Project Partners


Municipality of Reggio Emilia

The Municipality's fundamental objective is to identify tools and methods to increase the visibility and international relations of the Reggio system. 

The internationalization action responds to the need to support the territory in a process of knowledge and meeting with foreign countries, with the aim of fostering the local system's economic and social tear. The structuring of solid international relations in fact generates new trajectories and new synergies with the world of production and the third sector of the city, making it more ready to confront new markets and more open to change and innovation. The Municipality, in implementing its policies on interational relations and economic development, works closely with research centers, business associations, other institutional and private actors, enterprises relying on competences and skills of all territorial stakeholders to maximize impacts and results. 



Reggio Emilia, at the heart of the Italian Food Valley, it's a city of innovators by tradition. It is an industrious and inventive community with a natural predisposition for international relations and dialogue. Well known for its high quality of life and services, Reggio Emilia is a booming center renowned for its food and wine products, its enterprises and the early childhood educational services. With an entrepreneurial capacity of 15Bln € GDP/year, 60.000 enterprises, a 60% export propensity rate, it is at the center of the Italian productive system and it's linked with all main EU and Italian cities.

Ranking among the top Italian exporters, the city's economic ecosystem focuses its efforts on high quality in industrial production of its leading sectors: mechatronics, agriculture and agricultural machinery, textiles and green economy. The export and research oriented economics make Reggio Emilia a dynamic reality.

The welfare model that focuses on people and their needs, exploiting the resources of the entire community, a cooperative commitment and an open approach to intercultural exchanges, make it a welcoming, solidarity-based and responsible city.






Reggio Emilia with a total of 57,000 local businesses, 1 per 10 residents and has always been the epitome of a powerful work ethics, of which the entrepreneurial fabric is a deeply-rooted embodiment, embracing the high value of the region’s human and social capital. The unemployment rate in 2017 fell to 4,4%.

Reggio’s industry is known not only for its high-quality products but also for the efficiency of its districts’ organisation and the companies’ highly competitive edge. This is a fabric created by the SMEs as well as by the major corporations, which are important global players and accredited international quality systems. A distinctive trait and one of the talents of Reggio’s economy is the cooperative system. It’s home to advanced-research centres specialised in technology transfer to businesses for advanced mechanical, mechatronic and motor services. The city of Reggio Emilia is an international landmark for educational policies, with the city’s nurseries and kindergartens being at the heart of the so-called Reggio Emilia Approach.

Reggio Emilia is tackling the challenges posed by the knowledge economy by leveraging on local distinctive competences (Education, Mechatronics, Agrifood, Energy & Services) in line with the Regional Smart Specialization Strategy and by fostering internationalisation of the local system through the international relations built by the city and its actors with several countries, both EU and outside EU, for the benefit of businesses and of the entire eco-system. 


Local stakeholders group


Chamber of Commerce


 Legacoop Emilia Ovest 


The mission of the Chambers of Commerce consists in economic promotion, the development of the business system and the local economy, through a synthesis that reconciles the needs of all sectors, represented in its own bodies (Council Chamber and Council). It offers several services for promotion and internationalization, for start up and development of enterprises.


Legacoop brings together cooperative enterprises, active in all sectors, develops services and projects for cooperative enterprises and promotes cooperative culture, affirming its values and supporting its economic, social and civil role. It offers several services for promotion and internationalization, for start up and development of enterprises.






The National Confederation of Crafts and Small and Medium Enterprises represents micro, small and medium enterprises, in the sectors of manufacturing, construction, services, transport, trade and tourism, with particular reference to the craft sector; artisans, self-employment, professionals, entrepreneurs and pensioners. It offers several services for promotion and internationalization, for start up and development of enterprises


Unindustria (union of industrialists) is the main national association representing manufacturing and service companies in Italy, with a voluntary membership. It offers several services for promotion and internationalization, for start up and development of enterprises.




Reggio Children


The Research Centre for Animal Production deals with research and services aimed at promoting technical, economic and social development of animal production and sustainable agriculture sectors. It's an active member of international institutional associations and business networks. It runs CRPA Labs for industrial research in agro-food, environment and energy sectors.


