Matching information about academic research (supply) and the need for scientific methods to solve problems (demand) is a difficult task for entrepreneurs. Obtaining information about specific research profiles is rather time-consuming and research about business is not necessarily read by the businesses itself.
Transition processes in countries behind the former ‘iron curtain’ need innovative impulses to decrease the distance to most developed economies of the EU. This innovative boost should result from knowledge and technology transfer between R&D sector and business ‘actors’. This idea is at the basis for the Science and Economy Project, which is an initiative of Cracow University of Economics to bring academia and business closer together and create a common platform for the exchange of information. The objective is that researchers can offer a profile of their own research, and entrepreneurs can list their need for scientific solutions.