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Over EUR 8 bln for R&D&I, Start-ups and SMEs Starts Flowing Now!

Are you looking for a place to set-up Research, Development, Innovation (R&D&I) activity with favorable public co-financing?
Or maybe you are interested in partnering the Polish start-ups and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), especially those which are going to rapidly boost their growth with public co-financing in 2015?
If one for above questions is positive, then you might be interested in details of public co-financing opportunities prepared by Polish government under Operational Programme Intelligent Development (OP ID) for 2015.
OP ID is one of the biggest Research, Development and Innovation co-financing programmers in CEE fuelled with EU funds and there are at least couple of over 17 calls for concrete projects proposals announced under OP ID 2015 you might be interested in, incl. among others: 

1) Performance of R&D activities leading to creation and commercialization of inventions for start-ups and SMEs under “Fast Track” scheme (decision of co-financing in 60 days!). EUR 400m in call is to be officially announced on 2nd of April 2015. The “opportunity window” for submission of applications will start on 4th of May 2015. If you are interested, you’d better follow  website of Polish National Centre for Research and Development 

2) Set up of Research and Development Centers with R&D infrastructure and defined R&D activities agendas – EUR 110m in call to be officially announced in July 2015 and “opportunity window” for submission of applications in September 2015. Should you like to know more, follow website of Polish Ministry of Economy

3) Preparation of documentation needed by start-up or SME to enter capital market (e.g. IPO prospect) – EUR 2,5 m in call to be announced in December 2015 with “opportunity window” for submission of applications in January 2015. For more follow closely Polish Agency for Entrepreneurship Development 
These are not all growth boosters prepared by Polish government for entrepreneurs in 2015.
Let us just mention “Bank of Technologies”, an electronic platform with interface designed to remind popular social media portals being prepared by Polish Indurstrial Development Agency. “Bank of Technologies” will be a storage of information on patents & know-how and an matchmaking platform for inventors and industries expressing concrete development needs or challenges.
The patents and know-how responding concrete needs or challenges will have a chance get public co-financing and be successfully sold. 
2015 will be interesting in terms national innovation ecosystem creations, new financial instruments, public sector risk taking and pilot programmes launches . It looks that “Innovation Policy. A practical Introduction” issued by Springer in early 2015 may require an update soon. 
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What Entrepreneurs Will Learn at MBA Studies?

Basing on own experience of participating in Professional MBA in Entrepreneurship & Innovation at WU Executive Academy in Vienna, Austria I can openly admit that it is internalization of students and professors and unconventional teaching methods, which make MBA studies unique experience. What you shortly observes is that you substantially change the way you analyse business, makes decisions and your network of contacts starts growing exponentially.

Brand new campus reminding “city inside the city”, endless business-mixer events with distinguished guests from business and start-ups world are what complements to core classes delivered by professors teaching also at global business schools or managing directors of strategy consulting power houses.

On pretty critical path of “mastering creative destruction” at WU Executive Academy I learned that real business strategies are definitely not what companies communicate at their websites, that if you don’t have data enable to decide clearly, it’s the skill of building “well-educated guesses”, which is essential, that story-telling communication with allegories and metaphors is the way to win minds and heards of your audience and make speeches convincing and memorable. Fortunately you can learn here these a lot.

What I gained from meeting guest speekers in between the classes in events organized for us is that there are more than financials that makes companies profitable, it’s more than brand positioning makes them desirable and far more than design that makes them beautiful. It was also eye-opening how successful companies went through crises and were able to turn threats into opportunities.
Having already finished half of core business classes I have still remaining part of them to master by preparing to classes in pre-modules, actively contributing to core classes and delivering post-module assignments, incl. comprehensive group assignments. There will be also international residency in Boston, USA this year, and series of entrepreneurship and innovation specialization subjects and writing and defending the master thesis in the next one.
Curriculum and classes never bore, the cookbook of methods here includes virtual bridging courses, drilling down case studies in teams,  presenting in front of classes, decision making games, role playing, critical discussing or self-reflecting on concrete matters in your professional context.

Being considered as experienced in running various business initiatives and doing management consulting for a profession, or having graduated from PhD studies in Economics before I joined MBA programme I can frankly say that joining WU Executive Academy was one of the best development decisions I made ever and kind of investment which pays out immediate dividend.

It’s also kind of fun to do things with fellow students, who are entrepreneurs by profession or spirit and come from Americas, Africa, Asia, or Europe. And if you are enough with classes you can always go to ball in imperial style and swing from the chandeliers with them 😉

Should you like to know more about the programme reach out directly to programme managers or to me. 

Dzida !