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Festival for Clever Entrepreneurship: Event to Support Successful Digital Transformation of Enterprises, Economy and Society

Streamlined online from Prague Innovative Institute, Prague, Czech Republic

26 October 2021


9:00 – 9:40

Opening Speeches

(working languages: Czech and English, simultaneously interpreted)

Introductory greetings and speeches of the representatives of the Czech Government, the European Commission and the City of Prague:

Greeting by Karel Havlicek, Vice Prime Minister for Economy, Minister of Industry and Trade and Minister of Transport of the Czech Government

Greeting by Zdenek Hrib, Mayor of the City of Prague

H.E. Nicholas Archer, Ambassador of the United Kingdom of the Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the Czech Republic

Vit Simral, Deputy Mayor of the City of Pragu

Daniel Vsetecka, Director of Smart Specialisation Department, Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic

Marie Zezulkova, Director of Regional Policy Department, Ministry of Regional Development of the Czech Republic

Yves Paindaveine, Head of the Sector of Digitising European Industry Governance, European Commission, DG CONNECT

9:40 – 10:00

Keyword Speech

Jiri Holoubek, President of the Electric and Electronic Association of the Czech Republic, Member of the Board of the Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic and Member of the Research, Development and Innovation Council of the Czech Government:  

How to do “smart business” and successfully digitally transform small and medium enterprises and public organisations

10:00 – 12:00


Morning expert blocks

Moderated by

Jiri Holoubek, Electric and Electronic Association of the Czech Republic and Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic

Tereza Samanova, CzechInno Association, CEEInno Platform and DIHNET Project

(working languages: Czech and English, simultaneously interpreted)

10:00 – 11:00

Block Digital Transformation of Entrepreneurship

  • Resources and processes needed for successful digital transformation of industry and entrepreneurship
  • Investment models and non-financial incentives for the development of digital innovations
  • People, technologies and their interactions as the basis of digital transformation

Petr Pracna, Network of National Contact Points for Horizon Europe Programme: Support for applicants wishing to participate in Horizon Europe Programme accross the Europe

Jiri Janosec, Enterprise Europe Network Czech Republic and ADMA TranS4MErs Project: Digitalisation activities of the Technology Center of the Czech Academy of Sciences for SMEs

Dawid Solak, Platforma Przemysłu Przyszłości (Future Industry Platform Poland): Activities of the Platform to help developing industry of the future and DIH community in Poland

Thorsten Huelsmann, International Data Spaces: European activities towards GAIA-X compliant sovereign data spaces

11:00 – 12:00

Block Digital Transformation in the Public Sphere

  • Public policies and strategies to support development and implementation of smart solutions in the public sector
  • Smart companies in smart cities and regions
  • Paradoxes of digital transformation

Bohumil Kartous, Prague Innovation Institute: Innovative Prague

Gencho Kerezov, Deputy Mayor of the Sofia Municipality for Digitalisation, Innovation and Development and Innovative Sofia: Support to smart strategy development and implementation, smart cities and their start-ups in Bulgaria

Heiko Stoermer, Director EIT Digital Italy: EIT Digital activities to support digital innovation

Friederike Kühl, Smart Transportation Alliance: Digitalisation activities across Europe in transport and logistics

12:00 – 12:30

Digital Innovation Hubs – an effective tool to support digital transformation of SMEs and public sector

·        Introduction to the topic of (European) Digital Innovation Hubs and their current place and future in European programs and projectsYves Paindaveine, European Commission, DG CONNECT: News from European programmes of support for Digital Innovation Hubs and deployment of digital innovation within SME and public sector

Maria Roca, Senior Project Manager of I4MS Initiative, FundingBox: European Coordinative and Support Actions – current news and future

Tereza Samanova, DIHNET Project Ambassador and CEEInno Platform: Networks of Digital Innovation Hubs in Central and Eastern Europe and prospective of their collaboration with other partners

12:30 – 13:00


Inspirational Noon Break

Lecture by Professor Peter Stanek: Covid as catalysator of economic and social change

(language of the lecture: Czech with English subtitles)

13:00 – 13:30

Lunch rest, online exhibitions

13:30 – 15:30


Inspirations from the current activities of the Digital Innovation Hubs

  • Overview of the activities of Czech and foreign Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs)
  • Offer of services in the field of sharing technologies, infrastructure and providing support services for the digital transformation
  • Technology, regional and sectorial focus of the individual DIHs
  • Grants, commercial and pro bono activities
  • Cross-border and international cooperation
  • Thematically related presentations of digital innovation projects and activities from the Czech Republic, United Kingdom, Germany, Poland and Slovakia

13:30 – 13:50

Smart Companies, Smart Cities and Smart Regional Development

Hub for Digital Innovations (Praha, CZ)

Plan4All DIH (Horni Briza, CZ)

South Bohemian DigiHub (Ceske Budejovice, CZ)

Digital Catapult (London, UK)

Sunderland Software City (Sunderland, UK)

13:50 – 14:20


Cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence

Cybersecurity Innovation Hub (Brno, CZ) (Praha, CZ)

CYBERSEC HUB (Krakow, PL) (Gdańsk, PL)

14:20 – 15:00

Smart Manufacturing

National Centre for Industry 4.0 at CIIRC CTU (Praha, CZ)


Pilsen DIH (Plzen, CZ)

The High Value Manufacturing Catapult (Solihull, UK)

Manufacturing Technology Centre (Coventry, UK)


15:00 – 15:30

Digital Innovation in Health and Mobility


DIH ICUK (Usti nad Labem, CZ)

Digital Hub Logistics (Dortmund, DE)

Smart Transportation Alliance (London, UK / Bruxelles, BE)


Final remarks and closure of Smart Business Festival CZ 2021

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As part of this year's program, we will, among other things, bring new experiences and good practices from Europe, summarize findings and experiences from the regional series Digital Transformation 2020 and present all Czech digital innovation hubs exclusively in one place.

Why visit Smart Business Festival?

  • You can look forward to very interesting lectures, workshops, exclusive discussions on new tips in the area of this year’s six program blocks Resources – People – Investments – Trade and Marketing – Consulting and this year a new special festival section is Law and Security.
  • You will learn how to improve certain areas of your business for free or at low cost
  • You will gain new knowledge, experience and see in practice innovative procedures and solutions that have proven successful abroad
  • You will establish and get to know new business contacts
  • Information on current examples of good practice from dynamic and foreign companies
  • Presentation of successful companies in the field of smart and digital business
  • Interesting networking environment for business opportunities

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