With a little help from Google, Polish startup accelerator GammaRebels shifts into second gear

With a little help from Google, Polish startup accelerator GammaRebels shifts into second gear

Polish startup accelerator program GammaRebels has found a new partner in Internet giant Google, which is teaming up with the business builder founded by VC firm hardGAMMA Ventures to help launch and support new startups.

Now in partnership with Google for Entrepreneurs, the GammaRebels accelerator program is open to all startups from Poland and abroad. The venture will house startups in a new, specially developed space in Kraków.

Explains hardGAMMA Ventures partner Krzysztof Kowalczyk:

“By executing the program in partnership with Google, startups would be advised by a broader group of acclaimed specialists and experienced mentors, working actively in the new technology sector.”

Wojtek Burkot, Google’s Krakow Engineering Center Head, adds:

“Google began as a startup in a garage and remains a startup at heart. The goal for us is to create a central meeting point for local tech startup community and help Krakow emerge as an entrepreneurial hub.”

Through GammaRebels, usually a 3-month long program, hardGAMMA Ventures invests up to 12.000 euros ($15,OOO) in exchange for a 10% stake in the participating tech startups.

The first edition of GammaRebels started in August 2011. For this year, 2 dedicated editions in Kraków are planned, although the dates haven’t been set in stone yet.

Google will help GammaRebels get set up in Poland’s second-largest city, and also commit to providing hands-on training and mentorship to help entrepreneurs in the program leverage the Web and Google products.

In addition, Google will host events and programs for the broader startup community at the Google Kraków office in collaboration with GammaRebels.

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