South Poland Cleantech Cluster

Janusz Kahl, CEO in South Poland Cleantech Cluster has been chosen by the
European Commission as member of the Steering Committee for the project

„Skills for smart industrial specialization and digital transformation”

for Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) acting under the powers delegated by the European Commission EASME / DG GROW, which has been granted to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Luxembourg.

EASME is the largest EU agency managing, among others, EU funds from the HORIZON 2020, COSME, LIFE and ERASMUS+ programs.

Members of the Steering Committee will:

  • monitor work and perform reviews of reports developed by PwC
  • meet in Brussels with EASME and the European Commission to review progress and discuss the preparation of periodic reports, which should be approved by the Steering Committee
  • participate in teleconferences
  • provide advice and guidance during work

Se more: Steering Committee

SPCleantech as Pre-Accelerator Point for Polish startups organized on 23.05.2016 the second workshop “Why start-ups fail?” of the series of 6 workshops and 2 conferences. The aim of the workshop was to provide experiences of Polish and Scandinavian mentors to Polish start-ups and coaches. SPCleantech is working with a group of experienced mentors from Denmark, Finland and Sweden.

Some startups succeed, yet so many fail, and it’s failure that teaches us the best lessons. What are the main reasons why startups fail?

During our workshop we showed the 10 most common reasons why great start-up ideas fail:

1.     Misunderstanding target client groups
2.     Misunderstanding clients subconscious needs
3.     Over-narrowing your sales tunnel
4.     Passive and reactive sales model
5.     Cost model based on fixed costs
6.     Loving your product with pure, emotional and uncritical love
7.     Missing puzzle in management team
8.     Assuming competitive status-quo: underestimating FUTURE competition
9.     Overestimating competitive advantages based on technology and product itself
10.   Non-agile product development philosophy

There was limited number of places. Workshop was in English.

Special guests during the workshop were Rafał Szczepanik (PL) and Santtu Hulkkonen (FI).

Rafał Szczepanik-CV        Santtu Hulkkonen – CV.fi          List of participants

Workshop1

Workshop2