Financing Smart City Innovations: workshops in Banská Bystrica and Košice

On 14 and 15 November 2023, in cooperation with the Ministry of Investment, Regional Development and Informatization (MIRRI) and EIT Urban Mobility, we organized a workshop entitled "Financing Smart Urban Innovations" in Banská Bystrica and Košice.

The event attracted representatives of local governments, experts from MIRRI and the European Investment Bank (EIB) to discuss current challenges and opportunities in the field of smart cities.

The overall aim of the event was to provide city and local government representatives with comprehensive information on funding opportunities for innovations that will bring progressive change to urban and regional environments in Slovakia. The event has become an important milestone in promoting smart development and building sustainable and efficient cities in Slovakia.

Opportunities to share experiences

The workshop brought together a wide range of topics related to smart city innovations, including digital transformation, sustainable mobility and efficient use of energy resources. Participants had the opportunity to share their experiences and upcoming smart city projects. The event also welcomed a representative from the EIB who added an international perspective to the discussions. The workshop also included a presentation of the Smart City/Smart Region Project Development and Prioritisation Tool.

Representatives of cities and municipalities had the opportunity to test their projects and see if they are ready for funding.The presentation of the Smart Project Creation and Prioritisation Tool was part of the Smart Cities and Regions Action Plan 2023-2026. Participants had the opportunity to learn about current trends and funding opportunities for smart projects. They were also able to learn about other forms of support offered in the field of innovation for cities and regions, including support from the RAPTOR programme funded by the EIT Urban Mobility, an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union.

The HOPERO Comprehensive Support Programme for Local Authorities

The event was organised within the framework of the HOPERO Comprehensive Support Programme for Local Governments. The aim of this programme is to provide practical tools and support to local governments in the development of innovations funded by the Slovakia Programme for Cities and Regions.

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