One of the sectors for which the IDA has prepared a special support programme is the video games industry.
The aim of the programme is to support the use of potential of Polish game designers and reduce the barriers associated with market entry and with the company’s expansion into foreign markets.
The programme includes a number of activities which will support companies at different stages of development. The first implemented measure was establishment of the video game accelerator. Signature of a letter of intent by and between the IDA, the University of Silesia and the Cieszyn District resulted in establishment of ARP Games Sp. z o.o.
Support provided by ARP Games is aimed at young game designers and start-ups. It takes the form of special training, mentoring and capital entry. The effect of this activity will be establishment of new companies operating in a market on which there are relatively few entities of this kind. Investments in start-ups from the game market entail high risk. At ARP Games, this is mitigated using a project evaluation and mentoring system, based on global-class specialists. Support is provided in the form of competitions announced twice a year. The first was held in January 2017.
More activities related to supporting the video games sector will be taking place in the near future. These will include definition of financial support instruments for companies operating in the market.
One of the sectors for which the IDA has prepared a specially designed support programme is space technology.
The nature of the programme relates to the IDA’s holistic perspective of investments in space technology: not only in the context of the space sector or space exploration, but also as a source of innovation and applications spreading into other fields of the economy. During execution of a comprehensive support programme for the space technology sector in Poland, the IDA will take a business approach, treating, among others, support of HR development, start-ups and marketing activity as necessary elements of the investment.