Kraków Technology Park
a business support institution that has successfully
supported the economic development of Małopolska for years.
In 1997, a company was incorporated to manage the special economic zone in Kraków. It had no assets, capital or land for investment. Today we are a highly specialised institution operating in business environment, making a powerful impact on the economic development of Małopolska. We know how to support development of entrepreneurship, and skilfully build alliances and platforms for cooperation. We define trends in devising development strategies. We actively participate in business promotion of the region, and create efficient tools for supporting entrepreneurship.
We have come a long way. Yet the initial hurdles taught us creative approaches to reality. Instead of letting problems overcome us, we have become efficient in solving them. Thanks to such an approach we understand people in business perfectly well, and they appreciate us for professionalism and efficiency.
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Selvita: developing and investing
Selvita SA, a biotech company from the Jagiellonian Centre of Innovation, decided to build its HQ in the Kraków special economic zone. On the power of two permits issued by the Board of the Kraków Technology Park (KTP), the company will invest over PLN 30 million and open at least 124 jobs. Its new laboratories will develop by the Jagiellonian University Campus in Pychowice.
“We’re enthusiastic about the dynamic development of Selvita. Active in investigation and development of oncological medications, the company has taken nine years to move from a typical start-up to a fully-fledged listed company. Not a unique case in our zone. Our fingers are crossed for Selvita, especially with respect to the area of expertise and their business model being clearly based on export rather than import of know-how and intellectual property”, Wojciech Przybylski, the CEO of the KTP explained issuing the permit.
Selvita SA, the largest innovative biotech company in Central and Eastern Europe was set up in 2007 and is dominant in a capital group of six companies. Since 2014 it’s had the status of an R&D centre. and in 2015 its branches opened in the world’s leading biotech hubs: Boston and San Francisco (US), and Cambridge (UK). Currently Selvita Group employs over 360 people, of whom a third hold doctorates, and is listed at Warsaw stock exchange.
New start-up accelerator in Kraków
The Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (PARP) announced establishment of 10 start-up accelerators in Poland yesterday. One of them will be set up in Kraków and will be managed by the Kraków Technology Park (KTP) in cooperation with Kraków Airport and EC Grupa.
Accelerator, that is a programme of support for young technology businesses, will be launched early in 2017. Companies admitted to the accelerator will be covered by a 3-month support programme that envisages work with experienced mentors, experts in the sector, and business coaches. The accelerator aims at speeding up the development of young technology businesses and working out a new, dynamic path for their development. A significant part of the programme is the presentation of non-refundable grants of maximum PLN 200,000 to selected companies. The grant will let young businesses purchase the necessary services and develop their products.
The Kraków accelerator will support businesses dealing with innovative solutions for industry to streamline processes in production, logistics, warehousing, resource management, and quality control. Any young technological company working on the application of new solutions aiming at increasing efficiency in industry may participate in the ScaleUp programme of the Kraków Technology Park, and the programme welcomes businesses from all over Poland. Yet, as Wojciech Przybylski, CEO of the Kraków Technology Park, said “we are keen to have not only start-ups among the beneficiaries of the programme, but also industrial companies that will use the innovative solutions that they are going to develop in the accelerator. We intend to devote plenty of attention to the construction of cooperation platforms between these two environments.”
Largest investment in Kraków zone since MAN
Today, the Japanese Mabuchi Motor corporation informed about its decision to start a new investment in the Kraków special economic zone. Mabuchi will operate in one of the subzones situated in Małopolska, and by 2023 will have invested around PLN 360 million and open 400 new jobs. The planned developed in Poland will be Mabuchi’s first in Europe.