Poland has worked diligently over the past decade to become an entrepreneurial powerhouse. Once residence to enterprises focused primarily on app blueprint and outsourcing, social, societal, and economic pressures pushed the countrys brightest to start structure for themselves. And they did.
Ive comprised Polish startups for almost a decade, first on TechCrunch and then on a brand-new blog I facilitated generate, ImpactCEE. It was my duty as it was Polands to show the world that this central European country was a liberal, open, and capable civilization able to produce some of best available software in the world. Ive envisioned the ecosystem grow from a small, suspicious group of former cubicle warriors into a vibrant and exciting vistum with multiple accelerators and monies vying for startups. Even their own problems of capital seemed to be solved with the creation of a 630 million store purported directly at growth and innovation inside the country.
Now that proliferation is in danger of being destroyed.
I appreciated the first inklings of a disturb when, at an phenomenon dinner in Krakow, a government official stood up and responded, in translation, that he invited foreign startup experts to the country but informed, ominously, that he wanted to take the most appropriate ideas and innovate past them. This nationalist gumbo, while favourite with the countrys aging post-Communist population, does nothing for the young entrepreneur who has to decide whether to stay in Warsaw, Wroclaw, or Krakow or simply leave to work for a tech whale in a most stable country.
Now the Polish government is working diligently to secure superpower for the Prawo i Sprawiedliwo defendant, an increasingly nationalist and religiously-minded different political groups that requests to the Poles births during Communism and who remember the good old days of food shortages, rationing, and martial law. This party is anathema to the entrepreneurial class. Now the party essentially wants to reform the judicial chapter in favor of PiS in order to ensure complete control of the federal government.
The Polish government has continued to pursue legislation that appears to undermine judicial freedom and weaken the rule of constitution in Poland, wrote a US State Department representative. We push all sides to ensure that any judicial improvement does not violate Polands constitution or international legal obligations and respects the principles of judicial independence and estrangement of powers.
Poland was a beacon that arose from the ashes of World War II and into the coldnes of the Cold War. It survived persecutions, impress, third-world status, and, finally, bolted out, breathing, into the 21 st century. It lived and expanded. All that could change overnight.
If PiS does not stop its efforts to pull Poland backwards it will become a visible pattern of another failed nation wept down by suspicion, exasperation, and nationalism.
I reprint below a word from a number of major people in the Polish entrepreneurial vistum who the hell is, without a doubt, the future of home countries. These are her most effective and efficient and if they see that their homeland is dropping backwards they will give up, erasing a decade of amazing emergence. “They dont have” hope without onward motion and there is no change without democracy. Without the purposes of the innovative class, Poland will fall back into wrecking and rubble.
Warsaw, July 21 st 2017
President of the Republic of Poland
As entrepreneurs, but first an foremost as citizens of the Republic of Poland we are concerned about the changes to the laws on the National Council of Judiciary and the Supreme Court included in the legislations on the Amendment of the Law on The National Council of the Judiciary and other invoices, the MP draft law on the Supreme Court and the amendments to the law of the system of general courts and some other legal acts.
At the root of Polish innovator community both start-ups and mature corporations there is conscious engagement in social and civic life. What connects us is the pride in home countries, which just like a start-up improved a democratic system from scratch and secured the financial impunities with a plan of independent courts.
We participate in the global challenger of knack and we want Poland to be the first choice for business people wishing to build innovative corporations. The sine qua non condition for the developed at innovative corporations and the success of the Strategy for Responsible Development are predictability of the law method and the guarantee of judicial independence.
Entrepreneurs base its final decision regarding their operation in Poland on the guarantee of stable and consistent regulations, also in matters of quarrel with the government administration. Global entrepreneurs, including numerous from Poland, opted alone their respective jurisdictions where the legal organization is stable and not subject to dramatic, surprising changes specially changes to the political structure to defend the economic freedom and property, including intellectual property.
The separation of influences is fundamental to such a system and retaining it is a matter of us such guarantees of life in a free and safe country. It is in such a number of countries that we want to realize our nightmares of extending our own corporations, freely rivalling on the world market with other democratic countries.
