Following its mission and in the fulfilment of its tasks, the Kraków Technology Park (KPT) participates in many long-term projects that receive significant financing from European Union funds.
The goal behind the Interreg Central Europe Programme is to cooperate across the borders of Central Europe, to make our cities and regions a better place to live and work. This transnational cooperation is the catalyser for implementing smart solutions that answer regional challenges in innovative, low-emission economy, environment, culture, and transport. Transnational cooperation builds capacity at regional level in line with a grassroots integrated approach, involving appropriate entities from all levels of management.
The 3DCentral project assumes to develop a network of regions of innovation active in quick prototyping and smart technology engineering through the so-called Knowledge Axis Central Europe (KACE). To ensure innovation fuelled development and reduce the differences present at the regional level, it is necessary to strengthen the links between entities participating in innovation systems and between regions. This activity should make an additional positive impact on the transfer of technology between the key players in innovation systems.
The most important envisaged project deliverable is “The reinforcement of ties between the participants of innovation systems achieved thanks to the transnational corporation, leading to an increase in the innovation potential of Central European regions”.
The project is financed from the European Regional Development Fund as part of the Interreg Central Europe programme.
Programme website: www.interreg-central.eu
List of partners
(role) – Partner (country)
(LP) IDM Südtirol-Alto Adige (Italy)
(P1) Associazione della fabricca intellgente Lombardia (Italy)
(P2) Fachhochschule Campus02 (Austria)
(P3) evolaris next level GmbH (Austria)
(P4) Fraunhofer IWU Chemnitz (Germany)
(P5) Wirtschaftsförderung Region Stuttgart (Germany)
(P6) Technolški Park Ljubljana (Slovenia)
(P7) Technoški Park Pomurje (Slovenia)
(P8) Pannon Gazdasági Hálóza Egyesület (Hungary)
(P9) Krakowski Park Technologiczny / Kraków Technology Park (Poland)
(P10) Politechnika Krakowska / Kraków University of Technology (Poland)
Subject: Support for the development of fast prototyping and smart engineering technology .
Priority axis name: 1. Cooperation on innovation to improve the competitive edge of Central Europe
Specific goal: 1.1. Improvement of lasting bonds between entities in Central European systems of innovation to reinforce regional innovative capacity.
Role: Project Partner
Project coordinator: Monika Machowska, 0048123453213, firstname.lastname@example.org
Source of financing: Interreg Central Europe
Project budget: € 1,713,131.51
Start date: 01/06/2016
Conclusion date: 30/11/2018
The overarching goal of the project Baltic Game Industry is support for the development of the games industry in its capacity of a high economic growth potential sector in the Baltic Sea region as well as reinforcement of its internationalisation and launch of cooperation between stakeholders and their countries.
The particular goals of the project include:
- increasing the knowledge of the games market in public institutions
- adjustment of regional economic and promotional strategies to the needs of the market
- improvement of regulations to satisfy the needs of start-ups in the video games sector better
- increasing structural and organisational capacity of support institutions
- increasing the competencies of support institutions in matters concerning incubation and mentoring of businesses in the video games sector
- launching cooperation between the Baltic Sea region incubators
- reinforcement of SME capacity in the video games sector
- development of new capacities for the region’s SMEs.
The project consortium consists of 22 partners representing eight countries of the Baltic Sea region (Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, and Sweden). Additionally, there are 25 associated institutional partners participating in the project. Each of the countries is represented by a member of the public administration, business environment institution, or education centre. The project leader is the BGZ Berlin International Cooperation Agency GmbH.
Tasks of the Kraków Technology Park (KTP)
The KTP plans among others to work on the regional policy concerning the support for the games sector in cooperation with the regional partner (Małopolska region), participation in the meetings of project partners, international workshops and study visits, as well as implementation of a pilot incubation programme for businesses operating in the video games sector. The programme will be mostly based on mentoring sessions with games industry experts in the scope of their design, production, graphic, promotion, development and release, business models, technology, and traffic acquisition. The programme will be prepared in collaboration with Polish experts and representatives of other partners, chiefly foreign incubators. The integration programme will close in a presentation of the developed products to investment funds, business angels, investors, media, developers, and representatives of public administration in the region (demo day).