Reggio Children – International Centre for the Defence and Promotion of the Rights and Potentials of All Children – is a mixed public-private company established with the aim of managing the educational and cultural exchange initiatives for the national and international dissemination of “Reggio Emilia Approach” in the education field. 


University of Modena and Reggio Emilia


E35 Foundation


Unimore (a network university), ranked among the top 8 medium-sized universities in Italy for its high level of research, has over 20,000 students and 300 international exchange agreements and cooperation programs. It offers state-of-the-art facilities with internationally sponsored research activities and with the two technopoles of Modena and Reggio Emilia, part of the High Technology Regional Network.


The E35 Foundation has as its objective the international promotion of the territory and the Reggio Emilia System by involving Institutions, Enterprises and Associations on economic, social and international cooperation themes.


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ERVET EmiliaRomagna Economic Development Agency

ERVET (Emilia-Romagna Valorizzazione Economica del Territorio) is the Regional Development Agency of Emilia-Romagna. Within the framework of regional government programming and planning strategy, Its mission is focused on investment promotion, cooperation among regions, provinces and municipalities, and, together with economic and social players, on the realisation of coordinated action to promote the sustainable development and environmental qualification of the region. The company is organised into units: Territorial Development and Attractiveness, Economic Development and Environment, European Union, Territorial Cooperation and Social Cohesion, Structural Funds. It acts as the contact point for foreign investors, providing tailored information and customised services.

ERVET carries out territorial marketing activities to promote attractiveness and inward internationalisation and activities related to investment promotion, such as: Tools and context analyses for investment promotion, Pre-investment information and support for the business set-up process, Support for completing the ‘Settlement and Development Agreement’ (Investment promotion Law 14/2014), Support for the identification of locations, After-care and post-investment monitoring. Support for initiatives designed to overcome sector crises and promote industrial development, Mapping of local marketing operators, Analysis of the national and international context (FDI flows, benchmarking) and of the regional economic system, Policy advocacy, International projects and relations.



The Emilia-Romagna region, with a population of 4,454,393, comprises 334 municipalities grouped into one Metropolitan City (Bologna) and 8 provinces (Ferrara, Forlì-Cesena, Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Ravenna, Reggio Emilia and Rimini).

The economic system is increasingly focused on international markets and features: high rate of entrepreneurship, strong manufacturing sector, high level of innovation, wealth per capita higher than the Italian and European average. Main key sectors with strong interrelations among sub-sectors along the whole value chain: Mechanical Engineering & Automotive, Agro-food, Housing and Construction, Fashion, Health and Culture & Creativity.

Emilia-Romagna is the Italian region with the highest proportion of R&D personnel per 1,000 inhabitants and the highest innovation capability at national level, alongside a few other regions. The labour market is one of the most dynamic at national level with a high employment rate, exceeding the averages for EU28 and Italy. Emilia-Romagna is the first Italian region according to the Digital Economy and society Index and Bologna is the leading Italian city according to the Smart Cities Index 2016 and also ranked at the top of the iCity rating 2016.

One of the core aspects of the regional development model is its ability to combine economic competitiveness with social cohesion. Moreover, the huge and diversified cultural and natural heritage, places the region among the national and international leaders of excellence.

Emilia-Romagna is a region open to new foreign investment and with an economic system that is highly export-oriented. It is a strategic location for Foreign Direct Investment ("European Cities & Regions of the Future 2016/17" report) and, with 25 thousand exporting companies, is the leading Italian region for export value per capita and the third for total exports.




Through its policies the Emilia-Romagna Region provides regional businesses, with specific reference to SMEs, with a complete set of opportunities for the support to their internationalization processes and provides companies with programmes and services directly supporting investments in foreign trade and internationalization in order to combine economic competitiveness with a high level of social cohesion and environmental quality.

ER GO GLOBAL 2016-2020, a multi-annual program combining different support measures designed to meet businesses’ evolving needs along their internationalisation process;

Regional law n. 14/2014 providing incentives and real support services to businesses planning to invest in the region, consistently with development guidelines outlined by the Regional Smart Specialization Strategy - S3.

