Real funding for Polish virtual ideas
Polish entrepreneur Grzegorz Kozak runs a web development company called Virtual People in Szczecin, north-west Poland. Bubbling with ideas, he wanted to set up several web projects, including a social networking site and an online commercial tendering service. But he needed the right funding to make his ideas come to life.
He turned to his local Enterprise Europe Network Partner, the West Pomeranian Economic Development Association. The Network provides business support to small businesses across the EU. Made up of 550 Partner organisations in 44 countries, it gives a helping hand for accessing EU finance and grants and helps small businesses to find business and technology partners abroad.
In Szczecin, Network expert Katarzyna Mecinska keeps a close watch on the grants and financing available from the European Union. She found an opportunity under structural funds and gave Mr Kozak all the information he needed to make an application, helping him to ensure that his documentation was done correctly.
The Network’s help made a huge difference to his business – he’s hired three people and will soon take on another. “Thanks to Katarzyna, we were thoroughly informed about possible sources for financing our ideas,“ says Mr Kozak. “Her experience and professional advice had a great impact on our success with the application.“