The objective of the series of events is to promote regional organisations all over the country, which are based on University knowledge bases providing, on the one hand, access to direct information on innovation policy, and an opportunity to forge cooperation between the actors of the local innovation ecosystem and lay down new professional foundations, on the other.
With a view to the future performance and competitiveness of the reformed Hungarian innovation ecosystem, it is of outstanding importance for the relationships between the actors, policy-makers, institutions of higher education and research, enterprises and professional organisations to strengthen locally and increase the innovation capacity of a region along a smart specialisation strategy. Therefore, the National Research, Development and Innovation Office - based on university hubs and concentrating on the major strengths of the actors who have a decisive role to play in the regional innovation environment - wishes to provide new meeting points within the framework of a series of events related to Regional Innovation Platforms which - taking a new approach - will promote the flow of information, the transfer of knowledge, cooperation and forging professional relations. The series of events shall be organised with the participation of the Hungarian Intellectual Property Office and the Bay Zoltán Nonprofit Ltd. for Applied Research.
Dr. István Szabó, Vice-President for Innovation and General Affairs of NRDI Office underlined: “The performance of the Hungarian economy may be significantly boosted by improving the innovation capacities of small- and medium-sized enterprises. For this reason, innovation must be made attractive, easy to understand and broadly accessible. The expertise of nation-wide knowledge bases and innovation capabilities need to be tapped and increased locally. Therefore, it is of outstanding importance for universities and local small- and medium-sized enterprises to intensify their relationship.
The Széchenyi István University (SZE with Hungarian abbreviation) - as a regional knowledge hub and source of innovation - set the objective of the practical use of research findings, making the technology transfer more efficient and setting up partnerships to facilitate regional innovation processes and their efficient functioning. Over the past decade, the institution has been in the focus of a very well-structured industrial cooperation with the participation of the University, Audi Hungaria Plc., the corporate sector through the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the regional government and financial institutions. Establishing an innovation ecosystem with the university in focus aims primarily at the paradigm shift of tertiary education to be expected in the near future, a competitive, open, transparent institution able to respond to the challenges of the 21st century, and a new attitude that places emphasis on performance and entrepreneurship. Thus, research, education and services that constitute key university competences will boost cooperation between small- and medium-sized enterprises and the university as well as business relations in a uniform manner, paving the way for the development of the university’s Science and Innovation Park. The Science and Innovation Park may be “filled with life” through the joint platform of cooperation between the corporate sector and the university, as the key to its success is to reach local economy with research, education and market services which promote competitiveness based on producing added value, and at the same time facilitate the increase in number of start-ups and spin-offs which build on the research findings and technology of universities/research institutes.
As Prof.Dr. Péter Földesi put it: “ Developing relationships with enterprises and pro-innovation organisations in the region, as well as providing innovation services are a priority for our university. In order to foster ambitions to innovate we intend to strengthen the research-innovation cooperation with the enterprises in the region and promote them entering foreign markets. We expect our “university innovation ecosystem” project to exploit the university knowledge base more efficiently and facilitate the setting up of start-up/spin-off businesses that will operate in the Science and Innovation Park.
In order to facilitate the cooperation between the participants, the nationwide series of events launched in November wishes to address the broadest possible range of the most important innovation actors of the region, including universities, research institutes, large companies, SMEs, start-ups, clusters, incubators, accelerators, business angels, national networks of chambers.
For the details of individual events and registration, please visit www.nkfih.gov.hu/tip.
Győr, 19 November 2019