Regional Program for Productive Activities 2012-2015 comprising several measures such as incentives for single and/or groups of SMEs for approaching/growing foreign markets, measures designed to support the participation of SMEs to international trade fairs, measures promoting the international presence of the regional fair system;

ERDF ROP 2014 – 2020, comprising specific measures supporting both SMEs Consortia and single SMEs, with special attention to non exporting companies.


Local stakeholders group


Regione Emilia Romagna


 Legacoop Emilia-Romagna


The Regional Authority, through its Service for Attractiveness and Internationalization, both coordinates and carries out actions for attracting new investments and resources on the regional territory and actions for promoting and supporting export and internationalisation of companies, either single and for clusters. It supports also the Internationalization of the knowledge and culture systems through dedicated programmes and tools.


Legacoop Emilia-Romagna is the regional level association of the cooperatives belonging to Legacoop Nazionale, acting as spokespersons for their interests and the common needs identified from time to time; coordinates at regional level the policies of the territorial and sectoral associations; establishes and manages relations with local and regional public institutions, with other trade associations and with organized civil society structures; offers consulting services, assistance and professional training to qualify and develop cooperative entrepreneurship and its human resources.


CNA  Emilia Romagna


Confindustria Emilia Romagna


Regional level Confederation of Crafts and Small and Medium Enterprises Associations of Emilia Romagna is the voice of craft, small and medium sized firms and specialised workers. It represents and safeguards the interests of Provincial and Sectorial Associations and of its entire membership, with public and private institutions, Public Administration, and with regional political, social and economic organizations.



Regional Level Federation of Manufacturers Associations of Emilia Romagna. The Federation assists companies in the field of research, innovation and technology transfer; supports firms alongside the whole innovation processes developing customized programs to address technological and organizational challenges; promotes collaboration, dissemination of ideas and the exploitation of knowledge to experiment and find new way to the Open Innovation paradigm, looking to Europe as reference path.



Confartigianato Imprese Emilia-Romagna


Confcooperative Emilia-Romagna


Regional level federation of the provincial and metropolitan associations of the Confartigianato companies system, it represents artisans, traders, small and medium-sized entrepreneurs. The Confartigianato system is constantly engaged in the promotion of innovation and diffusion of business culture, engines of economic and social development for the country. In its relationship with the institutions, Confartigianato operates at all levels to raise awareness of the Public Administration towards the needs of SMEs.



Regional level confederation of cooperatives, its primary tasks are the representation and protection of cooperative enterprises towards institutions, public administrations and other business and social organizations. Further activities: increase the development of cooperation; preparation of programs and projects of common interest for the different territorial realities and the various sectors in which the associated cooperatives operate; promotion of regional legislative initiatives to support and develop cooperation; coordination and planning of cooperative investments in the regional area. 



Irecoop Emilia-Romagna


Unioncamere Emilia-Romagna


Training agency of Confcooperative offering and organising professional training courses; specialization courses; coaching for business start-up; support for job insertion; specialized consultancy for Cooperatives and Companies, identification of tools and actions dedicated and designed for individual objectives.  It promotes and disseminates the values ​​of the cooperative system both in Italy and abroad thanks to the International Projects office. 


Regional Union of the Chambers of Commerce of Emilia-Romagna is the association of the Chambers of Commerce of the territory: Bologna, Ferrara / Ravenna, Modena, Parma / Piacenza / Reggio Emilia, Romagna (Forlì-Cesena / Rimini). It has the objective of promoting and implementing initiatives to increase the development and enhancement of the economy and of the productive sectors of the regional territory, ensuring support and coordination of the activities of the associated Chambers. 


