A new programme "Soft Landing" has been launched, addressed to foreign entrepreneurs who want to build and develop their business in Poland. The project, in cooperation with the Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH), is organised by Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC), Venture Cafe Warsaw and EY. This is part of the "Poland. Business Harbour", a proposal for enterprising Belarusians.

The programme created by PAIH, CIC, Venture Cafe Warsaw and EY is addressed, among others, to Belarusian start-ups who would like to develop their business in the territory of the Republic of Poland, acquire knowledge in the field of migration and tax law and establish and strengthen relations with the Polish business community. The offer addressed to Belarusian companies is free of charge and is valid until the end of December this year. You should apply for the programme using the form available on the website: SoftLanding.

Four steps to success

The first part of the programme, the so-called 'Prelanding package', concerns support in registering activities and learning about basic legal and organisational issues. The package includes interactive materials, free guides and the possibility to participate in webinars. The second part is the so-called 'New Entity'. It includes professional assistance in the area of company registration. The third step to success is 'First 30 Days'. At this stage, the organisers provide programme participants with, among other things, workshops and group consultations with experts who will share their knowledge on setting up a company or market functioning.

- The first 30 days of the company's activity may decide about success or failure in expansion to a new country. Therefore, we want to provide companies with everything they need for a very fast development path in the new market. The "Soft Landing" programme is a proposal for startups interested in starting their business in Poland," stresses Ewa Geresz, Director of Innovation Visitors Bureau at Venture Cafe Warsaw.

Under the programme created by PAIH, CIC, Venture Cafe Warsaw and EY, five companies selected in the competition will receive access to individual sessions with experts and access to co-working space in the centre of Warsaw. The criterion for the competition is the largest positive so-called social or environmental impact.

- The companies that will join the "Soft Landing" programme will receive support from us in the process of joining the innovative ecosystem in Poland and establishing valuable contacts with key persons, organisations and institutions. CIC Warsaw spaces are designed to enhance creativity and create an effective working environment," explains Izabela Górska, co-founder of CIC Poland, Sales Lead at CIC Warsaw.

The fourth part of the project, "Scaling-up", is an additional support for CIC, Venture Cafe Warsaw and EY for entrepreneurs who want to develop their company on new global markets.

"Poland. Business Harbour". - assistance for enterprising Belarusians from the ICT sector

The Polish government has been supporting Belarusians in the development of their companies in Poland since September by implementing the "Poland. Business Harbour". The coordinators are the Ministry of Development, Labour and Technology and the Polish Investment and Trade Agency, in cooperation with GovTech Polska in the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (PARP) and Startup Hub Poland.

Interest in the "Poland. Business Harbour" is still very popular. During the three months of its operation, PAIH received over 1200 e-mail applications and nearly 1000 telephone calls. At present, the Investment Centre supports 40 Belarusian projects. The vast majority of them, as more than 30 concern companies from the IT sector, and in two cases they are gaming projects," says Katarzyna Jedlińska, PAIH spokesperson.

Within Poland. Business Harbour Belarusians can learn how to quickly and efficiently start their business in Poland, get support in relocation of employees and their families, but also receive legal and visa assistance in the "business concierge" formula. Individuals and companies from Belarus can count on facilitations in contacting local governments or Special Economic Zones, which have actively participated in the preparation of the offer, creating temporary office and housing space. One of the elements of the package is support in the form of joining entrepreneurs with investors and grants for R&D activity. Individuals with an engineering degree or experience in the IT industry can in turn benefit from a simplified visa procedure. In addition, several dozen technology companies from all over Poland have prepared special job offers for those coming.

About the Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH)

The Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH) is an advisory institution which is part of the Polish Development Fund Group (PFR). It is the first point of contact for exporters and investors. It operates both in Poland and through Foreign Trade Offices (ZBH) around the world. It strengthens the recognition of Polish brands on international markets, promotes domestic products and services and technological solutions made in Poland. The Agency helps entrepreneurs to choose the optimal path of expansion abroad. It also supports the inflow of foreign direct investments to Poland and the implementation of Polish investments in Poland. PAIH cooperates with the public sector and regional partners, offering, among others, training, audit and promotion of investment properties, cooperation in the organization of business missions and communication support in the implementation of joint projects.




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