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Sofia Investment Agency Discussed Potential Joint Projects with Public and Private Organizations from Poland

A team of Sofia Investment Agency visited Poland between January 22 – 24 to take part in business meetings with representatives of 10 public and private organizations in Warsaw, Krakow and Lodz. Vladimir Danailov, Executive Director of Sofia Investment Agency, and an Investment Analysis Department team of the Agency launched an open dialogue on potential partnerships in joint projects with the Polish Investment and Trade Agency, the Mazovia Development Agency, representatives of the European Funds and Economic Development Directorate at Warsaw Municipality, Poland’s Industrial Development Agency, Center for Innovation – Warsaw, Lodz Special Economic Zone, Krakow Technology Park, Malopolska Development Agency, Municipality of Krakow, Urban Development Directorate – Investor Support Center and Science Park for Biotechnology and Center for Innovation.

The Bulgarian team of the Agency introduced to its Polish colleagues the business environment in Sofia as well as investment opportunities in the city. For their part, the Polish host organizations presented opportunities for bilateral business contacts and the conditions for development of specific industries in Poland. At the meetings with organizations we also discussed successful practices for developing a more favorable business environment in the cities of the two countries and effective incentives for investors, implemented by both countries.

 

We are convinced that the three-day meetings were useful and interesting for both parties and the contacts made will turn into fruitful business relationships and lead to the implementation of new business projects. Our team thanks our colleagues from Poland once again for the interesting discussions and willingness to support together Bulgarian businesses in Poland and Polish companies in Sofia.

If you are interested in an investment opportunity in Poland or looking for a partnership with a Polish organization, do not hesitate to contact our team at contact@investsofia.com for specific guidelines and opportunities that we have found during our visit.

 

More about some of the organizations we have established partnerships with.

The Polish Investment and Trade Agency (formerly Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency), helps investors to enter the Polish market and find the best ways to utilise the possibilities available to them. We guide investors through all the essential administrative and legal procedures that involve a project; we also support firms that are already active in Poland. We provide rapid access to the complex information relating to legal and business matters regarding the investments, help in finding the appropriate partners and suppliers, together with new locations.

The Business in Małopolska Centre (CeBiM) is a unique initiative in Poland, aimed at improving investor and exporter services and economic promotion of the region. CeBiM supports investors by providing comprehensive information services concerning foreign investments and export. The organization supplies up to date information on the economy of the region and have the largest base of investment areas in Małopolska. Małopolska is a dynamically developing region with a considerable economic potential that promises reliable economic growth. It is situated at the crossing point of communication routes between the West (Austria, Germany) and the East (Ukraine), the North (Scandinavian countries) and the South (Slovakia, Hungary), and has exceptional assets. The main sectors of the regional economy are automotive industry, metallurgical industry, chemical industry, energy industry, food industry, trade, new technologies sector, and biotechnology sector including medical and pharmaceutical industry.

Krakow – the capital of Małopolska, is the seat of international financial, advisory and educational institutions and is the second center for research – development in Poland.

Kraków Special Economic Zone covers an area of over 949 hectares. It is situated in Małopolska, Świętokrzyskie and Podkarpacie Regions, where the level of public aid is the highest in Poland. In Małopolska, the level of aid is 35%, 45%, and 55%, respectively.

Kraków Technology Park (KTP) is supporting companies at any stage of their growth. The range of services for businesses encompasses also an opportunity to finance innovative projects, which is the domain of the KTP Seed Fund. Companies may count on free consulting and training in running business and establishment of the technological profile of their activity.

Jagiellońskie Centrum Innowacji Sp. z o.o – a company established in 2004 by the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, managing Life Science Park, and offering a complementary set of services for entrepreneurs and scientists active in the field of natural sciences, including specialist lab space rental, capital support for innovative companies, contract research services and clinical trials, and leading numerous educational initiatives. The founder and sole shareholder of the Jagiellonian Innovation Center is the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, which holds 100% of shares in the company. The Life Science Park is a grand complex of three buildings with a total area of 20,000 square metres. It offers services for entrepreneurs and scientists who work on the development of life sciences. The Park offers, for example, the rental of specialised laboratories, financial support for innovative companies, contractual research and clinical trials, and numerous educational initiatives.

 

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