Since 2017 has come to an end, it's time for a quick summary! For us, it was a time of development that ended with a great number of unforgettable stories. Many things have happened during these twelve months and we'd like to thank our clients, partners and our amazing team of professionals.
During the past year, we began new collaborations with growing companies from Poland like Photon, InMotion, eDrop, KeepyLife or the Polish leader in lean transformation — Leanpassion. Our team took part in preparing three interesting attractions for HistoryLand — an interactive center in Cracow.
Summer’s team is constantly growing, so in March we moved to a bigger creative workspace. Now you can find us at the Longinus Center. Along with more square footage we gained the laboratory expansion, the improvement of measurement and pre-certification capabilities. Additionally, we created a specially dedicated room for 3D printing. Overall, we have enough space to create specialized solutions, conduct tests and spend time in the positive and inspiring environment.
Not only did we move into a brand new headquarters in Cracow, but our dream of a new office in New York became reality. Hence, in the near future company’s sales and customer service department will be contacting you from the U.S.! We can’t wait to collaborate with other international partners across the globe and continuously grow the company’s market position.
Over forty individuals cooperate at Summer to deliver the best experiences possible. Thirty technology enthusiasts joined us throughout the year and we see no slowing down in sight!
‘We’re still developing and reaching new destinations, that’s why we decided to introduce changes and create new teams in the company’s structure. We are currently at the stage of setting and implementing processes that will enable us to scale our business model and grow by another 60 employees’- says CEO Kamil Sumera.
Moreover, we have been hard at work on two of our daughter companies: First11 and Altlight. In the investment round, First11 gained support in the amount of PLN1.2 million, while the Altlight company was supported by the Innoventure fund with a total amount of PLN1.5 million.
It was an amazing experience to develop projects within two different sectors-sports wearables and smart home. The challenges we faced during the creation process of both companies enriched our scope of capabilities and a whole new toolset. With the acquisition of this indispensable knowledge, we’re perfectly aware on what things we should concentrate in order to meet our clients’ needs.
As for financing and investing, Summer was the main sponsor of the Hardware Massive Conference in 2017. We shared our experience in the field of product development at one of the biggest hardware-focused event in CEE!
Also, at the beginning of the past year, we started investing in Neurowatch — the first diagnostic and therapeutic device on the MedTech market.
Last year we also set up a venture capital fund: TECH-IMPACT FUND with
capitalization valued at PLN45 million. In the next three years, we plan to invest in 12 projects from the IoT sector.
This past year was extremely promising for us. We’re proud of all partnerships that started in 2017 and thankful for the success we accomplished together. Our team entered the year full of optimism and motivation so we’re all looking forward to what 2018 brings us!