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Business Seminar “Investment and Business Development Opportunities in Poland – Pomerania Region and City of Gdansk”

October 23, 2012
Polish American Chamber of Commerce Pacific Northwest
World Trade Center Seattle
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2200 Alaskan Way, Suite 410, Seattle, WA, United States, 98121

 The Polish American Chamber of Commerce Pacific Northwest

cordially invites you to attend a presentation and networking reception

“Investment and Business Development Opportunities in Poland

Pomerania Region and City of Gdansk”

Mieczysław Struk

Governor of Pomerania Region

Paweł Adamowicz

Mayor of Gdansk

together with

Representatives from high tech sector and investment support organizations in Poland

 Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

World Trade Center Seattle

2200 Alaskan Way, Suite 410

Seattle, WA 98121


Program Description:

Poland – US business relations continue to grow, creating new opportunities particularly in the areas of high tech industries. This program will explore Investment and Business Development landscape and showcase why Poland and especially Pomerania Region with its capital City of Gdańsk is an attractive partner in strategic areas of investment.

Representatives from Invest in Pomerania and InvestGDA will introduce key features of their region, particularly those related to talent pool, local market and business environment. Also CEO’s of Polish high tech businesses will briefly introduce their activity, products and vision for future cooperation with the US.

The program will include 60 minutes of presentations, followed by Q&A and discussion. A reception and networking will follow.

Speaker Bios:

Mieczyslaw Struk – Governor of Pomerania Region

Mieczysław Struk has been a Governor of the Pomeranian Region since 2010 and is responsible mainly for economic issues, infrastructure and EU programs.  During his term he initiated and implemented numerous ecological investment projects in the Hel Peninsula and around the Puck Bay (water management infrastructure, bicycle paths, networks of marinas, etc).  Being a Kashubian (member of Kashubian ethnic minority) he has been involved in supporting and promoting Kashubian culture and Baltic fishing industry.  He is a great supporter of attracting foreign businesses to Pomerania Region.

 Paweł Adamowicz – Mayor of Gdansk

Paweł Adamowicz is in his third term as Mayor of Gdansk.  He was first voted in by the city council in 1994 and, at the time, was the youngest mayor of a major city in Poland.  For the second term, in 2002 elections, he received over 70 percent of the vote against an SLD contender. The main focus of Adamowicz’s tenure has been to revitalize Gdansk, both economically and in terms of prestige. He has been generally supportive of the Synergia project to redevelop land formerly belonging to the Gdansk Shipyard and organized a major celebration around this project.

 Alan Aleksandrowicz – CEO Gdansk Economic Development Agency InvestGDA

Alan Aleksandrowicz manages the Gdansk Economic Development Agency Ltd., since it was established by the City of Gdansk to attract and support foreign direct investments.  He is a member of supervisory boards of the Pomeranian Special Economic Zone and Gdansk Entrepreneurship Foundation. His main areas of expertise are infrastructural and foreign direct investments as well public-private partnership projects.  Alan was the Head of the Investment Service Center at the City Hall of Gdansk.  He also served in the Foreign Service as Vice Consul in charge of legal department at the Consulate General of Poland in Chicago, USA (1999-2003). He held the position of Deputy Director of the Department of Civic and Foreigners Affairs (Immigration Service) at the Pomeranian Governor Office (1998-1999).

Marcin Piatkowski – Director, FDI Department, Invest in Pomerania

As the Director of Invest in Pomerania. Marcin Piatkowski has been working with the economic promotion of the region and foreign direct investment for the last 5 years.  He is directly responsible for providing information services to foreign investors, support during site selection stage and after care to businesses located in Pomerania Region.  During his every day work he cooperates with companies such as International Paper, First Data, Sony Pictures or Thomson Reuters.

Companies visiting Seattle:

Aiton Caldwell is a leader in the Polish market of hosted telecommunications services for small and medium businesses and individual clients. The main area of the Group’s operations is rendering SaaS services (Software as a Service) based on providing remote access to software through the Internet and the software can be integrated with any IP telecommunications system and the traditional systems. A unique operator’s solution that is offered is based on the cloud technology (SaaS) and constitutes a basis for a secure and reliable telecommunications platform replacing the physical systems. At present, the company owns 40% of the VoIP market and 2% of the Polish SMEs market, providing at the same time services to more than 120 thousand users and offering its solutions via three product lines – FreecoNetVanberg Systems and

Implix and its flagship email marketing product, GetResponse, were introduced to in 1999 by Internet Marketing pioneer and entrepreneur, Simon Grabowski. His vision of helping SOHO and small business marketers around the globe improve marketing efficiency, reduce costs and increase profitability continues to define the company. Today, Implix maintains worldwide operations, with offices in the U.S., Poland and Canada, and offers a wide range of online solutions including Website building, video conferencing and streaming rich media.

Uxpin – UXPin is a toolset for User Experience designers. As the first company in the world UXPin connects 2 prototyping methods: paper and digital. Thanks to advanced image recognition technology, paper prototypes can be photographed and automatically converted into digital wireframe. Paper prototyping tools – the Notepads have been already appreciated by specialists working for such companies as Apple, Google, Yahoo!, IBM and many others. Online application – the UXPin App helps designers to visualize their ideas, create comprehensive project documentation and supports communication between team members. The company was founded in 2010. In 2012 UXPin got funded by Innovation Nest – Polish VC.

Fido Intelligence – Fido intelligence is an independent research and development enterprise specializing in natural language processing. We have more than 10 years of experience in the field of
research and exploitation of text-related technologies and application of those. The interdisciplinary team of linguistic engineers, mathematicians, programmers, quantum physicists and cognitive scientists led to our current position of market leader and expert in designing and developing tools for sentiment analysis, unstructured data mining, e-learning enterprise search, and contextual recognition. R&D experience allowed the company to create custom solutions such as: Dialog Systems (ABG, 2001), first in the world commercial e- learning system based on NLP (MasterCard Europe, 2004), first in the world email processor (Liberty Global, 2006). Fido’s iIdeas and technologies were also implemented in the public sector for such institutions as (email analytics for) Polish Ministry of Trade and the National Bank of Poland. Moreover, some of the company’s unique projects deal with such urgent issues as safety of children in the Internet (CERBER project) or social media mining for threats in public safety (ISPAD project). Those are just brief examples. Fido is an active participant and initiator or a leader in scientific research related to NLP and artificial intelligence. The dissemination and exploitation of the research and technology allowed Fido to establish its presence in Silicon Valley.

Lookmash is a company which goal is to solve shopping decisions problems of those customers who can’t decide “what to buy?”. Within the mobile applications (lookmash is available on iPhone, Android and Windows phone ) or online store widget shoppers can consult their shopping decisions with the fashion community of over million visitors per month. By this solution retailers can increase conversion rate!

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