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2016: The Year of the Slovak Presidency and the Digital Agenda
SAPIE turned two in 2016. The Slovak Alliance for the Internet Economy expanded its activities and changed its name to The Slovak Alliance for Innovation Economy. The evolution of the innovation ecosystem broadened the scope of companies we want to invite to build a platform to share knowledge, insights and efforts beyond the Internet economy. Our membership base includes almost 40 members united to support our three key priorities: creating the education system and skills for the 21st century, including applied research, boosting the startup ecosystem and supporting scaling and global export of the Slovak companies.
We’ve got new name (The Slovak Alliance for Innovation Economy) broadening our activities beyond the traditional Slovak startup community and looking at the broader innovation community. This allowed us to take a broader look at the ecosystem and identify new allies and partners and helped us increase the number of members, reaching 40 members by the end of the year 2016. SAPIE is building a platform that aims to share insights, knowledge and efforts and it is open to relevant players in the innovation economy. We’re all in this together.
INNOVATION FOR ALL & THE FUTURE OUTLOOK
We believe that innovation is a matter of all sectors and industries. Our members are bringing innovation to manufacturing, automotive & mobility sectors and changing our physical worlds. Education needs to follow this trend and we see it as one of the key priorities for 2017. Besides attracting foreign investment we need to empower, support and respect home-grown innovation and Slovak scaleups. In 2013, 250 scaleups in the Internet economy generated 1% of turnover of all companies active in Slovakia. We hope this number to increase at least 2% of overall turnover of the Slovak business sector by 2020.
STRONGER REGIONAL TIES
We understand that partnerships and strong local support are crucial to build global companies. We decided to strengthen ties with similar startup and innovative associations in Brussels (Allied for Startups, European Startup Network), act together and develop collective efforts in the European parliament (with the help of V4 Members of the European Parliament) and in the European Commission. Regionally, we have developed partnerships in the V4 (V4 startup survey and Memorandum of Understanding setting up the “Regional Startup Platform”). We see the future in developing the Danube Valley, the collective of private and public players in the 4 cities (Vienna, Bratislava, Brno and Budapest).
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