By Jan 6: Telco giant Orange Polska invites a wide range of startups to Orange Fab

Experts from 32 countries, €10,000 cash to all finalists, 2 demo days & more:  Polish telco giant Orange Polska launches a startup support program. 

Is Orange Fab a typical startup accelerator?

No, it is not. The main goal of this program is to create a project with Orange. Acceleration is a by-side effect. Startups do not have to give away % of equity to participate. Orange Fab was designed to smoothen the introduction of Startup products to Orange.

What would be the example of cooperation?

There is no template solution. It is flexible and depends on the product startup has developed.

For example, if it  is an App - the first what we can do is to add it to Orange Cloud. If we are talking about an IoT product - we will talk with Orange b2c and b2b business units and look for opportunities to add it to our distribution network. As well as demonstrate solutions to Orange big customers.

For whom is it applicable most?

For those startups that already have a product and want to  scale up with a big corporate partner with a global brand. The main benefit of Orange Fab for  a startup is getting access to its customers, partners and distribution channels and international exposure in Poland and other Orange Fabs around the world, including: China (Taiwan), France, Israel, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, South Korea, Spain, United States of America. Orange can provide access to telco infrastructure (platforms, APIs, etc) and support in analysis by our technical experts, if necessary.

So, if you are looking for funding, this may not be the best choice, however  the most interesting startups may be recommended to Orange Digital Ventures which invests on the global level.

What happens next after you get chosen for Orange Fab?

You will receive a template of cooperation agreement that will outline the key partnership goals and activities and will be discussed with each startup individually.

The program manager will share the calendar of events scheduled for the next 3 months - work with mentors, Orange business units, target events participation, Demo Days. There’s a general acceleration plan, that may be augmented by customized activities to fit specific startup needs, if necessary. Selected startups will have very unique opportunity to meet global Orange Group managers and decision makers.

Do you have to spend 12 weeks in Warsaw?

No, this is a blended format. It is obligatory to visit Warsaw for program Demo Day, otherwise you may get through acceleration and work on an interrogation project online.

What expenses are covered?

The finalists of Orange Fab Polska will receive up to 40 000 PLN (around 10 000 EUR)  each. The amount granted to  each of the startups will be decided by the program management. Startups are free to spend the received money as they want.

Besides granting the up to 40 000 PLN, expenses (travel, accommodation)  on Demo  Day participation (Warsaw and Paris) will be covered (usually 1-2 persons/startup).

What startups are welcome?  The program is not only for telco startups. Orange is interested in a wide range of innovations, including:

  1. Application design and development
  2. B2B services (cloud, mdm, security)
  3. Cloud gaming & game content aggregation
  4. Cloud services & cloud technologies
  5. Communication & connectivity services
  6. Connected Home (services for home, cloud)
  7. E-commerce
  8. High bandwidth disruption (LTE, fiber)
  9. Internet of Things Mobile payments Mobility (4G, NFC, cloud)
  10. M-payments & money transfer
  11. New media (digital content)
  12. Personal data & big data management
  13. Rich communication & unified communication, RCS, Web RTC
  14. Seamless wireless access & data consumption optimization
  15. User interfaces
  16. Video content aggregation

Where to apply? 

Fill out the application form here by Jan 6