A meeting with humanoid robot Sophie, which was developed by Hong Kong-based Hanson Robotics, is expected to be one of the highlights of the two-day conference.
Sophie is one of 250 speakers set to address the conference. Others include Polish Prime Minister Matuesz Morawiecki, Entrepreneurship and Technology Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz, Investment Minister Jerzy Kwieciński and Science Minister Jarosław Gowin.
Earlier on Wednesday, an “Innovation Train” departed from Warsaw to take Israeli and Polish entrepreneurs and start-up owners to the event in Kraków.
The train journey, an initiative of the Israeli Embassy in Warsaw, aimed to facilitate talks and an exchange of know-how and experience.
Daniela Kandel, director of Israeli company Start-up Nation which aims to support new entrepreneurs, urged Poles to think about the global market when launching a new business.
“You have a great local market, you can test here, you can start working here, but you need to be targeting other markets… you should be looking abroad, you should be looking to collaborate, and you should be looking for smart money, smart partners, and smart mentors.” Kandel said.
Polish Deputy Entrepreneurship and Technology Minister Tadeusz Kościński said Poles could learn from Israel how to finance start-ups.
“Seventy percent of start-ups in the world are financed through venture capitals, while in Poland, 70 percent of start-ups are financed through own-capital,” Kościński said.
He added that Poland should double investment in research and development. (vb)
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