Hungary’s priority economic development program, the system of Science and Technology Parks, continues to develop: in June 2020 3 new STP were certified by the Minister for Innovation and Technology László Palkovics.
In 2016, the City of Zsámbék became committed to innovation-based economic development, in cooperation with local companies, the Budapest and Pest County Chamber of Engineers (BMPK) and the Association of Industrial, Science, Innovation and Technology Parks (IPE).
The collaborating partners have designated the creative industry as the primary profile of STP, Zsámbék is the first complex development program in Europe dedicated to the creative industry.
The development model is based on the creation of a creative industry-focused incubation and R&D&I center, with priority projects in digital content services, e-sports, blockchain technology, and cognitive sciences.
The iPalota Science and Technology Park is based on the economic and historical traditions of Várpalota, where local development, which also influences the nation’s economic development, is based on future technology and synergy with the Zrínyi 2026 Program.
The iPalota STP’s flagship projects focus on computer simulation, materials science, and cognitive sciences and vocational training.
In Karcag, sustainability and energy efficient management is the long-term strategy, the developments of the tenants are unique in the recycling of electronic and PET waste. In the last 10 years, several R&D&I developments and related investments have been implemented, which are in line with the objectives of the Government of Hungary and the European Union.
The Zsámbék and iPalota Science and Technology Parks have also received special international attention in recent months. Both developments will be presented at the next meeting of the European Division of the International Association of Science Parks (IASP) in Budapest, which will be organized by the IPE.
With the recent certifications, there are 18 STP-s in Hungary, in collaboration with 19 universities and 230 companies.