The latest data show that #brnoregion is among the European leaders in terms of innovation support

12. April 2023
According to the latest data, a total of €856 million went into research and development in the South Moravian Region. This is 3.2% of the regional GDP, which means the highest share of the whole Czech Republic. Such support for innovation is contributed to not only by universities and public research institutions, but above all by companies that focus on research and development. This results from the 2023 Data report on science, research, innovation and entrepreneurship in South Moravia.
The latest data show that #brnoregion is among the European leaders in terms of innovation support
The South Moravian Region has long had the highest concentration of companies with research and development in relation to the total number of active firms. The largest number of companies with up to 50 employees increased their year-on-year spending on science and research by 37%. "Corporate research complements the traditionally strong research capacities of local universities and research institutes. This expands the possibilities for cooperation, attracts talent, and strengthens the whole innovation environment," says Anna Putnová, the City of Brno's representative for innovation and cooperation with research organizations. 
Filter and export cited data on research & development, innovation, business, and employment in the #brnoregion innovation ecosystem.

The latest data report also shows that the number of workers in corporate research and development has continued to grow in the region. In terms of full-time equivalent employees, this was up 10% year-on-year. The innovativeness of South Moravian companies is also related to the high share of workers in high-tech industries. It reached 7.3%, which puts the region on par with advanced European regions such as Flemish Brabant, Lisbon, Oslo, Utrecht or Hamburg, and Dresden. "High-tech specialists are attracted to the South Moravian Region by sectors such as internationally renowned optoelectronic equipment manufacturing and a wide range of software industries, including several world leaders. The region boasts major technology companies that attract investment and are growing rapidly," explains Jiří Hlavenka, the South Moravian Region's Councillor for Science, Research, Innovation, and IT.

According to the data report, 2022 has so far been a record year in terms of the amount of investment in technology companies that have been created in the region. Transactions worth €178.3 million took place, with the highest investment of €100 million for, while other significant investments were made in Tatum Technology and Kentico Software. In terms of the growth rate of this volume of investment, the region is one of the fastest-growing ecosystems in Europe.

  • 3.2% is the highest share of R&D expenditure to regional GDP in the Czech Republic

  • 72 firms with their own R&D per 1,000 firms (with 10 or more employees), the highest number in the Czech Republic

  • 51% of university students in the South Moravian Region study technical, natural sciences and health fields

  • EUR 178.3 million was the volume of investment in technology companies from South Moravia in 2022 (identified by Dealroom)

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