Business park boosts smart growth in northern Poland

A new science and technology park in the city of Ełk in Poland’s Warmia-Mazury region provides business support, modern offices and product development facilities to grow innovative high-tech SMEs. The Techno-Park helps high-value industries to develop in the region, boosting economic growth, competitiveness and sustainable jobs.

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The new science and technology park in the city of Ełk in Poland’s Warmia-Mazury region provides business support, modern offices and product development facilities. © Elk Science and Technology Park The new science and technology park in the city of Ełk in Poland’s Warmia-Mazury region provides business support, modern offices and product development facilities. © Elk Science and Technology Park

" We are committed to quality, so we set high standards for investment in our park. We particularly prefer companies focused on the development of modern technologies. Growing these businesses creates attractive jobs in interesting industries "

Anna Wojciechowska, Chief Specialist, Techno Park

Ełk sits close to Poland’s borders with Lithuania, Russia and Belarus, making it attractive to both domestic and foreign investors. City planners have developed a science and technology park in the eastern part of the city to capitalise on this advantage. 

The park supports cooperation between business and science to create new industries in the region. It provides services for company formation and growth, technology commercialisation and market development, along with office, conference and production premises. In its first three years, the park has incubated 24 companies and rented facilities to a further 20 companies based outside the park. 

The park provides services for company formation and growth, technology commercialisation and market development, along with office, conference and production premises. In its first three years, the park has incubated 24 companies and rented facilities to a further 20 companies based outside the park.

Facilities and support

A complex of interconnected buildings houses a business incubator, technology incubator, logistics and service centre and conference centre.  These support new companies to mature to the point where they can function independently on the market. 

Advice is available on topics such as technology transfer, registration requirements, business planning, financing, market development and exports, intellectual property rights and general legal matters. There is also a “virtual office”, which allows entrepreneurs to register their business at the Techno Park’s address. 

Businesses can rent office spaces equipped with office and computer equipment, broadband Internet, phone lines and an uninterruptible power supply. Rooms are available by the hour, week or month so that companies need only hire these for the times that they need them, limiting their costs. Heated, ventilated laboratory and manufacturing spaces can also be hired, while two laboratories operated by the park will carry out research for entrepreneurs.

Three other rooms, each with multimedia equipment and a sound system and capacity for up to 90 people, host exhibitions and conferences. The park has already become a popular exhibition and conference centre, holding events such as Mazury Fair of Renewable Sources of Energy, where exhibitors presented products and services which included solar collectors, heat pumps, wind turbines and photovoltaic systems.

Developing regional innovation

As well as supporting existing businesses, Techno Park encourages entrepreneurship through various activities in schools, universities and local businesses. The park is a member of various national and regional entrepreneurship associations, and has links with technology transfer centres, local universities, other science and technology parks and investor networks. Businesses at the park have access to these networks.

Directly, the park has created four jobs. Indirectly, it supports many more in Ełk, improving the region’s economy and quality of life.

Total investment and EU funding 

Total investment for the project “Techno-Park w Ełku/Rozbudowa Techno-Parku w Ełku” is PLN 11 200 938, with the EU’s European Regional Development Fund contributing PLN 4 598 958 through the “Warminsko-Mazurskie” Operational Programme for the 2007-2013 programming period. 

 

Draft date

25/09/2017