Role: Project Partner
Project coordinator: Michał Kołodziejski 0048123453206, email@example.com
Source of financing: Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014–2020
Programme website: www.interreg-baltic.eu
Budget of the BGI project:
The total budget of the consortium amounts to €3,496,874
The budget at the disposal of the KTP amounts to €257,450, of which €218,832.50 from the European Regional Development Fund (85%) and €38,617.50 of own contribution (15%)
Starting date: 01/10/2017
Closing date: 30/09/2020
Project website: www.baltic-games.eu
The overarching goal of the BalticSatApps (Speeding up Copernicus Innovation for the BSR Environment and Security) project is to speed up the marketing of services based on access to and processing of satellite data in the Baltic Sea region by acceleration of new start-ups. It answers the needs and challenges present in the community. Its result will be the improvement of knowledge and access to data provided by Copernicus Programme, as well as increasing awareness, demand, and innovation capacity in the area of satellite data.
The particular goals include:
- speeding up the marketing of satellite data in the countries of the Baltic Sea region
- the use of market potential of Copernicus programme throughout the European Union
- development of an acceleration programme to help entrepreneurs identify the potential of satellite data and develop innovative business models for products and services
- development of an efficient network in the Baltic Sea region
- more effective use and development of research activities and innovation strategies related to satellite data
- development of synergy between public, private, business, and academic circles involved in observation of the Earth
- sharing resources, knowledge, and European institutions and organisations contact network.
The project consortium consists of 11 partners representing five countries of the Baltic Sea region (Finland, Estonia, Poland, Sweden, and Russia). Additionally, there are seven associated organisations participating in the project. The project leader is Turku University (Finland).
List of partners:
(Role) – Partner (country)
LP – Turku University (Finland)
PP2 – Finnish Meteorological Institute (Finland)
PP3 – Turku Science Park (Finland)
PP4 – Tartu Science Park Foundation (Estonia)
PP5 – Krakow University of Technology (Poland)
PP6 – Tartu Observatory (Estonia)
PP7 – Institute of Geodesy and Cartography (Poland)
PP8 – Krakow Technology Park (Poland)
PP9 – St. Petersburg Information and Analytical Centre (Russia)
PP10 – Swedish National Space Board (Sweden)
PP11 – European-Russian InnoPartnership (Russia)
Role: project partner
Project coordinator: Jarosław Chojnacki 0048 786 140 190, firstname.lastname@example.org
Source of financing: Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014–2020
Program website: www.interreg-baltic.eu
Budget of the BSA Project: The total budget of the consortium amounts to €2,847,789.17.
The budget at the disposal of the KTP amounts to €163,798.70, of which €139,228.89 from the European Regional Development Fund (85%) and €24,569.81 of own contribution (15%).
Starting date: 01/10/2017
Closing date: 30/09/2020
Project website: balticsatapps.eu
The project was conducted by the Małopolska Regional Development Agency (MARR), the Małopolska Region, and the Kraków Technology Park (KTP). It aimed at the promotion of Małopolska in selected areas of economy. Business in Małopolska. Grow with us presented biotechnology, modern technologies, and shared services – the most vibrantly developing sectors in our region – to the world. The project wasd addressed primarily to business circles, especially in the United States, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. The project aimed at increasing the number of foreign investors in Małopolska. Moreover, Business in Małopolska. Grow with us also built a new image of our region as the space where – with full support and co-operation of local authorities – modern sectors of economy, based on modern and innovative technologies, keep on developing. Most project activity focused on direct participation in international fairs and conferences related to modern technologies and the outsourcing industry. Promotion was based on TV and online media campaigns, and publications distributed on boards of popular airlines. Besides the above, analytical reports on Małopolska were published in the English language. The value of the project, financed from the Małopolska Regional Operational Programme 2007–13, Measure 8.1, exceeds PLN 2.3 million.
The project by the Małopolska Regional Development Agency, the Małopolska region and Kraków Technology Park – “Business in Małopolska. Investment in the Future” began in January 2011.
The project aimed at increasing the popularity of the economic brand of Małopolska through promotion of the investment and export potential of the region. The project aimed at potential clients considering investments in Małopolska, mainly from the USA, India, China and Western Europe as well as recipients of the regional export offer.
