ABOUT CAMBRIDGE INNOVATION CENTER (CIC):
CIC’s mission is to create innovation communities that support impactful entrepreneurs to fix the world. Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Cambridge, MA, CIC builds and operates innovation campuses in cities around the globe. CIC and its family of affiliated organizations provide innovators with high-end shared science and technology infrastructure including offices, biotech laboratories, and robotics development centers. Together with Venture Café, CIC’s fast-growing global network of nonprofit innovation ecosystem-building organization has hosted over a quarter-million people in its programs across six cities on three continents. CIC has supported nearly 5,000 startup companies since inception with publicly announced transactions worth a combined $10B in venture capital investment and M&A exit value. A number of top-flight technology companies have located key initiatives within CIC’s campuses, including Amazon, Apple, Boeing, Facebook, Google (Android), Hubspot, Shell, and Twitter. CIC also houses innovation globalization programs for more than a dozen governments including Canada, China, Germany, Japan, and the Netherlands. Over the next ten years, CIC plans to grow its network of innovation hubs to 50 leading cities worldwide. More info.
THE FORMULA FOR WARSAW'S INNOVATION CENTER:
We recognize that invention propels innovation, density spurs collaboration, and a shared purpose drives a thriving community.
As we glide into an age of exponential growth and transformation, CIC serves as the innovator’s home, furnished with easily accessible resources and critical networks that allow them to create substantive, positive impact. CIC Warsaw will house startups and scaleups, incubators and accelerators, specialized industry hubs, investors, international soft landing programs, corporate R&D departments, university connectors, and more.
Our formula for Warsaw’s innovation center is based on two decades of experience developing innovation communities and two years of extensive research into the city’s unique fabric. This joint effort of CIC’s Poland and US-based teams has aimed at understanding how to create and support a robust, interconnected innovation system. In the course of our research, we have: mapped over 700 points of innovation in the City of Warsaw; run an in-depth analysis of the innovation system in Poland; analyzed existing innovation strategy documents for Europe, Poland, the Mazovia region, and Warsaw; and organized meetings with local public sector leaders, attended by top CIC management over 20+ trips to Warsaw. Our findings, combined with deep industry knowledge, will propel the biggest innovation center in the region to become not just a space to work but a place to build companies and products both better and faster.
OUR KEY PROJECTS IN WARSAW (OPENING IN Q2 2020):
When it comes to big ideas, the sky’s the limit. CIC Warsaw will be located in Varso Place, the soon-to-be tallest tower in the European Union featuring more than 1.4 million square feet, created by our partner HB Reavis.
CIC offers unmatched efficiencies of scale in our workspaces and services, freeing up companies to focus on their core competencies. Beyond our core offerings, CIC Warsaw will include several dedicated community spaces:
District Hall is the world’s first public innovation platform built on the idea that anyone and everyone can be an innovator. District Hall acts as a gateway into a city’s innovation community and a central hub where people can work, exchange knowledge, and build meaningful relationships. Together with our ecosystem partners, we are co-creating this amazing community space and public events forum.
Trend House, an ecosystem clubhouse designed for innovation community leaders. The mission behind TH is to connect industry leaders, academic powerhouses, and high-potential corporate and startup employees to catalyze collaboration and innovation.
Specialized Industry Hubs aligned with megatrends of the global economy will gather highly specialized innovators and enable peer-to-peer collaboration. Focused industry spaces will result in impactful communities to drive growth and connect Poland to the global innovation network. We have selected areas for ten specialized industry hubs: Biotech, Fintech, Foodtech, Medtech, Mobility, New Materials, New Space, Quality of Life, Robotics, Smart City,
Global Soft Landing Programs, innovation globalization programs building bridges between cities, regions, or countries.
Investors Hub, a comprehensive platform opening up access to venture capital.
CIC clients and partners can take advantage of our network of innovators, entrepreneurs, corporates, and venture capital firms that span the globe. Across all sites, CIC is home to 1,800+ clients companies and has $7.8 billion in venture capital under management within its walls.
FOSTERING INNOVATION DISTRICTS:
We believe that innovation happens best outside of isolation, that dense concentrations of private and public partnerships and accessible innovation infrastructure, like Kendall Square and Silicon Valley, catalyze speed and ingenuity.
CIC weaves together major universities, large corporations, local government, venture capital firms, community organizations, and global connectors intofunctioning innovation districts. Our experience shows that linking powerful local partners with a community of entrepreneurs focused on positive impact, state of the art shared wet lab space, intelligently designed shared office space, public innovation halls, and weekly informal programming is the key to a thriving innovation economy. Global think tank Brookings describes CIC’s pivotal role in the transformation of Cambridge’s Kendall Square into one of the world’s leading and most iconic innovation districts in their report entitled “The Rise of Innovation Districts: A New Geography of Innovation in America.” Three of the report’s four examples are CIC cities.
MORE ABOUT THE BUILDING COMPLEX:
We have selected Varso Place (by HB Reavis) as home for our activities. It will be a new landmark on the map of Warsaw and the European Union:
the tallest office building in the EU to pinpoint the new center of gravity for innovation
the largest floor plates in Warsaw to put as many innovators as possible in close proximity
a building integrated with the Warsaw’s Central Station to get connected to the biggest cities in Poland and Europe
Varso Place creates a new image of Warsaw as the most prestigious spot on its business map. Open for business and services, it will become a new meeting place for social activity and tourism.
MORE ABOUT WARSAW / POLAND:
Poland currently boasts the longest continuous economic growth of any European country. In BCG’s 2015 Sustainable Economic Development Assessment, Poland outshone 147 other nations, leading in overall ranking for converting wealth and growth into national well-being.
In 2016, HackerRank, a major host of free coding challenges, placed Poland third on a list of best nations for coding skills, particularly in Java. CIC now operates our global software team in Warsaw.
Head over to our blog to learn more about why Warsaw is one of the next big innovation cities.