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Polish Agency for Enterprise Development

The Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (PARP) is involved in the implementation of national and international programmes financed from the EU structural funds, state budget and multiannual programmes of the European Commission. As a key authority responsible for creating a business-friendly environment in Poland, PARP contributes to the creation and effective implementation of the state policy related to enterprise, innovation and staff adaptability. Pursuant to the principle “Think Small First”, in all its activities the Agency puts a particular emphasis on the needs of the SME sector.

Start-up market

Entrepreneurs venturing into the business world bring forth original ideas and the ability to refine them. Yet, as their startup evolves, they inevitably reach a point where skill, creativity, and confidence alone aren't enough. That's where PARP steps in, offering funding opportunities to propel them forward. New entrepreneurs can benefit from:

Startup Booster Poland – Smart UP

A comprehensive support for early-stage innovative ventures through professional accelerator and post-accelerator development programs offered by experienced operators. Startups can benefit from a diverse range of services - from mentoring, through match-making with corporations, to support in scaling up their business globally.

Startup Booster Poland – Smart UP

Startup platforms for new ideas

Startup platforms for new ideas

A comprehensive program tailored for startups located in Eastern Poland’s provinces (Warmińsko-Mazurskie, Podlaskie, Lubelskie, Świętokrzyskie, Podkarpackie and Mazowieckie, excluding Warsaw and its surrounding districts). A program, managed by organizations selected by PARP – Startup Platforms – offers customized incubation plans for startups. By working with experts, budding entrepreneurs will refine their concepts and propel them into the market.

Startup Platforms for new ideas – support for startup business development

Startups operating in the Eastern Poland macro-region, supported by a Startup Platform or other publicly-funded incubation programs, can receive funds to develop verified business ideas and enter the market with the developed product, taking into account first sales.

Startup Platforms for new ideas – support for startup business development

Training and skills improvement

PARP offers training and other services which help entrepreneurs answer the strategic questions: What is the company going to be like in several years? What will I produce? To whom do I want to sell it? What skills and resources do I need?

Database of development services

The greatest asset of a company are competent and committed employees. Entrepreneurs who want to advance their professional development, improve their skills or retrain can use our Database of Development Services, available at uslugirozwojowe.parp.gov.pl. The portal contains a wide and comprehensive offer of training courses, postgraduate studies and counselling (coaching, mentoring).

Database of development services

Sectoral skills councils

Sectoral skills councils

The Sectoral Skills Councils allows entrepreneurs to influence the education services of schools, universities and training institutions. Entrepreneurs know what qualifications and skills are needed in their industries and the Sectoral Councils enable them to share this knowledge. As a result, education and economy learn about their mutual needs, and the skills acquired at schools, universities, and training courses are more likely to respond to the real needs of employers.

PARP Academy

For years, PARP has been running a public education portal, providing free online courses through the PARP Academy. The primary objective is to widely disseminate comprehensive business knowledge via e-learning platforms to entrepreneurs, prospective business owners, and individuals seeking to expand their expertise in business-related domains. These self-paced courses cover a spectrum of topics including finance, administration, marketing, social media, interpersonal skills, and entrepreneurship fundamentals such as how to set up a business, allowing learners to access them at their convenience.

PARP Academy

Projects under the European Funds for Social Development program

Projects under the European Funds for Social Development program

Under the EFSD 2021-2027 program, we are implementing projects related to the development of human resources for the modern economy and the monitoring and identification of competence needs in the labour market.  Through this initiative, companies and employees from across Poland can access training and consulting support to tackle challenges stemming from labor market shifts, demographic changes, the transition to a low/zero carbon or circular economy (green competencies), compliance with the European Accessibility Act (EAA), and adjusting businesses to changes and overcome obstacles. The program is aimed at companies and employees from all over Poland.

Investment in innovation

What are customers looking for? Something attractive, trendy, unique and surprising, iin a word – innovation. Companies investing in innovation are ahead of their competition because they are reaching where nobody has reached before. Therefore, PARP offers support for entrepreneurs wishing to implement innovation.

Norway Grants

Norway grants were destined for the development, implementation, and commercialization of innovative technologies, solutions, processes, products (goods and/or services). The collaboration on innovation and exchange of knowledge between Polish and Norwegian companies, research units, and other entities led to greening industrial and maritime companies, as well as green, blue, and welfare product development in the proposed projects. The program involved a call for proposals in three thematic areas, i.e. submitted projects had to be eligible in at least one of the following schemes:

  • Green industry innovation – the support aimed at the introduction of innovations in technological solutions to SMEs to increase their competitiveness and value creation with less overall environmental impact.
  • Blue growth – dedicated for applicants of projects in blue growth operating in the maritime or inland water sector. The projects supported the development of such enterprises by introducing innovative processes and/or products for maritime and/or inland waters and coasts, including environmental improvement.
  • Welfare technologies – these projects focused on developing and launching products that facilitate the functioning of the everyday life of vulnerable social groups, such as the elderly.

