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Newsletter Insider | December 2023

27.12. 2023
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WELCOME…

…you are reading the eighth edition of our regular newsletter, which is full of interesting news, events and news from the Technology Incubation project.

What topics can you expect in this issue?

NUMBER OF THE MONTH: 3

The third call of the Technology Incubation project was announced on 17 November and ended on Monday 18 December at 12:00 p.m. We are also incubating startups in the fields of biotechnology, advanced materials, healthcare or security solutions. We are also incubating startups in the fields of biotechnology, advanced materials, healthcare and security solutions . A total of CZK 124 million is available for allocation for the third call.

TOPIC OF THE MONTH: WE HAVE A NEW WEBSITE

On the website 👉technologickainkubace.org 👈 you will find important news, updates, current and previous challenges, an overview of all incubated startups and other useful information. Detailed data on registered startups can also be found on the website. You can also download the card of each startup in PDF format.

TECHNOLOGY INCUBATION TEAM: SCIENCE AND RESEARCH COORDINATORS

In this issue, we would like to introduce you to a team of experts who are tasked with continuous collaboration with universities. Their main objective is to increase the interest in cooperation on the part of universities and the potential for establishing university spin-offs and to promote entrepreneurship as such.

Jiří Krechl
Jiří Krechl graduated in organic chemistry at the University of Chemical Technology in Prague and subsequently held the position of associate professor. From 1996 to 2007, he served as Director of Research and Development at SpeChem. At the Technology Incubation, he is responsible for the coordination of research and development and also holds positions in the administrative and supervisory bodies of many research organizations, including the Engineering Academy of the Czech Republic. Mr. Associate Professor is the leader of this team.

Jana Frantíková
At CzechInvest, he is the coordinator of cooperation with research organisations for Moravia. Its task is to search for startups at universities and their units and to spread awareness of the possibility of further development of startups within CzechInvest. She has 15 years of experience in the field of science, research and innovation, both as Head of the Financial Controls Department for the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic and as Deputy Director of the Department of the Council for Research, Development and Innovation in the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic.

Lenka Scholzová
She complements the team of coordinators of cooperation with research organisations. Together with Radim, she takes care of research organizations in the Czech Republic, her area includes the Technical University in Liberec, the University of Pardubice, but also regional universities and a number of research institutes from Karlovy Vary to Třeboň to Jihlava. Her focus is more physical and technical, and she has worked on a number of collaborative projects with the application community, including ensuring intellectual property protection and managing the technical part of the project. She has extensive experience in the Academy of Sciences.

Radim Špaček
As a coordinator of cooperation with research organizations at CzechInvest, Radim is responsible for a substantial part of Czech research organizations with deep insight into biotechnology and life sciences. In its contacts with research organisations, he spreads awareness of both the Technology Incubation Programme and the usefulness and need to translate research results into practical applications in general. He draws on his many years of experience in research institutions, public administration and business.

WE WERE THERE: CZECH SPACE WEEK

The sixth edition of the Czech Space Week festival of space activities took place in Brno and also celebrated the 15th anniversary of the Czech Republic’s membership in the European Space Agency (ESA). The event kicked off with a two-day workshop on analogue missions that simulate conditions in space here on Earth, followed by the traditional Space2Business industry days, during which representatives of space companies and the academic sector had the opportunity to meet and network. Students were then given the opportunity to learn about opportunities and careers in the space industry at the Next Space Stop event. The general partner for this year was TRL Space Systems from Brno, which, among other things, presented its LUGO space mission, the aim of which is to put the Czech flag on the Moon by 2030.

WE WERE THERE: SPACE TECH EXPO BREMEN

As part of the Space Autumn we attended the Space Tech Expo Bremen. Neither the Czech Republic nor our national stand, which was the largest in the history of our participation, could be overlooked in Bremen. Joining us at this largest European space B2B event were TRL Space, Czech Space Alliance, Honeywell, OHB Czechspace, ADVACAM Cameras, Brno Space Cluster, Huld Central Europe, Stratosyst and the Research and Testing Institute of Aerospace. It also included a networking meeting, the Czech Space Meet-Up, where Czech companies and associations presented themselves to participants and potential investors. More in the press release.