Implementation term: 1st January 2011 – 31st December 2012
Project value: above PLN 2.5 million
Source of financing: European Union funds within the Małopolska Regional Development Programme 2007-2013, Measure 8.1.
The most important goal of the project known as Business in Małopolska is the promotion of the economic potential of Małopolska Region and streamlining of the support for investors finding their way to the region. Involved in the implementation of the project, besides Kraków Technology Park (KTP) are also Małopolska Regional Development Agency (Polish acronym MARR) and the Office of the Marshal of Małopolska Region.
The Business in Małopolska Centre (CeBiM) initiated its operation in January 2010. It is a specialised investor services centre with a seat at the business centre of Kraków Technology Park in Czyżyny. Running an integrated system of investor care, CeBiM has a powerful influence on building a positive climate for business in our region. At its disposal is Małopolska’s largest database of land for investment, and also a database of the region’s exporters and foreign partners.
Carried out as part of the Measure 1.3 of the SPO-WKP 2004-2006, the project made it possible to build and furnish a building with nearly 4000sq.m (43,000sq.ft of space), whose premises include 16 furnished offices for business start-ups, two seminar halls and one conference hall with complete multimedia facilities. Situated on the premises of the special economic zone, the building was designed for the SMEs that have founded their operation on state-of-the-art technologies. The budget of the whole project amounted to approximately PLN 20,000,000.
The Cognac project – Coordination of strategies in research, development, and innovation (RDI) and their cohesion with other strategies of new accession countries involved carrying out research and comparative analysis in Central and Eastern European states in collaboration with Spanish and Austrian partners. Participating in the project were institutions from Poland, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, and Spain. The project designed recommendations concerning coherent and efficient directions of operation in the research sector in member regions, implementation of the research, development, and innovation policy, and the process of joint learning.
The project created materials on collaboration between research and innovation activity, and entrepreneurship, and the significance of the SMEs sector in individual regions. Besides the above, also materials and documents presenting the development of innovation strategy and the methodology of comparative analyses were created.
The goal behind the project is to promote Małopolska economy by increasing international activity of Małopolska SMEs in video games and film sectors. The project is addressed to SMEs running business in the games and film sectors of creative industries, i.e. in fields that are of key significance for regional specialisation. The support is addressed for the companies whose priorities include internationalisation of the business they run and presence in foreign markets.
These goals can be met thanks to:
- participation in conferences, fairs, and organisation of B2B meetings: direct contacts between Małopolska milieux and representatives of selected locations
- organisation of conferences for foreign partners in Małopolska to make them familiar with the available potential and meet representatives of the sector
- organisation of inbound missions for journalist to make representatives of the media familiar with what Małopolska SMEs have to offer
- preparation of a comprehensive offer in the form of a professional sectoral portal of the region, and advertisement in specialist press dedicated to the sector.
The project will contribute to the increase of recognisability of Małopolska as a brand in the world, increase the awareness of Małopolska business potential in film and video games sector among businesses and the media. The planned scope of activity in the project is aligned with the approach approved for the investment policy of the region. The Regional Innovation Strategy of Małopolska Region 2020 names the creative and leisure industries key for regional specialisation. Smart specialisation encompasses the activities whose source are individual creation, skills, and talent that provide potential for building well-being and jobs by production and utilisation of intellectual property. This encompasses the above-mentioned video games and film sectors.
Duration: 1 October 2016 – 30 September 2019
Project value: PLN 3,091,309.20
European Regional Development Fund contribution: PLN 2,627,612.82
Source of financing: Regional Operational Programme for Małopolska Region 2014–2020, Priority Axis 3 Entrepreneurial Małopolska, Measure 3.3 Internationalisation of Małopolska Economy, Submeasure 3.3.1 Economic Promotion of Małopolska
Digital Dragons is Central and Eastern Europe’s prime games industry conference addressed to representatives of the digital entertainment sector.
Digital Dragons promotes the games sector, one of the fastest growing sectors in the digital entertainment industry. The main goal is to establish a platform for Business to Business (B2B) and Business to Academia (B2A) relations in the games industry. Thanks to the presence of a vast number of games producers, publishers, venture capital funds, and representatives of the games industry media, Digital Dragons provides a perfect opportunity for business contacts, staff recruitment, and product promotion launches.
