Author: Marcin Popiel

Eight teams have made it to the final phase of the space industry accelerator Space3ac. They now have one and a half months to brush up their projects and prepare a presentation for investors. The winners will take 50 thousand PLN to spend on scientific research and will have a chance to obtain investments worth even as much as 2 million PLN(approx. 450 thousand EUR).

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Where you work influences how you work – and we are here to prove this to be true. The Black Pearls VC offices are located at an extraordinary venue: Olivia Business Centre in Gdańsk is a thrilling conglomerate of startups, large corporations and science people. All that accommodated in a setting of contemporary architecture. Oh, how we love such combinations!

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To get a business going, especially if it’s your first one, may be a challenge. Even more so if you wish to venture into a new sector or want to scale up. Luckily, there are people who can help: it’s much easier to take the plunge when you have the support of business incubators or venture capital funds such as Black Pearls VC. Whatever your choice, you should know what to expect from incubators and how the venture capital can assist you.

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A common language and mutually complementary competencies: this is the basis for a successful relationship (at least in the business reality). In our work with startupers, the scientists are the party bringing in their sophisticated knowledge and ideas, while Black Pearls VC contributes with business experience, contacts and investments, creating the environment necessary for productive scientific activity.

 

Are there any EU-level actions to facilitate start-ups creation? Are there any obstacles that the entrepreneurs have to face while growing their businesses on the Single Market scale? Public consultations to better understand European entrepreneurs’  needs have been launched by the EU Commission. Black Pearls VC Venture Partner Ewa Treitz participated in the consultations to provide valuable feedback as the ecosystem’s representative on investor side.
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Technological change – with labour-saving machines and automatic processes, has strong impact on the labour market. The discussion whether the technological unemployment is going to become a global problem is spreading further and wider. On the other hand – new industries rise and grow, creating workplaces. Marcin P.Kowalik, Black Pearls VC Managing partner and frequent Radio Gdańsk commentator took part in an interesting discussion with Aleksandra Jankowska – the President of Pomeranian Special Economic Zone and Robert Magiera - Space Forest CEO. listen here  

On May the 16th, Quantum Lab won Best Startup 2016 – a prestigious competition for companies doing innovative new technology projects applicable for marketing, communication and sales purposes. Under Black Pearls VC mentorship and investment support, the company has developed software capable of recognizing and analysis of human emotions. The solution endows marketers and retail managers with revolutionary spectrum of new possibilities for measuring their communications effectiveness and improving customers experience.
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