Moravian-Silesian Innovation Centre Ostrava When establishing the MSIC, the Moravian-Silesian Region and the City of Ostrava were inspired by the South Moravian Region; its very creation is perceived as a key element in supporting the business environment and promotion of innovative focus in the region. The MSIC was officially established on July 1, 2017, through the renaming of the Ostrava Science and Technology Park (VTPO). Currently, the VTPO transformation is being completed and processes are being stabilised. Today, the existing infrastructure is offered in line with specific requirements of companies needing physical proximity to both MSIC as an organization and to technological facilities, while benefiting from the strategic location (proximity to VŠB–Technical University of Ostrava, Ostrava Teaching Hospital) that the centre offers.
perceived by company owners as not too pressing and often may be overlooked. Such a project may address, in particular, strategically–defined issues, the solution of which is challenging,” adds Kamil Košťál, Business Innovation Lead Expert.
The MSIC Expand Programme The programme targets primarily the region’s small and medium-sized companies with significant innovation ambitions. The aim of the project is to offer entrepreneurs a “tailor-made expert” – a practitioner who, as a result of their extensive experience, will help speed up the solution of problems that may hinder further company development. Since July 2017, a total of 39 projects from the Moravian-Silesian Region have been supported. “Feedback from companies has been very positive. Company owners appreciate in particular the low administrative cost of the project, the speed and effective feedback from experts. They also value the active presence of an expert who accurately defines a specific change project, which is
Up. This is a completely different type of support, primarily aimed at helping companies win new customers effectively and satisfy their orders. The initiative is aimed at entrepreneurs who are launching a new business but have extensive managerial experience from their previous employment. Successful founders of start-ups may be the best source of inspiration in these cases. In developing the start-up environment, the MSIC cooperates with The Centre for Innovation Support (CPI) at VŠB-Technical University of Ostrava. The main objective is to strengthen the entrepreneurship of young people while at the same time effectively utilising the knowledge potential of universities, both for starting new, and growing existing businesses.
MSIC Scale Up Equally important initiatives include the MSK start-up ecosystem support by means of another key activity, the MSIC Scale
Industrial Competence Centre The MSIC’s most interesting activity is the emerging centre of industrial competence, providing a comprehensive offer of expert services and the latest technologies to companies of various sizes. As part of this activity, the new IdeaHUB shared development centre was opened in autumn 2017, providing comprehensive assistance in the development and production of prototypes in the field of mechanics,
There are 70 companies currently located on the premises, many of which have a highly innovative focus. In the future, the Innovation Centre wishes to become an important platform for networking as well as for educational and inspirational events. electronics and mechatronics. Those interested in these subjects can learn to work with modern technologies in the presence of experienced specialists from companies and research organisations. The plan is to