WE WERE THERE: GAME DEVELOPERS SESSION

The Czech gaming industry is growing! This was evident at this year’s Game Developers Session (GDS), the largest Czech video game conference, which opened to students and the general public for the first time. Important guests from all over the world gathered at the Vyšehrad Congress Centre, where Czech developers showed them why the game industry achieved a turnover of CZK 7.5 billion. There was also the Technological Incubation, which promoted the Kikiriki games studio at its stand, and those interested could also listen to what the Technological Incubation project can offer them during a lecture by Creative Hub director Markéta Mentelová.

WE ARE OPENING APPLICATIONS FOR THE CREATIVE BUSINESS CUP

The National Final of the Creative Business Cup will take place in Liberec next year. The seventh edition of the competition organised by the CzechInvest agency will once again reward creative Czech startups and open the door to the world finals for the most successful of them. One of the successful ones was the Czech startup Nebesys, which with its unique system of transparent roofs took the first position in this year’s global finals in Copenhagen. More information can be found in this article.

WE ORGANIZED A DEMO DAY

Mobility Innovation Hub together with Škoda auto and ČSOB organized the first Demo day of Technology Incubation with a focus on Smart manufacturing. Startups from the fields of mobility, artificial intelligence, ecotech and creative industries supported by the Project were given the opportunity to introduce themselves, get to know and establish partnerships with a selected number of our partners. Presentations were given by Petr Očko on the Innovation Strategy of the Czech Republic, Tereza Kubicová on Technology Incubation and Jan Bízik talked about the activities of the Hub. Amitia, Spectoda, Pinflow, Myco, Null Spaces, Ringil and Yedem presented their innovative solutions. Read the full report from the event, including photos, here.

WE KNOW THE RESULTS OF THE PUBLIC DEBATE ON THE NAIS

AI technologies are changing the world around us, which is why we need to put the National AI Strategy (NAIS) into the context of today. In the summer, the Ministry of Industry and Trade launched a public consultation on the National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence and the AI Technology Incubation Hub supported this initiative by participating in several drafting meetings. Hub director Matouš Kostlivý helped MIT organize a discussion on the topic of AI startup support with successful and aspiring AI startups, VC funds and EIF representatives. You can read the full results of the survey on the MIT website.

DIANA ACCELERATOR ACCEPTS TWO CZECH STARTUPS

To the Alliance Accelerator DIANA, which will provide innovative companies and teams with financial contributions in the field of dual-use technologies to rapidly adapt their solutions to the needs of the defence and security industry, two Czech startups have been accepted! Z 1,300 applicants from across the North Atlantic Alliance, the final 44 were selected, two of which are from the Czech RepublicDronetag, which we are incubating in the Technology Incubation Centre, and Goldilock. Read more in the press release.

WE PROMOTE COOPERATION BETWEEN THE ENERGY AND SPACE INDUSTRIES

The EcoTech Hub, headed by its director Filip Kruta, organised a lecture on Space & Energy for sustainability as part of the Czech Space Week space festival in an effort to promote cooperation between representatives of the energy sector and the space industry. The presentation presented the possibilities of using satellite telecommunication, navigation and Earth observation applications in energy and Ecotech for sustainable development. The topic of funding opportunities for application projects, not only through ESA Business Applications, was also discussed.

WE WERE THERE: UNIQUE SUMMIT

In late November, the Unique Summit conference took place with the primary goal of connecting startups, investors, and policy representatives, and accelerating innovation and economic growth. The technology incubation was presented by Filip Krůta, Director of EcoTech Hub, and Markéta Mentelová, Director of Creative Hub, who led a panel discussion entitled Time to invest into the Gaming and the Eco Stuff. The Director of the Mobility Innovation Hub, Jan Bízik, then discussed with other speakers in a panel discussion on The Future of Mobility. You can read the full report in this article.

VIDEO AT THE END

This is the number of unique startups registered in early December for the #technologyincubation project since its launch in 2022. We received two-thirds of all applications from established companies and one-third from individuals with a unique idea to start a company. Most applications were submitted by projects working in the field of AI and creative industries. More information can be found here on the website in the Startup Data section.

This project was implemented with financial support from the state budget through the Ministry of Industry and Trade in the programme The Country for the Future.

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