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S5 – 5G Technology Accelerator is the first acceleration program in Poland created to support the growth of innovative projects focusing on 5G technology (including non-standalone 5G). The S5 Accelerator has been established in 2019 within the Lodz Special Economic Zone and is the second accelerator in the LSEZ portfolio next to Startup Spark.

Startups qualified to participate in the S5 program  will receive expert support and financial grant (de minimis public aid)  for the development of products or services in 5G technology. The goal of the Program is to develop, test and implement accelerated projects on commercial basis  in large companies.

Application dates: January 2 – February 23, 2020

The S5 Accelerator Program Outline

Phase 1

Incubation
  • Number of participating startups: 40
  • Incubation: up to 3 months (from 04.2020)
  • Financial grant: up to 50 000 PLN for project development and 5G technology knowledge transfer

Phase 2

Acceleration
  • Number of participating startups: 20 which are to be selected from 40  startups participating in the incubation phase
  • Acceleration: up to 9 months (from 07.2020)
  • Financial grant up to 550 000 PLN for project development and in-depth 5G technology knowledge transfer

Rules

Who can apply:

  • Micro, small or medium companies in the early development stage (up to 22 months from the date of registration), operating in the Lodz Voivodeship, Poland
    or
  • Micro, small or medium companies in the early development stage (up to 22 months from the date of registration) which if recommended to participate in the Program must register business activity in the Lodz Voivodeship, Poland within 14 days from the recommendation date
    or
  • Natural persons who if recommended to participate in the Program must register business activity in the Lodz Voivodeship, Poland within 14 days from the recommendation date.

All applicants must:

  • Have full legal rights to the project which is to be accelerated within the Program
  • Have a project which falls within at least one Lodz Voivodeship Regional Smart Specialization (in line with the list specified in the Appendix 4 to the Regulations for  Enrolment and Acceleration Programme  ”S5 – 5G Technology Accelerator)
  • Have no financial and personal ties with Lodz Special Economic Zone
  • Be free from any legal encumbrances, collateral or any third party claims,
  • Do not perform business activities connected with production of agricultural products, fishery and aquaculture sector, activities linked to exports to third countries or be involved in the establishment and operation of a distribution networks
  • Do not exceed the maximum of de minimis aid specified in the Commission Regulation (EU) No 1407/2013 of 18 December 2013 on the application of Articles 107 and 108 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union to de minimis aid

Financing cannot be granted, among others to startups which:

  • Have already received public funds for the same Project which is be accelerated within the S5 program or have received other aid from public funds for the same expenditures
  • Are active in the manufacture, processing or marketing of tobacco and tobacco products, production or marketing of alcoholic beverages, production or marketing of pornographic content, marketing of explosives, weapons and ammunition, games of chance, mutual betting, slot machine games, production or marketing of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances or precursors.

Files to download

  1. Regulations for Enrolment and Acceleration Programme “S5 – 5G Technology Accelerator” amendments February 12, 2020
  2. Appendix 1 to the Regulations for Enrolment and Acceleration Programme – Application Templates
  3. Budget Template – Incubation Stage – to be filled out and submitted with the Application on f6s Platform
  4. Appendix 2 to the Regulations for Enrolment and Acceleration Programme – Application Evaluation Formal and Substantive Criteria
  5. Appendix 3 to the Regulations for Enrolment and Acceleration Programme – Declaration on De Minimis Aid received – to be filled out, scanned and submitted with the Application on f6s Platform (in case of SME Applicants)
  6. Appendix 4 to the Regulations for Enrolment and Acceleration Programme – List of Regional Smart Specializations in the Łódzkie Voivodeship
  7. Acceleration Agreement Stage I – Incubation – amendments February 12, 2020
  8. Acceleration Agreement Stage II – Main Acceleration – amendments February 12, 2020
  9. Purchasing Group Agreement

Archived versions

  1. Regulations for Enrolment and Acceleration Programme “S5 – 5G Technology Accelerator” amendments January 14, 2020
  2. Regulations for Enrolment and Acceleration Programme “S5 – 5G Technology Accelerator” from January 2, 2020
  3. Acceleration Agreement Stage I – Incubation from January 2, 2020
  4. Acceleration Agreement Stage II – Main Acceleration from January 2, 2020

S5 startups sectors

Smart Factory:
  • IoT sensors for real-time monitoring and tracking
  • End-to-end life cycle management
  • Automation of internal logistics
  • Digital twin solutions
  • Facility Management
  • Predictive maintenance
  • Semi and fully autonomous robotics
  • Employees wearables
  • Tracking systems
  • Vision control systems
  • Smart Meters
VR/AR Solutions:
  • Remote assistance and knowledge sharing
  • Manufacturing support
  • Design and prototyping
  • Inventory management
  • Preventing accidents and disruptions
  • Virtual workplaces
Automotive & Logistics:
  • Connected road infrastructure services
  • V2X, V2V, V2I, V2N solutions
  • Vehicle-as-a-sensor solutions
  • Telematics
  • Convenience and infotainment services
  • Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS)
  • Fleet management
  • Connected goods
  • Track and trace solutions
  • Automation of internal logistics
Smart City:
  • Smart Grid Automation
  • Cooperative Intelligent Mobility
  • Traffic safety and control
  • Smart home
  • Waste recycling
  • Cultural heritage empowerment
Energy Industry:
  • Transaction and settlement platform for energy communities
  • System supporting the management of energy consumption flexibility programs
Others:
  • Media & entertainment solutions
  • Agriculture solutions
  • Retail solutions
  • Tele-presence services

Planned effects

The S5 accelerator in numbers:

  • up to three months incubation stage and up nine months acceleration stage
  • support for 40 startups registered in the Lodz Voivodeship, Poland
  • funding up to PLN 50 000 for incubation stage and up to PLN 550 000 for acceleration stage.

Project value

Total project cost: PLN 13 983 831,00
Co-financing of PLN 13 142 116,60 2014-2020 Regional Operational Program of the Lodz Voivodeship action II.1. Business environment, Sub-measure II.1.2: Professionalization of business services

 

Application dates: January 2 – February 23, 2020

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