Moravian-Silesian Innovation Centre Ostrava
MSIC (Moravian-Silesian Innovation Centre) is a regional innovation centre in the Czech Republic. It was established in July 2017. It has 5 shareholders – Moravian-Silesian Region, Statutory City of Ostrava, Technical University Ostrava, Ostrava University and Silesian University. It plays 3 key roles in the Moravian-Silesian Innovation Ecosystem:
- coordination of Regional Innovation Strategy and implementation of its relevant programmes, projects and activities;
- implementation of individual business support services to start-ups and SMEs;
- administration and development of the Technology Park.
MSIC aims at cultivating the mindset of people living in the Moravian-Silesian region to become more entrepreneurial in all meanings of this word (more risk-taking approach, openness to innovations, changes and new trends etc.). Simultaneously, MSIC is the front-runner in spreading new ideas including the ones related to digitization of businesses and business processes, to involving new technological and educational trends in high schools and universities programmes.
Since July 2017 it has succeeded in developing a wide range of services to support entrepreneurship from early stage start-ups through seed stage start-ups to mature SMEs. The current portfolio of clients consists of approximately 270 companies (70 out of them rent offices and/or laboratories in one of four premises MSIC Ostrava is running). MSIC has at its disposal around 130 experts who can help companies with “change projects”. Apart from SMEs, MSIC also develops cooperation and relationship with large companies, investors and other stakeholders.
Currently, it employs 25 people with very diverse experience in running their own businesses and/or working for start-ups/SMEs/large companies. MSIC operates four business incubators of approximately 10.000 square meters in total, including offices, meeting rooms, laboratories and two shared-laboratories dedicated to prototyping and digitalization (e.g. collaborative robots). Currently, the expansion of the business incubators operated by MSIC is being prepared, including the construction of a new building with pilot lines capacities, shared laboratories and offices (to a smaller extend).
MSIC is considered nationally as a leading innovation agency with a strong track record in supporting business innovation. Its representatives are actively involved also in the design of national innovation policies. MSIC has among its strategic priorities development of policy instruments aiming at progress of conscious entrepreneurship and raising awareness of business opportunities linked with Industry 4.0. MSIC is a partner to a formal platform of Czech innovation centres PLATINN.CZ which unites six regional innovation agencies that support innovation in SMEs and facilitate access to investors and corporations.
MSIC Ostrava also closely cooperates with other regional initiatives like BusinessCon (an informal platform for regular meetings of leaders from technology companies for mutual learning) and/or Patrioti MSK (a group of entrepreneurial people aiming at improving the image of the Moravian-Silesian region. It helps to develop local entrepreneurs by mutual learning, sharing experience and networking).
How to get to MSIC
Turn from 17. listopadu to Opavská at the traffic lights, you will turn left to the dorms of the Technical University Ostrava. At the end, you will turn right along the forest, past the IT4 Innovations building, you will see the Piano building, which is the gate to the premises of the MSIC. If you are coming from Opava, turn right before the traffic lights, the way is indicated by newly installed brown signs of MSIC. The first turn right and you will find yourself above the MSIC premises, in particular above the Viva building.
Buses 40 and 37 terminate at Studentské koleje, the terminus is close to the premises. Go past the forest down the pavement, you will past the IT4 Innovations and arrive at the Piano building. Another option is the stop Pustkovecká and bus 46, found on the Opavská street. You will need to cross the road. Then, by crossing the green area, you will get above the premises, where all the buildings are located, the Viva will be the closest to you. Recently, the bus stop Inovační has been opened, where the bus 90 stops, which then continue to the Ostrava Planetarium.
By walking or bike - or skating
From the bus stop Studentské koleje, along the forest and past the IT4 Innovations, you will reach the Piano building and the Tandem building on its right. If you go past the Piano building, you will get to Viva and Trident, where the MSIC is found. From the Opavská street, you need to cross the road. From there, cross the green area towards the premises. At first, you will notice the Viva building, on the right is located Tandem, on the left Piano, and Trident. The premises are surrounded by tracks for not only walkers, but also fans of cycling or skating.
708 00 Ostrava-Pustkovec
GPS: 49.838934, 18.153228 Opening hours
708 00 Ostrava-Pustkovec Opening hours
708 00 Ostrava-Pustkovec Opening hours