impact support zone

Time: May 31st, all day, June 1st, all day
Registration: In order to take part in the activity you need to register for impact’17. Already registered? You will receive further information via email.
Who can attend: Business, startups, public administration, NGOs.

Support zone is an advisory point where the meetings between the representatives of public institutions and entrepreneurs will take place. The aim of Support Zone is to ease the link between public servants and entrepreneurs and provide them with thorough information about opportunities to invest and develop their business in different markets. During 1-to-1 meetings, the entrepreneurs will acquire advice especially on financing their business and export.

Institutions taking part in support zone:

The Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (PARP)

 A formula for competitiveness

As a micro, small or medium business operating within one of five voievodeships of eastern Poland, you can reach out for support pertaining to the use of design processes.

A project should be divided into the following steps:
Design audit – diagnosis of company situation and setting a recommendation(design strategy)
Implementation of the design strategy – design-related services

Financial assistance of up to 3 000 000 PLN!


Implementing innovation through small and medium enterprises

Have you been cooperating with other companies since at least one year? As an SME taking part in a supraregional cooperative relationship(at least five companies cooperating in related industries, from at least two voivodeships, at least one of which is located in eastern Poland), you can receive financial support for the preparation and implementation of an innovative product or service.

Financial assistance of up to 7 000 000 PLN!


Internationalization of SMEs

As a micro, small or medium enterprise operating in eastern Poland you can receive support for the introduction of your products or services into new markets.  The financial help includes complex, individual and recipient-adjusted actions related to design and preparation for implementing a new business model related to the internationalization of the applicant’s enterprise.

Financial assistance of up to 550 000 PLN!


Creation of networked products via SMEs

You see an opportunity for collaboration? Consortiums consisting of at least three micro, small and medium enterprises can receive financial support for the creation of a complex, innovative product which suits the regional intelligent specializations, in eastern Poland. The project must connect disparate attractions, locations, objects and services into a complex, ready-for-sale offer under a common brand.

Financial assistance from 10 000 000 PLN!


Industrial property protection

As a micro, small or medium business, you can receive support for the protection of your industrial property(patents, utility models, industrial designs) within local, regional or international jurisdictions. By protecting your IP, you gain the chance to build a competitive edge over other companies in the same industry. Obtaining a patent or other legal protections raises the value and credibility of your company for investors and contractors.

You can secure yourself against copying and have the certainty of not infringing upon others’ rights yourself. For the received financial support you can finance analyses and consulting expertise. Thanks to that you can learn how to introduce your products to other markets and what businesses are interested in purchasing a license for your products.

Financial assistance of up to 500 000 PLN!


Innovation bonds for SMEs

As a micro, small or medium enterprise you can obtain support for the purchase of services from a scientific institution. The support must contribute to the development of new or substantially improved goods, services, technologies or new design projects. Begin your cooperation with the world of science. The best innovations are created in the nexus of business and science, practice and theory, entrepreneurship and knowledge. The intellectual potential of scientific institutions can work for your benefit.

By using the services of a scientific institution, you gain:

  • access to current, expert-level scientific knowledge
  • solutions enabling the implementation of innovations and raising your company’s competitiveness
  • the ability to incorporate end-users into the creation of new products and services

Financial assistance of up to 340 000 PLN!


Supporting SMEs in accessing the capital market – 4 Stock

How to obtain the capital for development? If you are a micro, small or medium enterprise, you can receive support in preparing the documentation required for entry into capital markets GPW, NewConnect, Catalyst bond market or foreign regulated markets. The advantage of this instrument is the ability to receive professional risk assessment(rating), which increases the company’s credibility and lowers the capital costs.

Financial assistance of up to 800 000 PLN!

The Industrial Development Agency (ARP)

Services offered by Agencja Rozwoju Przemysłu S.A.:

  1. Public aid aimed at rescuing and restructuring large enterprises.
  2. Financing enterprises in the restructuring process.
  3. Debt financing of growth of medium and large enterprises.
  4. Debt financing of high-risk strategic sectors.
  5. Technology Transfer from small to large firms (APR Innovation Pitch).
  6. The Technology Transfer Platform linking owners of innovative solutions, those who want to purchase them, and experts willing to share their knowledge.
  7. Open Innovations Network – an EU project; building a network of open innovations through actions stimulating technology transfers between the innovation community and the SME sector.
  8. Innovation audits at enterprises interested in launching a new or improved product/process.
  9. Loans for innovative firms.
  10. Innovation Academy – training courses in innovation addressed to managers.
  11. Business development programmes for selected innovative sectors.
  12. Business acceleration in innovative sectors.
  13. Special Economic Zones.

Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH)




  • a dedicated unit – Polish Foreign Investments Section
    support for projects – foreign direct investment, M&A’s
  • cooperative partners
    IPAs, private sector, bilateral chambers
  • market information
    localization analysis, market know-how, financial grants
  • study tours
    direct support for companies in foreign markets, meetings with referential companies
  • project scaling
    common development of growth strategies for foreign markets

BUSINESS ADVISORY, export support:

  • market information
    market analysis, sector reports, guides
  • Web portal
    Go China, Go Africa, Go Arctic, Go India, Go Iran, Go ASEAN
  • Network of contacts
    With companies and institutions
  • coaching
    for domestic and foreign companies
  • business partner verification
    initial reliability report


  • economic missions
    government and business missions
  • organization of fair participation
    national stands, Polish pavilions
  • B2B meeting organization
    In Poland and other countries
  • business partnership research
    bespoke business partners
  • support for product market entry
    product certification, labelling, procedures
  • promotional and media campaigns


  • a network of foreign contacts
    development of foreign trade bureaus of the Agency in 70 worldwide locales
  • implementation of programs financed from European Union funds

    Industry Promotion Programs within the framework of the Promotion of Polish economy based on Polish product brands program – „Marka Polskiej Gospodarki – Brand”

    Support for promotion and internationalization of innovative businesses – „Polskie Mosty Technologiczne”

Czech Invest

Business and Investment Development Agency CzechInvest, is an agency of the Ministry of Industry and Trade. Established in 1992, the agency contributes to attracting foreign investment and developing domestic companies through its services and development programs.

Our Mission:

  • to support foreign direct investment
  • to develop local companies
  • to implement business-development programs
  • to improve the business environment

Our services for potential investors:

  • Business intelligence
  • Consultancy on available financial support
    for investment projects (investment incentives)
  • Identification of green/brownfield sites,
    production facilities and offices
  • Identification of potential acquisition,
    joint-venture and supply partners
  • Tailor-made visits to the Czech Republic
  • Liaison with government bodies
  • Aftercare services

The National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR)

Fast Track

The National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR), the implementing agency of the Minister of Science and Higher Education, runs a programme addressed to entrepreneurs,   so-called „Fast Track”. This year the NCBR has allocated ca. 3 bn PLN to support innovative projects. SMEs may apply for a total of over PLN 2,1 bn, while the funding available to large enterprises totals PLN 750 million.

The four calls announced this year form another edition of the programme, implemented under the Measure 1.1.1 “Industrial R&D carried out by enterprises” of the Operational Programme Smart Growth. With its innovative formula – minimal paperwork, call for proposals run in stages and short decision-making time on financing – the programme is very attractive for companies. They can apply for funding for projects involving the implementation of industrial research and development work or development work on technological solutions and products that serve the development of their business and strengthen their competitive position.

International Visegrad Fund (IVF)

  • Visegrad Fund was established as an international donor organisation by the government of the Visegrad Group (V4) countries – Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia in 2000.
  • The fund´s main objective is to promote regional cooperation, advance innovation and sustainability in Visegrad region and wider region of Central and Eastern Europe.
  • The fund operates several grant programs, and also awards individual scholarships, fellowships and artist residencies, with a budget of approx. 8 mil € / year.
  • To date, the fund supported more than 5000 international projects of NGOs, public institutions, civil society organizations as well as education and research institutions; granted more than 2000 scholarships to graduate and postgraduate students and researchers; and funded more than 300 artist residencies.

impact acceleration zone

Time:  May 31st – June 1st
Registration: No additional registration
Who can attend: All attendees of impact’17

Acceleration Zone is an exhibiting and networking zone where the representatives of business and startups will acquire a chance to learn about acceleration programmes.

Accelerators present in acceleration zone:

plus one more

NCBR stage

Time:  May 31st – June 1st, all day
Place: LEVEL 0
Registration: No additional registration
Who can attend: All attendees of impact’17

May 31st
time 3:45 – 4:15pm     Workshop TDJ Pitango Ventures
Michał Piątek, NCBR; Wojciech Fedorowicz, TDJ SA.

May 31st
time: 6:10 – 6:40pm    „Fast track”. Minimum of formalities, maximum of benefits
Aleksander Nawrat, NCBR;Sebastian Młodzinski, XTPL;mod: Krzysztof Rzyman.

