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The Prime Minister Sobotka met with representatives of Czech companies in Silicon Valley

On the occasion of the visit of the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, Mr. Bohuslav Sobotka, to California, the General Consulate of the Czech Republic in Los Angeles and CzechInvest co-organized a meeting with prominent Czech businessmen that have succeeded in Silicon Valley. The meeting that took place on 4th April in San Francisco was also attended by the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the United States, Mr. Petr Gandalovič, and Consul General of the Czech Republic in Los Angeles Mr. Pavol Šepelák, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Mr. Tomáš Novotný, Director General of CzechInvest Mr. Karel Kučera and Director of CzechInvest West Coast operations Mr. Roman Horáček.

The representatives of companies STRV, Avast, Apiary, GoodData, Kerio and Metatron Ventures and the delegation touched upon a number of issues including their experience on the US market. The companies provided a number of recommendations to the government representatives that in their view could help to further improve the competitiveness of the Czech Republic in the area of emerging technologies. The companies called for further improvements in the area of technical education including strategies for better motivation of graduates towards entrepreneurship. The relations between the academia and the business shall also be more intensified. A number of activities organized by the Czech state in the US have been praised, including the CzechAccelerator project that aimed at assisting the Czech start-ups entering the US market. 

The Prime Minister thanked the abovementioned Czech companies for creating highly qualified jobs in the Czech Republic and for contributing to the outstanding reputation of the Czech Republic abroad. He pledged further support to small enterprises which will include promotion of e-Gov solutions to make doing business easier. Finally, further measures to improve the education system in order to make students more creative and inspiring towards entrepreneurship will also be considered.