AmCham Slovakia

Regional Development

How to avoid widening regional differences?

(by Rastislav Trnka)

The beginning of the New Year started with unflattering statistics. Two districts were added to the list of the least developed ones in Slovakia. Overall, their number increased from 16 to 20 last year. Nevertheless, there were “only” 12 in 2015, when the law on support of lagging districts was passed.

Join the success story of your favorite local brand

(by Michal Nešpor)

Crowd investing is often associated exclusively with start-ups. A risky bet on finding the one which will ultimately outperform the rest ... But there’s also a different perspective — professional crowd investing bringing proven private equity principles and returns to regional investors. Private investors and institutions provide regional businesses with alternative sources of capital, a necessary foundation for international growth and innovation in every strong economy. 

Regional development as the key to unlock regional potential

(by Viera Sláviková)

Regional policies support regional development and target regions and cities to minimize regional disparities by boosting economic growth and improving the quality of life via strategic investments and projects. They are also an active form of solidarity, which supports the less developed regions.

The regions need to redefine the way Slovakia is governed

(by Anton Marcinčin)

He has spent the last few years analyzing the problems in the regions and addressing them at the national level through meaningful policies. He has been pointing to a lack of interest in the regions dealing with the most difficult issues, but also to the fact that these regions need to start from themselves in order to make a successful transformation, instead of just relying on financial help from the outside. Anton Marcinčin offers his take on these difficult topics based on his experience in the position of the Government Plenipotentiary for Underdeveloped Regions.  

Defining the revolution of today

(by Michal Hladký)

The third edition of Art & Tech Conference tried to define revolutionary ideas, technological advances, but also changes in thinking and human behavior of today by focusing on one of the most revolutionary technologies that humanity has at its disposal - artificial intelligence (AI). The conference is part of Art & Tech Days, an annual festival of media arts, technology and digital culture in Košice – UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts.

What is it like to study at a foreign college?

(by Nina Francelová)

Choosing a college or a university is a big step which is very likely to influence the professional and maybe also the personal life of a student in the future. Many Slovak students consider studying abroad, as demonstrated by the research of the Centre of Education Management, which operates under the Management Faculty of Comenius University together with Profesia. 

Innovative companies can fight the brain drain phenomenon on their own

(by Bart Waterloos)

Piešťany is a relatively small spa city located in north-west Slovakia. As in other Slovak cities, the brain drain phenomenon is present there too. 

Omamas – a way out of extreme poverty

(by Pavel Hrica)

The chosen recipient of this year’s  Annual Thanksgiving Charity Drive OZ Cesta von aims to help families stop the vicious circle of generational poverty. Pavel Hrica, its Executive Manager, introduces their Omama program, which works directly with people from the excluded communities and targets the youngest children.