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 corporations with a global perspective.
In the historical past of JIC, a few hundred corporations going via our companies… have a turnover of some €700 million,” stated 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 informed Euronews. “What’s extra beneficial and comes afterward while you work with JIC is the advisory [aspect]. That means, speaking to the neighborhood and [using the] specialised companies JIC offers, meaning they can overview your business plan, they may overview your go-to market mannequin, they may overview your improvement operations and provide help to to do it.”
JIC has contributed to the creation of greater than 3500 expert jobs since 2003. Its whole funds 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 corresponding 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 informed Euronews that “for the time being, JIC helps Tierra Verde with two initiatives. One is concentrated on automatisation, and the second is concentrated on sustainability. And JIC helps us with opening, as an instance, [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 optimistic distinction within the years and a long time to return.
“What type of values will we deliver to college students? I believe it is a braveness,” stated Veronika Rejšková, a crew chief with the JIC Student Development crew. “It’s additionally a freedom like their very own alternative, what they may do, and additionally perhaps creativity, that they actually can deliver up one thing very new, which no person heard about earlier than”.
As an indication of recognition for his or her success to date, JIC was nominated for the 2022 REGIOSTARS Award – which celebrates one of the best of Europe’s EU-funded initiatives underneath the cohesion coverage.