Consortium for innovation and technology transfer of Emilia-Romagna. Its partners are the Emilia-Romagna Regional Government, the six Universities and the National Research Centres located in the region (the National Research Council-CNR, the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development-ENEA, the National Institute for Nuclear Physics-INFN), the Regional Union of Chambers of Commerce, working in collaboration with regional Business Associations and Innovation Centres. ASTER works in collaboration with enterprises, universities, research centres and institutions for the development of the innovation ecosystem of the territory. Its mission is to build the Regional Innovation System by launching shared actions, projects and collaborations for integrated innovation of Industry, Human Capital, Society and Territory, intervening on Growth and Competitiveness, Talent and Entrepreneurship, Cohesion and Participation


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The Valencia enterprise competitiveness Institute IVACE is the Regional Government body in charge of encouraging the Region’s economic development, and the competitiveness through support to Valencia’s private sector internationalization, innovation, financing, energy and attraction of foreign investments. INNOVATION - IVACE manages programmes for strengthening Valencia’s innovativeness. The programmes have different specialisms and cover several areas of society and industries. Some involve funding of research, which is important for renewal of industry. In other cases it involves companies applying for funds for their development projects. Some of the programmes require actors to merge to jointly manage large and long-term projects. ENERGY - The Agency's mission is to promote the development of the energy system, so that it will become ecologically and economically sustainable. INTERNATIONALIZATION - Trade and investment promotion aims at encouraging growth, full employment and development by promoting exports. IVACE designs and implements technical assistance programs, services and funds aimed at the internationalization of the Valencia businesses. FUNDING - IVACE offers financing that companies need for investments that will make them more efficient and profitable



The Valencia Autonomous Community is the 4th Spanish region in terms of GDP (10% of the total) and population over 5 million inhabitants. It is of key importance to the Spanish economy due to some industries, such as tourism, the motor sector, plastics, chemicals and food and agriculture. With 3.9% GDP increase in 2016, it is the second fastest growing area in Spain. It stands out as one of the most stable destinations in legal, political and social terms. The Valencia region is clearly focusing on international markets and its openness to foreign trade is above the WTO average (46%). It is one of the top 2 exporting regions in the country. Exports have grown at the fastest rates (9.7% each year since 2012) mainly due to the diversity of target markets, with growing share among emerging economies rather than the EU. Valencia is fostering the specialisation of its exporting sectors (motor industry, ceramic products, fruit and vegetables). Total sales reached 28,600 million euros in 2016.

The Valencia's export base includes over 22,000 companies (>6% of Valencian companies). The relative sales share to emerging economies (BRICS and Next-11) is higher than those of Spain to these destinations, which are more focused on the EU, and includes an increasing proportion of medium-high technology products. It is not only foreign markets that are driving the region’s economy forward: the increase in domestic demand is also benefiting from greater economic certainty, stabilisation of the property market, a resurgence of private consumption, an increase in financial wealth and falling unemployment.





The Valencian Region offers economic and geostrategic factors, infrastructure and quality of life, among other aspects, which have attracted foreign investment into the region over the years. More than 11,000 foreign companies have set up in the Valencian Region, 800 of which are industrial companies wholly-owned by foreign investors. Ford, UBE Industries, CETCO Spain, Vossloh, BP Oil, IKEA, ArcelorMittal, Roquette, Plastic Omnium, Hasbro, Mediterranean Shipping Company and Hewlett-Packard are just some of the foreign countries that have placed their trust in our region rather than others in Spain and Europe. The largest investor countries in order of size in the region are: Germany, Italy, France, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Switzerland.

There are 11 universities (6 private and 5 public, which in turn have 5 science parks), providing a fertile environment for training human capital in the Valencian Region. 160,000 university students are currently enrolled and 85,700 students are doing vocational training. RDI is one of the main tools to strengthen the region’s economy. The Valencian Region is committed to RDI innovation policies that help companies improve their productivity, competitiveness and excellence. This effort can be seen in the firm institutional support for innovative projects, as well as the creation of various RDI networks: the Network of 11 Technology Institutes, the Network of Scientific Research Centres and the universities’ own research centres. The Network mainly supplies services to the existing sectors of the Valencian Region and emerging horizontal Technologies. The Technology Institutes work for 12.000 companies annually.


