A ‘Policy Support Facility’ (PSF) has been set up by the Directorate-General for Research & Innovation (DG RTD) of the European Commission under the European Framework Programme for Research & Innovation ‘Horizon 2020’, in order to support Member States and associated countries in reforming their national science, technology and innovation systems.
The Slovak authorities expressed their interest in receiving specific support under PSF in the context of the "Strategy to support start-ups and further develop the start-up ecosystem" adopted by the Government of the Slovak Republic in June 2015.
The aim of the specific support to Slovakia was to provide guidance and recommendations to:
- improve the business environment in order to promote entrepreneurship, start-ups and boost business investments in research and innovation.
- improve the incubation/acceleration system in Slovakia and to attract external investors to create new incubators/accelerators.
- establish and implement a transparent and effective scheme to support business angels.
The PSF expert panel, consisting of four independent experts, worked from April 2016 to August 2016 and arrived at a set of policy messages highlighted upfront in the report. The specific recommendations, 21 in total, provide concrete guidance and a road map for the implementation of the recommended actions.