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POSITION Report Summary

Project ID: 641625

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - POSITION (POlish Support to Innovation and Technology IncubatiON)

Reporting period: 2015-01-01 to 2015-12-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

POSITION (POlish Support to Innovation and Technology IncubatiON action) aims at decisively supporting the GNSS up-take in Poland. This is a Coordination and Support Action project (CSA), which delivers an integrated solution for the challenges identified by the GALILEO-4-2014 Horizon 2020 call. During POSITION, the project partners will build an integrated innovation support solution that stimulates the uptake of EGNSS in Poland in a sustainable manner by actively creating a network for the Polish GNSS sector, deepening the market and industrial capacity intelligence and lastly providing business and financing support to start-upstion might remain unchanged unless a direct action is taken with the support of European entities, such as the European GNSS Agency (GSA).
POSITION attempts to change this situation through combining the financial, technical, market and organisational expertise and by provide them to Polish groups, research projects and commercial entities. The project is scheduled to run from January 2015 until December 2016.
During the first year of the POSITION project, the consortium has performed the following activities:
Mapping of the Polish GNSS sector, identification of the most important projects, stakeholders and financing sources,
Interaction with various stakeholders, incl. these not familiar with the hi-tech and GNSS branch at all in order to increase awareness and widen perspectives for GNSS application adoption,
Communication with Polish projects related/based on satellite navigation (starting point – TRL=2) and select 20 entities for a direct support in commercialisation effort.
This activity is important because the utilisation of GNSS technologies in Poland and market in general is underdeveloped. This situation has resulted in a low number of commercial applications as well as a very low return of nation’s investment into GNSS. This unfavourable situation might remain unchanged unless a direct action is taken with the support of European entities, such as the European GNSS Agency (GSA).
POSITION attempts to change this situation through combining the financial, technical, market and organisational expertise and by provide them to Polish groups, research projects and commercial entities. The project is scheduled to run from January 2015 until December 2016.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

During the first year of the POSITION project, the consortium has performed the following activities:
Mapping of the Polish GNSS sector, identification of the most important projects, stakeholders and financing sources,
Interaction with various stakeholders, incl. these not familiar with the hi-tech and GNSS branch at all in order to increase awareness and widen perspectives for GNSS application adoption,
Communication with Polish projects related/based on satellite navigation (starting point – TRL=2) and select 20 entities for a direct support in commercialisation effort.
These activities serve as a basis for the second year of the POSITION project: dedicated support, coaching and access to finance from various potential sources.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

The most important impact of M1-M12 of the POSITION project is establishment of a working communication with the Polish GNSS communities – not only the startup one, but also academic and existing SME. This was a very important task for the first year of the POSITION project and the initial results exceeded expectations, with over 150 potential projects or entities related to GNSS applications and the initial analysis has taken more time than initially expected.

The secondary achievement is increase of awareness in the topics of Horizon 2020, GNSS and Galileo. The Horizon 2020 programme is often confused with national structural EU funds and the Galileo is confused with GPS. Many companies, including these from the technological sector have received for the first time information about Horizon 2020 and about the status of Galileo. A popular reference to Galileo activities was the GSA Market Report.

The consortium has defined three possible exploitation scenarios related to possible outcome(s) of the POSITION project. Apart from these, a work in parallel has begun on establishment of a space technologies accelerator - a first of its kind in Poland and in the region. This accelerator will focus on supporting new activities of a commercial nature around the space sector. The main goal of this accelerator is to support projects related or within the space sector in their entry to the market via access to technical and financial expertise and support to finance. The first activities of this accelerator are scheduled for middle of 2016.

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Record Number: 186452 / Last updated on: 2016-07-12