KOŠICE REGION STARTUP FACTORY
We support entrepreneurs
We create and implement targeted programs to support entrepreneurs and startups. We help them with the establishment of their company and shape their business intentions in the right direction. We connect them with investment and business opportunities and create conditions that enable their growth in international markets.
We create an innovative ecosystem
We are a regional innovation center and our task is to create a sustainable environment for increasing the innovation potential of our region. We connect innovative actors with business and investment opportunities. We create and implement programs to support and develop innovative start-ups.
We are the roof for innovation
We cover and support innovative projects within the region. In addition to innovation, we focus on supporting science and research, education and technology. We connect innovation actors and identify areas of cooperation that will contribute to the goals of the regional innovation strategy.
Portfolio of startups
Our startups are the output of the first year of the entrepreneurial and innovation program, which was launched at secondary schools in the Košice region. In addition, they are supplemented by companies that have decided to cooperate with us.
A vision that will change the Košice region for the better
The Košice region is full of possibilities that are worth exploring and taking advantage of. Together with the founding members, we embarked on a mission that offers a meaningful alternative for those who are considering leaving our region. We want to coordinate and introduce education in the field of business skills across regional high schools, thereby motivating students to continue working on their business ideas during their university studies at one of the Košice universities.
Services for your company
Services in the field of education
Innovations and startups need talented and creative people. As part of our programs, we provide educational programs at regional high schools. The training focuses on working with an idea, properly designing a solution, and then we work with a business model. In addition, we will focus on improving students' presentation skills. Our services can also be used by companies that are interested in increasing creativity and interest in innovation in their teams.
Innoveast and Innovation Awards
In 2023, we organized the second year of the innovation festival Innoveast, which was divided into two parts. The first was dedicated to high school students from schools in the Košice region. The second part was devoted to awarding in within the Košice region Innovation Awards, where the best startups, scientists and entrepreneurs from the Košice region were selected by an expert jury. Watch the video from the year 2023.
Establishment of the Innovation Center of the Košice Region
The Innovation Center of the Košice Region was established on August 04, 2021 as an interest association of legal entities between the Košice Self-Governing Region, the City of Košice, the University of Pavel Jozef Šafárik, the Technical University of Košice and the University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy. The main goal of this cooperation is to support the development of the innovation ecosystem, increase the innovation potential, create sustainable conditions for the growth and development of new business entities, slow down or completely stop the brain drain and connect individual innovation actors. Project of the Košice cluster of new industry (CNIC) is the first significant project of the Innovation Center of the Košice Region, the aim of which is to support the creation and development of new technologies in the East Slovak region.
Regional Innovation Strategy
The Innovation Center of the Košice Region is the main output of the creation of the Regional Innovation Strategy, which is responsible for its implementation. This is the main and only document approved within the Košice Region, which guides the support of the innovation ecosystem in the Košice Region.
When I took up the position of bathrobe, I decided that in the east we would set up as many projects as possible that would keep the Easterners at home. This is also the Innovation Center of the Košice Region. I am extremely interested in this project, because I believe that, thanks to good cooperation between the public sector and the private and academic, we can bring hundreds of jobs to the East.