In addition, the Small Grants Scheme was available in all three thematic areas for female enterprises.

Norway Grants

Smart Path

Smart Path

Financial support for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises to develop and strengthen research and innovation capabilities, implement product or process innovations and to facilitate digitization and transformation towards sustainable development, as well as internationalization of enterprises and broadening of personnel competencies.

Smart Path - Accessibility

In implementing projects that develop and strengthen the research and innovation capabilities of Polish enterprises, we also pay attention to meeting the needs of those with special needs. There is room in the program for projects aimed at implementing product or process innovations, digitization and transformation of businesses towards sustainable development, as well as the internationalization of businesses and broadening of personnel competencies.

Smart Path - Accessibility

Development of cluster offers for companies

Development of cluster offers for companies

Financial support for cluster coordinators to develop innovative service offers for companies in R&D&I, as well as in the areas of digital transformation, CE, low-carbon economy, education or internationalization.

Innovator’s lab

Professional mentoring programs tailored to validate the business assumptions of individual originators – independent innovators keen on developing innovative technological products.

Innovator’s lab

Automation and robotization

Automation and robotization

Businesses in Eastern Poland have the opportunity to receive funding for conducting technology audits or assessing their digital maturity, aiming to identify areas within manufacturing, services, or business processes suitable for automation or robotics. Such data will enable the development of a roadmap for transitioning the company to Industry 4.0. Additionally, the program offers financing options for acquiring and implementing the requisite technologies.

Services for enterprises

Innovations are not out of the blue. They need a favourable environment, as is a team game. An entrepreneur is a playmaker who has an idea for a product, service or technology, however, the product would benefit from some help from midfielders, defenders and maybe even a coach. PARP helps the entire team by supporting the entrepreneurs directly, as well as Business Support Organisations.

INNO LAB

At Inno_LAB, we work at the interface of science, business and public institutions. Together, we create innovative services. We assume the perspective of users in our projects. We test new solutions together. As a result, our services are created tailored to both the needs of the recipients and the strategic goals of the organization.

INNO LAB

Going worldwide

Entering foreign markets with products and services opens up new possibilities for companies, but it also constitutes a serious challenge of financial, organisational and marketing nature. PARP facilitates foreign expansion of SMEs through a number of various activities:

Enterprise Europe Network

It is the world's largest support network for small and medium sized businesses with international ambitions. It has 3,000 experts across 500 member organisations in more than 50 countries. Member organisations include chambers of commerce and industry, technology centres, and research institutes. Network consultants offer comprehensive services for SMEs, which help to fully develop companies’ potential and innovative capabilities.

Enterprise Europe Network

The clusterfy project

The clusterfy project

ClusterFY aims to improve regional and national policy instruments seeking to intensify clusterization processes related to Key Enabling Technologies (KET's; in Polish: NationalSmart Specialisation – KIS)foster interregional cooperation among clusters and business networks, and encourage their integration into innovative value chains. These developments advance the implementation of regional innovation strategies.

ERASMUS

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs is a cross-border exchange program which gives newly established or potential entrepreneurs opportunities to learn from well-experienced managers of small or medium-sized companies in other European Union member states. The exchange of expertise is implemented by a stay of the new entrepreneur with the hosting entrepreneur who helps the former to acquire skills necessary to manage a small company.For both entrepreneurs, the activity brings important added values: fresh ideas, knowledge sharing, opportunities to expand their networks of business contacts throughout Europe, and exploring foreign markets.

ERASMUS

Infrastructure for development

Sustainable urban mobility

The European Funds for Eastern Poland Program will implement investments in green and integrated urban transportation networks in the cities of the Eastern Poland subregion. Implemented projects will contribute to reducing pollution and increasing the efficiency of the transportation system, including active forms of mobility.

Sustainable urban mobility

Research activity

Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (PARP) conducts research activities in the areas of enterprise, innovation, the condition and development of human resources, business-related organisations and enterprise support services.

The aim of the research is to prepare motions and recommendations - and in particular those intended to stimulate enterprise and innovation of the SME sector - for the use in Poland’s economic development policy. On-going research activities and commissioned surveys bring the knowledge necessary forthe programming of support instruments. At the same time, the Agencyprepares informational materials for the central and regional administrations (also used for programming purposes, such as the development of Regional Innovation Strategis), as well as for entrepreneurs, scientists and students.

Most of PARP research projects consist of the following components: initial research (usually a literature review), empirical research conducted by contractors (using qualitative and quantitative methods) and resulting in a report, and informational/promotional activities (a publication, an e-book, or a conference which sums the project up). Each projectputs focus is on both horizontal aspects, such as innovation and competitiveness, and more specific areas related to enterprise, such as family businesses, microenterprises, high technology companies.

The findings of PARP research projects are available in the form of e-books on the Agency’s website, and some of them are published. All the publications are available free of charge and PARP makes every possible effort to ensure widespread availability of survey and research findings. To this aim, press conferences, nationwide specialist conferences and seminars are organized both for experts in given areas and for the general public.