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Ministry for Innovation and Technology: empowering SMEs at the heart of the innovation ecosystem
22 October 2021
Modified: 30 December 2021
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Budapest, Friday, 22 October 2021 (MTI) - The empowerment of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) is a central issue in the Hungarian innovation ecosystem, and one of the key elements of this is to provide them with the right information, Tibor Gulyás, Deputy Secretary of State of the Ministry for Innovation and Technology (ITM), stressed on Friday at the event presenting the new module on the sector-by-sector digitalisation of the ekkv free-of-charge online training of the Budapest Institute of Banking (BiB) in Budapest.

He added that the ekkv free training includes online content that provides companies with the information they need to do business, helping them to change their approach and develop.

The Deputy Secretary of State stressed that SMEs are central players in the development of higher education institutions, and therefore a regional and territorial institutional system is being established where businesses can access knowledge and services for their activities.

Tibor Gulyás recalled that the National Research, Development and Innovation Office (NRDI Office) has established the Territorial Innovation Platform (Tip) network, which is linked to higher education, and in the next development cycle they will provide opportunities for SMEs to implement their ideas.

Gergely Fábián, CEO of BiB Zrt., which is owned by the National Bank of Hungary, said that the free ekkv training is being continuously developed, so far it has been possible to learn from eight modules, and now the ninth module, which includes information for businesses operating in the fields of agriculture, component manufacturing, construction and catering, will also be made available. He hinted that they are also working on a curriculum on sustainability, which will be published soon.

The ekkv training is available to businesses after registration, and they have the flexibility to progress through the course at their own pace.

Katalin Sebők, Vice President of the NRDI Office, pointed out that the ekkv online platform also provides businesses with knowledge in the field of innovation, which contributes to their competitiveness. The Office’s funding scheme encourages businesses to take advantage of flexible, free training opportunities, the Vice-President added.

Source: MTI

Updated: 30 December 2021
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