Smart V4 Strategies

South Poland Cleantech Cluster participates in a newly started Visegrad project together with partners – Czech Smart City Cluster, Slovak Smart City Cluster and Digitalis Jolet nonprofit from Hungary. The project “Smart V4 Strategies” was awarded financing support from the Visegrad Fund.

The aim of the project is to connect relevant partners in the given area of SMART strategies and prepare procedures for classification of SMART strategies in V4 countries into one complex database portal. The project offers V4 partners international cooperation in unifying SMART strategies to GreenDeal/SDG rules. The vision is to strengthen the unity and effectiveness in implementation of SMART strategies in all V4 countries.
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South Poland Cleantech Cluster

is the initiator of the krk UrbanHub project - a sustainable CEE (Central- and Eastern European) urbanization hub
krakowurbanhub is a partner in the urbanhub europe consortium of European cities consisting of BLOXHUB in Copenhagen, KIRAHub in Helsinki, Munich Urban Colab, FACTORY Hammerbrooklyn Hamburg, FAKTORY Berlin, Urban Resilience Hub Barcelona
krk UrbanHub is a national and international meeting place that engages people in architecture, design and sustainable urban development. This is done through exhibitions, debates, events, business development and new partnerships.
krk UrbaHhub is an ecosystem for creating cities of the future, and at the same time a space to share ideas, skills and strategies for designing buildings and urban development based on a people-centered approach and high standards of sustainable development, and a membership-based community combining urban development, architecture, design, design, construction, circular economy and digitization.
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South Poland Cleantech Cluster

SPCleantech is co-founder of European Alliance for Cross- Industrial Circular Economy Investments (ICEI Alliance) consisting of European clusters and universities. During 2020-2021 there have been held meetings to prepare the establishment of the European Alliance for Cross- Industrial Circular Economy Investments, hosted by the Circular Economy Centre at Digipolis, Kemi, Finland.

The ICEI Alliance has for ambition to make Europe the global industrial circular economy platform to accelerate the deployment of world-class circular economy solutions to industry. It acts as a pipeline of business-led circular economy investment projects. Alliance members support businesses with the structuring of their investment cases as well as with accessing funding and financing streams.
More information on ICEI 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 (?)