The Support of Enterprise, Innovation, Science and Research in Moravian-Silesian Region in the View of Ivo Vondrák The support of enterprise, innovation, science and research is the top priority of the government of the Moravian-Silesian Region. Our region has a great number of talented young people whom we want to support in order to develop their potential here rather than watching them leave the region to seek better opportunity and fortune elsewhere. We want to introduce more growing and export companies to the region, to encourage investments in innovation, industrial research and development, and to provide for more intensive interconnection of enterprise with education. This is the only way to enhance the prosperity of the MoravianSilesian Region, and the happiness of the people living here and working in interesting, well-paid jobs.
Our region offers excellent opportunities to develop the concept of Industry 4.0. There is an outstanding background of industrial know-how and innovative companies. The universities are prepared as well: VŠB – Technical University Ostrava has already introduced fields of study to cover this issue. Education needs to focus on the professional training of interdisciplinary engineers. However, a system-wide perspective is necessary, so social disciplines must cooperate. The main task is to prepare the enterprise in the region and have them ready for the new economy based on digitization, automation, and smart solutions generally. The MoravianSilesian Innovation Centre of Ostrava
(Moravskoslezské inovační centrum, MSIC, established two years ago) plays a significant role in that. Their primary activities involve developing the region’s innovation ecosystem, supporting the development of new enterprise and entrepreneurs through a tailored specialized advisory service, and the development of shared labs and other innovation infrastructures. Idea HUB, the shared development centre in Ostrava, may be their greatest achievement. It is an operation providing full assistance for the development and construction of prototypes in mechanics, electronics and mechatronics. I am happy that MSIC Ostrava is planning the development of international collaboration, which is extremely significant. POSITIV ǀ 1/2019 15