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Innovative Silesia
July 9, 2008   
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The southern region of Silesia won a special award for innovative entrepreneurship during this year's Cent for Future competition held by the Polish Market magazine to single out Polish companies that are successful in the European Union. The award ceremony was held at the Royal Castle in Warsaw April 21.

According to the Polish Business and Innovation Centers Association, Silesia is home to the largest number of innovative companies in the country, ahead of the Mazovia and Wielkopolska regions.

For many years Silesian innovators have been winning top awards at the Brussels-Eureka World Exhibition of Innovation, Research and New Technologies. Last year, Silesian innovators walked away with 14 medals, nine of which were gold. Over the years, the winners have included the Institute of Medical Engineering and Equipment in Zabrze and the Welding Institute in Gliwice, in addition to a number of private businesses, colleges and individual inventors. Studio Calsky Design from Tychy, for example, has won the Young Inventors' gold medal at the Brussels exhibition for designing hi-tech equipment to help blind people.

A league table of Poland's 500 most innovative businesses, compiled every year by Polish law periodical Gazeta Prawna, includes many companies from Silesia, which specialize in the design and production of industrial machinery, power automation systems and equipment, and mining and metallurgical technology. The KOMAG Mining Mechanization Center from Gliwice topped the 2006 list nationwide for the quality of its mining equipment and industrial and medical automation systems.

Under the auspices of the Regional Operational Program for Silesia for 2007-2013, the region will receive more than 296 million euros for technological research and development. This money is earmarked for increasing the region's attractiveness to investors, aiding the modernization of small- and medium-sized businesses, and for technology and innovation transfer.

Ewa Lipa
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