The Moravian-Silesian Innovation Centre Ostrava a.s. (MSIC) provides services and programmes that support growth, innovation and aid small- and medium-sized companies and startups not only in their beginnings but with long-term maintenance of their business. The centre is also involved in sustaining a circular economy for which it is working on multiple projects.
One of these projects is called CECI (Citizen Involvement in Circular Economy Implementation), which is financed under the auspices programme Interred Europe. The goal of this project is to raise awareness of circular economies and highlight the importance of citizen involvement. It aims to inspire the adoption of sustainable consumer habits and behaviour in order to promote a collective effort to decrease waste production and save energy. This is done through the provision of new sustainable services, for example, a shared economy, the extension of product life cycles through reuse, repair, refurbishment and renovation. In the past, MSIC hosted educational events on various topics aimed at citizens and their database of good practices, provided by international partners, also plays an important role.
Another project which MSIC is involved with is the integrated project ‘IP LIFE for Coal Mining Landscape Adaptation’, Its intention is to successfully implement the region’s adaptation strategies for the effects of climate change, adopted in January of 2020, and, through this, increase the climate resistance of the Moravian-Silesian Region, increase the environmental quality for local citizens and support the sustainable development of the region. In the following years, MSIC will be leading a support centre for companies that make use of adaptation technologies. Currently, we are in the process of setting up the centre’s operation, compiling methodologies and building up a database of specialists. All of this will lead to so-called ‘climate scans’ of companies.
As of right now, we are collaborating with IdeaHUB z.s. on company scans, constructing a database of free materials — www.material-market.cz — where we give materials and resources that would otherwise be thrown out or neglected as unused inventory a second life. The goal of this project is to create a link between the supply and demand of these materials and eliminate waste produced during production.
IdeaHUB is a shared development centre based in MSIC that unites a community of creative people on the basis of research, development, application, education or the popularisation of innovative technologies. IdeaHUB offers a prototype workshop where members can create prototypes of their construction solutions when working on projects and learn how to work with modern production technologies. Its main goals are to support the application of graduates in technical fields and to bolster the competitiveness of practical products and processes.
IdeaHUB’s support gave rise to, for example, benches made out of up-cycled minecarts and stools made from discarded fire hoses and pipes or bar counter. It also helped save chair frames that would otherwise have been burned. Their refurbishment made use of leftover fillings and fabric that other companies would have otherwise discarded. CreoKit was also something that came out of IdeaHUB. Aimed at children aged five and above, it is a creative wooden building kit mainly made of wooden sticks obtained from waste in arrow production.
All activities in the field of the circular economy are welcome here, and we would be happy to familiarise any companies interested in taking part with their options.