A project complementing the investment – Expanding the range of competence, streamlining the operation, and promotion of Kraków Technology Park (also financed from the Measure 1.3 of the SPO-WKP 2004-2006) – dealt with promotion and consulting. It concerned the preparation of promotional and training actions related to the KTP Technology Incubator being developed, and allowed preparing the database and information management system, and building the incubator’s website at http://www.technoinkubator.com/ together with its visual identification.
Initiated as part of the project was also the KTP Technology Incubator Council, i.e. a group of experts supporting the process of application to the incubator.
Besides projects related to the idea of integration within the special economic zone, the KTP conducted also projects related to the development of the Regional Innovation Strategy (RIS), financed from the 6th Framework Programme – InnoRegioMalopolska and Cognac. In both projects, the KTP played the role of partner in international consortia. InnoRegioMalopolska – enhancing Regional Innovation Strategy in Małopolska concerned the reinforcement of the region’s innovation strategy, and was conducted with partners from Poland, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Germany.
The KTP conducted an insightful research of Małopolska SME sector for the needs and knowledge of the institutional potential of the region. The data gathered in this way was used for the drafting of the “report on demand for innovation in Małopolska Region”. The project made it possible to conduct study visits in partner organisations in Italy and the United Kingdom, which played the role of advisers. Conducted in the final stage of the project were two pilot programmes: Design Centre in Małopolska, and Specialist Meetings for scientists and practitioners in individual fields.
The project was conducted in partnership between the Office of the Marshal of Małopolska Region and Kraków Technology Park. Its goal was to establish a modern model of collaboration between science and business, known as the “innovation broker” model.
A testing innovative project, the Innovation Broker was conducted in two stages. The first covered the preparations aimed at diagnosing the problem and working out the initial version of the model of brokerage. It comprised three offices (Centre for the Collaboration Network (CSW), Back Office for Intermediary Links (ZOP), and the Centre for Technologic Forecasts (OPT)), which provided support to the appropriate target group, ranging from cluster initiatives, via scientists and students, to small and medium-size enterprises operating in the region. The second stage of project implementation covered the testing of the initial model, its dissemination and inclusion into the region’s policy. Testing envisages primarily training and advice for the SME sector, including spin-offs and spin-outs, and also for the “intermediary links” in the process of technology commercialisation, i.e. technology transfer centres, incubators, and technology parks.
The model built thanks to the implementation of the project provided a significant contribution to the policy of innovation support and development in Małopolska. Its implementation helps to create experience- and knowledge-based economy. The broker system also helps to reinforce the Regional System of Innovation, being currently one of the key factors in development of our region.
The Innovation Broker as a tool for effective development of the system of Małopolska’s modern economy is co-financed from the European Social Fund as part of the Priority 8 of the Human Capital Operational Programme (2007–2013).
Invest in Małopolska is a project conducted by Kraków Technology Park, Małopolska Regional Development Agency (MARR) and Małopolska Region as part of the Business in Małopolska joint initiative.
The goal of the project was to create a powerful economic position of Małopolska on international stage by presenting its investment and business potential. Partners in the project presented to potential investors the economic opportunities in Małopolska during the missions to the United States, Japan, China, Korea, Israel, and India.
During the campaign encompassing the production and presentation of an advertising film, information, materials, and organisation of events in Poland and abroad, the project partners focused primarily on the modern. Presented for the first time during the Economic Forum in Krynica in 2009, the multimedia sculpture Małopolska Tree of Innovation and Investment designed by Aleksander Janicki became the symbol of the economy of our region.
The object of the Małopolska Information Technology Park – Innovation Centre of Kraków Technology Park project was the construction of Małopolska Information Technology Park (MITP) in Pychowice. Being the largest and most important investment of Kraków Technology Park, the MITP was focused on information technologies.
The centre became one of the most important instruments for building modern economy in Małopolska and Poland. It is Poland’s most modern hub gathering and supporting businesses related to information and communication technologies (ICT). Moreover, the MITP provides space for collaboration of businesses, research units, and local and regional authorities, and material seat and support for small and medium-size enterprises from the IT sector.
