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Smart Accelerator II in the Central Bohemia Region

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Project No.: CZ.02.2.69/0.0/0.0/118_055/0012942

Timing: from 1 September 2019 to 31 December 2022

Total budget: CZK 67,827,045.08

PROJECT OBJECTIVES AND ACTIVITIES

Central Bohemia has long been one of the most economically advanced regions in the Czech Republic. That is why the region has launched the Central Bohemian Innovation Center to actively support innovation and competitiveness of its key industries.

The first successful project was Central Bohemian Smart Accelerator, which was implemented between 2016 and 2019.

Smart Accelerator II builds upon the first project and aims to further support innovation in businesses, establishment of new innovative enterprises and to initiate collaboration between the research, business and public sector and to prepare new interventions to cultivate the innovation environment.

The project will support the development of key fields that regional representatives perceive as important and promising for further development of the region’s economy.

Activities within the project are carried out by Central Bohemia (Assistance) and the Central Bohemian Innovation Center (Basic Team, Education, Mapping, Twinning, Pilot Verification, and Promotion).

The activities involve working with the target groups (businesses, municipalities, research organizations), mapping of the innovation environment (the needs of the target groups), implementation of three pilot projects, transfer of best practice from other countries, “Assistance” grant program for drawing up project applications and promotion of innovation activities and the “Innovation in the Heart – Central Bohemia Region” brand that was created in association with the first project.

The project also aims to draft proposals for new measures and projects based on the collected insights and data, and to update the RIS3 Action Plan of the Central Bohemian Regional Strategy on an annual basis.

The implementation team also works closely with the Czech Ministry of Industry and Trade, which is responsible for the RIS3 Strategy agenda at the national level, in particular in relation to the use of the European Structural and Investment Funds and national RRI support programs.

The project is financed from the European Structural and Investment Funds through the Operational Program Research, Development and Education for 2014-2020 and from the Central Bohemian regional administration’s budget.