"To improve and recognize innovation and R&D as a driving force of economic growth and a competitive edge for Hungary, while representing the needs of businesses to enhance this development."
By April 2015, AmCham Hungary has defined its vision, new strategy and
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The Innovation Policy Task Force has defined four main objectives for the period of 2015-2017:
- Focus on innovation as a
corner stoneof macroeconomic policy;
high-value addedR&D projects that lay a solid groundwork for sustainable growth after 2020;
- Encourage long-term cooperation between large enterprises,
SMEsand academia on R&D projects;
- Attract more people to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM);
Main Achievements and Activities in 2016
Regular dialogue along main objectives maintained with decision-makers
As a follow-up to the first AmCham-HIPA-NHIT Business Meets Government Summit, held on October 27, 2015, the Policy Task Force formulated their recommendations on how to stimulate
A detailed list of R&D&I related suggestions and commitments focused on four key areas:
(2) Effective operation of a grant system, that will contribute to achieving the Government’s following two goals regarding R&D spending: (i) to reach at least 1.8% GDP proportionate R&D spending by 2020, and (ii) corporate R&D spending should drive increased R&D spending/
(4) Fostering long-term cooperation between startups and large companies; and the introduction of grant schemes aiming to support the startup ecosystem.
The Innovation PTF held several meetings with decision-makers to follow-up on these recommendations. On July 14,
In order to shift support to innovative projects, the introduction of a new R&D grant scheme has been further discussed at meetings with the Hungarian Investment Agency (HIPA).
The Innovation Policy Task Force is also dedicated to
AmCham Brain Bar Lab: Industrial Internet, the game changer of our time
As part of the Brain Bar Budapest festival held in early June, AmCham’s Innovation Policy Task Force organized a Lab titled Industrial Internet, the game changer of our time, at the LogMeIn headquarters. The goal of the AmCham Lab was to examine and discuss key challenges that industrial internet, also known as Industry 4.0, is bringing for Hungary. In diverse teams involving business, government representatives,
Second Business Meets Government Summit
The Innovation PTF prepared and organized an innovation focused roundtable discussion, where participants discussed the following four topics and challenges in details:
Introductionof a new R&D grant scheme to attract new and stimulate the expansion of existing R&D centers of larger corporations in Hungary.
- How to help R&D projects performed jointly by the academia and the corporate sector become more efficient in the context of the Higher Education and Industry Cooperation Center (FIEK).
- How to enhance cooperation of large companies and startups, including mentorship relations where mentorship costs would be legally recognized.
- How to train entry level IT specialists in large number, to ease labor shortage of skilled IT professionals within the shortest possible time
For the list of Innovation Policy Task Force meetings in 2016 please, click here.
Planned activities of the Innovation Policy Task Force include:
- Preparation of innovation and R&D related recommendations and positions
- Organization of regular Innovation PTF meetings
- Organization of an AmCham Workshop within the framework of Brain Bar Festival 2017
Organization of an Innovation Roundtable at the Business Meets Government Summit 2017 Launch of Business Meets Academia sessions in 2017
|Policy Task Force Lead:||Mr. Csaba Márkus|
|Policy Task Force Co-Lead:||Mr. Joerg Bauer|
|PTF Board Representative:||Ms. Bea Előd|