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Annual Business in Małopolska Meeting 2015 30/10/2015

Annual Business in Małopolska Meeting 2015

Małopolska – European Entrepreneurial Region is the leading theme of this year’s conference from the Annual Business in Małopolska Meeting cycle. Held this year for the seventh time, the conference took place on 22 October in a very special place, the new building of the Kraków Technology Park (KTP), captivating with its extraordinary architecture. The special guest of the conference was Bronisław Komorowski, President of the Republic of Poland from 2010 to 2015.

Arriving guests were welcomed by Kraków Street Band: a group of young people whose energetic music cheers up the streets of Kraków. The conference was inaugurated with addresses by representatives of boards of partner institutions: Małopolska Region, Małopolska Regional Development Agency, Małopolska Industrial Parks, and – as could be expected – of the Kraków Technology Park. Moreover, the guests were welcomed by Jerzy Miller, the Lieutenant (Voivode) of Małopolska Region. The presentation of the Honorary Pins of the Małopolska Region to the region’s most distinguished entrepreneurs became a very emotional point in the agenda. Marek Sowa, Marshal of Małopolska Region, presented the Małopolska Cross to Tomasz Ćwikowski, Tadeusz Dziędziel, Stanisław Gągała, Stanisław Łukasik, Edward Kuchta, Adam Klęczar, Jerzy Mazgaj, Kazimierz Pazgan, and Wiesław Wojas.


The subject of the conversation between Bronisław Komorowski and Adam Szostkiewicz, a journalist of Polityka weekly was Europe of the regions or Europe of homelands – how the contemporary Poland and world are changing.

The President emphasised that he would not make a distinction between the Europe of the regions and the Europe of homelands. The voice of the local community and small homelands – local communities – gains importance. Moreover, he appealed to keep up the competitive edge and follow the path of innovation. It would have been impossible for the discussion to fail to address the most current subjects: questions related with the presence of Polish businesses in global markets.

Another performance by the Kraków Street Band, this time on the stage, provided an interlude between the conversation with the President and the Awards Gala.

The Małopolska Business Award Presentation Gala began with a brief description of this year’s nominations by Professor Antoni Tajduś, a representative of Małopolska Business Council. The statues were presented by the President of the Republic of Poland Bronisław Komorowski and the Marshal of the Małopolska Region Marek Sowa. The winners were announced by representatives of the boards of Business in Małopolska Centre partners. This year’s winners of the Małopolska Business Awards are: ELEKTRICAL Zakład Elektroinstalacyjny Usługi Budowlane Wilhelm Mrożek in the Small Enterprise category, Laboratorium Kosmetyków Naturalnych FARMONA sp. z o.o. in the Medium-Size Enterprise category, and NEWAG SA in the Large Enterprise category.

Bronisław Komorowski was presented with the Special Award.

The event ended in a concert by Stanisław Soyka and Wojciech Karolak Trio. The jazz they played resounded perfectly in the atmospheric interior of the new building. The Annual Business in Małopolska Meeting was the first event organised at the Małopolska Information Technology Park (MITP).

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Permit for MAN Trucks sp. z o.o.

The Kraków Technology Park (KTP) has issued another permit for operation in the special economic zone. It was awarded to MAN Trucks sp. z o.o, a company that has operated in Niepołomice subzone for over eight years. MAN’s investment helped to set up the Niepołomice Investment Zone that today gathers 60 businesses. The Kraków Technology Park has issued permits for 21 projects conducted within the area. To let the German company develop here, the Małopolska Region and the KTP incorporated a company under the name of Małopolskie Parki Przemysłowe (Małopolska Industrial Parks), which began the buyout and clearing of legal issues for over 200 estates that used to be in private hands. The MAN investment started the snowball effect. Today, the investment, whose part enjoys the status of a special economic zone, is one of the region’s largest industrial parks. The investment area exceeds 500ha, of which 207ha within the special economic zone. The success of this location was also possible thanks to the creative contributions and involvement of the KTP team from its very first days.

Permit for MAN Trucks sp. z o.o.

This is the second permit for MAN Trucks sp. z o.o. The company declared an investment outlay exceeding €6.2 million and maintenance of current employment of 444 at least until 30 June 2019. Furthermore, it also intends to open at least 10 new jobs.



Annual Business in Małopolska Meeting 12/10/2015

Annual Business in Małopolska Meeting

Annual Business in Małopolska Meeting (ABiMM) – the annual meeting of entrepreneurs – will take place on 22 October at the new seat of the Kraków Technology Park. Organised for the seventh time, this year’s ABiMM is focused on the central theme of Małopolska – European Entrepreneurship Region. The discussion about the Europe of Regions and Europe of Homelands will be graced by our special guest, former president of the Republic of Poland, Bronisław Komorowski. Afterwards, Małopolska Business Awards will be presented: the gala will be an opportunity to bring into the light this year’s nominees and winners. The night will close in a concert by Stanisław Soyka.


This year’s meeting will be of special implication as our region, together with Glasgow and Lombardy, has been awarded the title of European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) 2016. Małopolska is the first Polish recipient of this distinction.

The Annual Business in Małopolska Meeting 2015 will also inaugurate the operation of the MITP, and will be held in the most modern ICT park in southern Poland. It has been built by the Kraków Technology Park from EU funds to provide support for businesses in the sector.




EU Web Challenge

Kraków Technology Park is the Hosting Partner of EU Web Challenge – the largest web development championship in Europe.


