South Poland Cleantech Cluster

SPCleantech is very pleased to inform, that our application, submitted on the 26th February 2020 to the
EU Program, Erasmus+ Knowledge Alliance, has been selected for EU co-funding.
Our proposal received 82/100 points and has been selected out of 216 eligible applications (30 have been selected in total). That’s a really good result!

The duration of the project will be 01/01/2021 – 31/12/2023. We must now keep our fingers crossed that the circumstances will allow us all to meet in person in Leipzig for our Kick-off meeting in January.

Title of the project is

“IMPACT / Building values-based innovation cultures for sustainable business impact”

with the vision of Envisioning the Future of Teaching and Training for Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

More information on: ERASMUS+ Knowledge Alliance

On 07/09/2021, the inaugural meeting of the SIG under the working name of “SIG – Technology for the Environment” took place. The goal of SIG -Technology for the Environment is to build awareness and promote the idea of ​​using new, green technologies to reduce the digital carbon footprint, representing 2% to 4% of the global carbon footprint by ITC companies and data centers.

The group leader is Kamil Pawlik from IT for Carbon Footprint Foundation.

Currently, the members of SIG Technology for the Environment are:

  • IT for Carbon Footprint Foundation
  • Habitat
  • NordicHouse
  • Krakow Miastem Startupów
  • Onteon
  • SPCleantech

The development of technology in the 21st century has accelerated incomparably compared to previous years. Such a turn of events brings many benefits and benefits that modern solutions bring. Looking from the other side, however, there are many dangers. Changes in the ecosystem are taking place before our eyes. Can modern technologies have a beneficial effect on our planet and the environment in which we live?

As part of the created SIG Technology for the Environment, the group began work related to the task:

“Digital Carbon Footprint awareness study in startups from the ICT sector”

Project assumptions:

The aim of the project is to conduct an awareness study in the field of digital carbon footprint in the form of in-depth interviews with representatives of Krakow companies (startups) from the ICT sector. The result of the research and publication of the results is to increase awareness of the reduction of the digital carbon footprint and the opportunities it offers in terms of foreign expansion and the possibility of obtaining financing from public funds, as well as VC funds focused on Cleantech.

Project scope:

As part of the project, a pilot study will be conducted in the form of in-depth interviews with representatives of 10 Krakow startups from the IT sector. On this basis, the results will be published in the form of an article / .pdf file.

Desired effects:

  • Building ecological awareness among Krakow startups
  • Paying attention to the aspect of reducing the digital carbon footprint by using / creating technological solutions conducive to such an action
  • Paying attention to the PR / marketing aspect of communication based on pro-environmental activities
  • Paying attention to the possibilities of obtaining financing resulting from pro-environmental activities
  • Promotion of Krakow startups and research organizers on the national arena

Necessary Resources:

  • Partner database:
  • strategic
  • substantive
  • media
  • financial
  • corporate
  • Cooperation / partnership offer
  • Database of Krakow startups from the IT sector
  • A set of questions for startups
  • Substantive contribution in the form of a university representative dealing with the subject of the carbon footprint.
  • Database of contacts to representatives / founders of startups
  • Communication templates with representatives / founders of startups and partners

Project stages:

  • Organization of financing
  • Database of potential sponsors
  • Identification of needs and preparation of a precise Value Proposition
  • Organization of meetings / talks
  • Presenting the idea
  • Establishing terms of cooperation
  • Establishing a partnership
  • Substantive preparation
  • Database of Krakow startups
  • Strategic partners database
  • Startup accelerators
  • VC funds investing in CleanTech
  • Startup incubators

Clusters and organizations integrating the environment

  • Database of substantive partners
  • People, institutions, NGOs, companies actively involved in efforts to reduce Digital Carbon Footprint
  • People, institutions, NGOs, companies promoting the idea of ​​reducing Digital Carbon Footprint and CleanTech
  • Employees of universities involved in academic activities related to the promotion of the topic of Digital Carbon Footprint emission reduction
  • Database of questions necessary to conduct interviews
  • A person interviewing startup representatives
  • Establishing a relationship
  • Database of contacts to founders / representatives (LinkedIn / Facebook / Phone / Mail)
  • Preparation of communication templates
  • Preparation of the Value Proposition
  • Making contact
  • Presentation of the process
  • Arranging the talks
  • Interview
  • Conducting the interview
  • Summary
  • Analysis of the obtained results
  • Pulling out the sentence

Closure in an affordable package


  • Format
  • Contents
  • Recipients
  • Marketing channels
  • Promotional activities
  • Database of media partners
  • Issuing an invitation to participate
  • Preparation of the Press Kit
  • Press Release


Strategic partners:

  • Krakow as the City of Startups
  • omgkrk
  • IT For Carbon Footprint Foundation / IT For Carbon Emissions
  • South Poland Cleantech Cluster
  • Krakow Technology Park (?)
  • LifeScience Cluster (?)

Content partners:

  • Carbon Footprint Foundation
  • Cracow University of Technology
  • AGH University of Science and Technology

Media / Marketing Partners:

  • Project People
  • Sterling Angels (as a hyphen (?))

Financial partners (sponsors):

  • UBS Polska (?)
  • Sterling Angels (?)
  • omgkrk (?)
  • VC (?)
  • corporations from the IT sector (?)