Culture and Creative Industries in Innovations Policy
The main goal of the measure is applaying culture as an important source in country’s economic development by contributing to the creation but also promotion and distribution of creative goods and services at international and national markets. The measure aims to apply design, as the source of culture-based creativity, as an integral part in developing innovative, amongst them high-tech, user-friendly products and services produced for both internal use and export.
Taking into consideration that innovation is the key source of competitiveness, economic growth and social transformation and an important tool for creating jobs, growing revenues and for expending the investment opportunities, Georgia’s Innovation and Technology Agency was established on February 19, 2014. The agency is assigned to coordinate and mediate the process of developing innovations and technologies within the country.
The agency promotes knowledge-sharing and innovative entrepreneurship. Since, creative environment and people are the drivers for the country’s innovative development, one of the priorities within Georgia’s Innovation Strategy 2020 is to support the formation of creative industries in Georgia, e.g.
In addition to supporting different initiatives, the Agency operates technology parks, innovation centers, innovation labs, accelerators and business incubators to collect and develop creative and innovative ideas and promote interdisciplinary approach.
The development of new-technologies is also highlighted within the Culture Strategy 2025.
According to a World Bank report, published in June 2013, "Innovation in Georgia" Georgian companies, which are actively using innovations in their work are developing faster and are creating 30% more jobs than other companies.
in May 30-31, 2014 Game Jam competition was held in Tbilisi organized by the Agency of Innovation and Technology and Association of Computer Games Developers IGDA Georgia.The event became the platform for the game developers, designers and programmers to be connected and they got the experience in joint, coordinated teamwork. In the framework of the Game Jam competition the perspectives and commercial potential of the gaming sector became evident. Developed gaming industry leads to employment of specialists and brings enormous benefits to the state’s economy.