Brno was as soon as well-known for its textile business. But its subsequent decline within the late twentieth century meant the Czech Republic’s second-largest metropolis needed to reinvent itself.
Twenty years in the past, a brand new business hub was arrange in Brno. JIC (the South Moravian Innovation Centre) was one of many first technological incubators within the japanese a part of the European Union.
Today, its success has made it a magnet for entrepreneurs and firms with a world perspective.
In the historical past of JIC, a few hundred firms going via our providers… have a turnover of some €700 million,” mentioned Michal Veselý, Chief Marketing Officer at JIC.
IDEA StatiCa began from scratch at JIC 12 years in the past. Experts in concrete and metal connections, they’re now one of many world leaders of their sector, with greater than 6500 clients.
“JIC helps you get going,” Juraj Sabatka, CEO of IDEA StatiCa advised Euronews. “What’s extra priceless and comes afterward while you work with JIC is the advisory [aspect]. That means, speaking to the group and [using the] specialised providers JIC supplies, meaning they’re able to overview your business plan, they are going to overview your go-to market mannequin, they are going to overview your improvement operations and assist you to do it.”
JIC has contributed to the creation of greater than 3500 expert jobs since 2003. Its whole finances exceeds €12.5 million, of which 72% has been funded by the European Cohesion Policy.
One of the group’s mottos is ‘entrepreneurship for a greater world’. JIC helps start-ups akin to Tierra Verde, which specialises in environmentally pleasant cleansing items. They began by promoting natural cleaning soap. They now promote 250 merchandise.
Tierra Verde’s CEO, Jan Čillík advised Euronews that “in the meanwhile, JIC helps Tierra Verde with two tasks. One is targeted on automatisation, and the second is targeted on sustainability. And JIC helps us with opening, for example, [the] European marketplace for Tierra Verde.”
In a bid to encourage and enhance entrepreneurial consciousness, JIC is now offering coaching classes for future business leaders. Workshops and actions are held in cooperation with Czech universities and hope to encourage younger folks within the area to develop concepts that can make a constructive distinction within the years and a long time to return.
“What form of values will we convey to college students? I feel it is a braveness,” mentioned Veronika Rejšková, a staff chief with the JIC Student Development staff. “It’s additionally a freedom like their very own alternative, what they are going to do, and additionally perhaps creativity, that they actually can convey up one thing very new, which no one heard about earlier than”.
As an indication of recognition for his or her success to this point, JIC was nominated for the 2022 REGIOSTARS Award – which celebrates the very best of Europe’s EU-funded tasks below the cohesion coverage.