On May 28th, the Technology Transfer Platform – one of the key projects of the Industry Development Agency (ARP), intended to provide support for entrepreneurs. Its objective is to help them acquire and implement innovative solutions in their companies.
– For many years, we were associated mainly with saving big companies. However, this has been changing in recent months. Restructuring remains one of the three pillars of our strategy, but we are putting more stress on supporting innovation, pro-development projects and the transfer of modern technologies to companies and industry. The objective is for as many of such projects and technologies to be commercialized – says Aleksandra Magaczewska, Chairwoman of the Industry Development Agency.
– Please keep in mind that we are not a government agency, but a state-owned company, the mission of which is to facilitate the development of industry. Our offer is addressed not only to big state companies, but to private companies - including SMEs - as well – Magaczewska adds.
Representatives of the Agency were guests at a meeting of the Council of Employers of Poland. They presented the agency’s operating model which is to be in force until 2020. According to the strategy passed last November, support for SMEs in implementing innovative solutions will be one of the agency’s main objectives.
– We do not want to substitute banks, but to complement their offer. We are flexible, we offer simply and transparent rules and an individualized approach – says Marek Szczepański, Deputy Chairman at ARP. The most attractive project can get as much as over 50 mln PLN in financing. The recently established ARP Venture fund, which is intended to facilitate the implementation of innovative solutions in industry, can guarantees up to 30 percent of the capital needed for such undertakings (5-15 mln PLN).
The platform will be a forum for companies to announce their demand for an innovative technology. On the other hand, research institutions and companies who can provide such solutions will also announce themselves. Thus, with the support of ARP experts, partners will be matched. The platform as a whole will look somewhat like a portal with announcements. Possible financial support for the implementation of projects resulting from the matching is to be an additional benefit of the platform.
The platform’s objective is to aggregate and catalog the needs of companies on the one hand and ready-made solutions offered by universities and research institutes on the other. All this for Poland to use the funds from Brussels to be acquired by 2020 in the best way possible.