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[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource Games Press.]
This year, the Digital Dragons conference opens the door to an acceleration programme for startups from outside Poland. Its participants have a unique opportunity to win a grant of up to 70 thousand Euro. The conference has just launched a fast track, called by the organisers Golden Ticket to the acceleration programme. International startups willing to develop their business in Poland can already submit their projects. One of them will be awarded the Golden Ticket during this year’s Digital Dragons conference.

The Digital Dragons Accelerator powered by KPT Poland Prize is a programme for young and promising development studios from outside Poland who want to develop their business in Poland, have a prototype in production or a track record in developing and publishing games. In addition to the usual accelerator opportunities to find a publisher, partners, or mentors, it also offers a chance to finance one’s own projects.

As part of the programme, developers can count on a non-equity grant of up to EUR 70,000, support from the organisers as well as investors and publishers who are partners of the programme. Participants can be sure that during the acceleration they will be provided with assistance in finding companies and institutions supporting startups in all formal matters, such as establishing and running a company.

The organisers envisage two paths to qualify for the programme - standard and accelerated, also known as Golden Ticket. As part of the standard path, applications are planned to be collected until 9 September, after which the stage of selection and individual talks will take place. Startups, on the other hand, which will choose the accelerated path and want to showcase during the Digital Dragons conference, have time to register until 17 August. By 31 August, they will be informed whether they have qualified for pitching. On 8 September, they will pitch in front of a panel of DD Accelerator experts and partners and on 9 September, they will discover who has qualified for the programme. Those who do not get the Golden Ticket will continue to be considered for the standard recruitment process.

The Golden Ticket that will be awarded during this year’s conference means an automatic pass to the accelerator programme. To get it, you need to fill in the registration form, and after qualifying, present your project on 8 September during the Digital Dragons conference in the formula of a pitching battle. From among the competing projects, the jury will decide who deserves the Golden Ticket the most. The results will be announced on the final day of the conference - 9 September.

Digital Dragons is one of the largest European gamedev conferences. This year, the event will be held from 7-9 September online and offline - during the third special day. The organisers have taken care of numerous, interesting lectures and prepared discussion panels which will touch upon the topics important for the games industry. Moreover, they have made it possible to arrange business meetings and convenient networking.

Apply for a Golden Ticket to the acceleration programme:

Direct contact to the organisers on the Digital Dragons side:

Sabina Misiarz-Filipek

Mateusz Cybula

Useful links:
Digital Dragons – official website
Digital Dragons – Facebook
Digital Dragons – Twitter
Digital Dragons – LinkedIn
Digital Dragons – YouTube

About the sponsors:
Malopolska Voivodeship is the main partner of the event. The regional authorities implement several projects that serve the innovation and economic development of Małopolska and its attractiveness to investors. Małopolska is a perfect location for conducting business, especially based on new technologies.

SoftServe is the Gold Sponsor of the event. It is a team of over 600 people experienced in areas such as VR, AI, Machine Learning, Big Data, as well as core software development, Experience Design, DevOps and many others. The company is present in five locations in Poland - Wrocław, Gliwice, Białystok, Poznań and Warsaw. SoftServe is more than technology and ideas - it is a place where talented and ambitious people can develop their passion!

PixelAnt is a Gold Sponsor of the event. Together with Sumo Group, it works on some of the most recognisable high-end AA+/AAA game brands (such as Forza Horizon, Hitman and Sackboy) and collaborates with some of the biggest partners in the gaming industry (Microsoft, Sony, Nvidia, AMD, Intel, WB). This year the company is launching its own IP based on the Unreal Engine. Nothing is impossible for this brand!

About Digital Dragons:
Digital Dragons is currently one of the largest international events for the digital entertainment industry in Central and Eastern Europe. The main goal of the Digital Dragons is to create a Business to Business (B2B) cooperation platform within the Polish games sector, one of the most intensively developing sectors of the creative industries. Last year’s edition of the Digital Dragons, held online for the first time, attracted 2900 participants, including 1100 companies from 65 countries. Among the representatives of the digital entertainment industry, there were leading Polish and foreign companies. 366 projects from 30 countries were submitted to the two contests: the Indie Celebration and the Digital Dragons Indie Showcase, while media coverage reached over 1.5 million people. In 2021, the Digital Dragons will be held online as a series of events organised from May to September.

About the Kraków Technology Park:
Kraków Technology Park has been co-creating conditions for the development of entrepreneurship for over 20 years. For 10 years it has been running a Technology Incubator for start-ups in the IT industry. It supports and inspires the startup community by organising several events that help verify business ideas: workshops, hackathons and conferences. It implements the KPT ScaleUP acceleration programme. Companies can count on the support of seed funds, tax exemptions under the Polish Investment Zone programme and preferential terms for renting office space. Industry 4.0 and the game industry occupy a special place in the KTP. It is the leader of the hub4industry consortium, whose aim is to provide comprehensive support to companies that want to implement the Industry 4.0 solutions. It organises the Digital Dragons Conference - a key event for the games industry in Europe. KPT also cooperates with the international EIT Digital, which aims to drive the digital transformation in Europe.