PRIME MINISTER EWA KOPACZ:
THE DECENCY TEST
- To my colleagues who claim that "this isn't our business", I repeat: this is a decency test! - said Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz at a special appearance during the final day of the XXV Economic Forum in Krynica, relating to - as she called it - the biggest humanitarian catastrophe in Europe at the moment.
The Prime Minister claimed that it is a problem for the whole of Europe and accepting immigrants who flee their countries to save their lives is our duty.
-We cannot be indifferent towards what is happening - Ewa Kopacz added. - - If we decide that "this is none of our business, let Europe manage it", then what will we say to our citizens when the situation across our Eastern border changes and we in turn will need aid, since there will be tens of thousands of refugees coming from across the Eastern border. What then? Will we blame our European partners when they tell us it's "none of their business"? -asked the Prime Minister.
She added that solidarity can't be one-sides - Poland cannot, in times of the largest crisis, turn it's back on Europe.
Get Inspired Fest
During the "Get inspired: start-ups as a way of strengthening and accelerating youth's entrepreneurship" debate in Krynica-Zdrój, young leaders had an opportunity to find out how Poland supports young entrepreneurs and hear about ways to make use of the so-called "start-up tourism" smartly.
Michal Banka from the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development introduced possibilities of gaining support for start-ups in Poland. He noticed that Poland is a country of start-ups and the start-up bandwagon is a large-scale phenomenon.. He claimed that PARP's activity wasn't without meaning there. According to his assessment, a Loan Fund is an effective tool for supporting start-ups, where securing an investor is a condition for the loan. That way, young entrepreneurs develop the skills of business relationships building and "selling" good ideas.
Developing the latter skill also made it to the list of recommendations from Andrzej Targosz, a businessman, chairman of Proidea S.A. - A good entrepreneur should have a neatly organised network of contacts, he decided. "Start-up tourism"- that is, participating in conferences and events dedicated to start-ups - is one way of forming and developing relationships. He emphasised that in order to prepare well for each event, it's necessary to change the way of thinking about contacts with partners. You shouldn't just calculate "what kind of pay offs will I get from this", but rather "how can I help here" - he noted. - - Just for a moment put yourselves in the shadow of your conversation partners and I assure you that you will build long-term relationships - he argued. He also stressed the importance of creativity, planning the results and adjusting the way of presenting business ideas to the culture of the country and region of the audience.
Get Inspired: Innovation first! But what does it actually mean?
Get Inspired Fest promotes the success of startup entrepreneurship. It's an excellent opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and contacts. It's a great occasion to build momentum and get the business off the ground. In this video you have short speeches of fantastic entrepreneurs who will share their experience and know-how with you and who will inspire you to take the action and maybe to become an entrepreneur.