The Podlaskie Silicon Forest is a phrase which is gaining popularity when describing the Podlaskie Voivodeship. The term refers to primeval forests, which are still found in the region, and the ecosystem of science and business, reminiscent of the American Silicon Valley. Like California, Podlaskie is teeming with start-ups that implement innovations on a global scale, using artificial intelligence, augmented reality, machine learning, and other cutting-edge technology. Products of Podlaskie’s companies successfully conquer international markets, becoming synonymous with high quality and reliability.
Representatives of Podlaskie's IT sector
Bialystok is emerging as the centre of the Podlaskie Silicon Forest, with a growing number of companies offering state-of-the-art solutions and winning customers around the world. These companies include Elastic Cloud Solutions, Grow Uperion, Holo4Med, Holo4Labs, Photon Entertainment, RiftCat, Zonifero.
Elastic Cloud Solutions
Elastic Cloud Solutions develops “Digital Workplace” class platforms. It is a set of solutions that increase productivity, efficiency, and employee engagement, and save time related to administrative and HR processes.
Grow Uperion is an HRTech gamification platform aimed at engaging and motivating employees in order to raise their productivity and performance, without increasing spending on financial and non-financial benefits.
Holo4Labs is a technology company that offers an advanced augmented reality (mixed reality) solution that significantly improves the operation of different types of laboratories. The company is a software developer that runs on Microsoft's HoloLens 2 augmented reality goggles.
Holo4Med supports healthcare professionals, providing them with maximum protection and process control even in highly stressful situations.
Photon Entertainment is a start-up created by graduates of the Białystok University of Technology who decided to teach children creative and logical thinking. The teacher is played by Photon – the most advanced educational robot available, which grows together with the child. In 2018 Photon Entertainment was named the best start-up of Central and Eastern Europe.
RiftCat is a website and desktop application that allows you to quickly find games and apps developed for virtual reality headsets (like the Oculus Rift). RiftCat cooperates with giants such as HTC and Huawei.
Zonifero is an innovative platform for facilities and workplace management. It supports office space digitisation, optimises office resources and organises hybrid and remote working.
Advantages for the development of startups
Many promising start-ups acquire clients all over the world. Their development is facilitated by a favourable scientific and research ecosystem. Its cornerstones are Białystok University of Technology and the science and technology parks in Białystok and Suwałki. Investment in broadband internet infrastructure, which is currently available to 90% of the inhabitants of the voivodeship, is not to be underestimated either.
According to the Startup Poland report, over 70% of Białystok innovators in 2019 operated in the deep-tech sector, which involves the most advanced technologies. They focus on ground-breaking technology projects, laboratory research, and prototyping.
The highest number of innovative companies per capita in Poland
Robotics, electronics, productivity boosting solutions, ERP, CRM, Industry 4.0 and edu-tech are among the fortes of the companies in the region. Some 10% of all Polish start-ups in these sectors are located in Białystok, and the number of innovative companies per capita is one of the highest in Poland.
InfoTech Technology Cluster
The mission of the InfoTech Technology Cluster is to integrate the innovative technology sector in Podlaskie. The cluster brings together local authorities, business representatives and scientific and research institutions whose common goal is to popularise and develop initiatives stemming from new technologies.
InfoTech includes several dozen companies from the IT sector, but also companies specialising in marketing, e-commerce, as well as scientific institutions, such as the University of Bialystok.