Swedish-Hungarian Innovation Days – Focus on Business, Innovation and the next generation - From idea to business concept
7 November 2013

The Ministry of National Economy used this occasion to introduce their publication ”Runway Budapest – StartUp Credo”, which sets the goal for Budapest to become the start-up capital of the region by the end of this decade. The strategy was set up by the Ministry of National Economy, National Innovation Office and BudapestHUB working group, the latter consisting of the actors of the Hungarian start-up community. Innovative and entrepreneurial mind-set requires strong education system and business oriented environment. Both are fields where the state can be a significant promoter – states Karin Olofsdotter Ambassador of Sweden, one of the master minds behind the series of events on innovation. Sweden is one of those countries that spend a greater part of their GDP on research and development with definitive results: in 2013 for the third time in a row Sweden became the most innovative country of the European Union. The companies supporting the series of event are focusing on this innovative attitude in their everyday life: Electrolux, Ericsson and Sigma Technology.

7 November, 2013

Swedish-Hungarian Innovation Days – Focus on Business, Innovation and the next generation - From idea to business concept

Well-known experts, entrepreneurs, engineers and students from both Sweden and Hungary were searching for answers to questions such as how to develop a creative idea into a successful enterprise serving sustainable development and the national strategy.



Vérmező bicycle service station, info centre, and meeting point
Inauguration: 31 October 2013

The objective of creating the meeting point was to bring the decaying and isolated part of the park at this high-traffic location back into urban life, and – at the same time – promote sustainable urban lifestyle and support the bicycle culture of the city. The area was revitalised in an environmentally sustainable way and includes a self-service repair centre, a pump, a water supply point, a map and an info board. The design and construction are meant to reflect sustainability principles – not only in the social sense, but also in the choice of materials and use of energy, as well. The installation placed at the meeting point matches well with the atmosphere of the place, and was made from used bicycle parts, which symbolises the added value represented by recycling. The materials of the installation were partly donated by the employees of the partners and partly came from other contributors. 

31 October, 2013

Vérmező bicycle service station, info centre, and meeting point

In 2013 within the framework of the Swedish Sustainability Program, the first bicycle service station, info centre, and meeting point was established through Swedish cooperation, with the support of the municipality of Budapest in the Northern corner of Vérmező.



Swedish-Hungarian Innovation Days – Focus on Education
26 June 2013

The development of the sectors dependent on knowledge and talent, and the competitiveness of the country’s education system are the keys to the economic upswing of Hungary are. The crucial element of innovation is the creative human knowledge that contributes to the sustainable economic development by providing marketable research results. Amongst the countries of the EU Hungary belongs to the moderate innovators and has to further facilitate knowledge transfer as it has become increasingly obvious that only knowledge societies can be competitive in the globalized world. Hungary ranks well in the quality of scientific research institutions but her ranking is less than stellar in the availability of researchers and the volume of university-industry cooperation in R&D. There is no successful innovation climate without aligning education, research and business that is why experiences and best practices should be shared. H. E. Karin Olofsdotter, Sweden’s Ambassador to Hungary said that entrepreneurial and innovative competencies are aimed to be instilled in the people from school age on in the innovation-friendly country. Dr.  István Klinghammer, Minister of State for Higher Education underlined that cooperation with the industry, and turning research results into marketable innovations can mean an important complementary source of income for universities, beside state support. László Turóczy, Deputy Minister of State for Competitiveness of the Ministry for National Economy emphasized that in Hungary utilization-oriented RDI was given priority and to that end higher education, especially in engineering and science, that meets the needs of the labour market should be reinforced and vocational education that trains creative and innovative professionals should be fostered. High-quality Hungarian labour force can command a solid place in the international economic competition.

26 June, 2013

Swedish-Hungarian Innovation Days

At the seminar the governmental and educational experts of Sweden and Hungary and the representatives of Swedish companies operating in Hungary discussed the interrelated and synergic nature of the three components of the knowledge triangle, education, research and business.




Swedish-Hungarian Innovation Days – Focus on Strategy
7 May 2013

Preserving competitiveness and creating new jobs is more and more difficult yet a task of high priority lying ahead of the countries of Europe. There is mounting evidence that EU member states that support innovation find solutions to the urgent and complex societal and environmental challenges of the globalized, knowledge-based economy more easily. Both documents were developed for the countries to be able to meet the goals defined in the Europe 2020 strategy and to orient Sweden and Hungary to increase their innovation capacities. On the conference both Dr. Michael Jakob, European and international research and innovation advisor for Sweden’s Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications and Dr. Zoltán Cséfalvay, Hungary’s minister of state for National Economy agreed that innovation today doesn’t simply imply doing research at R&D institutes, it rather denotes the process through which a new idea, solution or product is delivered to the customer and which requires the collaboration of different societal-economic actors. The Swedish innovation strategy emphasizes the importance of and strongly supports such cooperation. The Hungarian strategy stresses that there is a long way to go from R&D expenditure to innovation, that is why emphasis is put on the creation and utilization of new knowledge and the relationship between these two, the knowledge transfer should be stimulated, and the utilization-oriented RDI should be given priority.

7 May, 2013

Swedish-Hungarian Innovation Days – Focus on Strategy

The governmental experts of Sweden and Hungary and the leaders of Swedish companies operating in Hungary discussed the new innovation strategies of Hungary and Sweden, which serve as guidelines for adapting to the fast-changing environment.




SymbioCity 2013 - Smart City conference
12 February 2013

Green architecture, energy design, environmentally friendly buildings and smart solutions are pivotal to contemporary and sustainable urban development. The Smart City Conference provided an important opportunity to introduce and share best ”smart” practices and examples. Swedish and Hungarian experts discussed best practices to save energy and to be cost efficient, that is  ”smart” technology solutions that support the sustainability of a city and protect its natural environment. The participants of the conference agreed on the importance of the Stockholm Royal Seaport project of Sweden. There are several projects in Hungary that serve as good examples of establishing and supporting eco-friendly architecture. In Southern Hungary projects based on energy design demonstrate a successful blend of modern technology and eco-friendly architecture, and sustainable architecture and building engineering. As much as half of the energy consumption of the world goes towards construction activities. This makes it all the more important that engineers and designers combine state-of-the-art, energy friendly technologies with eco-architecture and sustainable architectural elements. The know-how and best practices were discussed in two panels (“Smart energy and cost effective solutions” and “Smart architecture and landscaping”) by Swedish and Hungarian experts.

12 February, 2013

SymbioCity 2013 - Smart City conference

What attributes does a ”smart” city have? What makes an entire city ”smart”? The answers to these questions were sought by the SymbioCity Conference what was opened by Dr. Ewa Björling, Minister for Trade of Sweden and Dr. Zoltán Cséfalvay, State Secretary of the Ministry for National Economy of Hungary.