The total cost of investment amounts to PLN 141 280 274.18 zł,, of which PLN 113 444 966.29 are eligible costs of the project from the European Regional Development Fund as part of the Innovative Economy Operational Programme, Measure 5.3.
The project under the name My 2 minutes was addressed primarily to young creative people with interesting ideas for activity and future careers. The participants of the project were to make a presentation of their business idea, so as to intrigue the recipients in a period shorter than 2 minutes mentioned in the title. The project was inspired by American mini-presentations known under the name of Elevator Pitch.
The project was conducted in partnership with the National Bank of Poland (NBP) and the Office of the Education Supervisor in Kraków, and co-financed from the funds of the National Bank of Poland.
Another project closely related to the idea of the development of the KTP technology incubator in Kraków Technology Park was the project under the name Network of collaboration for the development of academic entrepreneurship in new technologies financed from the Measure 2.6 of the Integrated Regional Development Operational Programme 2004-2006. The main goal of the initiative was to train the applicants and select the best ideas, for which specialist analysis and business plans were prepared.
Moreover, authors of the best business concepts received also the right to use the offices and infrastructure of the incubator free of charge for six months. The two rounds of the project provided training in founding businesses, sources of financing, preparation of initial business plans, and marketing of the innovative product for nearly 200 participants. Each workshop was a two-day-long meeting conducted at institutions of higher education being partners of the project: AGH University of Science and Technology and Kraków University of Technology (PK). Besides the workshops, the participants had also an opportunity to participate in individual consultations.
The project involved a publication promoting the firms established thanks to the initiative. An additional form of promotion was the conference held to recapitulate of the project.
Kraków Technology Park (KTP) is a partner in Power up your Business in Małopolska, a project conducted as part of the activity of the Business in Małopolska Centre. The leader of the project is the Małopolska Agencja Rozwoju Regionalnego SA (Małopolska Regional Development Agency) and the other partner – Kraków – Nowa Huta Przyszłości SA.
The goal behind the project is to promote selected areas of economy and reinforce the image of Małopolska in this aspect on the international stage. Power up your Business in Małopolska encompasses among others:
- participation in fairs and informational, promotional and economic mission events to countries including Spain, Germany, France, Kazakhstan, Iran, China, United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam
- workshops, meetings, and conferences with participation of experts in commercial exchange for regional entrepreneurs, exporters, and territorial authority units
- reports, catalogues, publications, an economic journal, and websites for entrepreneurs and trade partners
- promotion of foreign investments, development of a database of investment offers, global promotion of the regional cooperation offer.
Who for: the project is addressed to Małopolska businesses that are already involved in export or consider starting foreign sales, to businesses interested in investments, particularly in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and to representatives of territorial authorities who would like to improve tools for investor care.
Deliverables: the basic deliverable is the support for Małopolska export and an increase in the number of foreign investors in the region. The project will also reinforce the image of the region as a place where regional branches of economy are developed with the use of modern and innovative technologies.
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Duration: 1 February 2016 – 31 December 2018.
Project value: PLN 8,830,511.88
Contribution from European Funds: PLN 7,505,935.10
KTP project value: PLN 1,978,054
Contribution from European Funds: PLN 1,901,975.00
Source of financing: Regional Operational Programme for Małopolska Region 2014–2020
The investor network of the Kraków Technology Park is a project of national reach. It answered the capital needs of innovative entrepreneurs and provides a particular matching platform for people and innovative ideas, and institutions and business people aware of their financial capacity.
The KTP investor network focused especially on the sectors related to information sciences and technologies, telecommunications, automation, and communication technologies.
The project „SMART_KOM. Kraków in Smart Cities Network” was conducted by a partnership of Krakow Technology Park, the Malopolska Voivodeship, the Municipality of Kraków and two international partners – Vienna University of Technology and Forum Virium Helsinki.
By conducting the project, the partners aim at building a strong position of Kraków and its metropolitan area (Kraków Metropolitan Area, “KMA”) by joining European cooperation networks, which deal with smart city issues.
