18. May 2023
On May 11, 2023, Pavol Miškovský, Chairman of the Board of Cassovia New Industry Cluster (CNIC), gave a presentation on state aid solutions for fostering collaboration between companies and Slovak universities, and the feasibility study of the CNIC project in Košice. This initiative is a joint effort of the three Košice universities – UPJŠ, TUKE, and UVLF – in partnership with SAV, UNLP, the city of Košice, Košice Self-Governing Region, and Cassovia Discovery Park. The primary objective of CNIC is not only to create an innovative research and development environment but also to foster the growth of the high-tech industry in the region of Eastern Slovakia. The establishment of CNIC has the potential to drive progress not only in the eastern region but also contribute to the overall development of our nation.
CNIC represents a significant milestone in successful technology transfer from academic institutions. The comprehensive feasibility study evaluated the project’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and associated risks. Identified resources are dedicated to ensuring the successful implementation of the project. This comprehensive analysis provides CNIC members with objective insights, enabling informed decision-making and enhancing the project’s prospects for success.
Pavol Miškovský, Chairman of the CNIC Board, emphasized the pivotal role of science in shaping Slovakia’s future. He stated, ‘It is vital to recognize the immense value of the capacities built within Slovak universities for all of us. While students and researchers may leave our country, these solutions and studies can not only facilitate their return or improve conditions but also pave the way for the entire system to thrive.’
CNIC’s focus areas include biomedicine, bioengineering, digital and green technologies, advanced materials, hydrogen and quantum technologies, and information technology, all with a strong emphasis on societal development. The project aspires to establish a sustainable knowledge-based economy, aligning science, technology, education, and society harmoniously.
Miškovský further emphasized the collaborative nature of the CNIC project, stating, ‘It is important to note that CNIC is not a standalone project but closely intertwined with the goals and strategies of Košice universities and SAV regarding technology transfer. The project receives substantial support from the city of Košice, Košice Self-Governing Region, and the private sector. While we provide favorable conditions for CNIC’s success, achieving our objectives will require sustained teamwork.’
The formation of the interest association Cassovia New Industry Cluster in August 2021 has played a crucial role in promoting the development of the high-tech industry in Slovakia’s eastern region. Through collaboration with the private sector, the association aims to establish a sustainable economy.
The state aid solutions for collaboration between companies and universities, as well as the feasibility study of the CNIC project, were financed under the Integration of Košice Universities in the Field of Technology Transfer (CassTech) project, with the project number 005UPJŠ-2-1/2021.”