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Krakow DIANA Accelerator

About Krakow DIANA Accelerator

Krakow’s institutions have decided to join forces to contribute to the development of NATO DIANA network by offering state-of-the-art incubation and acceleration programme and sites located in beautiful Krakow.

Krakow Technology Park and the AGH University together will introduce dual use aspects of accelerated tech solutions for the needs of defence and security.

Location and ecosystem

Innovative and beautiful Krakow

Krakow is an easily accessible city with a strong academic, deep-tech, and startup ecosystem which has won many awards and distinctions for its attractiveness for business.

With its beautiful historic districts, vibrant culture, and exquisite cuisine, Kraków is also one of the most attractive tourist destinations in CEE; thanks to the long-term development of international corporations, Kraków has a thriving expats community and offers all the necessary services for foreign guests and relocated families.

Innovation-oriented network

After 30+ programmes and multiple R&D&I projects, KPT and the AGH University can cover the full range of EDTs topics with hundreds of experts in ecosystem.

Employees of the AGH University can support any deep-tech spin offs and startups with IPR strategies. Thanks to innovative potential of the AGH University, a large number of patents, trademarks, and utility models have been obtained. Annually, the AGH University is granted nearly 100 patents and itself grants dozens of licenses.

Besides their own potential, both consortium partners make use of a wide network of innovation support institutions and companies. This cooperation has been proven through engagement in projects of regional, national, and international scale. The key networks will allow Krakow DIANA Accelerator to increase the number of applications for the DIANA programme and to raise interest in dual-use projects in general. The ecosystem also offers access to science and technology experts, mentors, and business partners.

Cooperation between KPT and AGH University

The cooperation between the two partners has a long history. The AGH University holds KPT’s shares and is represented in its supervisory board. Key KPT staff give guest lectures offering practical knowledge in various fields of studies at the AGH University. KPT is a partner of many conferences and student projects, while the AGH University is a partner of the European Digital Innovation Hub run by KPT.

Bilateral cooperation has concerned computer games, smart cities, space tech, and industry 4.0. The commitment to working together to develop dual use technologies and to accelerate technology solutions for defence and security purposes is a natural evolution of a long-standing relationship between the two institutions.

Krakow Technology Park

Krakow Technology Park (Krakowski Park Technologiczny) specializes in working with technology startups and implementing new technologies in industry. As a business incubation and acceleration center, KPT has experience in supporting hundreds of startups and over 25 industrial corporations. Experience in 17 acceleration programs and running the first dual-use technology support program in Poland prove that KPT is determined, focused and persistent in supporting new technologies. We have been actively cooperating with the Polish MoD for 2 years to become an even better partner for the DIANA Accelerator network.

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AGH University of Krakow

AGH University of Krakow (Akademia Górniczo-Hutnicza) is a top Polish public university of technology with over 100 years of history that actively participates in creating innovative technologies incl. emerging and disruptive technologies, covering 9 out of 10 NATO EDTs. Its greatest assets include experienced staff, distinguished scientists, advanced laboratories, Poland’s biggest supercomputing infrastructure, a unique campus in the centre of Kraków, and, above all, the bonds that connect the AGH University community with private and public sectors.

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