The South Transdanubian Regional Innovation Agency (STRIA) as Hungarian partner of the Regions 4Food Interreg Europe project, during spring 2020 elaborated the draft Hungarian Action Plan of the project. The document enhances the better data management of the agrifood industry and higher level traceability of the agrifood supply chain. The motivation of the Action Plan is to have policy impact on relevant thematic domains of the Economic Development and Innovation Operational Programme. The very first peer review of this Action Plan took place online, on 5 August 2020.

During the online discussion those intervention areas were overviewed that intend to support the ecosystem of the Hungarian agrifood start-ups in a form of developing their skills, capacities. Relevant details of the Action Plan were introduced by Dr. Ákos SZÉPVÖLGYI, external expert of STRIA, managing director of Open Inno Ltd.

Following that the Spanish accelerator program (supporting the innovation process, the prototyping and the faster market entry of the product/service) was observed that had been referenced by the Hungarian Action Plan as the relevant Good Practice to be considered. In Andalusia the big telecom companies, Vodafone and Telefónica cooperate with the public bodies for the purpose of assisting start-ups. The Good Practice called „Andalúcia Open Future and Minerva” was introduced by Mr. Juan Jesús VELASCO RIVERA, acceleration programmes manager of the Andalusian Regional Ministry of Economy, Knowledge, Enterprises and University.

The information and feedbacks received during the peer review very effectively support the quoted action of the Hungarian Action Plan that has a primary focus on mentoring. The heard will be integrated into the final Hungarian Action Plan by the colleagues of STRIA being present on the peer review, Mrs. Anikó KISS senior project manager and Mr. Zsolt PÁLMAI deputy director. Their work will be assisted by the expertise of Open Inno Ltd. and the final Action Plan is due to be elaborated by 31 May 2021.

The Regions 4Food project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and Hungary.