While the added value generated by the Polish startups in 2023 is expected to reach 2.2 billion, and the number of jobs created to exceed 50.000, the startup environment in Poland still can not catch up with European leaders.
Deloitte conducted a study on 211 Polish startups – “Diagnosis of stratup ecosystems in Poland”. It shows that, compared with 40 most economically developed countries in the world Polish startup environment is average. Maturity degree of startups was analyzed using five criterias: financing, human capital, social capital, legal regulations and institutional environment. On a four-level scale Poland received the degree of maturity of 1.93.
“Poland is doing best in regulatory and institutional environment, which received 2.55 and 2.5 points. This is due to the fact that many of the regulations related to business startups are harmonized at EU level. The least developed areas in Poland are social capital and funding with 1.5 and 1.68.” – said Magdalena Burnat-Mikosz, Managing Partner of Innovation Consulting and R & D and Government Incentives, Deloitte.
According to Sebastian Kolisz, Managing Partner of AIP, Regional Director, a good phenomenon is the fact that more and more people want to start their own businesses, but they are usually ordinary businesses and they are merely a way to finance the current needs of life. He sees, too, that in some areas, there are often more financial resources from various funds or investors than ideas for startups, in which it is worth investing.
“First, we lack creativity. It is no secret that the current system of education in Poland, trained and promoted imitative attitudes , killing creativity, which is so badly needed to generate innovative ideas. Therefore, we have a problem in constructing innovative businesses. The second problem is still the mentality of people and the so-called “Salaried worker”, which has a completely different approach to building a business. Therefore, we must keep in mind that running a startup is not just a way of conducting business, but even avphilosophy of life.” – said Sebastian Kolisz.
According to a representative of the Academic Business Incubators in order to improve the situation of Polish startup environment, we must first bring the law to the needs of startups. It is believed that the administrative and accounting issues should be kept to a minimum, because startups require constant changes in action.
“The key to the success and growth of a startup is not constantly dealing with issues of administration, explanations in front of the offices, the fight against bureaucracy. The initiators should focus mainly on the development and introduction of a product or service on the market by a good business model. Also we should let startups act according to their regimen – of course, under the law.” – said Kolisz.