Katarzyna Zachariasz-Podolak

Start-up of the day: cooling air with air

“That won’t work! It’s like a Harry Potter spell!” – These are the kinds of words he heard when he first applied to one of the accelerator programs. It’s true, their idea does sound a bit like a magic trick, as DAC wants to revolutionize cooling technologies and cool air with air. Yet behind this...

Polish invention combats UV-radiation

The record heat in Europe has also being enjoyed by scientists from Łódź (Poland). Among their own inventions are materials that protect against UV radiation. We usually remember about UV radiation when the sun is out and shining brightly. Then we smear ourselves in sunscreen and cover our bodies...

Start-up of the day: satellite data for precision-engineered farming

SatAgro: Space technologies for small-scale farms. – Innovation in agriculture is a serpent that eats its own tail. That’s why a revolution must take place – says Przemysław Żelazowski, CEO of the start-up company SatAgro. Przemysław Żelazowski is a scientist. His studies in...

How can Poland increase the number of women in science?

How can we increase the number of women in science? Don’t just create programs for women. These conclusions have been drawn from the experiences of the Foundation for Polish Science (FNP). The FNP is one of the most important and prestigious organizations who finance scientific research in Poland....

Start-up of the day: Freezeye finds eye diseases

In Toruń (Poland), scientists hope to provide doctors with a tool for fast diagnosis of human diseases. That is why they are building a device to “freeze” the image of eyes. – The eye is a unique organ. It is the only place in the whole human body where there is direct and...

Start-up of the day: intelligent lighting for greenhouses

Greenhouse owners get double the benefit if they use our lighting systems. Firstly, they pay less for electricity. Secondly, they get higher yields. This is according to the founders of the Plantalux start-up. Plantalux is a family start-up. Originally, father (Jacek Lachowski) and two sons (Jakub...

Sharp rise in patent applications from Central Europe

Last year companies and innovators from Central Europe filled more patent applications at the European Patent Office than in the previous years. Poland became a regional leader. The country posts its strongest growth in patent applications in four years. Last year the European Patent Office (EPO),...

Zylia: the recording studio in a microphone

Professional music recording is like a relationship status on Facebook: it’s complicated. A Polish start-up has invented Zylia, a device, that reduces this multistage process to just two clicks. For amateurs, Zylia looks like a tiny soccer ball with a bright stripe. “Another funny...

Sea Data helps preventing coal dust

When a ship loaded with coal enters a harbour, soon the entire area might be covered with coal dust. A start-up from Gdynia, Poland, has an idea how to prevent that. Last year’s summer was rather hard for citizens of Gdynia, a port city in Northern Poland. For many days, clouds of black dust...

“Poles can do it” (How companies are working for a greener future)

WARSAW, 11 December 2018 – Now the Climate Change Conference is held in Katowice, the question may be raised how Polish companies are working for a greener future. If anyone would know, it would be Agnieszka Kozłowska-Korbicz, who invented and ran a GreenEvo Programme in the Polish Ministry...

Locky: forget about forgetting to lock the door

WARSAW, 1st December 2018 – “Did I lock the door this morning?” Have you ever asked yourself this question? Or maybe you’re always asking other key questions like, “where did I put my key?” or “did I leave my keys in the door?” A device invented by the...

Polish innovation (2): top-down approach seems fruitful

The apple of the Polish government’s eye are start-ups. With a 700-million euro programme Start In Poland the authority has ambitions to make Poland a start-up hub for Central Europe. This is the second of two articles about the innovation climate in Poland. WARSAW, 18 november 2018 –...

Polish innovation ecosystem slowly evolves in the right direction

After three years under the rule of the right-wing Law and Justice, the Polish innovation ecosystem is doing fine. Even better than one might expect. This is the first of two articles about the Polish innovation ecosystem. WARSAW, 17 November 2018 – It was supposed to be a model transaction....