ECCIR’s International Innovation Masterclass: Innovate with the Czech Republic

The second webinar in ECCIR’s “International Innovation Masterclass” series, “Innovate with the Czech Republic” took place on December 13, 2022. Presented in collaboration with the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Toronto and CzechInvest, this webinar brought together a variety of Czech and Canadian speakers from industry, government, and academia to help attendees:

  1. Discover the Czech Republic as an innovation leader in Europe
  2. Find out about funding and support services available for collaboration between Canadian and Czech stakeholders
  3. Understand how to connect to productive partnerships in the Czech Republic
  4. Be inspired by success stories from stakeholders that have developed collaborative partnerships in the Czech Republic

Why the Czech Republic?

The Czech Republic has always been a country of innovators. Czech researchers are renowned worldwide for their invention of key innovation technologies, such as the lightning rod, the ship propeller, contact lenses, and anti-HIV/AIDs medicines. Today, the Czech Republic remains a global innovation leader in electron microscopy, artificial intelligence, automotive technologies, life sciences, nanofibres, cybernetics, astrophysics, and more.

Who spoke?

Dr. Petr Očko, Deputy Minister for Digitalization and Innovation at the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic

Jakub Hájek, Director of the Startup and Innovative SMEs Division at CzechInvest

Eva Bartoňová, Head of the Trade and Investment Section at the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Toronto

Karolína Konicarová, Director of Canadian Operations at CzechInvest

Dr. Katelyn Petersen, Client Executive at RunWithIt Synthetics

Dr. Pavel Pořízka, Associate Professor at the Central European Institute of Technology

Laura Intemann, Project Manager at the European-Canadian Centre for Innovation and Research


ECCIR would like to everyone who attended the “Innovate with the Czech Republic” webinar and to our colleagues at CzechInvest and the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Toronto for co-organizing this event. We would also like to thank our speakers for generously agreeing to share their expertise.

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