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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 MIT EF CEE’s Accelerator 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 over 270+ success stories and become our next successful retail tech startup.

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Why join our Retail Tech Accelerator 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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Take Your Business Abroad

Participate in our startup demo day and fight for free tickets to one of our international startup expansion weeks.

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Win Up to an Extra $100K

Top-performing startups with the most innovative ideas in each cohort get a chance to win up to $100K in Amazon cloud infrastructure credits.  

Our Corporate Partners

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Żabka Group

Żabka Group is the ultimate convenience ecosystem. With over 9300 stores owned by 8000+ franchisees, they’re the leader in the convenience segment. Committed to simplifying people’s lives, they offer a diverse range of essential services, from convenient grocery shopping to package delivery, cash withdrawal, on-the-go hot meals, and dietary catering services. With nearly 3 million daily customers, Żabka has become one of the most recognizable and trusted brands in Poland.

Challenge: Find innovative ways to improve Żabka’s store operations - from processes to store equipment.
Challenge: Decrease the workload in a modern convenience store environment. With several thousand stores, a small change to each store’s operations, workload, or internal processes can bring massive money and time savings.

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 Accelerator 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 Accelerator program is to commercialize your idea – usually, with the help of your corporate partner. 

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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 MIT EF CEE, we’re working with the leading Polish 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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    Have a Positive Social Impact and Win €25,000 CVC Young Innovator Award

    If you or one of your key team members are under 30 and your innovation can have a big social impact, you could be awarded an extra €25,000. The money can be used for the development of your startup.

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    Scale your Retail Tech Innovation with MIT EF CEE Acceleration Program

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    Apply to one of our Accelerator Programs today and become our next success story.

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