Supporting Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Higher Education in Poland

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This report presents evidence-based analysis on Poland’s higher education transformation process towards an innovative, interconnected and multidisciplinary entrepreneurial system, designed to empower its students and staff to demonstrate enterprise, innovation and creativity in teaching, research and societal engagement. Using the OECD-European Commission HEInnovate guidance for the entrepreneurial and innovative higher education institution, the report assesses strategies and practices for entrepreneurship and innovation in Poland’s higher education institutions and the systemic support provided by government.

Higher education institutions play a critical role in Poland’s economy and innovation system, which is based on a strong and growing engagement agenda with industry and local communities, the emergence of new learning environments and strong multidisciplinary research teams. This report offers practical recommendations on how Poland can enhance and sustain the outcomes.



Preparing and supporting entrepreneurs in Poland's higher education institutions

This chapter assesses support provided by Polish higher education institutions (HEIs) to students and academic staff in business creation. It provides an overview of the main structures that are currently in place to support business start-up by students and academic staff, including academic incubators, business accelerators and technology transfer offices. Based on case studies of seven universities in Warsaw, Gdansk, Elblag and Lublin, including a student survey, as well as a national HEI leaders’ survey, the analysis contained in this chapter identifies the strengths of the start-up support system and areas for improvement. Recommendations are made for both the Ministry of Science and Higher Education and the HEIs on how to bolster business start-up support for students and academic staff.


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