About this good practice
ESSPO Regional Stockholder Group for Wielkopolska co-designed the first ERDF funded incubation programme in the region, which was successfully implemented by a Leszno Business Centre (LCB). The objective of the policymakers was to ensure transparency and quality of the support to the start-ups and the contribution to the region’s smart specialisation. The idea was that the incubatees commit to the implementation of a business development plan with specific milestones in exchange for an individual incubation plan. The incubation process is iterative and flexible. Quality specifications were included in the call for proposal within ROP. They included e.g.: provisions for transparency of the selection process and publication of model incubation contract at the start of the enrolment, development of quality assurance procedures, ongoing and post-incubation monitoring progress and satisfaction of incubates.
LCB, an incubator established by the municipality of Leszno (midsize city of Wielkopolska region), developed two local 2-year incubation programmes financed by the ROP and provided support to 72 young innovative companies. The quality requirements helped to structure and document the incubation process. The commitment of the incubation team induced a positive attitude in the incubates and strengthened the commitment on their side. The key to the success of the programme was a reliable need diagnosis being the cornerstone of the individual approach to each incubatee
1.High-quality staff able to provide advise e.g.on marketing
2.Time for preparation of project proposal, implementation and reporting
3.Money support (per company)
for business services = 30 k PLN (ca. 6400 EURO),
investment = 100 k PLN (ca. 21300 EURO)
Evidence of success
1. 72 micro and small companies from Wielkopolska assisted
2. Long-term relationships between Leszno Business Centre (incubator) and participants of the projects
3. Promotion of Leszno Business Centre
4. New hard and soft skills within the Business Incubator team gained in the interactions with the incubation beneficiaries
Potential for learning or transfer
The model elaborated within ESSPO based on GPs rom partner regions is available and adaptable to specific regional/local incubation programme needs. The quality requirements embed the experience of incubators’ and needs of beneficiaries.