We respect the variety of political belief in national societies and we stay independent since the innovations we create are symbolized for the largest possible puddle of recipients and transform the economy on international magnitude. We digest acute the effects of the international reception of the practice the new laws are being introduced and a potential effect of the implementation of new conventions will destroy the rely we have built until now.
We appreciate your involvement in the promotion of innovative economy and we hope you will remain a acquaintance to the young Polish start-up entrepreneur community
We trust that while discovering the necessity to modernize the court system in Poland you will too safeguard the democratic estrangement of influences, which makes it possible to create long-term developing strategies for our country.
We want to believe that you make good use of your Presidential prerogative to stop the changes destroying the dissociation of abilities in Poland.
On behalf of entrepreneurs and the leaders of Polish start-up parish 😛 TAGEND
1. Arkadiusz Adamek, Chairman, Abyss Glass Group Sp. z o.o. Participant, Startups in the Palace 2017
2. Przemysaw Gazka, Chairman, Sense Monitoring Sp. z o.o. Participant, Startups in the Palace 2017
3. Bartek Gola, Investor, SpeedUp Group
4. Artur Granicki, Managing Partner, Trio Legal Partners
5. Magdalena Jagieo, Business Development Director, Startup Poland Foundation
6. Stefan Kamiski, Chairman of the Board, Polish Chamber of Commerce and Electronics and Telecommunications
7. Agata Kowalczyk, Communications Director, Startup Poland Foundation
8. Julia Krysztofiak-Szopa, President, Fundacji Startup Poland
9. Jakub Krzych, Entrepreneur, Chairman, Estimote Sp. z o.o.
10. Przemysaw Kumierek, Chairman Migam RKPK Sp. z o.o. S.K.A, Participant, Startups in the Palace 2016
11. Tomasz Maecki, Chairman, Lublin Science and Technology Park
12. Wodzimierz Marciski, Chairman, Polish Information Processing Society
13. Anna Mazurek, Head of Community, Startup Poland Foundation
14. Dr Jakub Michalski, Chairman, Versabox Sp. z o.o ., Participant, Startups in the Palace 2017
15. ukasz Modyszewski, Entrepreneur, Chairman, DreamJay Inc.
16. Sebastian Modziski, Board Member, XTPL S.A ., Participant, Startups in the Palace 2017
17. Borys Musielak, Entrepreneur, Co-Founder Reaktor Warsaw, Chairman of the Board, Startup Poland Foundation
18. Szymon Niemczura, Chairman, Kontakt Micro-Location Sp. z.o.o ., Participant, Startups in the Palace 2016
19. Barbara Nowakowska, Managing Director, Polish Private Equity and Venture Capital Association
20. Piotr Piasek, Co-Founder, Wolves Summit Conference
21. Jacek Ratajczak, Founder, PLUG Polish Tech Link community
22. Arkadiusz Regiec, Entrepreneur, Chairman, Beesfund S.A.
23. ukasz Rut, Branch Manager, Lubusz Region Employer Association, Interior Technological Park
24. Maciej Sadowski, President, Startup Hub Poland Foundation
25. Micha Sadowski, Entrepreneur, Chairman, Brand 24 S.A.
26. Wodzimierz Schmidt, President of the Board, Interactive Advertising Bureau, IAB Polska,
27. Borys Stokalski, President, Polish Chamber of Information Technology and Telecommunications PIIT
28. Tomasz Swieboda, Investor, Inovo
29. Marcin Treder, Entrepreneur, CEO, UXPin Sp. z o.o.
30. Piotr Wilam, Investor, Innovation Nest
31. Grzegorz Wjcik, Chairman Autenti Sp. z o.o ., Participant, Startups in the Palace 2017
32. Marcin Zarzecki, Chairman, Quotiss Sp. z o.o ., Participant, Startups in the Palace 2017
33. Dr Przemysaw elazowski, Founder and Director, Satagro Sp. z o.o ., Participant, Startups in the Palace 2016