STOCKHOLM, Sweden — To wrap up their participation at the 2017 Stockholm Tech Fest, the Polish Embassy (Stockholm) hosted Innovation Day – “Poland’s engine for growth and development” at the Congress Waterfront Center on Tuesday. The event brought together from both countries some of the brightest in the field of innovation as they discussed creating the perfect “Eco System” for the growth of innovation in Poland, the neweset hotspot for investing in Europe – with the likes of finding more ways to cooperate amongst one another.
Some of the commonalities that are a result of attracting investors abroad to the European countries are its strong university culture, private equity landscape that helps finance start-up companies and strong support from the governement to continue development and partnerships that are beneficial for all.
“It’s not only about competition,” said Director General of the Department for Innovation, Research and Capital Supply of the Swedish Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation, Mr Carl Rosén who spoke on Swedish Policy Innovation. “It’s about cooperation between Sweden and Poland.
While Sweden is known for creating a stringent of tech super companies including King, Spotify, Minecraft and Skype to name few, Poland also offers ample opportunity for corporate development within its counrty. Annemarie Dalka, Corporate Development Manager of the Polish Development Fund, who presented the latest developments in Poland suggested these various reasons why its right place and time for investors to get a jump on the market. “Education is key to our growth,” said Annemarie Dalka. “Also, we have one of the fastest growing economies that is constantly supported by improving business conditions.”
The seminar offered insight during panel presentations by various Polish institutions including, the Polish Development Fund, Polish Agency for Enterprise Development, National Research and Development Center on what steps to take when launching a start-up. Alfabeat Fund – a Polish seed and VC und which invests in Polish start-ups along with European Investment Fund and a Nordic VC fund – OpenOcean wee participants in those discussions.
Also in attendance was Joakim Appelquist, Director, Head of International Cooperation, Vinnova, Sweden.
Written by Andrew Mitchell for Woodlawn Post