The Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (PARP) is a government agency subordinated to the Minister of Economy that has been supporting the development of entrepreneurship in Poland for over the last 15 years. The objective of PARP is to support the development of small and medium-sized enterprises in Poland, i.e. establishment of new companies, improvement of qualifications and increase in capacity, strengthening of the competitive position based on innovation and modern technologies, creating a business-friendly environment and providing appropriate conditions for conducting business activity. While performing its activities supporting entrepreneurs PARP also provides assistance and support to business environment institutions using the funds from the state budget and the European Union funds. The Agency actively supports clusters’ development rearranging groups of enterprises in dynamic structures with high level of competitiveness and cooperation, interactions and external efforts.
Both before and after the accession of Poland to the European Union, PARP has provided support, training, advisory support and information to entrepreneurs. Until 2015 PARP has remained responsible for the implementation of measures under three operational programmes (Innovative Economy, Human Capital and Development of Eastern Poland), and actively participates in developing the assumptions for support schemes under the
2014-2020 financial perspective, within three Operation Programmes: OP Smart Growth,
OP Eastern Poland and OP Knowledge Education Development.
The assistance provided by the Agency lets the entrepreneurs – both those who are only starting their business and those with a well-grounded position on the market – develop research and innovative activities and extend their operation both locally - by making use of the Internet or listing on the stock exchange, and internationally - by developing export potential.