In the heart of Europe
One of the most important reasons is our location – right in the middle of Europe. For logistical reasons, the company's location in Poland is an excellent choice for companies planning to export their products both to the East and to the West.
An additional advantage is a quite large internal market. As the largest country in Central and Eastern Europe and the 6th largest in Europe by population, Poland has a potential of 38 million consumers and gives access to a European Union market which is estimated at 500 million consumers.
Poland, as one of the few European countries, has managed to maintain a relatively good - for a pandemic - economic situation. The decline in GDP is lower than the average in the European Union. Likewise, the data concerning other indicators, such as inflation or unemployment rate, look optimistic.
Attractive investment incentives
Companies investing in Poland can count on government support and non-governmental initiatives that allow for an easy start of business. One of the systemic government incentives is, for example, the available income tax exemption (depending on location up to 70% of investment costs or two years of employment costs), for companies implementing new investments on both public and private land. In addition, there is, for example, the possibility of taking advantage of income tax relief for conducting research and development activities, giving the benefit of double inclusion in the tax base of certain costs of R&D activities.
Soft-landing program – the first step should not be difficult
The Soft Landing Program is an initiative led by Cambridge Innovation Center and Foundation Venture Café Warsaw in cooperation with EY and Polish Investment and Trade Agency. Its aim is to help foreign companies to quickly and comfortably start and develop their business activity in Poland. The program helps startups and scaleups create a plan to enter the international market, enables them to establish cooperation with the local ecosystem and provides an opportunity to test the potential of the business.
The Soft Landing program was created on CIC's Warsaw campus - a great place to start. The campus welcomes both creative startups at the beginning of their career and larger companies looking for new spaces to grow and scale their business. One of the main elements of the campus are the Scale-up Floors and in them specialized industry HUBs - places where people, infrastructure, knowledge and projects come together based on a specific theme. However, physical presence on campus is not a prerequisite for participation in the program. Participants can also join the program remotely. All the companies participating in the Soft Landing program have access to the knowledge, trends and global marketplace of contacts offered by program partners.
Soft Landing – 4 steps
The Soft Landing program is structured in a way that allows you to learn the rules of the market and connect with key players, meet customers and key institutions, and establish relationships with other startups. The program is divided into 4 steps where program partners share their expertise.
Pre-landing - basic knowledge is presented to the participant company prior to the relocation to prepare this company for the move in a best possible way.
New entity - Immigration and relocation stage - beneficiaries of the program receive full assistance in establishing a business in Poland.
First 30 days - Support during the first month of operations at the new location - streamlining of processes and connecting to the local network.
Scaling – up - Financial, operational and business scaling support, as well as assistance with outsourcing and talent acquisition.
Professional EY experts advisory
One of the main benefits that program participants receive is care and guidance from EY consultants. This support can be divided into 4 areas.
Legal support related to company registration in Poland
Within this area the participants of the program receive basic legal support, e.g. support in choosing an appropriate legal form, preparing necessary documents, establishing a company, adjusting to European and Polish regulations in the scope of personal data protection, ensuring appropriate protection and transfer of intellectual property rights and also legal support in offering IT solutions on the Polish market.