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The Ethnic Food Entrepreneur - Poland - 1

Mr P was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in West Africa and lived there for almost 20 years. About ten years ago he came to Poland to study. He studied business administration in the Faculty of Management and specialized in marketing.

The first job he took was manual work in the Gillette Company. This did not last long. During his stay in Poland he missed one thing greatly; his native dishes from Western Africa. This generated the idea for his first business; opening a restaurant serving regional, African dishes. In the beginning, he coped with all the formalities all by himself and later on he got help from his wife who is Polish. His first step in opening a restaurant was to bring his friends to help. Mr P hired one as a cook. Together they invented the dishes and designed the menu. He brought all sorts of memorabilia and gadgets from Congo which he currently uses as part of the interior design of the restaurant. He also runs an art agency and is keen to promote young and talented people.

Mr P felt he did not have adequate knowledge and information about the various types of support available for entrepreneurs such as incubators, technology park or business angels. He primarily complains about the number and dispersal of offices such as the City Hall, Tax Office, Statistical Office and Social Insurance Institution. In his opinion, another disadvantage of starting business in Poland is the fact that the state does not support young entrepreneurs.  

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