Local stakeholders group


Valencia Chamber of Commerce


 REDIT Technology Institutes Network 


The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Valencia and the Regional Chambers of Commerce Council are non-profit organizations offering services to local and foreign companies. The Valencia Chamber of Commerce supports businesses over the entire process of setting up shop, collaborating in all the steps needed to open a business. One of the main priorities of the Chamber of Commerce is to support and foster foreign trade, given the importance of internationalisation as an essential means to improve competitiveness. It also provides training and employment services and a mediation service in a standard format across Spain. It is characterised by its simplicity and the willingness and eagerness of the highly qualified team of mediators.


The Network of Technology Centres of the Valencian Community (REDIT) is a private non-profit association grouping 11 Institutes. It was created in 2001 by the Technology Institutes to promote the Valencia R&D&i infrastructure. This model of support for business innovation is adapted to Valencia industrial base, largely made up of SMEs and micro-companies, which are geographically dispersed and represent different sectors. Technology Institutes are private non-profit research organizations, whose objective is to help companies, especially SMEs, boost their competitiveness through R&D&i. For this purpose, an extensive catalogue of I&D and innovation capabilities, advanced services, laboratory tests and specialized training is made available to wood, plastic, metal, textiles, building materials, optics, medical equipment, IT, manufacturers among other.



Universitat de València 



València Activa


The mission of the Universitat de València clearly sets out the raison d’être of the institution, according to the legal and statutory framework. The strategic planning process undertaken to define the Strategic Plan of the Universitat de València 2008-2011 resulted in the definition of the University’s mission. “The Universitat de València’s mission is to train competent professionals at European level and encourage prestigious research with international impact contributing to the development of our society. Training and research promote UV’s tasks in the field of dissemination of science and culture, and in the reaffirmation of the democratic values of the society in general, and the Valencian society in particular".



It coordinates initiatives in the Valencia City Council in terms of economic development and employment: the Employment and Entrepreneurship Service and the Comunidad Valenciana Foundation of the Pact for Employment, promoting synergies and taking advantage of the opportunities that offers cooperation. Among other services, Valencia activa provides Information and professional guidance for people in search of employment to make the most powerful and innovative methodologies available to people in active job search and to carry out direct hiring for unemployed people such as the "Anem!" (Under 30 years) and "Oportunitats" program (over 30) years and long-term unemployed people).  VIT emprende is the department responsible for addressing the needs of the start up community and innovative entrepreneurs. Networking and internationalization are at the core of Vit emprende strategy.







AVIA is the Valencia Automotive Cluster, the reference multisector entity that integrates a broad network of automotive suppliers of the Valencia Region.


Fedacova is the Business Federation of Agri-food of the Valencia Community including 30 affiliated associations, representing some 2,200 companies. 70% of the total agro-food sector.






The ARVET Exporters Association currently has some 200 members in the hardware / DIY sectors, bathroom equipment, cleaning and hygiene, building materials, machinery and other processed products. Total export figures reach 600 million euros annually. Among its most innovative services, it has a network of promoters abroad, who set themselves up as an antenna of the group and help the company in the three most important phases of internationalization: Access, Implementation and Consolidation abroad.





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Wielkopolska Region

Marshal Office of the Wielkopolska Region acts as subsidiary body of regional self-government. The Office takes part in formulating and implementing regional development policies. Among main objectives of these policies are to stimulate growth of regional economy and increasing its competitiveness and innovativeness. In regard to this regional authorities continuously undertake various actions and projects to improve the internationalisation level of SMEs, also in cooperation with regional actors.



Wielkopolska is second in area (almost 30 thousand km²) and third in population (close to 3,5 million inhabitants) Polish region, situated in central-western part of the country. Major cities are Poznań (capital), Kalisz, Konin, Piła, Ostrów Wielkopolski, Gniezno and Leszno.

Regional economy is one of the most developed in Poland. GDP (approx. 44 billion EUR) is the third largest in terms of total numbers and per capita among Polish regions. Unemployment rate is the lowest in the country. Thanks to convenient location of the region, traditional entrepreneurship of the people, availability of qualified staff and other advantages, Wielkopolska attracts a lot of foreign investments. The most prospective industry branches are food processing industry, wood and furniture, automotive, machine building, transport and logistics, medical technologies and ICT. Wielkopolska is also known for its highly developed agriculture and service sector. There are almost 40 higher education institutions operating in the region with approx. 140 thousand students. Some universities, like Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan University of Technology, Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Poznan University of Life Sciences, Poznan University of Economics and Business, and University of the Arts Poznan are among the best in the country and closely cooperate with industry and enterprises.






