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New Technology Park for Szczecin
August 29, 2012   
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A zl.100 million technology park is being built in the northwestern city of Szczecin. The complex, called Technopark Pomerania, will be home to 80 companies and be part of a network of organizations supporting the development of innovative businesses in Poland.

Technopark Pomerania will comprise an Innovation Center for new technology companies, a Business Incubator for information technology firms, and a Computer Center.

The complex will be managed by Szczeciński Park Naukowo-Technologiczny (Szczecin Science and Technology Park), an institution with a track record of supporting businesses in Szczecin.

The project aims to foster cooperation between enterprises and organizations interested in developing innovative products and services. Another aim is to contribute to the economic development of the region and increase the number of firms in the modern technology sector. All the Technopark facilities are scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2013.

The first facility, the IT Business Incubator, opened in September 2010. It currently brings together 20 companies.

A total of 11,000 square meters of modern office space and infrastructure will be available at Technopark Pomerania by the end of 2013. This is expected to help stimulate the development of innovative companies.

Work to build Technopark is being co-financed under the Regional Operational Program for West Pomerania Province. The project is expected to make Szczecin more attractive to foreign companies interested in doing business in science and technology parks.

Modern office space will be made available in two buildings for both business startups and dynamic companies in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector. The range of services will be adapted to the individual needs of the tenants, with a flexible arrangement of office space from conventional to open-plan modules. Also available will be conference and training facilities as well as many common areas.

One of the buildings in the complex will house a computer center that will provide services including server hosting, data processing and archiving.

In the future, Technopark Pomerania will also host a continuing education center specializing in new education trends and technology as well as research and development facilities, including those furthering the development of an information society and a modern administration sector.

The IT Business Incubator brings together companies in the information technology sector and nongovernmental organizations active in the promotion of IT companies.

A special program of preferential rents for office space, discounts for consulting services and legal advice, and assistance in raising funds for development is available to companies, in addition to services covering participation in trade events and training programs.

Technopark Pomerania brings together companies focused on knowledge sharing, networking, coaching and contacts with researchers.

The project also aims to contribute to the development of Szczecin and the region. There are special programs for companies to enable joint projects, easier access to European funds, ties between science and business, technology transfer and R&D projects.

There are currently more than 190 science and technology parks, business incubators and technology transfer centers in Poland. Alongside Technopark Pomerania, Szczecin is home to institutions such as the Regional Innovation and Technology Transfer Center, Szczecin Enterprise Center, Polish Enterprise Foundation, and Academic Business Incubators at the University of Szczecin and the West Pomeranian University of Technology.

Karolina Olszewska
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