Support for innovation
Bank Millennium advances a 360 degree culture of innovation. This means that we are offering innovative solutions outside to our clients but also inside of our company by creating a work culture fostering creative thinking. We are also examining trends in our surroundings by publishing topical reports and supporting innovation-centered events.
Eagle of Innovation Contest
Bank Millennium has become the Strategic Partner of the second edition of the Eagle of Innovation contest recognizing the most innovative business ventures in Poland. The winners were picked by the selection committee consisting of businessmen, academics and government officials: Jadwiga Emilewicz – Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Development, Andrzej Gliński – Member of the Bank Millennium Management Board, Alicja Adamczak – President of the Polish Patent Office, Marcin Chludziński – CEO of the Industry Development Agency , Krzysztof Skóra – CEO of KGHM Polska Miedź, Eng. Stanisław Dyrda PhD – Expert at the National Center for Research and Development, Jerzy Kalinowski – Partner at KPMG and Marcin Piasecki – the editor of the Rzeczpospolita daily. The guests of the final gala of the competition included, among others: Jadwiga Emilewicz, Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Development and Jarosław Gowin, the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Science and Higher Education.
The purpose of the competition is to promote innovation among the companies operating in Poland. Bank Millennium has been supporting the Eagle of Innovation since its first edition. All the companies, for which innovation, creativity and effectiveness are important elements of their business activity, were invited to the competition. The submissions are evaluated in two categories: Patron of Innovation – for the company that earmarked the highest amount in 2013-2015 to support research and development activity and an Innovative Project – for the most innovative undertaking. Bank Millennium takes part in many accompanying activities as a strategic partner in this contest. They take the form of recorded debates, articles and commentaries.
Bank Millennium has been supporting the Eagle of Innovation since its first edition.
Millennium Index Report – Regions’ Innovation Potential
During the events accompanying the Eagles of Innovation the Bank presented the report written by its inhouse experts Millennium Index – Regions’ Innovation Potential.
This publication contains a ranking of Polish regions by their innovation potential and it describes the determinants that are conducive to developing innovation in Poland and across the globe. This report was our contribution to getting involved in the public debate concerning the drivers of regional development in Poland and to level the inequalities that exist between them. This report contains an analysis of the factors fostering and inhibiting the development of innovation in each one of Poland’s regions.
It also contains commentaries from an extensive group of experts: economists, academics and practitioners, i.e. the heads of the most innovative companies and governmental institutions (including Jerzy Kwieciński – Secretary of State in the Ministry of Development, Professor Andrzej Koźmiński – President of the Leon Koźmiński University, Agnieszka Hryniewicz-Bieniek – Country Director Google Poland, Małgorzata Starczewska-Krzysztoszek, Ph.D. – Chief Economist of the Lewiatan Confederation, Władysław Ortyl – Marshal of the Podkarpackie Region and Professor Elżbieta Mączyńska – President of the Polish Society of Economics). This makes it a valuable publication and a source of knowledge for local government authorities on how to level the playing field for regions in Poland.
National and regional media have cited this report many times. The report was presented at the European Economic Forum in Katowice and the Economic Forum in Krynica. This has made it possible to reach an extensive group of recipients and spark interest in the subject of developing innovation in Poland.