Innovation in Central Europe: prospects for cooperation


A quarter century after democracy returned to Central and Eastern Europe, the Visegrad Group could be defined as a region of innovation, with high economic growth, with new businesses and start-ups taking local success to global markets. However, to achieve a sustainable innovation-driven growth, real changes in the public and private sectors are needed; a new framework has to be set. This is also a very high priority on the Austrian agenda – to accelerate the economic growth and to support enterpreneurship and innovative technologies. The workshop aims to discuss prospects for regional cooperation on this goal within Central Europe. Is there a potential for coordinated action? Can such cooperation attract investments? Can the Central Europeans share ideas, best practices, or develop together relevant recommendations? Is there a possibility for a regional view on the respective EU agenda? How to create on the regional and European level an innovation-friendly environment that makes it easier for great ideas to be turned into products and services that will bring our economies growth and jobs?


ImpactHub Vienna community is made up of social businesses addressing challenges both locally and globally. Its members are entrepreneurs, social investors, freelancers, advocates, campaigners, creatives, artists, consultants, coaches and more. Impact Hubs unite people from every profession, background and culture with imagination and drive to pursue enterprising ideas for the world. These are the people who see and do things differently and have entrepreneurial passion to create sustainable impact. New Europe 100 has been initiated by Res Publica Foundation, the publisher of the Visegrad Insight magazine, in cooperation with Google, International Visegrad Fund and Financial Times, as a project aiming at raising profile of worldleading innovation in emerging Europe. The New Europe 100 is a community of individuals from the region who are changing the world and improving people‘s lives with ideas that scale up in the digital world. It‘s about those who, with their courage for innovation, new-tech expertise, unique skills, and social outreach, are having a global impact. This list is both about people and their big ideas. It brings together personalities whose actions drive them and us to a better future. The Embassy of the Czech Republic and the Embassy of Poland on behalf of Visegrad Group in the role of the rotating V4 Presidency are pursuing to initiate and support a regional stakeholders’ discussion on the importance of innovation for the social and economic growth, focusing on sharing ideas and best practices, trying to identify a regional approach on necessary cultural and social changes and innovative education.