At the beginning of November 2021, we had an opportunity to participate in the Kongres 590 conference in Rzeszów, Poland. Kongres 590 is an event showing the importance of Polish products and empowering cooperation between entrepreneurs and public institutions. Its name comes from the prefix of the bar codes found on most of the products you can buy in shops. The prefix 590 indicates that the product is of Polish origin or they are distributed by Polish companies. We could show our graphene as a part of the start-ups’ exhibition. There were at least a dozen other start-ups present. Still, we didn’t have much time to stroll around other booths between showcasing our product, welcoming guests, and giving interviews. We were happy to meet many people interested in emerging technologies stopping by and getting to know our product. We highly value such interactions and always try to explain what graphene is, even though it is not easy to convey advanced scientific knowledge in an understandable fashion.
Early in the afternoon, we were honoured to present our products to the President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda. We briefly explained the importance of our work, and the President showed a genuine interest in graphene. We were even lucky enough to get a picture with the President while he was assessing Łukasz’s competence. We will gladly meet again if there is such a chance.
The conference finished as a success for us. We showed ourselves, we met lovely people, and we definitely see it as one of the steps in the direction of our company’s development. We were left not only with good memories and a few photographs, but we are also present in the press note describing the conference. In this article, there is an excerpt from the interview with Piotr showing that BeeGraphene grabs the attention of both professionals and the press. The article is available at the podkarpackie.pl website [link, in Polish only].
All of this would not be possible if not for the help of our friend and mentor, Grzegorz Wisz. He was our coordinator in the incubation process in Platformy Startowe and is kind enough to still be in touch with us. We will have a note on the history of our incubation in Platformy Startowe soon.
We would also like to thank organizers of the Kongres 590 for hosting us, Biuro Prasowe Kongresu 590 for the access to the photograph, Urząd Marszałkowski Województwa Podkarpackiego for the article on their website, and all those who helped us in preparation for the event.