leading digital health company specialized in AI-powered solutions for preliminary diagnosis and patient triage. Raised $30M from One Peak Partners ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง, Karma Ventures ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช, Heal Capital ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช, EBRD ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ, Inovo ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ.

The Rising Stars

They only recently started, but are already making waves in the global venture capital world with top funds fighting for allocation.

  • Authologic โ€” a system that helps businesses in checking the identity of their clients online. Raised from Y Combinator ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ, SMOK Ventures ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ and angels.
  • enso โ€” a WYSIWYG data processing language. Raised over $18M from SignalFire ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ, Khosla Ventures ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ, Day One Ventures ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ, Decacorn Capital ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ, Y Combinator ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ, Samsung Next๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท, Experior ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ, Innovation Nest ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ, Kima Ventures ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท, Black Pearls ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ and Passion Capital ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง.
  • Nomagic โ€” smart pick and place robotic solutions for order fulfillment. Raised $20 from DN Capital ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง, Capnamic Ventures, Hoxton Ventures ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง, Almaz Capital ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ, Khosla Ventures ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ, Manta Ray Ventures ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ, EIB ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ and Bitspiration Booster ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ.
  • Synerise โ€” behavioral data infrastructure driven by AI. Raised $22M from Carpathian Partners ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ.
  • Cosmose โ€” a data analytics platform that predicts consumersโ€™ offline shopping behaviors. Raised $27M from Near Foundation, Founders Factory ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง, TDJ Pitango ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ, Experior ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ, OTB ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ and Tiga Investments ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ.
  • AI Clearing โ€” Austin-based AI-powered autonomous construction progress tracking and quality control platform. Raised $16M from Prudence ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ, FJ Labs ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ, Tera Ventures ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช, Inovo ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ and Innovation Nest ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ.
  • Stonly โ€” a software company that helps improve user satisfaction, activation, and retention while reducing support costs. HQ in France but most of the team and co-founders are in Cracow. Raised $20M from Accel ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ, Northzone ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช and angels.
  • Saleor โ€” open-source ecommerce platform. Raised over $10M from Target Global ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช, Zalando ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช, Cherry Ventures ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช and angels.
  • Zowie โ€” AI customer service suite built for ecommerce. Raised $14M from Tiger Global ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ, Gradient Ventures ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ, 10X Founders ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช, Inovo ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ.
  • Tidio โ€” Not another AI chatbot. Well, actually, it is, just better. Raised $23M from PeakSpan Capital ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ, Inovo ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ, Rafaล‚ Brzoska.
  • Omnipack โ€” full-stack fulfillment for ecommerce. Raised $6M+ USD from private investors, Nunatak Capital ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ and SMOK Ventures ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ.
  • MerXu โ€” b2b marketplace for renewable energy by ex Allegro CEO. Raised $20M+ from Accel ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ, Prosus Ventures ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ, Point Nine Capital ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช.

The New Kids on The Block

This is the most subjective list of all as it includes companies which usually only raised a pre-seed or seed rounds, but for some reason I believe they will build something huge either because of the foundersโ€™ potential, the market or early traction and usually a combination of the three.

  • Blank โ€” new game studio by CD Project RED alumni working on a character-driven, narrative game set in a post-apocalyptic world collapsed by AI. Raised $17M USD from Neowiz๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท.
  • Contec โ€” tire recycling startup. Raised over $16M USD from Vinci ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ, Pruszynski ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ and Warsaw Equity Group ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ.
  • โ€” productivity optimization software based in Germany but run by Polish founders. Raised $19M from OTB Ventures ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ, 42cap ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช, Tola Capital ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ.
  • Sky EngineAI โ€” a synthetic data cloud for deep learning in vision AI. Raised $7M USD from Cogito Capital Partners ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ, Edge VC ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง and Taiwania Capital ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ผ, Movens ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ andHigh-Tech Grรผnderfonds (HTGF) ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช.
  • Pathway โ€” real-time analytics for data streams (think Fink or Spark but for real time data events). Raised $4.5M from Inovo ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ, Market One Capital ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ and grants ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ.
  • Plane (ex Pilot) โ€” helps companies pay remote team members. We take care of payroll, benefits, compliance and onboarding for international teams. Backed by Y Combinator ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ, Credo ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ, Innovation Nest ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ, Sam Altman, Kyle Vogt.
  • Gemelo โ€” AI videos with AI twins made by cloning your voice and looks. Stealth mode.
  • Gotivaโ€”digital content distribution and revenue platform by previous co-founder of Huuuge Games. Raised over $2M from SMOK Ventures ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ, Bit Bets ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช and Movens ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ.
  • โ€” fully automated AI-based patient communications platform. Raised $2.5M from 4growth ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ, Movens ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ, Satus ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ, FundingBox ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ and Gateway Ventures ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น.
  • FibriTech โ€”biodegradable materials for alternative to plastic products. Raised over $2.5M USD from Bitspiration Booster ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ and grants ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ.
  • Reef Factory โ€” smart aquarium devices. Raised $2.7M from Aper Ventures ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ, Kap Holding ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ.
  • Rift โ€” cold outbound that doesnโ€™t land in spam. Latest Y Combinator ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ company with a Polish founder.

Anyone missing?

If you believe a notable company that matches the criteria set at the beginning of the article is missing, feel free to ping me in this thread with a one sentence explanation that includes a high level pitch and amount of funding raised. Iโ€™ll do my best to keep updating this list with the hottest Polish startups of 2024!

Previous editions of this article can be found here: Hottest Polish Startups of 2021, Hottest Polish Startups of 2019, and the original answer on Quora.

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Borys Musielak

I invest in early stage startups in CEE via Prev CEO Filmaster sold to Samba TV, co-founder ReaktorX, Startup Poland. Filmbuff. NBA lover.