Google Startups Center for Poland
July 4, 2014
Web giant Google June 4 announced it would open a center for tech start-ups in Warsaw next year. The center, called the Google Campus, will mark the company’s third such facility worldwide, after similar centers in London and Tel Aviv.
Google chief Eric Schmidt discussed the initiative with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk while he was in Warsaw June 4 for events marking 25 years of Polish democracy.
“Google started as a start-up in a garage, so supporting start-ups is part of our DNA,” Schmidt said in a statement.
The Google Campus in Warsaw is part of a program the tech giant announced June 4 to support innovation and entrepreneurship in Poland and throughout Central and Eastern Europe.
“Our hope is that Campus Warsaw will supercharge tech entrepreneurs, strengthen the startup ecosystem and encourage even more innovation in Poland,” Said Schmidt.
In January last year, Google launched its Google for Entrepreneurs program in the southern Polish city of Cracow. In April this year, Google teamed up with the University of Warsaw, which, thanks to a $1 million grant, launched a Digital Economy Lab, an interdisciplinary center for research into the digital economy and building digital literacy in Poland.
Google has also announced, together with the Res Publica Foundation, the Visegrad Fund and the Financial Times, a New Europe 100 Challengers campaign, which seeks to identify the top 100 inspiring innovators who are changing the face of Central and Eastern Europe.
Schmidt visited Poland in connection with the 25th anniversary of Polish democracy after the end of communism. This was his first visit to this country.
Google started operations in Poland in 2006 and has now three offices with a combined 500 employees here. Its Warsaw office primarily deals with service sales, marketing and communications. Its Wrocław office is one of the company’s largest customer support and service offices in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Its Cracow office employs nearly 200 engineers taking part in global technology projects.