The Challenge helps best professionals and advanced IT companies find each other.

Hundreds of IT specialist compete from 17 August to 8 November.

EU Web Challenge


The elite will gather at the Kraków Technology Park on 7-8 November to prove they are really the best.


All participants will have a great opportunity:

  • to test themselves
  • to make new exciting connections
  • to solve challenging tasks
  • to gather positive emotions

Registration closes on 13 September 2015.



Janusz Piechociński on new investment in Kraków sez 18/08/2015

Janusz Piechociński on new investment in Kraków sez

Today, Polish Deputy Prime Minister Janusz Piechociński visited Kolejowe Zakłady Nawierzchniowe “Bieżanów” sp. z .o.o. limited liability company operating in the railroad construction sector. Bieżanów will run its new investment projects within the Kraków special economic zone. The investment incurs an outlay of at least PLN 30 million and requires setting up 40 new jobs. The Prime Minister was fascinated by the project. Thanks to its innovative edge, the investment encompasses a complex expansion and modernisation of the plant, and will extend to cover the operating production lines to open production of a ground-breaking hoppers (self-unloading cars) with tilting cargo platforms. This will reduce the time necessary for exchanging railroad switches from several dozens of hours to just a few. The assembled switches will be adjusted to allow passage of rolling stock capable of developing high speeds. The new technology requires building both specialist cars, and modification of railway switches and other elements used for the construction of the tracks.


The project in question is also an example of perfect cooperation between the academia and business environment. The technological side of the project was developed by eminent experts from the AGH University of Science and Technology.

Participants in the meeting included representation of the Board of the Kraków Technology Park: Member of the Board Halina Kurtyka, its Vice President Witold Kochan, and also Deputy Marshal of Małopolska Region Wojciech Kozak.



Kraków Living Lab

This July, the Kraków Technology Park (KTP) signed a letter of understanding with the City of Kraków on carrying out an initiative under the name of Kraków Living Lab. The fundamental goal of the agreement is to improve the quality of life of people living in Kraków in the spirit of open innovation, civil participation, and sustained development. Among a plethora of joint actions planned, there are animation of works related to the opening of public data, running a joint system for testing products and services, support for technological entrepreneurship, cooperation between enterprises, the academia and public administration in running technology tests and introduction of innovative solutions, public opinion surveys, and building services and applications aligned with the idea of Smart City.

Kraków Living Lab

On the power of the agreement, the Municipality of Kraków will make its infrastructural resources – streets, squares, parks, municipal transport etc. – available for the needs of potential testing.

Why Kraków Living Lab?

As part of SMART_KOM. Kraków in Smart Cities Network project conducted in an international partnership, the KTP team – together with the Office of the Marshal of Małopolska and the Municipality of Kraków – has received access to the best know-how in the living lab methodology. During study tours, the team visited the best living labs: among others Forum Virium Helsinki, Smart City Lab Tallin/Tartu, and i2cat Barcelona.

At the same time, accessing a global organisation under the name of ENoLL (European network of living labs), the KTP gained access to the latest trends and concepts in designing instruments, tools, and services for the city, based on the living lab concept.



The zone will expand 28/07/2015

The zone will expand

The procedure for changing the borders of the Kraków special economic zone continues. Its area will be expanded by over 163 ha/ @ acres. After the expansion, the total area of the zone will be 871.38 ha/ @ acres. The final decision will be made by the Council of Ministers, hopefully by the end of September 2015.


After the government has received the Decision, new subzones will be developed in successive municipalities of Małopolska. In this way Tuchów, Zakliczyn, and Nowy Targ will obtain a good tool for attracting investments. The sub zone in Klucze will be developed on private land, for a new specific investment project.

Besides the above, the areas of Tarnów, Andrychów, Bochnia, and Zator subzones will be expanded. The one in Boguchwałą will be enlarged by over 34 ha/ @ acres. Another novelty will be extending the status of the zone to a plot situated in Jaworzno, which lies in the Silesian Region (Voivodeship).

As some of the spaces to be included in the zone were championed by investor requests, we expect issuing at least seven permits to operate within the zone soon. Taken together, the companies intend to invest PLN 350 million, and set up 261 jobs, at the same time retaining employment of 1993 people.



Małopolska: European Entrepreneurship Region 2016

Our region has been awarded the title of the European Entrepreneurship Region, much like Glasgow and Lombardy. The decision of the Committee of the Regions announced during the plenary session held on 9th July made Małopolska the first Polish winner of the prize.


Małopolska: European Entrepreneurship Region 2016

The competition organised by the Committee of the Regions serves selection of the European regions that are most proactive in support of entrepreneurial development and the innovative potential vested in the business, and of building future economic growth based on the carefully developed and prepared strategies so as to provide good prospects for further development of entrepreneurship.

This information inspires us at the Kraków Technology Park (KTP) with the greater satisfaction as we have supported development of Małopolska economy for 18 years. We are very glad that initiatives launched at the KTP – Including the setting up of Poland’s first integrated investor service and support centre (CeBiM) and the development of an array of tools for supporting innovative entrepreneurship such as a technology incubator, seed fund, clusters, and Małopolska’s most modern tech park dedicated to ICT companies – have contributed to the success of our region in this prestigious competition.

We hope that the award will help to increase the interest of investors in Małopolska even further. What we have for them is a very good offer from the Kraków special economic zone, and perfect and professional service and support as part of Business in Małopolska Centre.


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