"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 new way of work, according to which four Policy Task Forces were established to dedicate focus and resources to the selected four key areas. One of them is the Innovation Policy Task Force, whose activities will serve the above mission.
For PTF meeting dates please click here.
The Innovation Policy Task Force has defined four main objectives for the period of 2015-2017:
- Focus on innovation as a corner stone of macroeconomic policy;
- Stimulate high-value added R&D projects that lay a solid groundwork for sustainable growth after 2020;
- Encourage long-term cooperation between large enterprises, SMEs and 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 high-value added R&D projects in Hungary, how to attract more investments in R&D, and to help increase the country’s competitiveness. Recommendations were incorporated into the 19-point recommendation package titled “For a more competitive Hungary” that was published and sent to decision-makers in February 2016.
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, 2016 a discussion took place with two high-level government representatives dr. Antal Nikodémus, representing the Ministry for National Economy and Dr. Ferenc Friedler, Vice President of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office (NKFIH) at AmCham.
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 support the work of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office by sharing its industry expertise and knowledge of R&D related corporate processes. AmCham is represented at the Advisory Board of the NKFIH by its President Ferenc Pongrácz.
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, innovators and academia, participants discussed what different scenarios could be envisioned for Hungary’s future development and what will be the impact of industrial internet in seven areas: education, work, manufacturing, services, social system, healthcare, services and entrepreneurship. Discussion focused on the actions we need to take today to become and stay competitive in these areas. Keynote speeches were delivered by Alan Kirman professor emeritus of Aix Marseille University on “Will AI replace humans in the near future?” and by Peter Rožek, Country Sales Director for CEE, Rockwell Automation on the “Connected Enterprise”.
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:
- Introduction of 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|