Today, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia, Ana Brnabić, visited the innovation laboratories in the Science Technology Park Belgrade (STP Belgrade), where start-ups and technology development companies from STP demonstrated the development of innovative products and services on new equipment donated by the RS Government. During the visit, the results of the Innovation Fund public call for COVID-19 were presented as well, giving 53 million RSD for financing 12 innovative projects.
The visits were attended by Mladen Šarčević, Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development, Nenad Popović, Minister without portfolio in charge of Innovation and Technological Development, Dubravka Negre, Director of the European Investment Bank (EIB) Office, as well as Gordana Danilović Grković, Acting Director of STP Belgrade and Ivan Rakonjac, Director of the Innovation Fund.
STP Belgrade is supporting more than 70 start-up and technological development companies, many of which are engaged in the development of hardware products. Due to the growing needs of member companies, in cooperation with the Government of the Republic of Serbia, and through the implementation of the initiative of the Council for Innovative Entrepreneurship and Information Technology of RS, with the support of the EIB, the capacities of the Innovative 3D Laboratory were expanded. The procurement of new equipment, with a total value of EUR 420,000, significantly increased the possibilities of innovative companies in STP Belgrade to quickly and timely, at lower costs, develop prototypes and new solutions in the field of modelling, physical construction and testing. Thanks to the new equipment, two completely new laboratories have been formed, so today the member companies of STP Belgrade have at their disposal 3 innovation laboratories for the production and finishing of innovative products in different stages of development (CNC Lab, Laser LaB, Innovation Lab).
During today’s visit, the new equipment demonstrated the process of 3D scanning during the production of decorative linings for prostheses and the production of these elements on CNC machines, the work of CNC machines in the development of the first Serbian respirator and Smartblot device for automation of biochemical analysis (start-up SmartResearch) as well as LifeMask, reusable protective masks and smart gloves for the blind (start-up Anoris Technology). Making of protective glasses for visors and filters for multiple protective masks on laser machines (Polyhedra and Anoris) was demonstrated, as well as, equipment for extended video experience of users (start-up Futuring), equipment for electrical measurements for the development of radar technology (NovelIC) and operation of 3D printers: modelling of industrial grippers (Gimatic Balkan) and modelling of hardware for radar technology (NovelIc).
The best evidence of the possibilities of this equipment is the fact that immediately after the proclamation of the Corona virus pandemic, it was recognized by start-ups from the STP community and makers, as a tool that can be used to develop and manufacture protective equipment to fight the effects of Covid19. In cooperation with the initiative Visionaries of Serbia and Polyhedra Lab, almost 15,000 pieces of protective glasses and visor holders were produced in the innovation laboratories of STP Belgrade during the state of emergency due to the Corona virus pandemic!
Equipment in innovation laboratories is made available to all member companies, as well as to all start-ups and highly educated, young people who have the idea to develop new innovative products and services. The work of young innovators in innovation laboratories will be additionally supported by the Government of the Swiss Confederation in the next four years through grants and professional support.
Results of the Innovation Fund public call for suppression of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic
Following the entry into force of the state of emergency in the Republic of Serbia, at the initiative of the Cabinet of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia, the Innovation Fund prepared and published a public call for suppressing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the short period of time, close to 300 proposals for innovative projects arrived, which showed the high potential of our innovative companies, and the Innovation Fund approved 53 million RSD to finance 12 innovative projects. In a short period of one month, all 12 solutions were developed and ready for use, aimed at combating the effects of the corona virus pandemic, and in STP Belgrade today 5 of them were presented: disinfection tunnel (Corten Art), thermal counter for non-contact measurement temperature and disinfection of user’s hands (Hola Systems), automatic devices for positive pressure respiration (SmartResearch), a range of products for disinfection of rooms and objects using ultraviolet radiation (Metaling) and reusable protective suits (Advertout).