The goal of the authors of this publication was to prepare a comprehensive report that would allow a broad spectrum of people to understand the current specificity of the Polish video game market in light of global trends, by – among other things – presenting the current profile of gamers in Poland, the value of the video games industry and the key components contributing to that value
The project was conducted in collaboration between Kraków Technology Park and Małopolska Region – the leader of the project, as part of the Integrated Regional Development Operational Programme, Measure 2.6. The project made it possible to tighten the cooperation links between the worlds of science and business, and also to construct a communication platform for projects supporting development of innovation. The main recipients of the projects were the Małopolska SME circles, businesses involved in the creation and development of clustering initiatives and R&D, and academic milieus.
The following were completed as part of the project:
- image campaign of the regional system of modern economy, which included a TV spot, a supplement to Dziennik Polski regional daily, press ads, and a press release on the project
- workshop and training that provided specialist knowledge on the functioning and organisation of innovation centres, and the manner of collaboration between these centres
- information database on modern economy available from the Wrota Małopolski website, and community information exchange mechanisms implemented with it.
Aiming at building modern knowledge- and experience-based economy, Kraków Technology Park was the initiator of Technology Perspective Kraków–Małopolska 2020 research programme. Invited to cooperate were also the authorities of Małopolska Region, business and commercial chambers, and an array of Kraków universities: the Jagiellonian University, the AGH University of Science and Technology, and Kraków University of Technology (PK). The project was conducted from October 2008 to January 2011.
Following the study conducted according to the globally popular foresight method, a list of 10 technologies most significant for the development of Małopolska was generated together with scenarios necessary for their implementation. Moreover, the programme showed also the directions that scientific studies in Małopolska universities and research institutions should follow.
The general objective of the project is to increase and upgrade skills and competences of European SMEs in the field of transnational technology transfer and accelerate public and private stakeholder organizations in increasing their responsiveness to SMEs skills needs. In particular the aim of the project is to mind the gap between SMEs and transnational technology innovation processes (simplify technological and R&D language + set up a skill needs identification mechanisms to accelerate training processes and subsequent transfer initiatives), establish a permanent, evolving & multi-actor training mechanism which will allow to respond to the needs of SME’s staff as well as of professionals working with/for SME’s and moreover to increase institutional capacity and awareness of responsible actors of industrial, technological and training policies about the role of transnational technology transfer for SMEs
There are 4 phases of the project:
Phase 1 – State of the Art of existing training mechanisms facilitating the role of technology transfer in SMEs
Phase 2 – Based on evidences of phase 1, partners will cooperate in Creating a Transnational Training Course Blue Print.
Phase 3 – Joint Learning Platform for Transnational Technology Transfer Enterprise Agents: the e-learning hub for transnational tech transfer professionals
Phase 4 – Creation of Training & Policy Guidelines
About the Programme:
Erasmus+ is the EU’s programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Its budget of €14.7 billion will provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train gain experience, and volunteers abroad. Erasmus + is based on the achievements of European educational programs, which functioned for 25 years, and is the result of a combination of the following European initiatives undertaken by the European Commission in 2007-2013: the “Learning for Life” program “Youth in Action” program, Erasmus Mundus, Tempus, Alfa, Edulink and cooperation programs with industrialized countries in higher education.
The project is implemented under the new Programme of the European Union Erasmus + 2014-2020: Action 2: Cooperation for innovation and exchange of good practices.
List of the Partners:
CSMT Gestione (Leader), Italy
COPAN (project partner), Italy
PolymerMAT (project partner), Germany
POMURSKI TEHNOLOSKI PARK (project partner), Promurje, Slowenia
Campus 2 (project partner), Austria
Evolaris (project partner), Austria
KTP (project partner), Poland
Project Manager: Agnieszka Włodarczyk, Phone. +48 12 345 32 12, email@example.com
Duration: 3. 10.2016 – 06.02.2019 (32 months)
Budget: 417 215,00 euro
Financing: Erasmus +
This project has been funded with support of the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union
Watify was a non-profit initiative run by the European Commission. It was a project encouraging entrepreneurs to switch to digital technologies.
Watify appointed its national partners who promote and disseminate it in their respective states. One of them was the Kraków Technology Park (KTP) promoting the project, among others, by organising inspiring events related to digital entrepreneurship.