Procurement of innovative solutions and examples of good practices were the main topics discussed during the 2nd PPI2Innovate Days held on the 9th of October 2018 in Zagreb, Croatia. The event was organized by the Croatian Agency for SME's, Innovations and Investments (HAMAG-BICRO).
Public event of the InnoSchool project took place in Liberec, Czech Republic, following the internal meeting with our partners. More than 40 people gathered in KultiVAR, co-working place for artists and freelancers. We introduced InnoSchool to the public and our four guest speakers were discussing the topic of motivating the secondary school students for social entrepreneurship as well as the current educational system and the use of digital technologies.
On Thursday 6th September, Seedstars event took place in Prague. 10 best seed-stage start-ups competed to present the country at the Seedstars Summit and opportunity to win up to USD 1 million in equity investments and other prizes.
As the initiator and lead partner of the international project InnoSchool, we invite all high schools, their directors and teachers, educational institutions, regional and national public institutions that work with secondary schools, high school students, non-profit organizations or associations working with social needs, social entrepreneurs, innovative projects and initiatives in this area, and the media for the opening event of the InnoSchool project. See you on Thursday, September 27th, in Liberec, for the topic "How to motivate for social entrepreneurship already in secondary schools?"
Come to find out about the international project InnoSchool, to discuss, for example, with the National Institute for Education, EDUin or NNTB, meet with us (DEX Innovation Centre) and the Liberec Region as Czech project partners, to find other similar innovative projects at national or international level and meet up with about 50 participants. We are looking forward to seeing you!
As author and Lead partner of InnoSchool project, we are proud to announce that the project has recently been approved for funding by the Danube Transnational Programme. InnoSchool project connects 11 Partners and 6 Associated Strategic Partners, representing 9 different countries from the Danube territory. Nearly 2 million euro is dedicated to strengthen social innovation and entrepreneurial spirit of secondary schools’ students by development and introduction of highly innovative Learning System.
The Kick-off event of Social Life Science platform - Innovation of home care services took place in Central Bohemian Innovation Centre (SIC) on 19th of June 2018. DEX Innovation Centre, as the implementer of HoCare project, was present here too.
SIC's Innovative platform's goal is to strengthen the mutual collaboration of institutions, subjects and individuals acting in the field of integrated care. In this innovative platform, many experts will be involved - universities, research centres, towns or interest associations. Thanks to the involvement of top professionals will be the Social Life Sciences platform able to promote its visions, needs and at the same time to provide sufficient information about the latest topics in the field of integrated care.
During #DEMODAY of DEXIC Accelerator the jury was facing a difficult decision to take - to choose the best startup from the field of ICT. After hard and careful evaluation of all 7 presenting startups and their 4-minutes pitches, the first place was awarded to the startup of which the main ambition is to protect the networks from the harmful malware and access to infected websites, Whalebone. In order to do so, Whaleboneuses their global security intelligence grid which enables the network protection even without any software installation or various configuration changes. #DEMODAY winner is at the same time also a winner of previous DEXIC BootCamp mentoring event held also in Liberec in March of this year, 2018.
On Thursday 14th June, 2018 at 4:30 PM #DEMODAY final public contest of 7 ICT startups - moderated in English, will take place in Kulturní centrum Vratislavice 101010. Various startups, not only from the Czech Republic and Slovakia but also from Malaysia came to Liberec in order to take an active participation in DEXIC 4-weeks Acceleration programme. Determined 7 start-ups showed up with a view to improve their business project ideas based on the constructive feedback from more than 25 mentors from all around the world, will present their 4-minutes PITCH from the field of information and communication technologies (ICT).
On Monday, May 21st, 2018 international acceleration programme for ICT startups - DEXIC Accelerator, has been launched in Liberec.
DEXIC Accelerator in its 4-weeks duration brought together to Liberec 7 promising startups, not only from the Czech Republic in order to strengthen, improve and accelerate their business projects as a result of professional mentoring provided by internationally recognized mentors. Intense Accelerator programme, organized by private innovation centre from Liberec - DEX Innovation Centre, will culminate with the final public event - #DEMODAY, which will take place on Thursday, June 14th, 2018 in Kulturní centrum Vratislavice 101010. During the final event, all 7 startups will present their pitches and will compete for the best one. Moreover, the startups will have a unique opportunity to attract the investors and get promotion for their business projects.
A meeting of home care experts was held on Wednesday 18th April 2018 in European House in Prague to support the emergence of innovations in the home care in the Czech Republic. The meeting was organized in the framework of the project HoCare by DEX Innovation Centre from Liberec which is a project realization in the Czech Republic. Participants of the event from a different organization, as universities – Czech Technical University in Prague, hospitals – University Hospital in Plzeň, ministeries, technological companies – High Tech Park, and innovation centres as well as social organizations discussed the possibility of formation of the technological platform and realization of the pilot project.
We are very glad to announce that PPI2Innovate tools for SMART HEALTH, SMART ICT, SMART ENERGY have been successfully customized into all (6 countries) national frameworks.
Together 18 nationally fully customized PPI2Innovate SMART tools represent a far-reaching asset for Central-European region and its public procurers for an active and strategically guided usage focused on development of innovation-friendly local and national ecosystems.
"The experience of world accelerators shows, that the most successful programmes focus primarily on building the skills in SALES, MARKETING, PRODUCT and BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT. We believe that this approach is efficient, so we used our experience from abroad and prepared a unique program," says Jan Kubalík, director of the DEX Innovation Center.
On Monday, March 5, 2018, a meeting of the New Generation Skills and Innovation Laboratories Group took place at the Cultural Center Vratislavice 101010. Innovation Laboratory concept and the services that could be offered were discussed during the afternoon.
PPI: A SMART way to address societal challenges: Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions (PPI) is a procurement where contracting authorities act as launch customers of innovative goods or services which are near to the market or already available on small-scale commercial basis, including solutions based on existing technologies used in an innovative way.
5. 3. 2018, in the Cultural Centre Vratislavice 101010, startups from all over the Czech Republic competed for the best pitch with the participation of Martin Půta, Governor of Liberec Region. Whalebone, a company from Brno which filters the dangers on the Internet, was the best of them.
DEX Innovation Centre together with project partners from Hungary and Romania took part in the peer review visit in Budapest - Újbuda district, on February 26th - 27th 2018. Purpose of the study visit was not only cross-fertilization on the example of good practice but also an introduction of the Local Action Plan introduced by the Lead Partner from Hungary, in order to support and develop the entrepreneurship culture within youth.
Two days before, in scope of the DEXIC Boot Camp, 6 ICT startups are going to work on their projects under the guidance of experienced business mentors. The results will be presented during their final pitch at the Grand Final of DEXIC Boot Camp. It takes place on Monday, 5th March 2018 from 16:00 in the Cultural Center Vratislavice 101010.
On March 3 and 4, six startups specializing in information and communication technologies will improve their business strategy and pitching, 4-minute presentation for potential investors. Mentors and business professionals will work with them in group workshops but mainly during individual sessions.