On September 22nd in the Column Hall in Sejm, the III Polish Clusters Congress was held. Several hundred participants from all over Poland – entrepreneurs and experts involved in clusters – spent a couple of hours discussing the problems of the sector. Panelists included a.o. President of Employers of Poland Andrzej Malinowski and Chairwoman of the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development Bożena Lublińska-Kasprzak – who assured of the administration’s willingness to support clusters.
However, many critical or even bitter words could be heard – particularly directed at Brussels, but at Polish administration as well. According to many participants, there is a lack of understanding as to the opportunities for economic growth provided by cluster support.
– Everyone declares their love for clusters, but in practice things can be quite different – emphasized Krzysztof Krystowski, Chairman of the “Polish Clusters” Employers’ Association.
The Congress featured three panels. Panelists discussed the reasons why clusters should be supported with public funds and the ways to do it. The discussion on new tools for supporting innovation in Poland and the role of clusters in their implementation and use was met with particular interest. Attendees also pondered how to develop an “ecosystem” for innovation within clusters and intensify research and development.
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