The event was attended by: Jadwiga Emilewicz - Minister of Entrepreneurship and Technology, Grzegorz Schreiber - Marshal of the Łódzkie Voivodeship, Karol Młynarczyk - Deputy Voivode of the Łódzkie Voivodeship, Marek Michalik - President, ŁSSE, Agnieszka Sygitowicz - Vice-President, ŁSSE, Paweł Krzemiński - Director, Frequency Department, Office of Electronic Communications, Martin Mellor - President, Ericsson sp. z o.o., Piotr Kuriata - member of the Board, P4 sp. z o.o.
Professor Sławomir Wiak, TUL rector, welcomed the guests and stated:
We have prepared a 5G pilot network on the University campus. This network is to enable entrepreneurs to prepare applications for innovative services in a test environment. Lodz University of Technology will provide not only the know-how but also unique infrastructure. The establishment of the 5G Competence Center where start-ups will be able to put their projects to a test, will provide grounds for the development of cooperation with the business environment and will also make it possible to increase the attractiveness of teaching and learning.
Łódź Special Economic Zone has created an ecosystem to facilitate the development of implementation-ready technologies for business based on the 5G network. It is supposed to be advantageous for start-ups and companies working on innovations.
Where did the idea come from? - Before we joined the 5G project, we had analyzed the threats that start-ups looking for technological solutions based on 5G could run into. One of the greatest was the involvement of capital in concept design and later, in the implementation phase. Therefore, we decided to ensure work comfort for start-ups by subsidizing their activity related to 5G - Agnieszka Sygitowicz, Vice-President, ŁSSE S.A., explained.
The event was attended by Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz, who described the signing of the agreement as a ground-breaking moment in the history of 5G development in Poland:
Why is it so significant? Even a very conservative estimate suggests that the development of the 5G network will increase productivity by 1%, which means about 4 billion, which is why this technology is worth investing in. However, it is not only the economic aspect that is important, but also its social aspect, i.e. the extent to which this technology will change our lives.
In the words of, Marek Michalik, ŁSSE President:
We have opened a new chapter in the operation of Łódź Special Economic Zone. Thanks to the 5G technology, we will achieve a competitive advantage and will be able to give additional investment incentives to entrepreneurs.
The following organizations joined the agreement: Lodz University of Technology, Office of Electronic Communications, Ericsson Sp. z o. o., P4 Sp. z o. o.
SSE aims to invite about 40 start-ups to the incubation stage. The final twenty will be selected from them, whose task will be to implement the developed concepts. During each stage, the start-ups will be able to rely on expert, mentor, and financial support from the Łódź zone and EU funds. ŁSSE acquired about 14 million PLN in EU funding for this purpose. The start-up companies will cooperate closely with the companies for which they will be developing solutions to ensure that they are provided with bespoke solutions.