Even though Warsaw and Kraków are still primary startup hubs in Poland, other regions are getting increasingly more attention. Last week, a new Samsung Incubator was opened in Rzeszów, providing all entrepreneurs from Subcarpathia with an opportunity to develop their ideas with the support of Samsung experts in a brand new lab.
Samsung has put special thought into choosing the location of the Incubator. Even though they will accept applications from all over the country, they are looking forward to getting local companies involved. The Samsung company has chosen a student dormitory of the Rzeszów University of Technology to be the Incubator’s headquarters. This way, they will ensure tight cooperation with the university.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development and Finance Mateusz Morawiecki agreed that Rzeszów is a great city to start the Incubator in – as he said, Subcarpathia is “hungry for success”.
“It is extremely important for me to build local startup ecosystems such as this one. I’m glad that the Samsung company doesn’t only distribute its products in Poland, but also cooperates with scientists, universities, and startups to shape the future of technology in this country,” said Morawiecki. “We are especially interested in innovations in Internet of Things.”
Deputy Prime Minister declared support for the “triangle” that joins science, business and administration world. “We want this triangle to cooperate as tightly as possible. This project is a great example of such a cooperation,” he added.
The Samsung Incubator is designed to facilitate the development of technological projects in Poland. Support from Samsung experts is a key part of the startup program. Experienced managers will help young entrepreneurs create their business models, verify market demand and enhance their digital competences.
The Incubator accepts both individual entrepreneurs and teams that already have a product prototype or a business concept. Apart from mentoring support, Samsung will provide equipment for all startups to work with, for example, home appliances that can be used for IoT solutions.
At the moment, Samsung Incubator works with first three startups but has already opened the enrollment process for next candidates (preferred fields are IoT, hardware, VR, and machine learning). The company also plans to organize regular meetups focused on IoT topics and organize workshops for teenagers interested in modern technologies.