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dr. Hrvoje Prpiś
director of the Business-Innovation Center Croatia,
BICRO Ltd., Ministry of science, education and sports
BICRO - logistics-partner of the
Vidi e-novation contest
The key to the competitiveness

New technologies create new opportunities for companies and improve their competitiveness on the market, and innovations are the only way to achieve this.


According to the situation on the global market today, it seems that the only economy that can prosper is the one that values knowledge and innovations and invests heavily in research and development. New technologies create new opportunities for companies and improve their competitiveness on the market, and innovations are the only way to achieve this. However, an innovation is successful only when these new solutions respond to the needs on the market.

Most innovations and new technological solutions take place in the field of information and telecommunications technology since this technological revolution is already in its advanced stage. In future, the majority of new achievements will be expected in the field of biotechnology that has already begun to develop commercially, followed by nanotechnology, which is still in its pre-commercial phase.
In the course of technological revolution, especially in its initial stage, the government is obliged to secure conditions for the research and development of innovative companies and science institutions by making strategic plans and providing financial assistance. On the 5th of May 2006, the Croatian Government adopted a strategy document issued by the Ministry of science, education and sports which proposes the plan “Scientific and technological development in Croatia 2006-2010 BICRO Ltd. was founded by the Croatian government in 1998 as a central institution for the development and advancement of innovation and technological system in order to implement the government programme designed to support technological development. In 2007 BICRO Ltd. will launch the programmes TEHCRO, VENCRO, IRCRO and KONCRO. The purpose of these programmes is to provide financial and consulting assistance to the innovative companies in their pre-commercial and commercial stage and thus support them in the complex process of transforming an innovation into a competitive product for the market.




 

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