Małopolska Smart Specializations are 7 areas that set strategic directions for the region’s development. These are:
- Life sciences (including health and quality of life, bio-economy)
- Sustainable energy
- Information and communication technologies (including multimedia)
- Electrical engineering and machinery industry
- Production of metals and metal products as well as products from non-metallic mineral raw materials
- Creative and leisure industries
Companies from industries covered by the Smart Specializations have the largest share in the region’s GDP and employment. Belonging to these industries allows companies to access additional sources of financing.
The dynamically developing ICT industry deserves special mention:
Companies from the ICT industry deal with the manufacture and use of both IT and telecom equipment, as well as with providing accompanying services. It is not without significance that information and communication technologies significantly translate into development of the creative sector (for example, game development), as well as electronics and machine industry, and life sciences. It should be emphasized that it is ICT that constitutes the basis of the activity of most advanced enterprises. There are about 1,150 entities in the ICT industry of Małopolska, of which about 680 are registered in Krakow. Krakow is a place where global IT companies have their branches and employ graduates of IT majors at several Krakow universities. Work related to ICT, offering very attractive remuneration, can now be found in enterprises of the industry and in virtually every business organization. Currently, mainly programmers are sought in Krakow. It should be emphasized that this trend is gaining strength not only in Krakow, but also throughout Poland.