June 1st
time: 10:35 – 11:10am     Seed funding BRIdge Alfa – a chance for your business
mod.: Daniel Kraszewski, NCBR;
presentation of investing instruments BRIdge Alfa

June 1st
time 11:10 – 12:00pm     Workshops NCBR CVC
Michał Piątek, NCBR; Małgorzata Walczak, NCBR CVC

June 1st
time 12:20 – 12:50 pm    Workshop NCBR VC
Michał Piątek, NCBR; Piotr Ćwik, NCBR VC


Other activities:

  • Consultation point NCBR CVC / VC, TDJ Pitango Ventures, BRIdge Alfa
  • Consultation point „fast track”


Financial instruments for the creative industries

Time: June 1st, 2.30- 4.30 pm
Place: LEVEL + 3 ROOM S4 E
Registration: In order to take part in the activity you need to register for impact’17. Already registered? You will receive further information via email
Who can attend: All attendees

14:30 Introduction & Moderating: Mr. Michał Gorzelak, Head of Debt Financing Area, National Contact Point for Financial Instruments of the EU Programmes, Poland
14.35 What does creative industry expect of financial institutions? Ms. Bożena Gargas, CEO, Institute of Industrial Design (tbc)
14:45 How to benefit from Culture & Creative Sectors Guarantee Facility? Mr. David Gonzalez Martin, Head of Growth and Educational Programmes, Mandate Management Department, European Investment Fund
15:05 French offer for creative industries: Ms. Isaure de Cromieres, Area Manager, Bpifrance
15:25 Banking support for creative SMEs: Mr. Piotr Sawicki, Head of Unit, Guarantee and Surety Center, Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego
15.35 Equity facilities for creative industries: Mr. Maciej Ćwikiewicz, CEO, Polish Growth Fund VC
15.50 Business Angels and VC support for creative industry: Mr. Jacek Błoński, Partner, META Group
16:05 Q & A
16:25 Summary and Conclusions

Techcity workshop

Time: June 1st, 10.00 – 12.00 pm
Registration: In order to take part in the activity you need to register for impact’17. Already registered? You will receive further information via email
Who can attend: All attendees

Well advertised

how to better arrange ads in public space of Polish cities.

We invite you to take part in the exhibition presenting process of arranging ads in the Polish city of Kielce. Installation presents solutions for ads placements in the historic city centre of Kielce prepared by Institute of Design during second edition of the Italian Design School program.


FNP workshop

Time: June 1st, 2.30 – 4.30 pm
Registration: In order to take part in the activity you need to register for impact’17. Already registered? You will receive further information via email
Who can attend: business, startups

Foundation for Polish Science (FNP) invites representatives of business and research communities to take active part in a workshop on science & business cooperation. Dr Tomasz Poprawka and dr Dariusz Łukaszewski will present various scenarios available for the companies willing to launch or further develop their R&D activities by making use of funding offered by the FNP.

Building Bridges seminar

Time: May 31st, 2017, 2pm – 5pm.
Place: Q Hotel Kraków, Wygrana 6
Registration: register here
Who can attend: All attendees

Canada, Switzerland and the United States are three countries at the forefront of global innovation. With extensive experience contributing to global development and implementation of cybersecurity, the seminar will feature industry experts from Canada, Switzerland and the USA addressing cybersecurity and what is needed in today’s world to face the digital reality. These experts will share their views from three different perspectives: government, industry and start-ups, innovations, to address the overarching theme of critical infrastructure.

Under the Honorary Patronage of the Polish National Centre for Research and Development, the Embassies of Canada, Switzerland and the Unites States of America invite you to attend a hands-on practical seminar with industry experts from these countries as well as from Poland to share their experiences and best practices in the rapidly developing area of cybersecurity.

PFR Ventures workshop

Time: May 31st, 9.00am – 10.30 am
Place: ROOM S4 C
Registration: In order to take part in the activity you need to register for impact’17. Already registered? You will receive further information via email
Who should attend: financial Institutions, business


Make an impact, support Polish satellite project

Presentation by Professor Tadeusz Uhl.

Time: May 31st, 6 pm – 7 p,
Place: ICE, Sala S4 E
Registration: No additional registration
Who can attend: All attendees of impact’17

Production of Polish satellites based on Japanese technology transfer.

Project goals:

  • Registration of the company from space sector
  • Trainings in Japan for 10 Polish engineers
  • Building first satellite with Japanese constructors
  • Launching satellite to orbit
  • Gather and analysis of  observational data.
  • Building satellite factory in Poland
  • Launching production of satellites
  • Building earth station
  • Building laboratory that will gather and analyze satellite data.

We are looking for investors who would like to become co-founders of the company.