Enjoying freedom and prosperity for over 25 years, marked by the fall of communism, V4 in many ways is very innovative region. It has managed to have its core democratic and market institutions built up by enthusiastic leaders. Its success has been determined by their great passion for change, the courage to challenge status quo and big ideas. All of the region’s countries have succeeded immensely in terms of economic and democratic progress. However, in a global perspective, the success is determined by the outlook for the future rather than to the past. The task for today is to exceed the scale of the progress that has already been accomplished. We believe that the innovators identified in V4 countries will make global impact in all important fields. They look ahead into the future in their core activities and in order to boost their cause they take advantage of new technologies in the Digital Age. This is why the regional cooperation and cross-border initiatives - especially in terms of innovations - can strengthen V4 development and impact in internal (V4’s) and external scope.
To spread the ideas of the regional cooperation in the V4 over innovation and entrepreneurship, with the support of International Visegrad Fund (www.visegradfund.org), we have established the NE100 Innovation Festival with four events in four countries. The events will be gathering innovators, students, representatives of academia and business, opinion leaders, young entrepreneurs in order to share their ideas, their knowledge and to broaden their regional network opportunities. Organized not in capitals, but in smaller cities covering the most current topics. More info and dates will be up soon!