“Why supporting young, ambitious high-tech companies pays?” – such was the topic of a debate held on November 4th at the headquarters of Employers of Poland on Brukselska Street 7 in Warsaw. Participants stressed a.o. that the development of young, innovative companies filled a development gap in Polish economy. Such companies not only create jobs, but are also essential for the functioning of large, international corporations, creating an economic ecosystem.
– My thesis is that Poles creating start-ups got rid of all complexes when it comes to entering the world of new technologies – said Patryk Strzelewicz, founder of Game Technologies.
Przemysław Kuśmierek and Sławomir Łuczywek of the Migam.pl portal, created for the hearing-impaired, also shared their experiences. The company offers a.o. remote translator and is working on the KinecTranslator application which is intended to serve as an automatic sign language translator –the search for an investor is currently underway. Migam.pl is already using support for start-ups. However, Przemysław Kuśmierek stated that finding financing which would enable the implementation of such a technologically advance project was not easy.
Apart from company representatives, the debate was also attended by representatives of institutions which grant support for start-ups – Adam Zagała of Idea Bank; Sebastian Grabowski of Orange Labs Polska; Jowita Michalska of the Foundation of Strategic Competence Development; Marzena Mażewska, chairman of the Polish Business and Innovation Centers Association, Anna Walkowska of Homplex/Startup Grind; Konrad Latkowski, organizer of Startup Weekend Warsaw and Hubert Lewiński, a representative of PARP.
The debate, coorganized by „Brief” monthly, was a part of the “MAPIT – Planning the growth strategy for young, ambitious, high-tech companies” project, realized by Employers of Poland. The project is centered around training and research and its aim is to help microentrepreneurs manage their growth more efficiently and effectively.
The project is co-financed by the European Union within the European Social Fund.
More about the project (in Polish): http://www.pracodawcyrp.pl/aktualnosci/art,1759,projekt-mapit-pracodawcy-rp-wspieraja-wysokie-technologie.html
A detailed schedule and formal requirements are available (in Polish) at http://www.mapit.pl/.
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