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.
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SPCleantech as Pre-Acceleration Point implements a series of workshops entitled “Pre-Acceleration Point for Polish start-ups and SMEs”. Workshops are supported financially by EU funds under the Regional Operational Program (RPO) for Małopolska.

A cycle of 6 workshops for Polish start-ups and SMEs aimed at transferring the knowledge and experiences of Polish mentors to young innovators in the early phase of their activity is planned. The workshops are addressed to a group of people aged 20-30 from the business or student environment. The aim of the workshop is to strengthen the position of the initiative’s participants by providing them with valuable tools and information needed to implement innovative ideas. Workshops are an effective method of raising the awareness of the local community in terms of entrepreneurship and promoting entrepreneurial mindset and support the development of an active start-up environment and SMEs, helping to develop an appropriate business model.

 Pre-Acceleration Point acts as a journey of discovery for novice entrepreneurs: they become familiar with, they begin to understand what it means to be an entrepreneur, they also experience some of the obstacles that they will have to face in the future. Participants learn to identify the problem and develop its solution. Workshops give participants the opportunity to create a strong network that connects experienced mentors, inspiring entrepreneurs and participants creating new companies that will become part of the ecosystem and support the local economy.

The city of Kraków belongs to the main start-up centers in Poland. The prestigious portal from Polish cities pointed to Krakow as an example of a city where the start-up environment is dynamically developing, and the leading Kraków startups have already attracted over PLN 500 million to investments in Kraków.

According to the report Polish start-ups from 2018, as many as 24% of start-ups, which have obtained financing, found them thanks to the help of accelerators. This is twice as much as last year. Also according to the report Polish start-ups from 2018 to the traditional leaders in terms of the size of the start-up environment are in the order of Warsaw, Wrocław, Krakow, Tri-City, Lublin, Rzeszów and weakening Poznań.

All the above information proves that Krakow is one of the main start-up centers in Poland, where we observe a continuous need to acquire knowledge, contacts, support the position of young people by providing them valuable, selected information and to strengthen the entrepreneurial way of thinking. We perceive the need for constant development of the start-up environment. The workshops would be aimed at young innovators aged 20-30 interested in learning and acquiring key skills in the field of start-up environments and SMEs. Pre-Acceleretor Point workshops for start-ups and SMEs could be an opportunity for young innovators in Krakow and help them find the best strategies for their operations and gain knowledge on how to prepare a start-up for the development and expansion of the market.

We estimate that about 8-12 participants would take part in each workshop. We focus on a specific target group, people who have an idea for a start-up and are active in a business or student environment. Reaching such a group of recipients will allow to assume that the workshops will give participants the chance to gain valuable knowledge and skills, and the optimal number of people at the workshop will allow individualizing activities and effective monitoring of results.