The global EIT Climate-KIC network supporting the development of climate startups is opening up to the Polish market. The call for applications for the first edition of the programme aimed at business acceleration of the most promising pro-environmental technologies from the areas of sustainable development has been launched. The programme is operated by the Accelpoint technology accelerator, with PKO Bank Polski acting as lead partner.
– We see the need to implement environmentally friendly solutions not only as a generational obligation, but also as a great opportunity to optimise the business costs. This applies both to the bank itself and to our customers who, like us, are seeking access to environmentally friendly technologies. Activities in this area are particularly important at a time when the energy crisis has exposed the vulnerability of economies to turbulence in the energy commodities market. That is why PKO Bank Polski has joined forces with the global EIT Climate-KIC network and Accelpoint and taken on the role of lead partner of the first edition of the Poland ClimAccelerator acceleration programme for start-ups. We hope that thanks to this cooperation, we will be able to better use our potential for implementing and scaling innovations in the area of green technologies and, together with start-ups, develop tools for solving timeless challenges
- said Marcin Eckert, Vice-President of the Management Board of PKO Bank Polski, supervising the Corporate and Investment Banking Area.
– We encourage all pro-ecological start-ups interested in developing their technologies in close cooperation with corporate partners, acquiring new customers and investors. We are delighted to attract partners such as PKO Bank Polski, thanks to whom technologies operating on the Polish and Central European market have a chance to win conscious business customers
- emphasised Maciej Majewski, CEO of Accelpoint.
PKO Bank Polski is the undisputed leader of the Polish banking sector, with assets valued at PLN 429 billion. In the first half of 2022, the bank achieved a net profit of PLN 1.8 billion. The company serves 11.5 million customers. It is the primary provider of financial services to all customer segments, achieving the highest market shares in deposits, loans and in the personal investment funds market. Thanks to the development of digital tools, including the IKO application, which is actively used by 6.8 million customers, PKO Bank Polski is the most mobile bank in Poland. The company is strengthening its foreign presence through corporate branches operating in Germany, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.