Description of TACR

The Technology Agency of the Czech Republic is an organizational component of the state, which was established in 2009 by Act No. 130/2002 Coll. on the Support of Research, Experimental Development, and Innovation. The Technology Agency of the Czech Republic centralises state support for applied research and development. The supported project is from the Programme for Support of Applied Research and Innovation SIGMA - Sub-objective 3 - Support for the innovative potential of social sciences, humanities, and arts (SHUV). Sub-objective 3 supports the use of the innovative potential of SHUV and their involvement in projects that are beneficial for maintaining and improving the quality of human life in response to dynamic social, economic, globalisation, and cultural or technological changes.

Project details

Action number: TQ01000115 
Title of the event: Second career entrepreneurship - from corporate to unicorn
Approval date - 8/2023
Start date - 9/2023
End of action - 11/2026

Project description

The project aims to develop a concept to support start-up entrepreneurs in the age category of 40+. This will be used to guide the activities of the guarantor and innovation centres towards this group at the strategic and tactical levels. The objective will be achieved through a main output, a strategy document (Hkonc), and sub-outputs in the form of workshops and articles, which will serve as a source of updating existing strategy documents and a basis for the preparation of annual action plans. The main activity of the project is social science research on the socio-economic impacts of starting a business of the target group and research on motivations, behaviour, and needs. The expected impact is improved support for business start-ups for this important group, which is the carrier of the experience, knowledge, and contacts needed for the creation of innovative enterprises.

SU SBA team

  • Assoc. Prof. Ing. Jarmila Duháček Šebestová, Ph.D. - another investigator (team coordination, research report, concept proposal).
  • Assoc. Prof. RNDr. Ing. Roman Šperka, Ph.D. - team member (data management plan, concept design, cost control)
  • Assoc. Prof. Ing. Martin Klepek, Ph.D. - team member (relations with innovation centres, workshops, dissemination of results).
  • Ing. Petra Krejčí, Ph.D. - team member (workshops, evaluation of qualitative research, identification of social innovations).
  • Ing. Tomáš Pražák, Ph.D. - team member (mathematical and statistical methods for data processing, evaluation, summary research report).




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