On September 15, 2016, EBAN President Candace Johnson, together with Michael Ciemiński, Board Member of EBAN and President of Platinum Seed Incubator, and Katarzyna Wierzbowska, representative from the Polish Network of Enterprising Women, held a meeting with the Minister of Innovation at the Ministry of Development in Poland – Jadwiga Emilewicz. The discussion centred around business angel activities in the European market, with a special focus on Poland. It also covered extensively the new Polish Cosmic Strategy, unveiled by the Ministry of Development as part of the Polish Strategy for Responsible Development, as well as EBAN’s cooperation with ESA (European Space Agency).
The attending parties were in agreement that there is a significant need for promoting business angel investment in Polish startups and scaleups from both Polish and foreign angel investors. The meeting ended with an invitation from Candace Johnson to Minister Emilewicz to attend EBAN’s Winter Congress in Zagreb, Croatia and hold a special presentation on the “Start in Poland” program.
The attendees had the following comments regarding the topics discussed at the meeting:
Candace Johnson: “Poland is growing its entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem exponentially. EBAN is proud to be a part of this and to be working with the Polish Government, EBAN Board member Michal Cieminski and the EBAN members in this country to help Poland’s entrepreneurs go global and for the world to get to know Poland’s entrepreneurs.”
Michał Ciemiński: “The presence and activity of Polish business angels in the major European organisations catering to business angel networks is growing steadily. As a result, more and more start-ups have the opportunity to receive support and build relationships on a transnational scale. We are pleased that a new player will soon enter the scene – the Black Swan Fund, which Platinum Seed has supported from its inception, will be bringing together female investors from Poland. The Polish government’s plans to support business angel networks and early growth funds is crucial to increasing the presence of Polish startups and scaleups on the European market.”