The vast majority of business entities in Wielkopolska (from over 400 thousand enterprises), are micro, small and medium enterprises. The SMEs are responsible for an half of the Region’s GDP and gives employment to almost 70% of people working in the enterprises. The level of internationalisation of these enterprises remains at a relatively low level. The vast majority of exports of companies that undertake such activities is directed to European markets, including the common market of the European Economic Area (EEA). As a consequence, one of the weaknesses of the SME sector in Wielkopolska is too much dependence on fluctuations in the economic situation in Poland and Europe.

Regional authorities has been supporting projects aimed at increasing the internationalisation of Wielkopolska enterprises for many years. They are doing it among others by organising economic missions and regional stands at trade fair events on prospective markets. Such trips allow Wielkopolska companies to present their offer on local markets, learn about the economic and cultural context and establish the first business contacts. In its efforts to internationalise SMEs, the Wielkopolska Region cooperates with the entrepreneurs themselves, also with business environment institutions, including chambers of commerce, clusters, employers' associations, science and technology parks and universities.

Wielkopolska Region self-government is trying to face socio-economic challenges of the region, such as weaker development of peripheries and economic transformation of coal basin - Konin subregion.


Local stakeholders group


Poznan Science and Technology Park


 Association of Wielkopolska Municipalities and Counties 


Poznan Science and Technology Park (PSTP) is the first technology park in Poland (1995). It is a non-profit organization with the mission to stimulate collaboration between science and industry to activate the regional development via innovation, technology transfer and international cooperation. Due to cooperation with scientists, the PSTP is the perfect partner in the process of commercializing scientific and technological research results. The PSTP experts dealing with innovations offer consulting, research and pro-innovative services to their customers..


The Association of Wielkopolska Municipalities and Counties supports local government entities in Wielkopolska. The idea of the founded in 1991 Association is to be the common voice of the local government, to express their will and solve the main problems to have best results for the local communities. The Association of Wielkopolska Municipalities and Counties is making all to make local government stronger: consulting, trainings, legal lobbying and supporting the local enterprise development are most important dues. Nowadays we are strong by the 123 members impacting for the main lines of action of the Association.


Wielkopolski Capital Club 



Wielkopolska Region Development Fund



Wielkopolski Capital Club is the elite organisation of entrepreneurs founded in 1993. The purpose of the Club is an integration of Wielkopolska businessmen through a creation of direct personal contacts and exchange of information and opinions between them. It allows also to elaborate a common attitude towards various opinions and interesting cases, developing cooperation between companies-members and doing common business. At present the Club has more than 100 members who are owners or managers of 250 enterprises employing all together more than 30.000 persons.


Wielkopolska Region Development Fund is a company run by the regional self-government. Its objective is to support the development of the region and attract investors. We offer financial resources for development and investment in the form of financial products for SMEs. Promoting Wielkopolska as a region which is attractive in terms of investment and conducive to economic activity, we support entrepreneurs in Wielkopolska in international expansion and export.  



Polish Chamber of Commerce of Importers, Exporters and Cooperation



Regional Development Agency S.A


Polish Chamber of Commerce of Importers, Exporters and Cooperation since 1995 represents the interest of Polish and foreign companies from various industries. Special focus is concentrated on support of the growth of international cooperation, export and import, assistance to domestic and foreign investors as well as finding business partners in the country and abroad. Chamber supports the development of its members by information, consultancy and trainings concerning all aspects of business activity.


Regional Development Agency S.A. in Konin started its activity in 1992 as a non-governmental organization working for regional development. We support our activities with the restructuring of the economy and the development of the sector of small and medium-sized enterprises. Our organization implementing projects and services for enterprises, local governments and institutions, especially in Wielkopolska in order to increase their innovativeness and competitiveness, using experience in granting subsidies and implementing projects financed from European Union funds.


