Krakow is a modern metropolis in which over a million people live and work. It is home to 130 thousand students, 23 universities, more than 260 international corporations employing nearly 100 thousand people in sectors such as: finance, IT, services, research and development, business analytics. In recent years, the city has become one of the best places in Poland for the development of innovative business. This is reflected in the activities of Krakow entrepreneurs. Thanks to the activity of the scientific community, excellent research infrastructure, the constant presence and development of Polish companies and international corporations, Krakow offers one of the best conditions in the country for developing your own business.

Krakow is currently one of the fastest growing metropolises in Poland in terms of its economy. This is confirmed by the city's high position in international rankings.

In the fDi's European Cities and Regions of the Future 2023, Kraków was awarded in the following categories:

  • Top 10 Large European Cities of the Future 2023 - kategoria: Business Friendliness - rank 1
  • Top 10 Large European Cities of the Future 2023 – kategoria: Human Capital & Lifestyle - rank 2
  • Top 10 Large European Cities of the Future 2023 – kategoria: Economic Potential – rank 6
  • Top 10 Large European Cities of the Future 2023 – overall - rank 3

Krakow was ranked third in the ranking of Business-Friendly Cities in the category of cities over 300,000. residents organized by the magazine "Forbes". The awards gala took place on October 17, 2022 during the European Local Trends Forum in Poznań. Our city has been in the top positions in the Forbes ranking for several years now.

Krakow received the economic award of the Made in Poland Congress for creating space for the development of modern business and care for the sustainable development of the city. The award was granted by the Polish Agency for Entrepreneurship - the organizer of the conference, which took place on June 8-9, 2022 in Berlin.

Krakow has been awarded the titles:  "Municipality on 5!" and “Gold Municipality on 5!”  in the 2021/22 edition of the ranking prepared by SGH Warsaw School of Economics.

In the Tholons Global Innovation Index 2021 ranking, Kraków strengthened its position among the TOP 100 Super Cities, taking 20th place. Compared to the previous year, this is an advance of as many as 5 places. Beside Krakow, the ranking includes two other Polish cities, Warsaw (35th place) and Wrocław (99th place).

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The metropolitan climate, universities, students, branches of global corporations and research institutes - there is no shortage of this in Krakow. Krakow, as a smart and modernly governed city, focusing primarily on the quality of life of its inhabitants, is certainly a place where you want to live and work. Being aware of our own potential, we consistently promote its key ingredients, which brings results in the form of investor decisions. The city was at the forefront in terms of investments by companies from knowledge-based industries whose success depends on human capital. This potential was noticed in the Krakow Development Strategy of 2005, as well as in the document adopted at the beginning of 2018 - Krakow Development Strategy. This is where I want to live. Krakow 2030. The city is therefore a reliable partner for investors, and everyone who contributes to the creation of new jobs is treated here with special kindness. As a result, companies not only do not leave Krakow, but also strive to expand their activities, and new players are entering the market. In its development policy, the City aims at the rational use of the existing resources in the areas intended for investment, and at the same time wants to introduce the strict protection of green areas. Development prospects are included in the Study of the Conditions and Directions of Spatial Development. This document defines the spatial policy objectives referring to the strategic goals of the city's development. They assume that Krakow will be, among others: a European metropolis - a center of modern economy and high technologies, science, culture and tourism, and a city friendly to residents - attractive to live and stay in. They correspond with the provisions of the Krakow Development Strategy. In both documents you can find a reference to the so-called large strategic urban projects, such as Krakow - Airport, Płaszów - Rybitwy (Nowe Miasto), and Nowa Huta of the Future. The idea of implementing these projects is primarily to serve as a stimulus for new solutions, new investments, in order to ensure intensive urbanization of the city, create diversified functionality and be based on innovative spatial solutions. We invite you to invest in Krakow.

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Investors and Innovative Economy Support Center
Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Municipality of Krakow
Zabłocie 22 St., 30-701 Krakow, Poland
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