14 June 2017

The old world is being disrupted and ABSL wants to find the pathfinders of our times.

A call to all start-up pioneers, instigators of change and tech vanguardists to showcase their ideas and solutions in front of the top CEO's and managers of world-renowned brands of the modern Business Service sector.

Applications until May 7th, 2017.

List of winners
Synergy & networking

Does your start-up project have the ability to see the course of current business, interact with it and change it for the better?
The selected Start-up pathfinders will have the tremendous networking possibility at the 8th Annual ABSL Conference which has the participation of more than 170 global investors.

Make your own path

Your Start-up project envision new paths to disrupt the known world and provide new market-based solutions?
Put it to the test in front of a competent and prestigious Jury board and an audience composed by CEOs, CFOs, Opinion Leaders, top executives and managers of the modern business service sector.

Light the way in times of uncertainty

We are a potential partner, we want to meet you and see your solutions. We are looking for innovative services and projects, which will help us to effectively develop the service centers and support businesses.
Experimental, radical and unorthodox business solutions are welcome! Be a light and guide the future of business.


Behind the idea of the Start-Up Challenge stands the notion that corporations and start-ups can help each other in numerous ways and live in a symbiotic relationship. In exchange for the stability, management culture and deep know-how, the international companies want to learn flexibility and quick reactions to the changing market.

Applications closed on May 7th, 2017.

Winners of the ABSL Start-Up Challenge!

List of winners

What type of Start-up are you?

IoT, SaaS, BigData, Cyber Security, Cloud Computing, FinTech, HR solutions, process management and processes optimization are the areas the Challenge put special emphasis on, however, we are open to any start-up project which intends to gain access to future collaboration with the Business Services sector companies in Poland and the CEE region.

Pitch in your city & Go Global

Seven finalists will be selected at the regional Finals which will take place in the second half of May, 2017 in:

KatowiceSilesia Business Park, Chief's Restaurant, Chorzowska 150
May 16th, 2017

KrakówSheraton Grand Krakow, Powiśle 7
May 18th, 2017

ŁódźGrohman’s Factory, Lodz SEZ’s Headquarters, Ul. Ks. Biskupa Wincentego Tymienieckiego 22 G
May 23rd, 2017

PoznańConcordia Design, Zwierzyniecka 3
May 22nd, 2017

TrójmiastoPomorski Park Naukowo-Technologiczny Gdynia, Zwycięstwa 96/98
May 31st, 2017

WarszawaProcter & Gamble, Atrium, Zabraniecka 20
May 25th, 2017

WrocławHewlett Packard Enterprise, Dominikańsk Center, Piotra Skargi 3/4
May 26th, 2017


It would be a pleasure to see you in Łódź at the 8th Annual ABSL Conference.
The Start-up Challenge Finals will take place during the second day of the Conference. More details are available at the Conference website:

The Association of Business Service Leaders (ABSL) is the leading organization representing the business services sector in Poland. Given the current business, economic & political opportunities, this sector in particular can propel and position Poland to be the global leader. Today, Poland has become one of the leading destinations on the global business services map, with more than 200,000 people employed in the sector. Thus, at the current growth rate, this industry is on its way to become the country’s largest source of private-sector jobs.


ABSL Members include companies which conduct business in the area of Shared Services Center (SSC), Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), Information Technology Outsourcing (ITO), Research and Development (R&D), and companies contributing to the sector’s growth.



ABSL Start-up Challenge Finals Jury:

Barbara Piasek

CEO, Wolves Summit and The Sales Gate

Marek Grodziński

Vice President of Thought Leadership & Conference, ABSL

Agnieszka Sygitowicz

Vice-President, Management Board, ŁSSE S.A.

Alejandro Paz Olivares

Central Europe IT Hub Leader, P&G

Jarosław Bator

Business Development Director, Skanska

Marcin Sieńczyk

Chief Technology Innovation Officer, Randstad Polska

Jacek Ratajczak

Plug Founder


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