Wielkopolska Chamber of Commerce and Industry


Wielkopolska Agency for Enterprise Development Ltd 


Wielkopolska Chamber of Commerce and Industry with the registered office in Poznań was established in 1989. It represents the interests of associated companies, both on the domestic market and abroad. It serves as the guide, advisor and guardian during domestic and foreign contacts. It is the regional apolitical and independent organization, of voluntary membership, operation within the regional government. Our mission is to support the enterprises development and successful representation of their interests and in particular small and medium companies.


Wielkopolska Agency for Enterprise Development Ltd (WARP) has been supporting entrepreneurs for 15 years now. It has provided nearly 2 thousand EU loans amounting to almost 400 million PLN.The primary goal is to finance small and medium-sized enterprises. WARP offers free business advice helping Clients to identify their needs and potential while investing in Wielkopolska region. Apart from loans, grants are offered simultaneously, mainly for developing staff key qualifications and other significant areas identified. 

Wielkopolski Union of Employers


Association of Entrepreneurship Support of the Gostyń Count


Wielkopolski Union of Employers (Polish: Wielkopolski Związek Pracodawców Lewiatan, abbreviated WZP) acts within the basis of legislation for employers' organizations (Dz. U. Nr 55/91 poz. 235). WZP is a member of the Confederation Lewiatan. We gather more than 200 leading representatives of employers and entrepreneurs from the Wielkopolska region who employ almost 20 000 workers. We represent the interests of associated companies with the Polish government, municipal authorities and trade unions. Moreover, we review and participate in the creation of business law for different business sectors.


The Association of Entrepreneurship Support of the Gostyń County works since 2005. The founders of SWPPG are self-governments from the Gostyń county. The services of the Association are addressed primarily to the sector of local micro, small and medium enterprises and people intending to run a business. The Association helps companies from region to expand outside Poland by organizing trainings, economic missions and marketing activities for them. The Association reaches over 150 export companies.


Wielkopolska Izba Rzemieślnicza w Poznaniu (Wielkopolska Chamber of Crafts in Poznan)


Promotion And Development Fund of Wielkopolskie Voivodeship


Wielkopolska Izba Rzemieślnicza w Poznaniu (Wielkopolska Chamber of Crafts in Poznan) is an organization of economic self-government craft. It employs 31 people. 44 craft guilds and 9 Craft Cooperatives, that associate almost 5000 craft (on a voluntary basis), belong to the organization. The main tasks of Chamber are: journeyman, master and checking examinations, organization of training courses, seminars, lectures, workshops, providing information on tax regulations, labor laws, health and safety and environmental protection, advice and legal opinions, keeping a list of experts, organization of exhibitions, trade fairs in the country and abroad, mediation in establishing contacts between companies, cooperation with business organizations in the country and abroad. One of the most important statutory tasks is supervision of vocational training of young students. Currently 11 200 students take apprenticeship in 3970 Wielkopolska region’s craft business (50 industries). Annually, many people join the journeyman (approx. 3,500 people), checking (220 people) and masterful (approx. 160 people) exams.


The Promotion And Development Fund of Wielkopolskie Voivodeship was established in 2001 by the Board of Wielkopolska Region and is part of a network of regional guarantee funds operating in the majority of provinces in Poland. The funds have multimillion capitals at their disposal, which they use to fulfill their objective of providing entrepreneurs with external financing. The main tasks of The Promotion And Development Fund of Wielkopolskie Voivodeship include managing the debt portfolio, developing new financial instruments supporting companies from the sector of SMEs, cooperating with financial intermediaries, as well as further distribution of the funds within the SME sector.  Mission of the fund is to develop and promote the Greater Poland Province as a region attractive for investors and conducive to business by means of activities which are not aimed at maximizing profits. The guarantees provided by the fund are a form of loan and credit security for micro, small and medium-sized companies. Our beneficiaries are entrepreneurs having their seats, conducting business and carrying out investment projects in Greater Poland Province.


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