International Workshop on "Scale-up of Innovative SMEs"

 The Strategy of Research and Development section of the Engineering Academy of the Czech Republic organized  a workshop  on  "Scale-up of Innovative SMEs" in the conference room of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague on  September  19, 2017.


The main speaker Bertrand van Ee, representative of AcTI (Netherlands Academy of Technology and Innovation) and a head of Euro-CASE Innovation Platform II., introduced the activities of the Euro-CASE Innovation Platform II., its recommendations for the EU and  EU Member States and - in particular - a draft of the Euro-CASE Position Paper Barriers to Innovation and Scale-up of Innovative SMEs”.

Silvia Jirásková in her contribution: Enterprise Europe Network & Scale-up Project in the Czech Republic presented the activities of the Technology Centre of the Academy of Sciences and of  the South Moravian Innovation Centre focused on increasing innovation capacities of  small and medium-sized enterprises. Particularly she introduced the ScaleCzechSMEs project aimed at supporting rapidly growing small and medium - sized enterprises.

Petr Očko from the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic in his contribution “Scale-up Support Programs of the Technology Agency CR" presented the activities of TA CR focused mainly on small and medium-sized enterprises and on the support for Czech applicants from the first phase of the SME Instrument - Horizon 2020.

Discussion followed on those policy recommendations which could be applicable in the Czech Republic. Position papers originating from the Innovation Platform activities are available on

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Jiří Janošec, FEng.

Strategy of Research and Development EACR





The European Council of Academies of Applied Sciences, Technologies and Engineering (Euro-CASE) is an independent non-profit organisation of national Academies of Engineering, Aapplied Sciences and Technologies from 21 European countries. Euro-CASE acts as a permanent forum for exchange and consultation between European institutions, industry and research. Through its member academies, Euro-CASE has access to top expertises (around 6 000 experts) and provides impartial, independent and balanced  policy, advice on technological and innovation issues with a clear European dimension to European institutions and national governments. In 2012 Euro-CASE  launched an Innovation Platform which consists of members of Euro-CASE Academies from science, engineering and business. The platform develops policy recommendations relevant for member states and EU Innovation Policy.

22 Sep 2017